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International

Doubts linger over Syria gas attack responsibility

In this Aug. 29, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by the Local Comity of Arbeen which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a member of a UN investigation team takes samples from the ground in the Damascus countryside of Zamalka, Syria. (AP Photo/Local Comity of Arbeen) by Kimberly DozierAssociated Press Writer BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. government insists it has the intelligence to prove it, but the public has yet to see a single piece of concrete evidence produced by U.S. intelligence — no satellite imagery, no transcripts of Syrian military communications — connecting the government of President Bashar Assad to the alleged chemical weapons attack last month that killed hundreds of people.

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Lifestyle

A $38,000 handbag not unheard of in luxury market

In this May 30, 2013 file photo, Oprah Winfrey speaks during Harvard University’s commencement ceremonies in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) by Jill Lawless LONDON (AP) — A $38,000 handbag? For most people, it’s unthinkable. But for the richest sliver of the global population, like Oprah Winfrey, it’s a realistic option — and buyers aren’t short of choices.

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International

Nigerian ‘Oprah Winfrey’ launches entertainment TV network

In this photo taken on June 28, Mo Abudu, chief executive officer of EbonyLife TV, speaks to Associated Press during an interview in Lagos, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) by Michelle Faul LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A woman who could be considered Africa’s Oprah Winfrey is launching an entertainment network that will be beamed into nearly every country on the continent with programs showcasing its burgeoning middle class.

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People

Wimbleton Spat: Williams, Sharapova trade volleys

Serena Williams of the U.S., right, shakes hands with Russia’s Maria Sharapova, left, after defeating Sharapova in two sets 6-4, 6-4, in the women’s final of the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday June 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) by Howard Fendrich LONDON (AP) — As her agent nodded along approvingly from a front-row seat, Serena Williams sounded contrite and composed. Well-rehearsed, too. Williams even managed to crack herself up with a couple of jokes during her news conference at Wimbledon as the defending champion, where the primary topic was hardly her 31-match winning streak or her bid for a sixth title at the All England Club or her injured sister Venus’ absence from the field. Instead, more than half the questions at Sunday’s session revolved around themes generating the most buzz on the eve of tennis’ oldest and most prestigious Grand Slam tournament: what Williams was quoted as saying in a recent magazine article — and Maria Sharapova’s surprisingly forceful verbal swipe in reaction to that story.

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International

Chinua Achebe, celebrated Nigerian novelist, dies

ACCLAIMED NOVELIST DIES–Chinua Achebe, Nigerian-born novelist and poet poses his life at his home on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. by Hillel Itale and Jon Gambrell NEW YORK (AP) — The opening sentence was as simple, declarative and revolutionary as a line out of Hemingway:

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Entertainment

Simon Cowell launches YouTube audition channel

ONE DIRECTION-Harry Styles of British band One Direction performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2013 at the o2 Arena in London on Feb. 20. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) by Jane Caffrey (CNN) — Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen were launched into stardom after getting discovered on YouTube, and now “The X Factor” creator Simon Cowell is setting out to find the world’s next big YouTube stars.

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Entertainment

On Twitter, a peanut gallery mocks the Oscars

COVETED AWARD–An Oscar statue stands on the red carpet outside the 82nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The 85th annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, file) by Jake Coyle AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — You can simply tune into the Oscars. Or you can watch them with the peanut gallery on Twitter.