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Rich Housewives Go Under The Microscope In 'Primates Of Park Avenue'

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Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll prepare for Nyad's swim to Florida in 2012. She failed that attempt, but returned a year later to complete the 110-mile-long journey. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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From Cuba To Florida: Diana Nyad's Final Attempt At A Record-Breaking Swim

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Mickey Mouse Spoke For The First Time 86 Years Ago Today

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Ken Jeong, right, stars in the new ABC series Dr. Ken. Jeong appears with, from left, Kate Simses, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Jonathan Slavin. Danny Feld/ABC hide caption

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Author Saul Bellow, the 1976 Nobel Prize winner for literature is shown in this 1977 portrait. He was born 100 years ago this June. Eddie Adams/AP hide caption

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A Century After His Birth, Saul Bellow's Prose Still Sparkles

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Author Mark Ribowsky describes Otis Redding as "bigger than the music he sang, because of how he sang and interpreted it during the most traumatic, metamorphic decade in history." Volt Records / Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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'Like An Avalanche': Otis Redding's Unstoppable Crossover

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Carla Gugino star in the action thriller San Andreas. Jasin Boland /Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Fact-Checking 'San Andreas': Are Earthquake Swarms For Real?

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Joseph Kim was born in North Korean in 1990, and he came to the United States in 2007. Currently, Kim attends college in New York City. Martin Bentsen /Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hide caption

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North Korean Defector Reflects On Life 'Under The Same Sky'

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Bringing Tales Of WWII To American Radios And Bookshelves

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An Epic Art Tale: Commissioned By Hitler, Recovered By German Police

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Brahma Kumaris fill Will Hodgkinson's suburban living room on a Saturday in 1982. Liz Hodgkinson /Courtesy of Will Hodgkinson hide caption

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How Bad Risotto Led To A House 'Full Of Yogis': A Critic's Childhood Story

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Bob Schieffer on the set of Face the Nation in September. Chris Usher/CBS hide caption

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CBS' Bob Schieffer Retires Sunday As Last Of The Old-School TV Anchors

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Heaven Knows What stars Arielle Holmes and is based on her experience as a homeless heroin addict in New York City. Courtesy of Radius-TWC hide caption

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'Heaven Knows What' Adds New Wrinkles To The Street Junkie Narrative

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Are DVD Box Sets A Dying Business? Studios Hope The Answer Is 'Not Yet'

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