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Studio 54 Opens in New York (1977)
The disco craze was relatively short-lived, beginning in the mid-1970s and fading by the 1980s, yet it had a lasting influence on the music scene. A beat-driven style of dance music, disco got its name from the "discotheque," the type of nightclub where it originated. No discotheque was more central to disco than Studio 54, the Manhattan club famous for its mix of celebrities, beautiful people, and hedonism. The club paralleled disco's demise and closed in 1980. What is the space used for today? Discuss

18-Year-Old Recalled From English School to Become King of Swaziland (1986)
During his 61-year rule as monarch, King Sobhuza II of Swaziland had 210 children by at least 70 wives. When Sobhuza died in 1982, one of his sons, Prince Makhosetive Dlamini, was selected as his successor. Four years later, Dlamini was crowned King Mswati III—just months before he was scheduled to take his final exams at his private English boarding school. Mswati's power as monarch is nearly absolute, and he has been criticized for abuses of his rule and for what personal indulgences?

The Triple Six Fix (1980)
The Triple Six Fix was a plot to rig the Pennsylvania Lottery. Masterminded by Nick Perry, the lottery's television announcer, the scheme focused on the Daily Number game, in which players pay to select a three-digit number in hopes of matching theirs to the one drawn from a container of numbered ping-pong balls. The balls are selected by a vacuum, so Perry planned to cheat the game by weighting all but two of the balls—numbers four and six—and buying combinations of those numbers. Did it work?

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Joy Reid's attorney says FBI has opened investigation into hacking claim
An attorney representing embattled MSNBC host Joy Reid said Wednesday that the FBI has opened a criminal investigation into various online accounts belonging to her, adding yet another layer to a convoluted saga that has bewildered the media world.

CBS and Viacom squabbling over leadership could end with Moonves on the outs
The weeks-long standoff between CBS CEO Les Moonves and CBS Vice Chairwoman Shari Redstone could end with a CBS-Viacom merger led by Moonves and his hand-picked team.

Ford dropping all but 2 cars from its North American dealerships
Car buyers these days love SUVs. They don't, however, love actual cars like hatchbacks and sedans --as Ford has learned.

HUD wants low-income families on housing assistance to pay more rent
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced Wednesday a proposal that would increase rent payments for more than two million of the nation's poorest.

Georgia governor candidate Stacey Abrams is $200,000 in debt. She's not alone
Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is more than $200,000 in debt.


Uruguay eliminates Italy; Did Suarez bite again?
Uruguay is moving on. Italy is out of the World Cup after a 1-0 loss. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez apparently bit an opponent again.

Report: Heat forward LeBron James to opt out of deal, become free agent
Get ready for the Decision, Part II. LeBron James is opting out of his contract with the Heat, and will become a free agent.

NBA Mock Draft: Another change at the top
Just when you thought the NBA draft pecking order was starting to get predictable, Joel Embiid shakes it up.

Mexico beats Cameroon, advances to knockout round
After a tough 2013, Mexico completed its magical turnaround by taking down Croatia 3-1 and advancing out of Group A.

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Gear review: A tent that mounts on top of your car
While outback travelers and the serious off-road campers may be well familiar with rooftop tents, weekend campers are starting to take notice.

Photos: Amtrak's passenger trains through the years
For its launch in 1971, Amtrak handpicked approximately 1,300 cars from a total pool of 3,000 held by the two dozen defunct private railroads.

Silver Dollar City theme park offers old-fashioned fun and thrills
The park officially opened in the mid-1900s, but can trace its roots as an attraction back to the late 1800s.

Should fliers be forced to watch the safety video?
Although many fliers think they know what to do in an emergency, in fact most probably haven’t listened to the safety videos in years.

Going to the Royal Wedding? Here's what you need to know
The Royal Wedding is in three weeks. If you plan a last-minute trip to London, here's what you need to know.

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Meghan Markle exits 'Suits' with a wedding
That's a wrap on Meghan Markle.

Hank Azaria willing to 'step aside' from playing Apu on 'The Simpsons'
Hank Azaria says his "eyes have been opened" and he's willing to "step aside" from playing his controversial "Simpsons" character.

Chris Evans apologizes for missing 'Avengers' premiere
Chris Evans had a good reason for missing this week's "Avengers: Infinity War" premiere, but fans weren't happy about it.

Celebs celebrate Meek Mill's release
Meek Mill was released from prison Tuesday, and more than a few stars have been celebrating.

Nickelodeon is bringing back 'Double Dare'...for real
After a brief flirtation with resurrection, Nickelodeon's "Double Dare" is back -- for real, this time.