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This Day in History

Shaka Zulu Is Assassinated (1828)
A skilled warrior, Shaka established himself as head of the Zulu circa 1816 and soon made them the dominant power in southeastern Africa. He was ruthless before his mother's death in 1827, but after, he became positively savage. He had at least 7,000 people executed for being insufficiently grief-stricken, put to death any couple found to have conceived during the mourning period, and even slaughtered cows so that their calves would know the loss of a mother. Who ultimately assassinated Shaka? Discuss

The Brief Battle of Prestonpans (1745)
England's King James II may have been deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688, but he was not without supporters. These supporters, the Jacobites, spent the next six decades unsuccessfully fighting to restore him—and, later, his descendants—to the throne. Their final major attempt, the Forty-five Rebellion, began auspiciously for the House of Stuart, with a victory at Prestonpans, Scotland. The battle was won in mere minutes. How many casualties did the government troops suffer in that time?

RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 Is Launched (1967)
By the time Cunard's RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, often referred to simply as the QE2, ocean liner was built, airplanes had already largely supplanted ships for transatlantic travel. Thus, the vessel needed to be more efficient and versatile than her predecessors in the fleet. During her 39 years in service, she completed 806 transatlantic crossings, ferrying 2.5 million passengers across nearly six million miles of ocean. During what war was she pressed into service as a troop carrier?

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Comcast outbids 21st Century Fox for Sky

Amazon wants Alexa everywhere
Amazon won't make massive amounts of money off of its new $60 Alexa-controlled microwave. Or the Alexa controlled wall clock that only sets timers. In fact, making a profit from its growing selection of Alexa and Echo devices may be beside the point.

The final battle for Sky is underway
An extended takeover battle involving three of the world's most powerful media companies is culminating in the most dramatic way imaginable: An auction.

Papa John's possible new logo drops the apostrophe
Papa John's is considering a sleek, boxy new logo that turns Papa John's into Papa Johns.

Walmart discriminated against pregnant workers, federal agency says
A federal agency is suing Walmart for discriminating against pregnant employees.


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.

World Cup analysis: Costa Rica-England

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Photo tour: Hawaii's beautiful waterfalls
Check out one of these popular waterfalls on your next Hawaiian vacation.      

Rick Steves: Visiting Europe’s 20th-century fascist sites
Europe is dotted with fascinating monuments and powerful memorials thoughtfully designed to bring sobering lessons home.      

Here's what's on tap at Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando in 2019
Disney announced a 2019 lineup with entertainment & new attractions for all 4 Orlando theme parks. Among them? The new Star Wars land.      

These American cities have the most expensive transportation
American commuters spend an average of 27 minutes getting to work, here's how much that adds up in expenses across the USA.      

Polar bears, ice fields: New cruises across Russian Arctic bring rare adventure
New cruises across the little-traveled Arctic route known as the Northeast Passage are offering adventurous travelers a chance to see things few people have seen.      

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Behind the scenes of 'Madam Secretary' during a day of historic cameos
For some advice on a delicate situation, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord is going to turn to three people who know what it's like to deal with a tough decision on the season premiere of "Madam Secretary."

Life led Dan Fogelman to "Life Itself"
When Dan Fogelman was writing his movie, "Life Itself," he was just years away from experiencing one of life's major twists.

Sanaa Lathan is living the beauty of 'Nappily Ever After'
Sanaa Lathan was ready for her role in her upcoming Netflix film, "Nappily Ever After."

Get ready for more Alec Baldwin as Trump on 'SNL'
Alec Baldwin isn't a permanent cast member on "Saturday Night Live," but it sounds like fans can expect to see him back this coming season as President Donald Trump.

Ego Nwodim is the newest 'SNL' cast member
"Saturday Night Live" has added a new cast member.