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Her Own Toy Story: How A 6-Year-Old Girl's Letter Launched 'Plastic Army Women'

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A handwritten letter to BMC Toys sent by a 6-year-old girl from Arkansas wondering where the female toy solders are prompted soul-searching and eventually a new contingent of Plastic Army Women.

Apple Launches Video-Streaming Service For $4.99 A Month

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Apple is entering the video streaming race, taking on Netflix, Disney and others with a new monthly subscription of $4.99. The company also announced new iPhones, as their sales have been slowing.

In Northern Ireland, 'Derry Girls' Balances Teen Comedy And Sectarian Conflict

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The hit comedy follows teenagers in a Catholic school in the 1990s. Even with The Troubles as the backdrop, it's "put Northern Ireland on the map for all the right reasons," says one Derry Girls fan.

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Whatever Happened To ... The Farmers Who Danced In The Mud For The 'Kiki Challenge'?

Last summer, they danced to Drake's "In My Feelings" in a rice paddy and racked up a million page views. Here's what the farmers — and the vlogger behind it — have been up to since then.

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The Racial Roots Behind The Term 'Nappy'

Where does the term nappy come from and why does it have such negative connotations? Is it possible to reclaim a word that has been used as a slur for so long?

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'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Back At Work Following Chemotherapy

Trebek actually began taping the 36th season of the TV show in July.

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After Fatal Crash, Loved Ones Remember Racer Jessi Combs: 'She Was A Badass'

Harney County Sheriff's Office confirmed Jessi Combs was trying to break her record of 398 mph when she died. Her North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger crashed in Oregon's Alvord Desert.

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Portland Opera Addresses Fiscal Problems, Leadership Transition

The season will revert to an early autumn start in 2020-2021, in response to subscriber feedback.

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Meek Mill Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Gun Charge, Ends 12-Year Legal Case

By taking a misdemeanor plea deal, Meek Mill officially closed the books on his long-running legal case Tuesday, nearly a decade after the rapper was arrested as a teenager in North Philadelphia.

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Nation's Largest Hispanic Journalist Group Drops Fox News Sponsorship

The conservative network ignored the Hispanic journalists group's concerns about its immigration coverage, NAHJ says. The break came when a Fox pundit compared migrants with Nazis who invaded Europe.

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Netflix Curbs Tobacco Use Onscreen, But Not Pot. What's Up With That?

TV networks have standards that minimize tobacco use on shows, and Netflix now does, too. But streaming companies lack public policies about smoking cannabis onscreen, and doctors say that hurts kids.

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Peter Fonda, Hollywood's 'Easy Rider,' Dies At 79

Fonda was born into Hollywood royalty as the son of Henry Fonda and brother of Jane Fonda. His 1969 classic, Easy Rider, earned him an Oscar nomination.

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Avoid The Clash In Portland: Events Around The Region On Aug. 17

Avoid the rally and counter protests on Aug. 17 with this list of activities and events.