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France’s Maurice the Rooster Faces Noise Complaints in Court

Call it cock-a-doodle-due-process. After being dragged into a French court over complaints that his early-morning crowing was a nuisance, Maurice the Rooster has been vindicated. This week, a judge ruled the bird has every right to follow his natural instincts and crow his little tail off.

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Facebook tests doing away with “like” counts

CBS NEWS How many Facebook likes did that post get? If you’re using the network in Australia, you won’t know starting today. Facebook is testing hiding the public “like” counter on posts in the news feed, it said on Thursday. The experiment is running only in Australia for now, with Facebook unsure if it will […]

Technology

Amazon Alexa gets Samuel L Jackson and other celebrity voices

(BBC) Amazon has announced that its virtual assistant Alexa will soon be able to mimic the voice of the actor Samuel L Jackson among other celebrities. The firm intends to charge a fee for the feature, with each voice costing $0.99 (80p). The company has also refreshed its range of Echo speakers, adding a larger […]

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Prince Harry acknowledges tensions with his brother William

Britain’s Prince Harry has acknowledged tensions with his older brother Prince William for the first time, saying they are on “different paths.”

Entertainment

Motown releases 60 unheard songs in the vault from Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, more

Well, happy 60th anniversary, Motown fans. Unearthed tracks by Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5 and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles are among 60 Motown songs being released Friday after decades in the vaults. The treasure trove of music, issued as part of the label’s ongoing 60th […]

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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Fleabag’ take top Emmy honours on night of upsets

(Reuters) – Medieval drama “Game of Thrones” closed its run with a fourth Emmy award for best drama series while British comedy “Fleabag” was the upset winner for best comedy series on Sunday on a night that rewarded newcomers over old favourites. Billy Porter, the star of LGBTQ series “Pose,” became the first openly gay […]