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In a letter to Russian authorities this week, former Beatle Paul McCartney asked them to release the remaining members of Pussy Riot from prison. McCartney's missive comes as the punk band's Maria Alyokhina began a hunger strike after she was not allowed to attend her own parole hearing.

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The Beatles played their iconic songs in countless legendary venues, but until Tuesday their music had yet to conquer one crucial platform: iTunes. That's about to change, thanks to a long-awaited and now done deal between the band and Apple Inc.

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The Vatican continues to be rocked by a wide-ranging sex abuse scandal, and the pressure it's under could have something to do with its newly revised opinion of The Beatles Although the Holy See's official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, pointed to the potentially Satanic (continued) Updated.

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No offense to those Catholics who were heartened by the prospect of Pope John Paul II's image appearing in a commemorative bonfire in Poland last April, but the UK's Times Online has helpfully offered some other possibilities as to who else, besides the departed pontiff, may have materialized in that mystical blaze.

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