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Comic-Con Set To Kick Off Amid News It's Staying In San Diego Until 2018

July 6
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh
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Comic-Con is the largest pop culture convention in North America, and until at least 2018 it will remain in San Diego. Spokesman David Glanzer talks about the new contract and what's new at the convention.

Scanty Comic-Con Costumes No Excuse For Sexual Harassment

July 5
By Claire Trageser
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An advocacy group is targeting this week's annual Comic-Con convention in San Diego for failing to do enough to prevent sexual harassment. GeeksForCONsent has collected 3,000 signatures asking Comic-Con to beef up its anti-harassment policy and enforcement.

San Diego Central Library Hosts 'The Art of Comic-Con'

June 19
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker
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Comic-Con is only weeks away but to tide you over the San Diego Public Library will be partnering with Comic-Con International to present "The Art of Comic-Con," opening this Saturday.

San Diego Lightsaber Team Offers Jedi Workout

April 2
By Beth Accomando
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If you hate going to the gym to burn calories and get your cardio workout, then try a geeky alternative with members of the new San Diego Lightsaber Team.

WonderCon Moves To L.A.

April 6
By Beth Accomando
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WonderCon, the sister convention to Comic-Con, closed its 2015 show in Anaheim on Sunday with the news of change for next year.

The Best Words And Phrases Of 2014: Cloud-Chasing, Lumbersexual, Selfie-Stick

Dec. 11
Midday Edition
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From cloud-chasing to Ebola and to lumbersexual we take a look at the words and phrases that were hits in 2014. Grant Barrett of "A Way With Words" joins us with his list of the top words for the year.

From Korea To Denver, Joan Rivers Was A Longtime USO Supporter

Sept. 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Groundbreaking comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81. Rivers was a longtime supporter of the USO, even being named the 2001 USO of Metropolitan New York’s Woman of the Year.

Army Pfc. Paul Ieti Performs One Direction Ballad On 'America's Got Talent' (Video)

Aug. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Did you catch Army Pfc. Paul Ieti's live performance Tuesday night on "America's Got Talent"? The singing soldier attempted to wow the judges with his rendition of the One Direction ballad "You & I."

Robin Williams A Beloved Figure On USO Tours (Video)

Aug. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Actor Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63 of an apparent suicide, had visited both Afghanistan and Iraq in 2010 as part of a USO tour to bring entertainment to the troops during the holidays. But it was his visit to Kuwait in 2007, and how his military audience reacted during the retreat ceremony, that may have been the most memorable.

Comic-Con 2014: A Crossplay Haven

Aug. 1
By Nate John
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San Diego's Comic-Con weakens the knees of nerds, geeks, TV addicts and comic enthusiasts around the globe. But the event also makes waves as a premier venue for costume play — or "cosplay." Some players even venture beyond their own gender to thrill attendees. And I found them.

Outdoor Fun at Comic-Con 2014

July 24
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov
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Comic-Con's outdoor events help to draw some of the more than 125,000 attendees away from the crowded exhibit hall.

Singing Soldier Paul Ieti Makes Finals Of America's Got Talent (Video)

July 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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The judges from the TV talent competition "America's Got Talent" voted unanimously on Wednesday night to send 21-year-old Army Pfc. Paul Ieti to Radio City Music Hall for the show's finals. Ieti, an active-duty soldier, recently returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Comic-Con Begins!

July 23
Midday Edition
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Wednesday night the 45th San Diego Comic-Con kicks off with preview night. Comic-Con began in a hotel basement and now takes over the entire San Diego Convention Center, sprawls out into the Gaslamp Quarter, attracts 125,000 attendees and pours more than $135 million into the San Diego economy.

Comic-Con Attendees Spend Millions On Hotels And Dining

July 21
By Dwane Brown
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The pop culture convention Comic-Con is expected to generate millions in revenue for downtown hotels and businesses this weekend.

Active-Duty Soldier Amazes Judges On 'America's Got Talent' (Video)

June 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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Active-duty soldier Pfc. Paul Ieti, 21, recently completed a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. While in the war-ravaged country, he used music to soothe his soul and entertain his fellow soldiers. His incredible singing voice landed him an audition on "America's Got Talent," and his performance on the show this week earned him a standing ovation and a spot in the final competition.