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This Week in InqU

12 Years a Slave Grabs Top Oscar

12 Years a Slave, the tough, true tale of a free black man abducted and sold into slavery in the 1840s South and a film that fearlessly explores the horrors of what has been termed America's Holocaust, won three Oscars, including the ultimate prize, best picture, at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night.

Sixers must decide whether Young is a keeper

OKLAHOMA CITY - Aside from their decision in June's NBA draft, perhaps the biggest question surrounding the 76ers is: What will they do with Thaddeus Young?

Pistorius pleads not guilty at start of trial

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - The first witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial testified Monday to hearing a woman's "blood-curdling" screams before the sound of four gunshots on the night the double-amputee Olympian killed his girlfriend.

Don't believe the DeSean Jackson rumors

The Eagles are not actively shopping DeSean Jackson, nor do they have any intention of parting with their Pro Bowl wide receiver this offseason.

An elegant wrap to the red-carpet season

Hollywood's brightest stars sparkled at Sunday night's Academy Awards in gowns fashioned from nude metallics and white shimmer, wrapping up a nearly flawless red-carpet season.

One killed, at least 7 hurt as blast devastates townhouses

A gas explosion Tuesday afternoon transformed a townhouse complex into a dark landscape of destruction, killing one person and injuring at least seven utility workers.

The enduring power of 'LOVE'

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Mayor Nutter and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke came to an agreement on the renovation of John F. Kennedy Plaza, better known to skateboarders, lunching office workers, tourists, and bridal parties as LOVE Park.

Soldier flagrantly avoids flag salute, sets off outrage

VIA USA TODAY: A soldier who hid in her car to avoid saluting the flag - and then flaunted it on Instagram - is the latest service member to come under attack via social media and be accused of dishonoring her service. Pfc.

Sherman: It would be 'almost racist' to ban N-word | Q

VIA USA TODAY: It's one of the most polarizing debates of the NFL offseason: should the league ban and penalize the N-word? One of the NFL's most outspoken players, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has weighed in on the issue. "It's an atrocious idea," Sherman told's Peter King. "It's almost racist, to me.