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September 24, 2018

Her heart may go on, but will ours?

Céline Dion announced Monday that she will be ending her Las Vegas residency after eight years. She is set to perform 28 shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace before officially ending her run June 8, Rolling Stone reports.

The pop icon revealed her "mixed emotions" about her final stint in Vegas in a Facebook statement. "Las Vegas has become my home and performing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been a big part of my life for the past two decades," said Dion. "It's been an amazing experience, and I'm so grateful to all the fans who have come to see us throughout the years."

Dion has performed 1,089 shows at Caesars Palace. Her first residency, A New Day ... , began in 2003 and was a massive hit, helping to launch what Forbes once called the "residency boom," as performers flocked to Sin City to follow Dion's example and take over the strip for years at a time. The Canadian icon isn't the only diva now exiting the Las Vegas Strip — Britney Spears ended her five-year residency at Planet Hollywood last year, while Jennifer Lopez is gearing up to end hers after over two years.

Dion recently released a new song called "Ashes" for the Deadpool 2 soundtrack. But for drowning your sorrows over this news, your best bet is to cue up "My Heart Will Go On." Read more about Dion's final Vegas shows at Rolling Stone. Amari Pollard

December 26, 2017

If you want a guaranteed place in the historical record, tweet now or forever hold your peace.

For the last several years, the Library of Congress has archived nearly every tweet ever made. But this practice will soon come to an end, as the Library of Congress announced Tuesday that it would end its blanket collection of tweets at the beginning of the new year, The Hill reports.

Back in 2010, when Twitter was not an omnipresent part of the human experience, the Library of Congress and Twitter agreed to create an archive of all publicly available tweets to capture "the emergence of online social media." In a press release, the library said Tuesday that "the nature of Twitter has changed" and cited Twitter's new 280-character limit, an increased frequency of tweeting, and the rise of non-text tweets to conclude that nearly 12 years of tweets — from Twitter's inception in 2006 until the end of 2017 — is more than enough for future scholars to pore through.

The library is now only interested in tweets with "event-based" merit or tweets related to "themes of ongoing national interest." Tweets about your annoying little brother or what you had for lunch are thus no longer fit for the nation's digital archives.

There is however, one small flaw in the collection process; the Library of Congress only takes text-based tweets, so posts like President Trump's recent retweet of a bloodied CNN logo splattered on his shoe don't make the cut. Kelly O'Meara Morales

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