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7:04 am
Sat April 12, 2014

A Year After Bombings, Boston Comes Back 'Strong'

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 11:26 am

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Author Interviews
7:04 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Jackie Collins' Mob Princess Serves Up A Cookbook You Can't Refuse

Courtesy of St. Martin's Press

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 11:52 am

Lucky Santangelo is a household name — at least, in those households where the shelves are packed with Jackie Collins novels. And considering there are more than 500 million copies sold, well, Santangelo's certainly got a fan base.

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Book News & Features
7:04 am
Sat April 12, 2014

So You Need A Celebrity Book. Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostwriters

You might not notice their names on their book covers — and sometimes they're not named at all. But ghostwriters don't mind the anonymity.
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Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 11:33 am

The next time you're in a bookstore, take a look at the nonfiction shelf. See all those celebrity autobiographies — the memoirs of actors, athletes and politicians? Chances are, they're the work of a ghostwriter.

David Fisher is one of those invisible authors. He's ghostwritten over 70 books, adopting the voices of quarterback Terry Bradshaw, attorney Johnnie Cochran and actor and comedian Leslie Nielsen, among others.

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The Two-Way
6:21 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Armed Men Take Police HQ In Eastern Ukraine City

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 4:17 pm

More than a dozen armed men have seized a police station in the city of Sloviansk, near Ukraine's border with Russia. The pro-Russian group is one of several that have seized public government buildings in the past week. Ukrainian officials promise a "very tough" response.

Update at 6:00 p.m. ET: Vice President Biden Going To Kiev

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My Guilty Pleasure
5:03 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Cursed With Mom Guilt? Charlie Brown Might Cure What Ails You

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 10:03 am

The job description for a parent should be straightforward: The only requirement is the skill to do everything perfectly under the pressure of guilt.

Forget perfectly — even passably can be difficult. For a long time my older son only ate apples: apples for breakfast and apples for lunch and apples for dinner. "Offer him a variety of choices," said the pediatrician, as though I hadn't done that. Guilt. "Feed him ice cream — at least you get some protein and calcium and sugar into his body," said the pediatrician. Guilt.

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The Salt
3:06 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

These guys are gassy, and their emissions are contributing to global warming.
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Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 1:43 pm

Sorry to ruin your appetite, but it's time to talk about cow belches.

Humans the world over are eating meat and drinking milk — some of us a little less, some of us a lot more, than years past. Farmers are bringing more and more cows into the world to meet demand, and with them escapes more methane into the atmosphere.

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This Week's Must Read
5:24 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Poisoned Cigars And A Painful Chapter In Our History

Courtesy of New Press

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 9:54 am

The 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act is almost upon us, but the celebrations began this week at the Johnson presidential library. A speech by President Obama referenced "doors of opportunity" swung open by the passage of this piece of landmark legislation. But for those of us who remember when the doors were tightly shut, other images come to mind. No, it's not the soft, grainy black-and-white images of well-dressed men and women marching nobly to end the evils of segregation. What we see is churches on fire, smoke and violence.

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NPR Story
5:03 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The Kumbia Queers

Six gay punk rockers walk onto the stage, play their tropical punk and pissed off other rockers. The Kumbia Queers is no punch line. They're for real. Listen.

NPR Story
5:03 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Discussing the Future of Pot

To make legal or not? That is the question on the marijuana debate. Maria Hinojosa talks with drug historian and author Kathleen Frydl about the many sides of pot.

NPR Story
5:03 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Prescription Drug Smuggling

Prescription drugs are cheaper to buy in Mexico. Now, smuggling these legal drugs across the Texas-Mexico border has become a problem.

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