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  • Jane Austen to grace Britain's 10-pound note

    Jane Austen to grace Britain's 10-pound note
    LONDON -- The Bank of England swallowed its pride and overcame its perceived prejudice Wednesday by designating Jane Austen as the new face of the 10-pound note, bowing to public outrage over the possibility that only male historical figures would be...
  • Pope Francis visits rehab hospital, decries drug legalization

    Pope Francis visits rehab hospital, decries drug legalization
    RIO DE JANEIRO -- Visiting with a group of recovering addicts in a Brazilian hospital Wednesday night, Pope Francis criticized the regional push to legalize drugs, saying society must instead tackle root causes of substance abuse such as the lack of...
  • China indictment: Former Communist Party boss accused of corruption

    BEIJING – Bo Xilai, the charismatic former Chinese Communist Party boss of Chongqing who was purged last year and whose wife was convicted of poisoning a British business associate, has been charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power,...
  • Montenegro gay rights clash could slow bid to join European Union

    Hundreds of anti-gay demonstrators in the former Yugoslav republic of Montenegro may have set back their country’s bid to join the European Union on Wednesday with their rock-throwing protest against a gay pride march. At the first known pride...
  • Spain derailment: Two official investigations launched

    LONDON – As the death toll rose to 78, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced two separate investigations Thursday into a spectacular train derailment in northwest Spain, one of the worst railway disasters in the country’s history....
  • How about a Harriet Beecher Stowe $10 bill

    How about a Harriet Beecher Stowe $10 bill
    Responding to complaints that famous women were underrepresented on British currency, the Bank of England this week announced that novelist Jane Austen will replace naturalist Charles Darwin on the 10-pound note beginning in 2017. Inevitably, the move has...
  • What would Jane Austen think of a 12-foot wet Darcy statue?

    When Jane Austen wrote "Pride and Prejudice," she didn't imagine a sexy Mr. Darcy emerging from a pond in a dripping-wet white shirt. Yet thanks to the filmmakers behind the 1995 miniseries of the novel, viewers got to see Colin Firth, as Darcy, do...
  • I wish I could meet ..., the literary edition

    I wish I could meet ..., the literary edition
    A quick perusal of the popular hashtag #IWishICouldMeet on Twitter led to a couple of conclusions. First, more than anything, people want to meet Justin Bieber, although Jesus is a close second. And a lot of people would like to be able to be another...
  • Amazon announces new comics imprint, just in time for Comic-Con

    Amazon announces new comics imprint, just in time for Comic-Con
    It was only yesterday that I asked my editor when Comic-Con begins, because the comics-related announcements seemed to be ramping up. Sure enough, Tuesday morning Amazon Publishing announced a new comics and graphic novel imprint, Jet City Comics. It...
  • 'Orange Is the New Black' book list: What is Piper reading?

    'Orange Is the New Black' book list: What is Piper reading?
    The Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black" has many pleasures, but it wasn't immediately apparent that literature would be one of them. Based on Piper Kerman's memoir of the same name, the main character, Piper Chapman, is a middle class woman who...
  • Blame the Nook? Barnes & Noble chief executive resigns

    Blame the Nook? Barnes & Noble chief executive resigns
    William Lynch, the chief executive of Barnes & Noble, resigned Monday. The news was announced late in the day Eastern time, effective immediately. Lynch had been CEO since 2010. Should we blame the Nook? Barnes & Noble's efforts to battle the Amazon...
  • Barnes & Noble rewrites its Nook tablet strategy

    Barnes & Noble is getting out of the color tablet business (mostly). It announced Tuesday that it will cease production of its color Nook tablets -- although it plans to allow third parties to produce them, under pending licensing deals. Could this be a...