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  • Britain denies using PRISM to get around domestic spying laws

    Britain denies using PRISM to get around domestic spying laws
    LONDON -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday sought to reassure Parliament that the government is not using U.S. surveillance programs to get around British law and spy on its citizens. Hague’s comments followed reports in the...
  • Barefoot Books breaks up with Amazon

    Barefoot Books is a small house based in Cambridge, Mass., that publishes children’s book. As of this week, you can call it “The Mouse that Roared.” The people who run Barefoot Books are frustrated with the business practices of...
  • Oddest book titles prize: Can 'How to Sharpen Pencils' win?

    Oddest book titles prize: Can 'How to Sharpen Pencils' win?
    Britain has more than its fair share of off-the-wall literary prizes. There's the much-feared Bad Sex in Fiction Award for the "most embarrassing passages of sexual description in a literary novel." This year marked the second annual Hatchet Job of the...
  • In 'Potter' and 'Spank,' tapping the potential of parodies

    In 'Potter' and 'Spank,' tapping the potential of parodies
    One morning on a trip to Las Vegas, I was swimming in the pool. I looked up from the water and was startled to see that almost every woman in every lounger was reading exactly the same book: "Fifty Shades of Grey," the 2011 erotic novel by the British...
  • Topshop, Topman opening at the Grove draws thousands, Demi Lovato

    It was an over-the-top grand opening for Topshop and Topman at the Grove. The British fashion brands debuted in L.A. in a big way Thursday, drawing a crowd of 10,000 to the shopping center, the biggest retail store opening ever for the Grove. Shoppers...
  • Buy the lady a drink: Baileys to sponsor women's fiction prize

    Buy the lady a drink: Baileys to sponsor women's fiction prize
    This post has been corrected, as indicated below. Baileys liquor has been announced as the new sponsor of the British-based women's fiction prize, formerly the Orange Prize. This year's winner will receive an award of close to $46,000 in a ceremony...
  • Half of food produced worldwide is wasted, study finds

    Half of food produced worldwide is wasted, study finds
    Up to half of the food produced worldwide never makes it into a consumer's mouth, according to a new report. That’s as much as 2 billion tons of grub that’s wasted, according to a study released Thursday by Britain's Institution of...
  • Without warrant, Hong Kong unlikely to act against Snowden

    Without warrant, Hong Kong unlikely to act against Snowden
    BEIJING -- Hong Kong authorities are not likely to take action against their most famous fugitive, Edward Snowden, unless the United States issues a warrant for his arrest, a former legislator said. "The Hong Kong government will do nothing until the U....
  • See's, Topshop, Topman opening at the Grove in February

    See's, Topshop, Topman opening at the Grove in February
    Two popular chains -- confectioner See’s Candies and British retailer Topshop -- are arriving at the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles this month. Topshop, along with its menswear offshoot Topman, is opening its 30,000-square-foot Los Angeles...
  • British horror writer James Herbert dies at age 69

    Fans of pulpy British horror novels were dismayed to learn that James Herbert, author of books including "The Rats," "Magic Cottage" and "Haunted," had died at his home Wednesday. The 69-year-old died peacefully in his sleep, according to publisher Pan...
  • No confusion: Where caffe latte is called 'really really milky coffee'

    No confusion: Where caffe latte is called 'really really milky coffee'
    For anyone who has ever gone hunting for morning brew and was mystified by a confusing coffee menu, one company is looking to make the joe-drinking experience much more straightforward. Debenhams, a British department store, is rolling out a coffee...
  • The funniest books in Britain? Wodehouse Prize shortlist announced

    The funniest books in Britain? Wodehouse Prize shortlist announced
    The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction announced its shortlist Thursday, with five novelists competing for the title of Britain's funniest author with the book that "best captures the comic spirit of P.G. Wodehouse," the author of, among...