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Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite

In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri attends the NCAA college basketball game between Syracuse and North Carolina State in Syracuse, N.Y. A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Davuluri to prom during a question and answer session at school. AP

Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a high school senior who asked her to be his prom date during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee

Adam Levine, left, and Behati Prinsloo attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, in this Sunday, March 2, 2014 file photo taken in West Hollywood, Calif. Maroon 5 frontman-turned designer Adam Levine said Levine in an interview Thursday April 17, 2014 his lack of fashion training is not a problem. Levine’s Victoria's Secret model fiancé Behati Prinsloo (bay-AHT'-ee PRINS'-lo) lent him a hand. He looked through Prinsloo’s closet for inspiration and the couple collaborated on a few pieces. AP

Maroon 5 frontman-turned designer Adam Levine says his lack of fashion training is not a problem.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

In this 2003 photo released by the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI), Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, left, is seen in Monterrey, Mexico. Behind is Colombian journalist Jose Salgar. Garcia Marquez died on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. The author's magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality. The FNPI was founded by Garcia Marquez. (AP Photo/Andres Reyes, FNPI)

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Finalists announced for best translated books

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Poetry by the late Chilean author Roberto Bolano and fiction by best-selling Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard are among the finalists for the Best Translated Book Awards.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

To avoid fight with spouse, eat a snack

This undated handout photo provided by Ohio State University shows an all purpose voodoo doll. A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study involving voodoo dolls is right. Psychology researchers monitored the nightly blood sugar levels of 107 married couples for three weeks, asking them to stick pins in a voodoo doll representing their spouses to measure aggression. They found that the lower the blood sugars, the higher the crankiness, and the more pins pushed into the voodoo doll, according to a study released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The people with the lowest glucose scores pushed twice in general as many pins on average as those with the highest blood sugar levels, the researchers said. (AP Photo/Jo McCulty, Ohio State University)

A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Most criticized books list includes Hunger Games, Perks

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The humor of “Captain Underpants” children’s books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison in “The Bluest Eye” would seem to have little in common.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Extrabiblical supposition? Jesus speaks of ‘my wife’

This Sept. 5, 2012 file photo released by Harvard University shows a fragment of papyrus that divinity professor Karen L. King said is the only existing ancient text that quotes Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife. An article published in the Harvard Theological Review on Thursday, April 10, 2014, said new scientific tests suggest the fragment is more likely an ancient document than a forgery. King, an expert in the history of Christianity, said the papyrus probably dates to eighth-century Egypt based on carbon dating tests and tests on the ink’s chemical composition. AP FILE PHOTO

A controversial development points to what could be a missing text of the Holy Gospel, indicating that Jesus may have actually been married—and to someone believed to be named Mary.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Sue Townsend, creator of Adrian Mole, dies at 68

An Oct. 1, 1999 photo from files showing British comic author Sue Townsend. The author, the creator of teenage angst-ridden Adrian Mole, has died after suffering a stroke. She was 68. Penguin Books confirmed Friday that Townsend died in Leicester, central England, a day earlier. Her first novel, "The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾," was published in 1982 and was hailed as a comic masterpiece. AP

British comic author Sue Townsend, who created angst-ridden teenage diarist Adrian Mole and sent Queen Elizabeth II into exile on a public housing estate, has died after suffering a stroke. She was 68.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

David Byrne tweaks his Imelda musical ‘Here Lies Love’

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David Byrne has been thinking a lot about numbers recently.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

South Koreans crave Asia’s smelliest fish

In this March 12, 2014 photo, Joe McPherson, operator of a Korean food blog Zen Kimchi, eats a Samhap, with skate, kimchi, and boiled pork all together, at a seafood store in Seoul, South Korea. AP FILE PHOTO

The aroma of one of South Korea’s most popular delicacies is regularly compared to rotting garbage and filthy bathrooms. And that’s by fans.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Food,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Top ten books on Apple’s iBook

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iBook charts for week ending April 7, 2014:

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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