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11:51 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

'Arab Idol' Win Unites Palestinians In Jubilant Celebration

Palestinians dance with pictures of singer Mohammed Assaf as they celebrate his Arab Idol victory along the streets of Gaza City Saturday.
Adel Hana AP

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 12:54 pm

Crowds across Gaza and the West Bank exploded in celebration Saturday night when a young Palestinian man named Mohammad Assaf won the pop star title of Arab Idol.

"Look, see, what Assaf is doing!" young men in Gaza chanted in unison, as other people honked and set off fireworks.

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Music
11:51 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

'I'm So Excited': Pedro Almodovar's Spanish Metaphor

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's new film is called I'm So Excited.
Juan Naharro Gimenez Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 7:29 am

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
11:05 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Not My Job: Booker T. Jones Takes A Quiz On Funyuns

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:34 am

Booker T. Jones — leader of the soul band Booker T. & the M.G.'s — made it big in 1962 with the song "Green Onions." But since "Green Onions" sounds suspiciously natural for the United States, we've decided to quiz him on Funyuns instead: three questions about the crunchy, onion-flavored snack food.

The Protojournalist
11:05 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Haiku In The News: Chinese Food

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee on June 21, 2012, in Washington, D.C.
Brendan Hoffman Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 7:37 pm

"How much of China

Owning our food supply is

Enough, is too much?"

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), commenting on the proposed sale of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods to Chinese-owned Shuanghui on CNBC, June 20, 2013

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The Two-Way
11:04 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Southwest Airlines Computer Outage Causes Delays, Cancellations

Southwest jet at the gate at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in December 2011.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 8:46 am

Southwest Airlines says some of its Saturday flights will still be affected by a network computer outage that snarled check-ins, forcing the cancellation of more than a dozen flights and temporarily grounding some 250 others – mostly on the West Coast.

Although the carrier's computer system was back up and running after Friday's problems, Southwest says there was still a backlog that could cause flight delays.

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Author Interviews
11:01 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Surviving Summer Camp In James Patterson's 'Middle School'

Matthew Ragen iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 8:18 pm

Grown-ups, if you've read a thriller recently, there's a good chance it was written by James Patterson. One in 5 adult thriller hardcovers sold these days carries his name on the cover.

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Simon Says
11:01 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Bidding Farewell To Tony Soprano

James Gandolfini played Tony Soprano in the hit TV series The Sopranos. Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest in Italy this week at age 51.
Barry Wetcher HBO

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 7:44 pm

Anthony Soprano, a waste-management consultant from Essex County, N.J., died this week.

Tony Soprano was — according to reports that aired for six years on HBO — head of the DiMeo crime family, which allegedly ran illicit drugs, untaxed alcohol, illegal sports betting and other criminal enterprises from the back of an adult entertainment venue called the Bada Bing club on Route 17 in Lodi.

Mr. Soprano denied his involvement in organized crime. He said it was a "vicious stereotype" that slurs waste-removal professionals who promote a green, healthy environment.

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Movies
11:00 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

'Me' Too: For Gru, Another Shot At Global Domination

He's still a would-be world-conquerer by day, but Gru (left, with minions) has been settling into his role as an adoptive dad by night. His new responsibilities make him a likely recruit for the Anti-Villain League, which asks him to ... well, we shouldn't give too much away.
Universal

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 12:07 pm

There will be hits and misses at movie houses this summer, but it's a decent bet Despicable Me 2 will end up in the that-went-well column.

The star, a would-be world-dominating supervillain named Gru, is a hulking, blustering figure with an appetite for mayhem — and a surprising soft spot. He'll boast that he's about to pull off "the crime of the century," then sit down to read his little girls — he's recently, reluctantly, adopted three of them, and they're adorable — a bedtime story.

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The Two-Way
10:58 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

White House Official: U.S. Has Asked For Snowden's Extradition

A banner shows support for Edward Snowden, in Hong Kong on Monday.
Philippe Lopez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 7:52 pm

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET

National Security Advisor Tom Donilon tells CBS News that Washington has asked Hong Kong to turn over NSA leaker Edward Snowden under the terms of a 1998 extradition treaty between the two governments.

"Hong Kong has been a historically good partner of the United States in law enforcement matters and we expect them to comply with the treaty in this case," Donilon said.

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Books News & Features
10:57 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

'New Strange' Stories Hold A Chilling Mirror To Life

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 6:22 pm

If you want a chilly comedown from summer's heat, you can't do much better than the work of Robert Aickman (1914-1981), a master of "strange stories" whose books, long out of print, are now being republished by the small U.K. press Tartarus.

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