Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 8:35 pm
Tracy Chevalier's 1999 masterpiece, Girl with a Pearl Earring, was a tour de force, revealing the painter Vermeer through the eyes of his 16-year-old maid. A publishing sensation, the novel set the pattern for Chevalier's subsequent work: meticulously researched historical fiction, filled with gritty detail yet rendered in luminous prose.
Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 7:10 am
Eliciting an official response to your petition just got tougher. The White House now requires a petition on its We the People platform to get 100,000 signatures within 30 days in order to get an official response.
Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 9:12 am
Update at 10:10 a.m. ET, Jan. 17: All 50 of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliners owned by airlines around the world have now been pulled out of service so that engineers can figure out why some of the jets' batteries have emitted smoke — and in at least once instance caused a fire.
We've followed the developments since Wednesday evening. Here's our original post and earlier updates:
Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 4:28 pm
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran's chart-topping hit "The A Team" has earned him international attention and a Grammy nomination for song of the year. The 21-year-old tells NPR Morning Edition host David Greene that his journey to stardom wasn't an easy one however, and it included many nights sleeping on sofas.
Manti Te'o — a linebacker for Notre Dame and a former Heisman Trophy candidate — has come under fire for allegedly making up a girlfriend who died of cancer. Robert Siegel speaks with sports correspondent Mike Pesca for more on the story.