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4:26 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Exclusive First Read: 'Big Brother' By Lionel Shriver

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 9:37 am

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Lionel Shriver doesn't shy away from hot-button topics. Her breakout novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin, from 2003, was about the mother of a teen who kills seven classmates in a school massacre (it was made into a film with Tilda Swinton). Her 2010 novel, So Much for That, which took aim at the American health care system, was nominated for the National Book Award.

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The Two-Way
4:24 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Apple's 'Complex Web' Helped It Avoid Taxes, Panel Finds

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 7:30 am

Tech giant Apple used a "complex web of offshore entities" to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes in the U.S., a congressional investigation has found.

In a statement Monday, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said:

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The Two-Way
4:24 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Measuring The Power Of Deadly Tornadoes

John Warner surveys the damage near a friend's mobile home in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park, destroyed in Sunday's tornado, near Shawnee, Okla., on Monday.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:59 am

Damaging tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday, causing widespread damage that is still being assessed, and additional severe weather is expected.

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The Picture Show
4:23 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Teahupoo: A Surfer's Mecca, A Photographer's Muse

Boats line up to photograph this year's Teahupoo swell in Tahiti.
Courtesy of Ben Thouard

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 2:47 pm

For nearly two decades, professional surfers have been flocking to Teahupoo, a small village on the southwest coast of Tahiti. The location seems obscure, but according to some, the waves there are legendary.

"It holds one of the most powerful and perfectly artistic waves in the world," writes Tahiti-based photographer Ben Thouard.

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U.S.
4:23 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

White House Again Raises Possibility Of Closing Guantanamo

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 8:51 am

For the first time in years, the Obama administration appears to be focused on shuttering the Guantanamo Bay prison and – at a minimum — has redoubled its efforts to reduce the number of people held there.

The key, officials familiar with the administration's thinking say, may lie with 56 Yemeni detainees, a group of men who have been at the island facility for more than a decade though U.S. officials cleared them for transfer years ago.

"If we can send the Yemenis home," one official said, "that could get the ball rolling."

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Music Interviews
4:21 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Laura Mvula: A Soulful Voice That Once Answered Phones

Laura Mvula's debut album is called Sing to the Moon.
Josh Shinner Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 1:11 pm

Less than two years ago, Laura Mvula was a receptionist honing her phone-answering skills at a music organization in Birmingham, England. Now, she's got a record deal and critical acclaim, and she's touring the U.S. with her debut album, Sing To The Moon.

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Movie Interviews
4:19 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

One Couple, Nearly 20 Years, All 'Before Midnight'

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke star in Before Midnight, the third film in a series that follows near 20 years of a relationship.
Despina Spyrou Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 1:11 pm

In 1995, an unintended cult-classic trilogy was born with a film that centered on a simple, romantic premise. Two strangers in their early 20s spend a spontaneous night together in Vienna. The characters, Jesse and Celine, split ways in Before Sunrise, but they reunited nine years later for a sequel, Before Sunset.

In that sequel, Jesse and Celine, played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, find each other in Paris for another brief rendezvous. Even though both are now in other relationships, they can't shake their connection.

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Author Interviews
4:17 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Siblings' Separation Haunts In 'Kite Runner' Author's Latest

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Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 1:59 pm

There was a time around 2003, before e-books and e-readers, when it seemed that everywhere you turned — in an airport, on a bus or anywhere people read — people were lost in The Kite Runner. An epic tale set in Afghanistan, the book sold more than 7 million copies in the U.S. and catapulted the author, Khaled Hosseini, onto the global literary stage.

Hosseini followed that success with another book about his homeland, A Thousand Splendid Suns, which also became a best-seller.

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The Two-Way
4:00 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

British Driver Says She's Sorry In 'Twit And Run' Case

A screen capture shows a tweet sent by Emma Way after she was involved in a collision Sunday. She has apologized for the incident.
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Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 4:04 pm

A British driver who struck a cyclist with her car — and who then bragged about the incident on Twitter — has issued an apology. The incident caused an uproar after the collision Sunday.

"Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier - I have right of way he doesn't even pay road tax! #bloodycyclist," tweeted Emma Way, in a message that has been widely circulated despite her apparent attempts to delete it, and seemingly her Twitter account, @EmmaWay20.

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The Salt
3:57 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Could African Crops Be Improved With Private Biotech Data?

The baobob fruit is one of the 100 traditional African food crops that a group of scientists want to learn more about to improve nutrition.
Alexander Joe AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 4:44 pm

"I'm shocked by the optimism here," Howard Yana-Shapiro, the chief agricultural officer for Mars Inc. said Tuesday to the audience of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Seated there before him were some of the leaders from the wealthiest international organizations and multinational companies of the fight to end hunger. And Shapiro told them they weren't even close.

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