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  • Controversy spices up this year's college graduation speeches

    Graduation speeches can be pretty boring. But recent controversies are making this year an exception, with some graduates getting speeches perhaps more topical than they were expecting. So far this commencement season, the big story had been the rash of...
  • 'The Winter People' a past and present ghost story

    'The Winter People' a past and present ghost story
    'The Winter People' By Jennifer McMahon. Doubleday, 336 pages, $25.95 Jennifer McMahon melds the mystery genre with the supernatural for a psychological thriller that is as scary as it is enthralling. "The Winter People" relies on the fears that creep...
  • Newly released memos show Hillary Clinton's 1993 healthcare struggle

    Newly released memos show Hillary Clinton's 1993 healthcare struggle
    Newly released memos from Bill Clinton’s White House years sketch a portrait of then-First Lady Hillary Clinton’s troubled attempt to win support for the administration’s healthcare plan — showing her deeply steeped in the...
  • 'Non-Stop' reviews: Liam Neeson saves the day, if not the movie

    Liam Neeson continues his second act as an action hero of a certain age in the new thriller "Non-Stop," playing an air marshal trying to sniff out a killer at 30,000 feet. While many critics agree that Neeson is a capable butt-kicker who also brings a...
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman overdosed on heroin, cocaine and more

    Philip Seymour Hoffman overdosed on heroin, cocaine and more
    Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an accidental overdose involving a powerful cocktail of drugs, authorities announced Friday. Heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine were found in the actor's system, causing "acute drug intoxication," according...
  • Costly switch? Farm bill moves catfish inspections from FDA to USDA

    Costly switch? Farm bill moves catfish inspections from FDA to USDA
    Everyone knows the story of the fish that got away. Sean O'Scannlain is hoping to avoid such a fate for his pangasius, also known as swai, tra, basa or, erroneously, imported catfish. It might be in your fish and chips or fish tacos. His opponent isn't...
  • Really, Nate Silver? You Did THIS Instead of Offer Oscar Picks?

    With prognostication at a fever pitch in the lead-up to the Academy Awards tonight, the time is right for Nate Silver to go public with his picks. But while ESPN's resident Nostradamus did emerge to talk Oscars on ABC's "This Week" Sunday morning (see...
  • Zoe Saldana as Eartha Kitt?

    "SHE IS the most exciting woman in the world!" That's what director/actor Orson Welles once declared about the sizzling actress/chanteuse/activist Eartha Kitt. (Kitt was portraying Helen of Troy in Welles' production of "Dr. Faustus.") Kitt, who rose to...
  • Confirmed: Facebook's $19-billion WhatsApp deal is Jaw-Dropping

    After the $19-billion WhatsApp deal was announced, I wrote a little blog post about where it ranked among other tech deals. I included the line:  "One day later, Silicon Valley is still trying to pick its collective jaw off the floor following news that...
  • Oscars 2014: Cate Blanchett wins despite Woody Allen's troubles

    Oscars 2014: Cate Blanchett wins despite Woody Allen's troubles
    Would she or wouldn't she? If she won the Oscar for lead actress, would Cate Blanchett utter the "W" word? Fairly or not, that was a question surrounding the star of "Blue Jasmine," who took the trophy for her portrayal of a fallen New York socialite in...
  • Legal pot: Is Jerry Brown right that we'd be too stoned to succeed?

    California voters — thankfully — will probably not have to decide in November whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Backers of the Control, Regulate and Tax Marijuana Act, which had the most funding and organized support of...