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This image released by Focus Features shows Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in a scene from "The Theory of Everything." (AP Photo/Focus Features, Liam Daniel)

Redmayne Challenged To Portray Hawking

Friday, November 28, 2014

Toronto — At age 32, Eddie Redmayne is still boyish, with freckles not always visible on screen, a generous head of hair, a wardrobe that includes both a black leather jacket and Converse sneakers, and a humility about the praise that welcomes him as he walks into a hotel room one Sunday morning. In The Theory of Everything, he plays …

There’s Nothing Personal, but Katie Holmes Is All Business

Friday, November 28, 2014

“This is going to make us cry, isn’t it?” Katie Holmes asked me. We were sitting in a screening room on the Sony lot, waiting for the movie Foxcatcher to start. She’d rushed into the near-empty theater a few minutes late, an overstuffed purse slung over her shoulder. After sinking into her seat, she slipped her ballet flats off and put her feet …

Russia Understands Religion

Friday, November 28, 2014

Washington — I’m not sure if it was out of personal preference or as a concession to his interviewer that Dmitry Sverdlov asked to meet me at a 1950s-style American diner in Moscow’s Kitay-gorod neighborhood. With the Beach Boys harmonizing on the jukebox and Marilyn Monroe and James Dean looking down from the walls, the small-town Orthodox priest-turned-tech entrepreneur tells me how he …

Taliban Attack Rocks Afghanistan District

Friday, November 28, 2014

Kabul, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters staged an attack Thursday evening in an upscale district in the Afghan capital Kabul. Witnesses described multiple explosions and bursts of gunfire in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, which contains numerous foreign embassies …

Police: Men Planned St. Louis Bomb 2 allegedly planned to bomb Gateway Arch, kill local prosecutor and police chief

Friday, November 28, 2014

St. Louis — Two men indicted last week on federal weapons charges allegedly had plans to bomb the Gateway Arch — and to kill St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Tom Jackson. Sources close to the investigation said they were uncertain whether …

OPEC Keeps Oil Output on Hold

Friday, November 28, 2014

Vienna — Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result. Oil prices fell sharply on the …

Poroshenko, Putin Hold Talks

Friday, November 28, 2014

Kiev, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held his first talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in almost a month on the conflict in the country’s east, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled she’s ready for a long crisis. The two leaders had “a constructive talk,” Iryna Friz, …

Britain Opens Arms To Thanksgiving

Friday, November 28, 2014

London — If you can’t be at home on Thanksgiving Day, stuffing your face with turkey and then collapsing onto the sofa in front of football, the next best place to be in the world might be Britain. Kinda, sorta. Everyone’s at work, of course, because Thanksgiving is …

For 60 Years, America Officially Excluded Chinese People

Friday, November 28, 2014

Most Americans know about our nation’s history of slavery and the later internment of Japanese Americans in special camps during World War II. Less well-known is that for more than 60 years, the United States officially excluded an …

Full Holiday Menu for Obamas, Plus 6 Pies

Friday, November 28, 2014

Washington — President Obama spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday’s basics. He also continued a tradition of telephoning members of the armed forces to thank them for their …

First U.S. Liver Transplant Recipient Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Friday, November 28, 2014

Severn, Md. — Alyssa Riggan hasn’t dwelled on being the first person in the U.S. to successfully receive part of a liver from a living donor 25 years ago, a medical procedure that paved the way for routine …

U.S. Demands Massive Air Bag Recall

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Detroit — U.S. safety regulators threatened fines and legal action against Takata Corp. Wednesday unless the company admits that its driver’s air bag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall. In a letter to Takata’s Washington …

Researchers Discover ‘Pre-Cancer’ Gene Mutation in Blood

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Many older people silently harbor a blood “pre-cancer” — a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which …