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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner arrives at the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners, in New York. ABC 's Diane Sawyer will interview the former Olympic champion and patriarch of the Kardashian television clan in a two-hour interview airing on Friday, April 24. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)

ABC News Keeps Tight Lid on Bruce Jenner Interview

Friday, April 24, 2015

New York — The first on-air promo for tonight’s broadcast interview with Bruce Jenner didn’t even show his face, an illustration of the line ABC News is walking in trying to drum up interest for the program while saying virtually nothing about it. The two-hour interview special with the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and estranged patriarch of television’s Kardashian clan …

Cookbook Introduces Mystery Writers, ‘Murderous’ Recipes

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mystery writers like to eat. So do their characters. Here’s an opportunity to meet and greet both without having any calories heading toward your waistline. The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, edited by Kate White, includes 109 writers and more than 100 delicious recipes. This is more than just another cookbook. It’s an …

Morrison’s Writing Still To the Point

Friday, April 24, 2015

In 1970 Toni Morrison detonated a beautiful atom bomb of a debut novel called The Bluest Eye. In telling the story of Pecola Breedlove, a little Ohio girl taught to hate her black skin, Morrison laid bare society’s poisonous obsession with racial appearance. She also introduced a theme that would run throughout her body of work, including her latest short novel, God Help …

Volvos ‘Made in China’ Headed to U.S.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Chengdu, China — On the verge of exporting the first “Made in China” cars to the United States, Volvo is determined to show they are as good as vehicles it produces in Europe. In contrast to its European factories that check a few completed cars from each batch, …

Hubble Telescope Turns 25, But Future Is Cloudy

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Greenbelt, Md. — The Hubble Space Telescope turns 25 on Friday, but no one should call it old. It’s mature. It’s the great silverback of astronomy, grizzled from wear and tear and yet still powerful and utterly dominant …

Fans Get Glimpse of ‘Star Wars’ Video Game

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Star Wars fans received a glimpse of the next cinematic episode in the fantasy saga. By the next day, it was already time to learn how to play in it. Star Wars: Battlefront took center stage Friday at the four-day Star Wars Celebration fan expo in Anaheim. The …

Too Many Good Books, Movies and Shows? Just Hit Delete

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The first step in addressing a problem is recognizing there is a problem, and because I recognized I had a problem I went to see Sue Becker. I drove out to her home in Downers Grove, Ill., and she met me at the front door. She was polite …

Prancing Elites Dance Troupe Is the Star of New Oxygen Series

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Prancing Elites are unlike most dance teams. The troupe, from Mobile, Ala., consists of five black, gay and gender nonconforming dancers who compete in a style of dance called J-Setting, a lead-and-follow form of hip-hop mixed with cheerleader-like movements. Their stories come to television on Oxygen’s 12-episode …

Bees May Grow Addicted to Harmful Pesticides

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A pair of new studies published Wednesday in Nature are disturbing when taken separately, but so much more chilling when laid out next to each other: The first provides new evidence that neonicotinoid insecticides can have a negative …

Cyber Effort To Make Debut Today

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Washington — Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will unveil a Pentagon cyberstrategy today that stresses deterrence, private sector partnerships and transparency. The strategy will be announced at a speech at Stanford University, where Carter will address leaders of tech firms that he hopes will drive innovation in cybersecurity and …

Senate OKs Sex Trafficking Bill

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Washington — The Senate passed legislation on Wednesday aimed at combating sex trafficking, ending a delay that stretched more than six weeks amid partisan sparring about abortion restrictions embedded in the bill. In the end, the practical effect of the bill approved on a 99-to-0 afternoon vote was …

Study: DNA May Be Culprit Behind Mosquitos’ Attraction to Humans

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Are you a mosquito magnet? If so, your genes may be to blame. New research shows that if mosquitoes are attracted to the scent of a particular person, they are likely to be attracted to her twin’s scent as well. On the flip side, if they are repelled …

Airstrikes Continue to Hit Yemen

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sanaa, Yemen — Saudi-led airstrikes targeted Iran-backed rebels and their allies in Yemen on Wednesday, hours after Riyadh declared an end to a nearly monthlong air campaign. The Shiite forces later said they would welcome United Nations-led peace …