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Harrison Ford reported engine failure before plane crash

Harrison Ford reported engine failure shortly after takeoff and told air-traffic controllers he was returning to the airport before crash-landing his vintage plane on a nearby golf course in Los Angeles

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Ringling Bros. to give up elephant acts in 3 years

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says the "Greatest Show on Earth" will go on without elephants.

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Movie Review: Smith, Robbie pour on the charm in sharp 'Focus'

If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what's going on — when of course you haven't a clue — that's also the mark of a good con-artist movie, isn't it? To make you feel like you totally get what's about to happen — "Oh yeah, I've seen this in tons of movies," you think — and then, boom. That's not what happens at all. See, you lost your focus for a second.

Book Review: Author explores failure of her marriage

"Leaving Before the Rains Come" (Penguin Press), by Alexandra Fuller

In her new memoir, Alexandra Fuller reveals that she wrote nine novels before her agent said her writing was solid but she lacked a compelling story to tell. Fuller responded by looking inward and penning a series of searing portraits about her life, family and growing up in 1970s Rhodesia, a nation at the boundaries of war in southern Africa.

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Calvary seniors to direct one-act plays this weekend

Already a tradition at Calvary Lutheran High School, seniors have the option to direct at the spring One-Act Festival.

Music Review: Iron & Wine releases choice archive material

Iron & Wine, "Archive Series Volume No. 1" (Black Cricket Recording Co.)

The songs from Iron & Wine's first album, "The Creek Drank the Cradle," were cherry-picked from material Sam Beam had been recording at home for years before catching the attention of Sup Pop Records in 2002.

Book Review: Hornby's 'Funny Girl' takes readers to 1960s London

"Funny Girl" (Riverhead Books), by Nick Hornby

The author of "High Fidelity" has a new novel out, and it's a sweet sojourn to 1960s London, where a cast of writers and actors embark on a groundbreaking television show that changes the course of their lives.

Art auction to benefit HALO foundation

Do you have some empty space on your walls? Or in your heart?

Beatles cover band ‘Liverpool Legends’ coming to Osage Beach

Liverpool Legends have two shows scheduled at Main Street Music Hall in Osage Beach.

Book Review: Lippman deals with parenthood in 'Hush Hush'

"Hush Hush" (William Morrow), by Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman's novels about Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan have never followed the predictable mode. Instead, the series about this sometimes cranky, perceptive young woman has afforded Lippman a way of looking at what motivates people and how each person's actions touch us in some way.

Book Review: Kim Gordon is more than just a 'Girl in a Band'

"Girl in a Band" (Dey Street Books), by Kim Gordon

As the front woman for influential indie band Sonic Youth for three decades, Kim Gordon had a ringside seat as experimental music left the grimy clubs of New York and went mainstream with the help of MTV and Lollapalooza in the 1980s and 1990s.

Google's Blogger reverses porn policy after user backlash

Just three days after saying sexually explicit material would be banned from public Blogger forum sites, Google is backing down.

Music Review: Life's a 'Complicated Game' for James McMurtry's characters

James McMurtry, "Complicated Game" (Complicated Game)

For the sharply drawn characters portrayed on "Complicated Game," life is an uphill battle, even in a fishing boat.

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Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

Leonard Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, with family at his side, said his son, Adam Nimoy. He was 83.

Ping pong offers fast serving of fun in Jefferson City

From junior high to senior citizens, paddles always ready

Ethan Johnson and Elliott Lammers approach the green table, paddles in hand. They ease quickly from palling around to sorting out who wins the first serve.

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