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Powdered alcohol gets federal agency’s approval

A powdered alcohol intended to be mixed up into drinks has gained approval from a federal regulator.

Sarah Brightman working on song to perform from space

British singer Sarah Brightman said she is working with ex-husband Andrew Lloyd-Webber to create a song she will perform from space when she blasts off to the International Space Station later this year.

Book Review: 'A Kim Jong-Il Production' is a fascinating tale

"A Kim Jong-Il Production" (Flatiron Books/Macmillan), by Paul Fischer

Here's an easy one: North Korea's Kim Jong Il orders a famous South Korean film director and his actress wife kidnapped and brought into the country to remake a tepid film industry with dreams of international glory. Of course you should read this.

How does Apple Watch stack up vs rival watches?

Apple made a strong case for how you can use its upcoming Apple Watch, and the device stacks up well against the competition.

Cities across US are home to zombie-themed escape shows

An interactive theater show offered in more than a dozen cities across the U.S. encourages participants to channel their inner Sherlock Holmes in an end-of-the-world team game-building exercise.

Romania mixes up France, Germany in brochure

Romanian officials were left red-faced after Germany’s foreign minister was handed a brochure with a map of France on Monday.

Book Review: Dave Barry's new book filled with humor, insight

"Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster)" (G. P. Putnam's Sons), by Dave Barry

"Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster)," Dave Barry's latest book of essays, might be thin on page count, but it's worth every penny when it comes to humor and insight.

Book Review: Detective Isaac Bell returns in 'The Assassin'

"The Assassin" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott

Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn detective agency returns in Clive Cussler and Justin Scott's new thriller, "The Assassin."

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Shrek chosen for Helias’ spring musical

The story about the loveable, green orgre, Shrek, is the spring musical production by Helias Catholic High School.

Check ‘Baggage Claim’ for a great drama arrival

The Stained Glass Theatre production “Baggage Claim” is the story of the De’Baquel family told in parable format.

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From the stacks: ‘Bad Feminist’ humorously dissects women in pop culture

Roxane Gay’s book of essays, titled “Bad Feminist,” addresses the contradictions many women may find within themselves, particularly with what they choose to enjoy in pop culture: books, movies, television shows, music.

Game Review: Kirby strikes gold in 'Rainbow Curse'

Nintendo's Kirby is just a pink sphere with feet, arms, eyes and a mouth. He doesn't appear to pose much of a threat — instead, he looks like a wad of bubble gum that, at worst, you might have to peel off the sole of your shoe.

Book Review: 'Rule of Four' author thrills with Vatican mystery

"The Fifth Gospel" (Simon & Schuster), by Ian Caldwell

The curator of a groundbreaking exhibit at the Vatican dies mysteriously hours before its premiere. Within hours, his research partner's family becomes victim to a home invasion.

Movie Review: 'Unfinished Business' should never have started

In the years since he strutted onto the scene — lean, handsome, mouth running a mile a minute — in Doug Liman's "Swingers" (1996), Vince Vaughn has become one of the poster boys for the mainstream American comedy: from romantic ("The Break-Up") to bromantic ("Old School"), pretty good ("Wedding Crashers") to very bad ("Fred Claus") to frankly unnecessary ("Delivery Man").

Book Review: Maggie Barbieri's 'Lies That Bind' lacks impact

"Lies That Blind" (Minotaur Books), by Maggie Barbieri

Family relationships can be complicated, tangled up with love, loyalty and support in the best situations and, in the worst cases, hostility, resentment and revenge. While secrets can be part of a family's emotional fabric, how people react to these revelations says volumes about a person.









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