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Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover’s highest holiday: Sunday, April 20, 2014 or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear. Yet amid [...]

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. One of the most revered and influential writers of his generation, he brought Latin America’s charm and maddening [...]

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Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s upcoming book will be called “Hard Choices,” a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state while she considers another White House campaign. Publisher Simon & Schuster said Friday the new book, to be [...]

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Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for ‘Goldfinch’

  NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch,” already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country’s top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his second Pulitzer, for “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War In Virginia.” Annie Baker’s “The Flick” [...]

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Alicia Silverstone out with book ‘Kind Mama’

  NEW YORK (AP) — She’s famous as an actress for “Clueless.” But Alicia Silverstone is also famous for her sometimes controversial ideas about mothering, and now she’s put those philosophies down in writing in a just-published book, “The Kind Mama” (Rodale). Silverstone, 37, whose son Bear Blu is almost 3, says she had a wonderful [...]

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Gallery eyes portraits in the age of abstract art

  WASHINGTON (AP) — When abstract expressionism was all the rage in American art in the mid-20th century, many artists thought the art of painting portraits was dead. Artist Chuck Close went so far as to say that making a portrait was “the dumbest, most moribund, out-of-date and shopworn of possible things you could do.” But at the same [...]

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Nas kicks off Tribeca with documentary, concert

  NEW YORK (AP) — The raw New York lyricism of Nas kicked off the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival with an exuberant hip-hop beat. Tribeca opened Wednesday night with the premiere of “Time Is Illmatic,” a documentary about the creation of Nas’ landmark 1994 debut album, “Illmatic.” The Queens native Nas followed the screening [...]

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Bill Clinton jokes with Spacey at benefit concert

  NEW YORK (AP) — Near the end of the first half of Thursday’s 25th Anniversary Rain Forest benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, chairwoman Trudie Styler introduced a man that recently found out he was going to be a grandfather, and out came former President Bill Clinton. After Clinton praised the Rain Forest Foundation, he [...]

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Record labels sue Pandora over older songs

  NEW YORK (AP) — Major record labels are suing Internet radio giant Pandora for copyright infringement for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying license fees. The labels, including divisions of Sony, Warner and Universal, argue that songs such as Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” are not covered by federal copyright [...]

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#HappyForVA

  by Yasmaine Eason Virginia doesn’t have a state song. Every Virginian knows that, right? Well, some citizens want to change that with Virginia Beach’s very own Pharrell Williams’ hit “Happy.” People have joined a Facebook community and Twitter page dedicated to making the infectious tune the designated state song. The Facebook group has gotten [...]

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President Obama attends ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

  NEW YORK (AP) — Tickets to watch Denzel Washington on Broadway in “A Raisin in the Sun” are hard to come by, but one man managed it — President Barack Obama. The president and first lady caught the American masterpiece Friday night at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it first opened more than 50 years [...]

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