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Q&A: Opera star Deborah Voigt writes of turbulent life

  NEW YORK (AP) — Soprano Deborah Voigt keeps a picture of herself performing alongside tenor Placido Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera — both as a treasured memory of a great triumph and as a stark reminder of her emotional troubles. They were playing twins, Sieglinde and Siegmund, in Richard Wagner’s “Die Walkuere,” but Voigt [...]

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Matthew Reilly writes action-packed ‘Great Zoo of China’

  “The Great Zoo of China” (Gallery), by Matthew Reilly Matthew Reilly takes elements from Michael Crichton’s classic “Jurassic Park” and gives them a high fantasy spin in his latest action masterpiece, “The Great Zoo of China.” Reptile expert Dr. Cassandra Jane “CJ” Cameron is asked to visit a zoo that is soon to open [...]

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British code breaker Alan Turing’s notebook goes to auction

  NEW YORK (AP) — A handwritten notebook by Alan Turing, the World War II code-breaking genius depicted by Benedict Cumberbatch in the Oscar-nominated “The Imitation Game,” is going on the auction block. The 56-page manuscript was written at the time the British mathematician and computer science pioneer was working to break the seemingly unbreakable [...]

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Tunisia polls give ex-regime figure the edge  BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA

Tunisia polls give ex-regime figure the edge BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A veteran politician from the previous regime that ran on a platform of restoring the prestige of the state took the lead in Tunisia’s first free and fair presidential election Sunday, according to exit polls. But there will still likely be a runoff next month. Beji Caid Essebsi, 87, [...]

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Massive movie poster collection going to auction

  NEW YORK (AP) — A massive single-owner collection of vintage movie posters covering nearly the entire history of feature films — from 1907 to the present — is going on the auction block as one lot next month. It belongs to Morris Everett Jr., who began collecting posters and lobby cards 53 years ago. [...]

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Director Jolie wants ‘Unbroken’ to be tale of hope

  SYDNEY (AP) — Angelina Jolie says she took on the challenge of filming “Unbroken,” which has defeated many before her, because she wanted to create a story of hope. The second-time director is in Australia promoting the new film, the survival story of Olympic and World War II hero Louis Zamperini. “I wanted to learn from [...]

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Brooke Shields writes of life with her mother

“There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me” (Dutton), by Brooke Shields. Brooke Shields, the iconic model-actress-Princeton grad, entered the literary scene in 2005 with her memoir about postpartum depression. This time, she sheds light on the relationship she shared with her mother, and it’s a well-crafted and insightful read [...]

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William Boyd writes Land Rover-sponsored book

NEW YORK (AP) — Soon after turning out the latest James Bond novel, British author William Boyd agreed to write another thriller based on a world famous brand. The Land Rover. Boyd’s nearly 17,000-word story, “The Vanishing Game,” coming out Wednesday as a free download through Amazon.com, Apple and www.thevanishinggame.com , tells of a 35-year-old [...]

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