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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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Rowling reveals new tidbits on Pottermore site

LONDON (AP) — Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of what makes a wicked witch tick. The creator of boy wizard Harry Potter published a 1,700-word essay Friday revealing the real-life inspiration behind one of her most memorable villains, the supernatural bureaucrat and Hogwarts teacher Dolores Umbridge. An ice-cold [...]

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After 40 years, a look at Hello Kitty’s success

  TOKYO (AP) — When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of “cute-cool.” That is, Hello Kitty. [...]

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Crowds, cuteness overwhelm first Hello Kitty Con

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hello Kitty cuteness is taking over Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles as the city hosts the first Hello Kitty fan convention. Hello Kitty Con is expected to draw some 25,000 fans over four days. Long lines snaked through the sold-out event Thursday at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum [...]

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Coco Rocha showcases the art of posing in new book

  NEW YORK (AP) — Supermodel Coco Rocha is known for her ability to strike a pose, but she says it wasn’t always appreciated. Her modeling career began with catalog work in Asia, where she recalled in a recent interview: “You can do up to 25 to 75 photos per day. To get the job, [...]

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Robinson, Chast among book award finalists

  NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist Marilynne Robinson, cartoonist Roz Chast and former U.S. poet laureate Louise Gluck are among this year’s finalists for the National Book Awards. Robinson was cited for “Lila,” the third of an Iowa-based trilogy that began with her Pulitzer Prize-winning “Gilead.” Chast was nominated for her graphic memoir “Can’t We [...]

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Mexican’s ‘Harry Potter’ hoard is world’s biggest

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of “Harry Potter” memorabilia was named the world’s largest. Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding all things related to British author J.K. Rowling’s young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which spawned eight blockbuster films. His collection fills two [...]

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