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Four Americans on Man Booker long list as prize widens its reach

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LONDON - American writers hold four of the 13 slots on the Man Booker Prize 2014 long list announced on Wednesday, the first year the prestigious literary award has been open to all authors writing in English and published in the United Kingdom.

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Starbucks seeks to expand in cafe-clogged Vietnam

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HANOI - With more coffee shops per square mile than probably anywhere on earth, opening a cafe in Vietnam's capital could be a bit of a gamble. This week, U.S. coffee chain Starbucks is opening three of them.

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World Chefs: Michelin-starred Hungarian chef inspired by 'two moms'

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(This July 21 story was refiled to add dropped paragraph from recipe)

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Tue, Jul 22 2014

Harding letters reveal steamy side of 29th U.S. president

WASHINGTON - On Christmas Eve 1910, future U.S. President Warren Harding wrote his mistress Carrie Phillips a letter that began: "There are no words, at my command, sufficient to say the full extent of my love for you ... mad, tender, devoted, ardent, eager, passion-wild."

22 Jul 2014

Miami restaurant, survivor of desegregation and riots, to close

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MIAMI - After more than half a century, Jumbo's, famous for its fried shrimp and conch, and one of the first Miami restaurants to desegregate in the late 1960s, is closing this week as the site is sold to a developer of affordable housing.

22 Jul 2014

Cartoonist Roz Chast takes on eldercare

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cartoonist Roz Chast, famous for her deceptively simple drawings in The New Yorker magazine, is now touching a chord with the “sandwich generation” with her wryly sensitive graphic memoir about caring for her aging parents.

22 Jul 2014

Wright brothers' mechanic honored at Ohio aviation museum

- The bike mechanic who designed and built the lightweight aluminum engine for Orville and Wilbur Wright's first powered aircraft was honored this week with a bronze bust at an aviation museum in Ohio.

22 Jul 2014

L.A. gently weeps as George Harrison tree is felled by beetles

LOS ANGELES - A tree planted in memorial to late Beatles guitarist George Harrison following his death in Los Angeles in 2001 has been killed by bark beetles amid California's epic drought, a local official said on Tuesday.

22 Jul 2014

'Slenderman' attack victim receives Purple Heart from an anonymous well wisher

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MILWAUKEE - A Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times in a murder plot allegedly hatched by two classmates to win favor with a fictional Internet character, has been sent a prestigious Purple Heart medal by an anonymous well-wisher, the victim's family said on Tuesday.

22 Jul 2014

Restaurant run by Indian convicts wins praise for politeness, hygiene

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NEW DELHI - As India's capital baked in a heat wave, banker Gaurav Gupta sat down for lunch at a new air-conditioned restaurant, to be greeted by a smiling waiter who took his order for a traditional "thali" meal of flat bread, lentils, vegetables and rice.Nothing unusual, except that the employee, like most of his colleagues, is a convicted murderer serving time in South Asia's largest prison complex."Tihar Food Court" in west Delhi, a rehabilitation effort kicked off by the Tihar pri

22 Jul 2014
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.