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Whatever happened to magic realism? The question arises when dipping into "Maya's Notebook," Isabel Allende's bruising, cinematically vivid new novel. It's an exercise in gritty realism rather than the fanciful folkloricism that Allende has been known...
Tags: Literature, FBI, Junot Diaz, Isabel Allende, Book
Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Mosquito" (Interscope) When the Yeah Yeah Yeahs began making records in 2001, it would've been difficult to imagine the band someday doing a song as "Like a Prayer"-ish as "Sacrilege," the first track on its new album. "Falling...
AUSTIN, Texas — Simon Klose would like you to steal his movie. Stream it, download it, share it with someone in Croatia or Brazil and remix it with videos of kittens playing patty-cake, if that's your kind of thing. Klose, 37, is the director of...
Police have made nearly 200 arrests and seized millions of dollars worth of timber in an international crackdown on illegal logging in the Americas, Interpol announced this week. The vast operation took place from September through November in a dozen...
This post has been updated. See the note below for details.JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee revered in South Africa for overcoming his disability to compete in the London Games last year, wept in court Friday as he faced a murder charge in connection with the...
Art thieves, beware: Savvy U.K. art sleuth Christopher Marinello is hot on your trail. Marinello recently recovered a stolen Impressionist painting -- "Le Jardin" by French artist Matisse -- which is valued at nearly $1 million, Reuters reported on...
Tags: Criminals, Sweden, Museums, Artists, Stockholm (Sweden)
John McAfee’s life on the lam may be over, for now. The antivirus software pioneer was arrested by Guatemalan police Wednesday for entering the country illegally. Just hours earlier, he had sought asylum in the country after leaving Belize, where he...
Tags: John McAfee, Guatemala, Belize
World NowEgypt’s prosecutor general referred seven Egyptians Christians living in the United States and Florida-based Pastor Terry Jones to court for trial on charges that they offended Islam in connection with an anti-Muslim film that has triggered protests...
World NowWhen his bank accidentally plunked more than $8 million into his account instead of the $81,000 overdraft he had asked for, a New Zealand man and his girlfriend took the money -- and ran. Hui Gao and Kara Hurring skipped the country for China three...
World NowFrom the safe haven of Turkey, the fugitive Iraqi vice president on Monday slammed his conviction for plotting death squads against his rivals as a politically slanted sham, insisting on his innocence. Tariq Hashemi was sentenced Sunday to death by...
L.A. NOWBond guru Jeffrey Gundlach has offered a $1.7-million bounty for the safe return of a cherished $10-million collection taken from his Santa Monica home last week, one of the highest rewards on record for the return of stolen art....
When a flier similar to the bus ad pictured above recently landed in our inbox, a red flag went off: The featured image is famous to many Guns N' Roses fans as the Robert Williams painting printed on the original cover of "Appetite for Destruction." The...
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