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Agent: Author Chinua Achebe dies at 82 – USA TODAY

The internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman and dissident who gave literary birth to modern Africa with ‘Things Fall Apart’ has died. Chinua Achebe, Nigerian-born novelist and poet who wrote the classic ‘Things Fall Apart,’ has died. He was 82.(Photo: Craig Ruttle) NEW YORK (AP) — Chinua Achebe, the internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman and dissident […]

Amanda Bynes gets attention for vulgar, strange tweets – Fox News

For a while there it seemed like Amanda Bynes had fallen off the radar. Now a series of strange tweets have put the once- A-List actress back on the map, for all the wrong reasons. In a raunchy post early Friday morning, Bynes wrote a vulgar, sexual message about rapper Drake that had fans buzzing. […]

Miley Cyrus ‘twerks’ in a unicorn costume – USA TODAY

Stars are re-tweeting the new video. Will it become the next dance craze? Miley Cyrus shares a shot of herself in a onesie on March 19.(Photo: @MileyCyrus, Twitter) Hot on the Web: Miley Cyrus’ new video. Basketball star LeBron James, will.i.am, Amber Rose, Pharrell Williams and Ryan Seacrest are among those marveling at Miley’s WOP […]

Official: NY tax breaks would apply to ‘Tonight’ – Auburn Citizen

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — If New York isn’t trying hard to lure “The Tonight Show” back to Manhattan, it’s doing a pretty good impression. A Cuomo administration official said Thursday that New York is trying to lure TV shows from California with a proposed tax credit program and the “Tonight” show would qualify if it […]

‘American Idol’ recap: White-guy winning streak ends – Los Angeles Times

The “American Idol” voters finally had enough of Paul Jolley. No sooner had Jolley been informed that a town in Tennessee had named a day (last Saturday, March 16 — so I guess he missed it?) after him, than he got word he’d landed in the bottom three. He was soon joined there by Devin […]

Sprawling and struggling: Poverty hits America’s suburbs – NBCNews.com

Sprawling and struggling: Poverty hits America’s suburbs – NBCNews.com

David Friedman / NBC News Tara Simons, left, and her daughter Alexis talk in their kitchen in West Hartford, Conn. By Allison Linn, Staff Writer, NBC NewsWEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Like many Americans who move to the suburbs, Tara Simons came to West Hartford because she wanted her daughter to grow up in a nice, […]

How rich "moochers" hurt America – Salon

In a previous column detailing the true “makers” and “takers” in America, I argued that the greatest threat to American capitalism today comes not from public taxation supporting public programs, but from “private taxation” in the form of excessive private “rents” that subsidize private sector parasites or “rentiers” (like landlords, lenders and providers of health insurance […]

Stock futures advance as concerns ease over Cyprus – Reuters

By Angela Moon NEW YORK | Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:43am EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock futures gained on Friday as a banking deal between Greece and Cyprus eased some concerns about the island nation as it tries to avoid a financial meltdown and an exit from the euro that could roil the euro […]

World markets lower on Cyprus uncertainty – San Francisco Chronicle

AMSTERDAM (AP) — World stocks were mostly lower Friday as it remained uncertain how an impasse on Cyprus’ bailout talks will be resolved. In addition, Japanese stocks tumbled after the country’s new central bank chief, Haruhiko Kuroda, delivered his first speech since taking office. Kuroda reiterated a pledge to bring Asia’s second biggest economy out […]

Study: Cyprus Better for Foreign Investors Than America – U.S. News & World Report (blog)

Study: Cyprus Better for Foreign Investors Than America – U.S. News & World Report (blog)

America certainly has some problems. But worse than Cyprus? In one way, yes. A new report published by the nonprofit Milken Institute ranks 98 countries in terms of their ability to attract foreign capital. Cyprus ranks 19th. The United States ranks 23rd. If you believe those results, a tiny nation whose financial system is about […]