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Writer quits New Yorker over fabricated Bob Dylan quotes

NEW YORK — Jonah Lehrer, author of a best-selling book about the mind and creativity, resigned from The New Yorker magazine on Monday for being too creative with his non-fiction writing. In a statement that startled New York’s publishing industry, Lehrer confessed to fabricating quotes he attributed to legendary singer-songwriter…

White House wants Romney to explain Israel remarks

WASHINGTON — The White House called Monday on Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to explain recent remarks including his apparent endorsement of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a position that counters US policy. Romney, in the midst of a three-nation tour, gave a speech Sunday in Jerusalem where he hailed the…

Peter Jackson says ‘The Hobbit’ to be split into three movies

WELLINGTON — The film version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” will be split into three movies, rather than two as originally planned, New Zealand director Peter Jackson said Tuesday. Jackson, who was responsible for the Oscar-winning adaption of Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, said be began considering the…

Trial to start in Drew Peterson case

CHICAGO — Opening statements get under way Tuesday in the trial of a former police officer who allegedly killed his third wife — charged only after his fourth wife disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Drew Peterson, former police sergeant in the town of Bolingbrook, Illinois has spent the last three years…

Bill Clinton to give nomination address for Obama

WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton is to sprinkle political stardust on President Barack Obama’s re-election bid by giving the nominating address at the Democratic Party convention, the campaign said Monday. The 65-year-old former president, a hugely popular figure more than 11 years after leaving office, will outline the economic arguments for…

Auto supplier pleads guilty to price fixing

DETROIT, Michigan — A US auto parts supplier has become the latest company to plead guilty to fixing prices of parts sold to German automakers following an international probe, US prosecutors said Monday. The German subsidiary of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp agreed to pay a $5.1 million fine for its…

Fed expected to hold fire despite weak U.S. growth

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve’s top policy makers are expected to shy away from taking new economic stimulus measures when they meet Tuesday and Wednesday, instead waiting until the economic picture becomes clearer. The interest rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee will gather for a two-day meeting in Washington under the…

Colorado theater shooting suspect hit with slew of murder charges

CENTENNIAL, Colorado — Prosecutors charged grad school dropout James Holmes on Monday with killing a dozen people and trying to slay scores more in one of the worst mass shootings in US history. The 24-year-old neuroscience student allegedly burst into a midnight viewing of the latest Batman film, “The Dark…

Hong Kong forced to undergo ‘patriotism’ classes

Hong Kong on Monday vowed to push ahead with patriotism classes despite mass protests over what parents and teachers call Chinese brainwashing. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying offered a new round of consultations with parents after up to 90,000 people protested against the plans at the weekend. But he ruled out…

NASA: Apollo 11 flag from man’s first moon landing ‘missing’

A series of American flags that were planted on the moon during visits by Apollo astronauts some four decades ago are still standing, except for one, a NASA scientist has said. The missing flag was the one planted by the pioneering astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 when…

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