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Yardley: ‘ A Child of Christian Blood : Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel ’ by Edmund Levin

Bernard Malamud’s “The Fixer” (1966) was the most honored novel of this distinguished writer’s career (National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize), and though as it happens I am not a party to the adulation the novel has enjoyed, finding it preachy and obvious, after 41/ 2...

Book review: ‘The Kennan Diaries’ by George Kennan, edited by Frank Costigliola

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a CBS News historian. His books include “Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years, 1953-71” and “The Reagan Diaries.” When I was a graduate student at Georgetown University in the 1980s, studying U.S. diplomatic history,...

‘The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day’ by David J. Hand

‘What are you doing here?” “Everybody’s got to be somewhere!” (Macmillan) – ‘The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day” by David J. Hand Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search This...

AP source: Tribal killing suspect target of probe

Modoc County Sheriff and Coroner Mike Poindexter ducks under crime scene tape Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 outside the tribal headquarters of the Cedarville Rancheria in Alturas, Calif., where local media reports quote police saying a former tribal leader allegedly killed four people...

Arizona governor asked to nix bill angering gays

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, (D) Phoenix, argues that House Bill 2153 would discriminate against gays and others on the House Floor in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. House Bill 2153, written by the conservative advocacty group Center for Arizona Policy and the...

US praises Ukraine deal, calls for concrete action

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday praised an agreement between Ukraine’s president and the opposition to end violence and said it should be implemented immediately. White House press secretary Jay Carney said the deal was consistent with what Washington...

4 More Sickened At Ohio Assisted-living Facility

CINCINNATI (AP) — Four more seniors living at an assisted-living facility in southwestern Ohio have become ill with what’s believed to be norovirus. That makes 27 residents and one staff member who’ve recently come down with the virus at Atria Northgate Park in...

‘GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History’ by Diane Coyle and ‘The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World’ by Zachary Karabell

‘May my children grow up in a world where no one knows who the central banker is” is a wise saying. One also can hope for a world where arguments about measuring GDP (gross domestic product, the sum total of the goods and services produced within a nation) or the inflation rate...

Speedy Billy Hamilton Takes Over Reds Leadoff Spot

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton is a very impatient person. He eats fast, talks fast and likes to get places without wasting any time. He’s made it to the top of Cincinnati’s lineup after only 13 steals in the majors. The 23-year-old outfielder...

How ‘the next Citizens United’ could bring more corruption — but less gridlock

Richard L. Hasen is the chancellor’s professor of law and political science at the University of California at Irvine. An opinion could come as early as this coming week in the Supreme Court case being called “the next Citizens United,” and groups concerned about the...