2:06pm

Sun November 18, 2012
Author Interviews

A Far-Out And Forgotten Renaissance Man

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 8:29 am

A Man Of Misconceptions by John Glassie.
Riverhead Hardcover

Back in the 17th century, right around the time when the ideas of great thinkers like Descartes and Newton and Hobbes began to shape the world, a Jesuit priest named Athanasius Kircher also tried to make his mark.

Kircher was something of a jack-of-all-trades. He wrote more than 30 books; he was a philosopher, an inventor, a historian, a scientist. Back in his day, everyone knew about him. But it didn't help his reputation that many of his theories and inventions just couldn't hold water.

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12:04pm

Sun November 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Lawmakers Have More Questions On Benghazi Talking Points

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 5:27 am

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Lawmakers want to know who made changes to the intelligence assessment of the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Congress had asked the White House to explain the Obama administration's talking points in the aftermath of the attack.

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11:56am

Sun November 18, 2012
Movies

Kids Prove They're No Pawns In 'Brooklyn Castle'

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 5:23 am

The pint-sized pros of I.S. 318 are kings of the chess board (and have the trophies to prove it).
Producers Distribution Agency

There's a public middle school in Brooklyn, N.Y., called Intermediate School 318, or I.S. 318. Like others in the area, it's a Title I school, which means it has a poverty level that's more than 65 percent. But unlike other schools, it's got the highest-ranked junior-high chess team in the nation. In fact, Brooklyn IS 3-18 has won more than 30 national chess titles.

I.S. 318 is the subject of a new documentary called Brooklyn Castle. The film has picked up audience awards at the SXSW and Hot Docs film festivals.

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10:59am

Sun November 18, 2012
Books News & Features

Book-Vending Machine Dispenses Suspense

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 3:53 pm

Craig Small via Vimeo

Earlier this year, Stephen Fowler, owner of The Monkey's Paw used-book store in Toronto, had an idea.

He wanted a creative way to offload his more ill-favored books — "old and unusual" all, as the store's motto goes — that went further than a $1 bin by the register.

It came in a conversation with his wife: a vending machine.

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10:57am

Sun November 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Three Dead In Egypt Clashes Over Plot Of Land

At least three people were killed as Egyptian troops clashed with protesters Sunday in Cairo in a dispute over a plot of land on an island in the Nile River.

Kimberly Adams reported on the clash for NPR's Newscast Unit. Here's what she said:

"Egyptian state media reported several army troops and protesters were injured in the four-hour gunfight in southern Cairo. Army troops arrested more than a dozen of the protesters.

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8:11am

Sun November 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Diplomatic Efforts Mount As Death Toll Rises In Gaza

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 7:45 am

Smoke billows from the local Al-Aqsa TV station in Gaza City Sunday after an Israeli airstrike.
Marco Longari AFP/Getty Images

The Israeli bombardment of Gaza continued Sunday — with one missile strike flattening a two-story building in Gaza City, killing at least 11 people, including women and children; another hit a media building and injured six journalists. Israel says its actions have been prompted by a barrage of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, targeting Israeli cities. Meanwhile, diplomatic negotiations are under way, but Israel is continuing preparations for a ground invasion.

Update at 7:42 p.m. ET: State Department Comments

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6:59am

Sun November 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Austin Hosts The World With The Return Of F1 Racing

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 6:39 am

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso during qualifying at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Paul Gilham Getty Images

Update at 4:05 p.m. ET: Lewis Hamilton of the legendary McLaren team wins the inaugural F1 race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Hamilton — the 2008 series champion — also won the race the last time it was run in America, five years ago in Indianapolis. Championship leader Sebastian Vettel placed second today in a closely fought race.

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4:24am

Sun November 18, 2012
The Two-Way

It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's A ... Guy In A Giraffe Suit?

Armstrong Baillie, in costume.
YouTube

"Scotland Is Growing To Love The Good Giraffe's High Ideals:

"A Dundee man who carries out random acts of kindness while dressed as a giraffe admits the bizarre wheeze came to him during a trip to the toilet."

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3:50am

Sun November 18, 2012
Politics

GOP Governors Say Party Lost On Strategy, Not Issues

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 12:22 pm

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (left), Indiana Gov.-Elect Mike Pence (center) and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, participate in a panel discussion during the 2012 RGA Annual Conference on Thursday in Las Vegas.
Ronda Churchill AP

Republican governors got together in Las Vegas last week to take stock of the election results, which continue to sink in.

Going into Election Day, Republican confidence was high that the Grand Old Party would sweep President Obama aside, retake the U.S. Senate and reshape the country in the aftermath.

So on Nov. 6, when the results came in, many if not most Republicans were shocked by the president's victory. Pat McCrory, the newly elected governor of North Carolina, however, saw it coming.

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3:50am

Sun November 18, 2012
Business

Tesla Revived The Electric Car, But Can It Sell It?

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 12:13 pm

Tesla workers cheer on the first Tesla Model S cars sold during a rally at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., in June.
Paul Sakuma AP

The American auto industry has a new darling, but it doesn't come from the Big Three or even Motor City. Instead, it comes from the West Coast — Silicon Valley, to be precise.

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