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  • Melinda Gates talks ‘brash’ Microsoft culture in new book

    SEATTLE (AP) — Looking back at her time as an early Microsoft employee, Melinda Gates said the brash culture at the famously tough, revolutionary tech company made her want to quit, but that she didn’t discuss it with her boyfriend, and later her husband, Bill Gates, the company CEO who embodied that culture. “That wasn’t […]
  • New Ukrainian leader’s campaign took page from sitcom script

    MOSCOW (AP) — The president-elect of Ukraine does not have a political record that foreign governments and companies can search for clues. For now, a 51-episode TV sitcom might offer the clearest view of what kind of leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy will be. Zelenskiy, a career comedian, foretold his future when he took the starring role […]
  • Review: Jon Land’s fans are in for another wild ride

    “Strong as Steel” (Forge), by Jon Land Jon Land’s insubordinate, trigger-happy Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is back again in another action-packed thriller in “Strong as Steel.” This is the sort of thing you might get if Dr. Frankenstein sewed John Wayne’s head onto Wonder Woman’s body, gave the fearsome creature an unlimited supply of bullets […]
  • Trump opens Easter Egg Roll with talk of economy, military

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking part in one of the oldest White House traditions, President Donald Trump blew a whistle and sent spoon-wielding kids into a frenzy Monday as they used the wooden utensils to coax hard-boiled eggs to the finish line during the annual Easter Egg Roll. “This is 141 years that we’ve been doing […]
  • Review: Young friends make a bad decision in Gudenkauf novel

    “Before She Was Found” by Heather Gudenkauf (Park Row) Twelve-year-old Cora Landry starts junior high, and she lacks friends and social skills to succeed in the environment of cliques and budding puberty. She eventually makes two friends named Violet and Jordyn, and the three seem at least on the surface to be inseparable. All that […]
  • Review: Estranged sisters team up in ‘The Better Sister’

    “The Better Sister: a Novel” by Alafair Burke (Harper) In “The Better Sister,” Chloe Taylor edits a woman’s magazine and is married to Adam, a high-profile attorney. She is mom to Ethan, her stepson from Adam’s first marriage to Nicky Taylor, Chloe’s sister. Nicky has been out of the picture for years, and Chloe never […]
  • In Venezuela, women sell hair as another way to get by

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Valery Díaz covered her eyes and held her breath before looking in a hair salon mirror to see herself without much of the long dark hair that used to frame her face. The 16-year-old student was paid $100 for the shorn hair, money she’ll use to help her family and buy […]
  • Review: Erin Kelly’s new novel staggers at an asylum

    “Stone Mothers: a Novel” (Minotaur), by Erin Kelly An imposing former mental asylum reconfigured as a high-end spa and apartment building looms over a remote England town and over the life of Marianne Thackeray in this gothic-inspired thriller that languishes in over-plotting. At one time, Nazareth Mental Hospital was the main employer in Nusstead, England. […]
  • Home sales fall 4.9% in slow start to spring buying season

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of existing U.S. homes fell in March after a huge gain the previous month, held back partly by a sharp slowdown among the most expensive properties. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that home sales fell 4.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.21 million, down from 5.48 million […]
  • New York outbreaks drive US measles count up to 626

    NEW YORK (AP) — Outbreaks in New York state continue to drive up the number of U.S. measles cases, which are approaching levels not seen in 25 years. Health officials say 71 more cases were reported last week, with 68 of them from New York. That brings this year’s total to 626. That is already […]