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† Relax, folks. You need not worry that Ted Cruz, the right-wing extremist who won the Republican caucuses in Iowa the other night, will go on to capture the presidency. †That now seems †all but impossible. My confidence in this matter arises from the fact that Dick Morris, a former pundit on Fox News Channel, is predicting […]

Updated at 2:55 PM

Halle Berry, who became the first black woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002, broke her...

Updated at 2:45 PM

Robert Durst, the wealthy New York City real estate heir and murder suspect who was the subject of last year's HBO documentary miniseries

Updated at 1:57 PM

Our friends had to hand it us. My husband and I pulled off a Sunday-style dinner of roast chicken and potatoes on a busy weeknight. Hands-off dishes were the primary strategy. Once we seasoned both the bird and potato wedges, our pellet smoker did...

Updated at 1:51 PM

A standoff lasting about three hours has ended after a suspect who had brandished a knife surrendered to Medford police. According to police scanner traffic, Justin Ryan Salinas, 29, of the 2400 block of Alma Drive, brandished a large knife...

Updated at 1:35 PM

The halftime show has become one of the year's top cultural moments, so anticipated that it is commonly seen by more people than the game itself. The British band Coldplay steps into the spotlight this weekend, with an expected cameo by Beyonce.

Posted at 1:15 PM

Don't look to Richard Dreyfuss to defend Bernie Madoff. Dreyfuss, who plays this rapacious investment guru in ABC's miniseries "Madoff" (airing Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. EST).

Updated at 12:45 PM

A Yale researcher says a lavish 1951 Explorers Club dinner in New York City didn't include 250,000-year-old extinct woolly mammoth, despite folklore about the event. Nor did the feast include meat from a giant ground sloth, as the menu promised.

Updated at 12:39 PM

Phoenix City Council on a split vote repealed a ban Monday on commercial cultivation of recreational marijuana. The action may end several years of council deliberation over pot regulations. The ban was enacted in May...

Updated at 12:31 PM

Don’t try to make Lisa Beth Allen give up. More than a decade ago she wrote a play set against the Arab-Israeli conflict. The play, “Solomon’s Blade,” had readings around the country but no full production until now.

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