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Graceland brings Elvis back to his Las Vegas home

AP Entertainment News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:50am
Graceland brings Elvis back to his Las Vegas home Associated Press - 26 February 2015 14:50-05:00 News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, General news, Travel, Lifestyle, Country music, Music, Hotel-casino operators, Entertainment, Hotel operators, Hospitality and leisure industry, Consumer services, Consumer products and services, Industries, Casino operators, Gambling industry People, Places and Companies: Elvis Presley, David A. Siegel, Kirk Kerkorian, Las Vegas Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Kerry heading to Switzerland for next round of nuclear talks

AP Politics - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:45am
Kerry heading to Switzerland for next round of nuclear talks Associated Press - 26 February 2015 14:45-05:00 News Topics: Government and politics, International relations People, Places and Companies: John Kerry, Sergey Lavrov, Switzerland, Middle East Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Minnesota teen pleads guilty to trying to support terrorism

AP US News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:42am
Minnesota teen pleads guilty to trying to support terrorism Associated Press - 26 February 2015 14:42-05:00 News Topics: General news, Juvenile crime, Legal proceedings, Crime, Militant groups, Terrorism, Law and order, War and unrest People, Places and Companies: Bashar Assad, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Syria, United States, Istanbul Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Vandalism in Arizona shows the Internet's vulnerability

AP Technology News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:41am
Vandalism in Arizona shows the Internet's vulnerability Associated Press - 26 February 2015 14:41-05:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Technology, Service outages, Internet service providers, Vandalism, Digital telecommunications services, Telecommunications services, Telecommunications, Industries, Crime People, Places and Companies: Arizona, Flagstaff, Prescott, Phoenix Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Vandalism in Arizona shows the Internet's vulnerability

AP US News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:41am
Vandalism in Arizona shows the Internet's vulnerability Associated Press - 26 February 2015 14:41-05:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Technology, Service outages, Internet service providers, Vandalism, Digital telecommunications services, Telecommunications services, Telecommunications, Industries, Crime People, Places and Companies: Arizona, Flagstaff, Prescott, Phoenix Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

North Pole Refinery tax assessment cut by more than half

AP Alaska News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:34am
North Pole Refinery tax assessment cut by more than half Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner - 26 February 2015 14:34-05:00 News Topics: General news, Municipal governments, Oil and gas refining, Local taxes, Local governments, Government and politics, Oil and gas industry, Energy industry, Industries, Business, Government taxation and revenue, Government finance, Government business and finance People, Places and Companies: Alaska, Fairbanks Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

State study involves pregnancy tests placed in Alaska bars

AP Alaska News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:24am
State study involves pregnancy tests placed in Alaska bars KTVA-TV - 26 February 2015 14:24-05:00 News Topics: General news, Fetal alcohol syndrome, Pregnancy and childbirth, Diseases and conditions, Health, Sexual and reproductive health, Women's health People, Places and Companies: Alaska, Anchorage Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Coca-Cola bottle as art? Atlanta's High Museum takes a look

AP Business News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:21am
Coca-Cola bottle as art? Atlanta's High Museum takes a look Associated Press - 26 February 2015 14:21-05:00 News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, Food and drink, General news, Lifestyle, Travel, Visual arts, Art photography, Museums, Art museums, Recreation and leisure, Leisure travel People, Places and Companies: Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, Atlanta Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

UN health agency urges Europe to step up measles vaccination

AP Health News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:10am
BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization is urging Europe to step up measles vaccination efforts as countries report thousands of cases of the disease. 2015-02-25T01:37:00-05:00 2015-02-25T06:37:34-05:00

Pills before and after sex can help prevent HIV, study finds

AP Health News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:10am
SEATTLE (AP) — For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. 2015-02-24T11:20:00-05:00 2015-02-24T16:20:45-05:00

Toddler dies of measles in Berlin, first death in outbreak

AP Health News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:10am
BERLIN (AP) — An 18-month-old boy has died of measles in Berlin, the first known death in an outbreak of the disease that has seen more than 570 cases in the German capital since October. 2015-02-24T13:14:00-05:00 2015-02-24T18:14:43-05:00

WWII bomb found near Borussia Dortmund stadium

AP Sports News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:10am
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — An unexploded World War II bomb has been discovered in the immediate vicinity of Borussia Dortmund's stadium and authorities have evacuated the area. 2015-02-26T02:46:00-05:00 2015-02-26T07:46:58-05:00

Matthews scores 31, Blazers beat slumping Spurs 111-95

AP Sports News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:10am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Wesley Matthews and the Portland Trail Blazers hope they put their recent fourth-quarter woes behind them Wednesday night. 2015-02-25T21:31:00-05:00 2015-02-26T02:31:40-05:00

Mavs suspend Rondo for game after exchange with Carlisle

AP Sports News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:10am
ATLANTA (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks suspended Rajon Rondo for their game Wednesday night in Atlanta for conduct detrimental to the team, a day after the point guard had a heated exchange on the court with coach Rick Carlisle and was benched. 2015-02-25T18:02:00-05:00 2015-02-25T23:02:47-05:00

Custom dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars stolen

AP Entertainment News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:08am
Custom dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars stolen Associated Press - 26 February 2015 14:08-05:00 News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, General news, Lifestyle, Oddities, Celebrity, Fashion, Entertainment, Beauty and fashion, Celebrity fashion, Couture, Academy Awards, Criminal investigations, Celebrity legal affairs, Fashion design, Events, Law and order, Crime, Award shows, Movie awards, Movies People, Places and Companies: Lupita Nyong'o, Calvin Klein, Francisco Costa Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Custom dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars stolen

AP US News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:08am
Custom dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars stolen Associated Press - 26 February 2015 14:08-05:00 News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, General news, Lifestyle, Oddities, Celebrity, Fashion, Entertainment, Beauty and fashion, Celebrity fashion, Couture, Academy Awards, Criminal investigations, Celebrity legal affairs, Fashion design, Events, Law and order, Crime, Award shows, Movie awards, Movies People, Places and Companies: Lupita Nyong'o, Calvin Klein, Francisco Costa Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Google looks for more revenue from ads in Android app store

AP Technology News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:04am
Google looks for more revenue from ads in Android app store Associated Press - 26 February 2015 14:04-05:00 News Topics: Business, Technology, Mobile software, Mobile communication technology, Communication technology, Application software, Software, Computing and information technology People, Places and Companies: California Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Daniel Dae Kim takes control in 'Hawaii Five-0' and beyond

AP Entertainment News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:04am
Daniel Dae Kim takes control in 'Hawaii Five-0' and beyond Associated Press - 26 February 2015 14:04-05:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Television programs, Entertainment, TV dramas People, Places and Companies: Daniel Dae Kim, Hawaii Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Graceland brings Elvis back to his Las Vegas home

AP Entertainment News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:03am
Graceland brings Elvis back to his Las Vegas home Associated Press - 26 February 2015 14:03-05:00 News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, General news, Travel, Lifestyle, Country music, Music, Hotel-casino operators, Entertainment, Hotel operators, Hospitality and leisure industry, Consumer services, Consumer products and services, Industries, Casino operators, Gambling industry People, Places and Companies: Elvis Presley, David A. Siegel, Kirk Kerkorian, Las Vegas Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Free Books: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

49 Writers - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:00am
A scam: don't fall for it!

Let’s keep this simple.
Everyone likes to get things for free. (Whether they value them is another matter; mostly, they don’t.)
Say you want free books. There are good ways to get them. Libraries, for certain. If they don’t have the book you’re looking for, ask them to order it.
If you like e-books, there are thousands and thousands of free ones available through legitimate online vendors (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, etc.). True, a lot of them aren’t that great, but if you search, you’ll find some gems, one being the Alaska Sampler that David Marusek and I put out each year. There are also legitimate e-newsletters like BookBub that will match your reading interests with time-sensitive offers for free and discounted books.
If you’re a book blogger and/or reviewer, you can be swimming in free books, via NetGalley and/or having a following that will attract the attention of authors and publicists.
Another great way to get free books is to follow an author via her website or on Goodreads. Authors and publishers often arrange giveaways—drawings for free books. And authors sometimes seek out beta readers and early reviewers, with whom they share e-books for free. Authors who have control of their book pricing will generally be happy to let you know about sales and such—a newsletter or email alert function on the author’s website will keep you in the know.
The bad way to get free books is piracy. It used to be that authors worried (if they worried at all) about plagiarism. Now, pirates steal whole books, making money either directly or indirectly off the backs of authors who work hard and earn little, statistically speaking.
Piracy of intellectual property, like everything else in the economic realm, is fundamentally about value.
A Starbucks latte has value.
A McDonald’s Big Mac meal has value.
A novel into which I poured my soul—not to mention three years of my life—has value.
I know, we all make our choices. All I’m saying is that when you consider all the legitimate ways to get a book for free, there’s no reason to pirate it, and there are ample reasons not to.
Which brings me to the ugly. A lot of those free book download sites are straight-up scams, using books as bait to lure in the unsuspecting. They post fake conversations about the books, including review language they lift from legitimate sites and even­—get this—fake “good cop” admonitions against pirating, along with “bad cops” who offer links to the pirating sites.
When you click through to the “free download” button, you’ll be asked to input your credit card information, so the scammers will have it “on file,” in case you want to buy a book later.
Guess what’s next? Fraudulent credit card charges. Nasty malware installed from what you thought was a legitimate website. (The malware is as clever as the fake discussion boards about the book: it tries the password out on your email account and uses it to send emails to your contacts, ostensibly from you, encouraging your friend to click on the link that will load malware onto his or her device.)
Don’t risk it. Get your books the way everyone else does. Authors rarely get rich. But your small contribution to our efforts is much appreciated!

Mark your calendars: Deb has a legitimate free book offer coming up. On Feb. 26 and 27, the e-book version of What Every Author Should Know will be available for free through Amazon. Thanks to author David Marusek for research and links for this post. 
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