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"The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but, as Carl Sandburg once said to me, by newspapers and the Bible."

—Van Wyck Brooks (1886-1963) American critic, historian

 

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Arson fear over Eastbourne Pier fire  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:22:11 GMT
A fire that ripped through Eastbourne Pier is now feared to have been started deliberately. 
Week in pictures: 19-25 July 2014  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:04:19 GMT
News photos from around the world 
A community's tales  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:56:05 GMT
Sound-portraits of the residents of Carrick-on-Suir 
Day in pictures: 25 July 2014  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:50:49 GMT
24 hours of news photos: 25 July 
'Hidden' photos reveal library build  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:44:32 GMT
'Hidden' images reveal Cambridge's University Library 
Your pictures: Cycling  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:14:53 GMT
Readers' photos on the theme of "cycling" 
Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:14:09 GMT
Concept designs by famous manufacturers on show in US 
Taiwan plane crash: In pictures  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:50:20 GMT
TransAsia Airways plane crashes in Taiwan 
Prince George's first year  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:37:31 GMT
Prince George's first year 
The next silicon revolution?  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:01:49 GMT
Could silicon be about to deliver yet another industrial revolution? 
Seven singular sports from the Victorian era  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:07:22 GMT
The bee v pigeon race and other singular sports 
The boy on a beach with an RPG  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:12:34 GMT
Shock at a video of a boy on a beach firing an RPG 
Taiwanese fearful after pipeline blasts  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:49:06 GMT
Residents fear more blasts from aging network of gas pipelines 
Colorado's marijuana 'Green Rush'  Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:08:50 GMT
On a limo-driven VIP pot tour in Colorado 
Working Lives Panama  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:49:11 GMT
Five very different working lives in Panama