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—Charles Scribner, Jr.


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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:01:07 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Taylor Swift trademarks famous lyrics  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:39:34 GMT
Pop star Taylor Swift has trademarked phrases including "this sick beat" and "we never go out of style", in the United States to prevent unauthorised use of her work on merchandise. 
VIDEO: NFL star refuses to play ball with media  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:59:44 GMT
A day after repeating one line 29 times in a news conference, Seattle Seahawks player Marshawn Lynch has been at it again, giving a variation of the same answer 14 times. 
VIDEO: Museum's famous dinosaur on the move  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:14:42 GMT
The Natural History Museum's long-time entrance hall exhibit of a Diplodocus dinosaur will be replaced by a giant blue whale skeleton. 
VIDEO: How toys are going hi-tech in 2015  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:53:24 GMT
Toys are getting ever more hi-tech - from robots that can research the internet to toy drones and plastic pets. 
Campaign challenges blasphemy laws  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:24:46 GMT
New campaign challenges blasphemy laws 
The complex case of joint enterprise  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:19:10 GMT
BBC legal correspondent Clive Coleman on the difficulties of the joint enterprise doctrine. 
Iran's Revolutionary Guards take lead on foreign affairs  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:27:04 GMT
It is becoming increasingly clear that a more pro-active foreign policy is being driven by Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), says BBC Persian's Kasra Naji. 
VIDEO: Is the world really getting nastier?  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:09:56 GMT
As Human Rights Watch describes a litany of rights abuses in its latest annual report, BBC News asks if the world really is becoming a nastier place. 
VIDEO: Investigating crime virtually - 15 secs  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:05:50 GMT
A Swiss software developers team has created a system to enable crime investigators to enter a virtual world 
Saudi Arabia and an uncertain future  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:28:57 GMT
BBC editor Jawad Iqbal 
VIDEO: What is the wind chill factor?  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:07:56 GMT
BBC Weather's Peter Gibbs explains the science of wind chill. 
'Room service over' for rescued koala  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:10:32 GMT
A koala who shot to fame after being pictured receiving treatment for burnt paws has been returned to the wild, says the expert who treated him. 
Man missed lottery jackpot by seven seconds  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:32:12 GMT
Canada's Supreme Court says it will not hear the appeal of a Quebec man who missed a C$27m (£18m) lottery jackpot by seven seconds. 
Amazon posts modest holiday profits  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:43:21 GMT
The online retail giant Amazon reports weaker profits for the busy Christmas period, but a 15% rise in sales cheers investors.