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  • New Yahoo CEO arrives: why his company isn't dead yet

    As former eBay executive, Scott Thompson takes the helm at Yahoo the company confronts some big strategic hurdles, but it hasn't been wiped off the Internet map just yet.

  • Comfort food with an English accent: Lancashire Hotpot

    Stir It Up! Comfort food with an English accent: Lancashire Hotpot

    This take on Lancashire hotpot – traditional English food at its most comforting – is made with lamb, onions and carrots topped with sliced potatoes and baked until fork tender.

  • Jerusalem: The Biography

    Jerusalem: The Biography

    Chronicling the world's holiest city

  • Mark Twain and 29 other great pseudonyms

    Mark Twain and 29 other great pseudonyms

    Wednesday's special Google doodle wished a happy birthday to Mark Twain. The American writer was born 176 years ago. Well, Twain wasn't born then. A fellow named Samuel Clemens was. The pen name "Mark Twain" came many years later. Twain stands among many great pseudonyms. Some are obviously fake – Vin Diesel and Sting. But others might surprise you – John Wayne and Alan Alda. Here are 30 of the best from books, movies, TV, and music.

  • Mark Twain: Top 5 world travel quotes

    Mark Twain: Top 5 world travel quotes

    Today is the 176th birthday of Mark Twain, or as his parents knew him, Samuel L. Clemens. Twain is best known for his American fiction, including “Tom Sawyer,” but he was also an intrepid traveler and travel-writer who paved the way for the Bill Brysons of our day. In “Innocents Abroad" he wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” Here are five delightful travel quotes from Twain's writings:

  • If Mark Twain were alive today, he'd be reading this on an iPad

    Horizons If Mark Twain were alive today, he'd be reading this on an iPad

    Google is honoring the 176th birthday of Mark Twain with one of its trademark doodles. Consummate technophile that he was, Twain would no doubt have appreciated it.

  • Mark Twain: 10 reasons we love him

    Mark Twain: 10 reasons we love him

    It's the 176th birthday of one of the most iconic of figures in US history. In honor of the day that Samuel Clemens was born, here are 10 reasons why we love the great American author known as Mark Twain.

  • Why Mark Twain would be booted from Facebook

    Horizons Why Mark Twain would be booted from Facebook

    A Google doodle gave Mark Twain a warm birthday salute on Wednesday. But Facebook would have given Mark Twain a hard time. It's company policy, Mr. Clemens.

  • Mark Twain quotes: 10 favorites on his birthday

    Mark Twain quotes: 10 favorites on his birthday

    William Faulkner called him “…the first truly American writer.” Ernest Hemingway declared that all American writing comes from “Huckleberry Finn,” and “there has been nothing as good since." And Norman Mailer said “Huck Finn” stands up “page for page” to the “best modern American novels.” Wednesday marks the 176th anniversary of the birth of the matchless Samuel Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain. His genius lay in his distinctive ability to convey profound wisdom and profane wit in the same breath. Here, in tribute to the man Faulkner called the “father of American literature,” are 10 quotes from Mark Twain.

  • Bumps in the night

    Hearing the prolonged creaking sound and occasional clump, an imaginative boy surveyed his options.