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Soweto, South Africa — Children at Batsogile Primary School hold signs as they prepare to join in a national singing of happy birthday to beloved former President Nelson Mandela, who turns 94 on Wednesday. The nation’s 12 million schoolchildren began their day with a special birthday song, ringing with the …

Emeli Sandé’s ‘Our Version of Events’ – NYTimes.com

The story of the recent British soul revival is the story of ghosts. Artists like Adele and Amy Winehouse succeeded as much because of the memories they conjured with their reference points as because of their talent. They had the familiarity of yesteryear on their sides. And given that they …

Watercooler Stories – May 1, 2012 – UPI.com

Thieves: Sheep are in ‘protective custody’ TRENT HILLS, Ontario, May 1 (UPI) — The culprits behind the theft of 31 sheep slated to be culled in Canada due to suspected illness said the animals are in “protective custody.” The sheep, belonging to Montana Jones of Wholearth Farmstudio in Trent Hills, …

The End of Newt – NYTimes.com

Well, the results of the latest wave of primaries are in. The people have spoken, decisively. All 10 of them. I am exaggerating. In Rhode Island, well over 3 percent of the eligible voters flocked to the polls on Tuesday, as the overwhelming majority declared their enthusiasm for Mitt Romney …

Stiff-legged marching part of long tradition

The high-stepping precision marching on display by North Korean soldiers in recent photos is the latest in a long tradition of goose-stepping, performed to varying degrees by militaries around the world. European historian Norman Davies writes that the stiff-legged step originated in the Prussian Army in the 17th century. In …

The week in one-liners: Biden, Bush, Cain – POLITICO.com

The top quotes in politics … “I will transmit this information to Vladimir.” — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev offering to pass President Obama’s message along. “It’s bulls—.” — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum getting annoyed with a New York Times reporter. “Don’t retreat.” — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin encouraging …