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Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Hachette – NYTimes.com

  Amazon, under fire in much of the literary community for energetically discouraging customers from buying books from the publisher Hachette, has abruptly escalated the battle. The retailer began refusing orders late Thursday for coming Hachette books, including J.K. Rowling’s new novel. The paperback edition of Brad Stone’s “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos …

Signs of ancient harbor found in Israel – UPI.com

AKKO, Israel, July 20 (UPI) — Israeli archaeologists say the remains of a magnificent ancient harbor were uncovered during a dig in Akko, a city at the northern tip of Haifa Bay. Archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority unearthed large mooring stones that were incorporated in a harbor quay used …

Stone tools focus picture of ancient Americans

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Stone tools and human DNA from ancient caves in Oregon offer new evidence of how some of the first Americans spread through the continent: Quite apart from the better-known Clovis culture, a separate group occupied the West. Archaeologists said Thursday that using multiple techniques, they …

Celeb birthdays for July 20, 2012

 Rockabilly singer Sleepy LaBeef is 77. Actress Diana Rigg (“The Avengers”) is 74. Bassist John Lodge of the Moody Blues is 69. Country singer T.G. Sheppard is 68. Singer Kim Carnes is 67. Guitarist Carlos Santana is 65. Drummer Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols is 56. Actress Donna Dixon …

Celeb birthdays for June 26, 2012

Singer Billy Davis Jr. of the Fifth Dimension is 72. Singer Georgie Fame is 69. Singer Brenda Holloway is 66. Actor Robert Davi (“Profiler”) is 61. Musician Mick Jones of The Clash is 57. Actor Gedde Watanabe (“ER,” ”Sixteen Candles”) is 57. Singer Chris Isaak is 56. Singer Patty Smyth …