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NATIONAL
February 13, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
A Tennessee woman whose husband died in a mysterious explosion in their home earlier this week has succumbed to her injuries from the apparent bombing, officials said Thursday. Marion Setzer, 72, died at a Nashville hospital Wednesday evening, two days after her husband, Jon Setzer, 74, was killed in the blast at their Lebanon home. Investigators tied the blast to an "unknown package" that had apparently been delivered to the home. Jon Setzer was a retired attorney who reportedly handled bankruptcy cases.
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NATIONAL
February 11, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Tennessee and federal officials are investigating an explosion that killed a former lawyer and injured a woman after a package sent to his rural home exploded. In a televised news conference on Tuesday, officials including Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said they were offering an $8,000 reward for information about the blast, which occurred about 8 p.m. Monday near Lebanon, Tenn. “We are in preliminary stages in this investigation,” Bryan said. “There is limited information we can give.” “We have been here all night since yesterday, running leads,” said Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
SPORTS
February 7, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - In October 1939, Winston Churchill tried to fathom this vast and perplexing land. "Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma," he said. Nearly 75 years later, the attempts to explain Russia visually and musically in Friday's opening ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium were a stunning if occasionally confusing collage of images created by a wide gamut of human movement and technological wizardry. How, for instance, does one interpret the Russian team's marching in to about 10 minutes of "Not Gonna Get Us" by t.A.T.u, a Russian female duo some think uses its songs and public actions as a way to show support for the LGBT community?
NATIONAL
February 6, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The earth shook in Ocean City, Md., on Thursday morning, but seismologists said the vibrations didn't match those of an earthquake or a frost quake, leaving the cause a mystery. Richard Ortt Jr., director of the Maryland Geological Survey, said the seismic waves from the event spread at a rate too fast to be either an earthquake or a frost quake , a rare cold-weather phenomenon that has repeatedly popped up across the Northeast and Midwest during this extraordinarily frigid winter.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Poor Benedict Cumberbatch. Just because he plays brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes on TV, everyone expects him to be some kind of genius, when the truth is he struggles to comprehend basic arithmetic.  OK, not really, but that's the joke that the "Sherlock" star and unlikely sex symbol gamely played along with during a visit to "Sesame Street. " There, he came face to face with the dastardly "Murray-arty," who presented the actor with the "mind-bending challenge" of determining whether there were more apples or oranges on the table in front of him. (Seriously, that whole mystery with the soldier in "The Sign of Three" was a cakewalk compared with this.)
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Following a series of complaints lodged against Google's "mystery barge," a state agency has ordered the tech titan to relocate the project.  San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission Executive Director Larry Goldzband told the Associated Press on Monday that the company did not obtain the proper permits for the project. PHOTOS: Google unveils new Glass frames Because the project was unauthorized, the Treasure Island Development Authority, which leased the warehouse where the barge was constructed, could also face fines and penalties, Goldzband said.
SCIENCE
February 3, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Some mysterious underwater circles spotted in the Baltic Sea have been explained, and poison is to blame. But let's back up and start from the beginning. In 2008, a tourist to the island of Mon in Denmark noticed strange patterns in the shallow waters beneath the island's striking white chalk cliffs. As you can see in the image above, the patterns looked like circles, and they were rather large. Some of them were as much as 50 feet in diameter. Speculations were far ranging: Were the circles remnants of bomb craters from World War II?
NATIONAL
January 29, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
BAYONNE, N.J. - At first he thought it was the fish. Maurice Weizmann, a Montreal businessman on a Royal Caribbean cruise with his wife, started vomiting on the second night of the 10-day voyage after eating dinner and watching a show on the ship Explorer of the Seas. His wife did too. Soon they learned the reality: They were only two of hundreds of passengers sickened by an as-yet unidentified gastrointestinal illness that shortened their cruise by two days and created a floating sick bay on the high seas.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Author James Frey has had his ups and downs. Consider this an up. Deadline reports that Frey has sold a new book to HarperCollins, "Endgame," along with film rights to 20th Century Fox. The screen deal is for a rumored $2 million to $2.5 million , and is said to include Frey writing the screenplay. Frey is the author of "A Million Little Pieces," the 2003 memoir that turned out to be not particularly true. The book was publicly embraced by Oprah; after news of its fabrications came to light, she publicly chastised Frey on her show.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Although writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore ("Cinema Paradiso," "Everybody's Fine") certainly puts his own stamp on the intriguing art-world thriller "The Best Offer," there's an effective dash of Hitchcock and even a soupçon of 1970s-era De Palma (remember "Obsession"?) tossed in for good measure. Add a masterful lead performance by Geoffrey Rush as Virgil Oldman, a snobby antiques dealer and auctioneer who finds himself on the most unexpected journey of his life, and the result is a classy, atmospheric, onion-peel of a mystery.
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