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“Frances Ha” and the Pursuit of Happiness

If pain is a reliable measure of truth, then Frances, the protagonist of Noah Baumbach’s new film, “Frances Ha” (played by Greta Gerwig, who also co-wrote it)—who sets herself adrift in the stream of time and gets caught in a waterfall—is utterly <i>dans le vrai</i>. Frances is a twenty-seven-year-old …

Uzbek terror suspect pleads not guilty in Idaho

A 30-year-old Uzbek national who has been arrested on federal terrorism charges pleaded not guilty in an initial appearance in a Boise, Idaho, court Friday.<p>A hearing on bail for Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30, is scheduled for Tuesday, and the trial is set for July 2.<p>A grand jury in Boise returned a …

Relations sour between Taiwan and Philippines over fisherman's death

May has been a bad month for relations between Taiwan and the Philippines.<p>Taiwan has reacted angrily after one of its fishermen was killed by a Philippine coast guard vessel last week. It has recalled its diplomatic envoy from Manila, frozen applications from Filipinos seeking to work in Taiwan and …

Dirk Nowitzki Talks Paycut, Wants Dallas Mavericks to Contend

After a tough season in which they missed the playoffs for the first time this century, the Dallas Mavericks have reason to be optimistic heading into the near future. Dirk Nowitzki, who has been the heart, leader and best player for the Mavericks for several years now, is reportedly planning on …

Bill Gates becomes world’s richest man again as Microsoft hits 5-year high

Bill Gates is once again the world’s richest person.<p>[np_storybar title=”Apple’s reputation as a tech innovator is fading fast” …

Phil Jackson book: MJ over Kobe

Phil Jackson always has been hesitant to compare Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Until now.<p>In his new book, co-written with Hugh Delehanty and …

Charts show how Facebook destroyed $40 billion in value during its first year as a public company

Samsung Expects Galaxy S4 To Hit 10m Sales Before End of May

Samsung expects Galaxy S4 sales to break the 10 million milestone over the next seven days, making it one of the fastest-selling smartphones the company has ever produced.<p>Shin Jong-kyun, co-CEO of Samsung Electronics told a number of journalists at an industry event in Seoul, South Korea, that the …

Fitness protects men from cancer, even 20 years later | NBC News

Fitness can protect you from cancer -- even 20 or more years down the road, researchers report. And men who were the most fit in middle age were the least likely to die a quarter century later even if they were unlucky enough to get cancer, a new study finds.<p>Men who were the most fit at age 50 back …