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Love blooms for Little Free Libraries

Yes, walkers might pass the occasional Little Free Library that's stuffed with junk – old religious tracts, sad coverless paperbacks, Readers Digest Condensed Books from 1957. But those aren't the norm.

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The big one is coming to California, seismologist Lucy Jones says cheerfully

"I'm an inherent optimist," says earthquake expert Lucy Jones. Sitting in her bright, tidy office at Caltech, the world-renowned seismologist does not betray a shred of irony at this admission, despite how surprising it may seem coming from a woman who asserts in no uncertain terms that Southern California is headed for a devastating magnitude 7.5 to 8.2 earthquake – it's only a matter of time, she says.

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Commentary: This new Facebook job posting is cause for concern

If Facebook is a neutral platform, as Mark Zuckerberg seemed to imply during his congressional hearings, then why has the company had a job opening posted since last week entitled "Politics and government outreach associate manager"? The job post states that Facebook is "looking for an experienced leader to join its Politics & Government Team." The stated mission of the team is "to help those participating in the political process worldwide – from candidates running for office and elected officials, to governments and advocacy groups – better use Facebook to connect and engage with people." Although this particular position is specific to the U.S. political system, the mission is, according to the social network, worldwide. Facebook is seeking to position its employees in these roles as strategic partners of governing bodies, acting politicians and political candidates around the world.

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Book review: 'Islandborn,' Junot Diaz's first kids' book is a vivid celebration of Caribbean heritage

Parents need to know that "Islandborn" is by Junot Diaz, who won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," a novel for adults. This is his first book for kids. Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic, illustrator Leo Espinosa was born in Colombia, and this story's about Lola, who comes from "the Island," though she left when she was a baby, so has no memories of her country of birth. She asks family members and neighbors to tell her what they remember, and one neighbor tells her about a period when "a monster fell upon our poor island," a reference to dictator Rafael Trujillo, though he's never named. The school kids and families pictured are widely diverse, and the book is being published simultaneously in Spanish, under the title "Lola."

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Police catch murder suspect in Gaston County

Officers have captured a York County, SC shooting and kidnapping suspect who crossed the state line into Gaston County, NC Victor Daniel Payne was taken to Gaston Memorial Hospital with an injury to the abdomen.
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