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9:42 am
Tue April 9, 2013

From Wolitzer, Dramas Of The Gifted (And Less So)

Meg Wolitzer's fat, talky new novel begins in 1974 at an arts camp in the Berkshires where six teenagers sit around in a teepee smoking pot and discussing Gunter Grass. Yes, Gunter Grass, which gives you an idea of the kind of kids Wolitzer is writing about: smart, privileged, pretentious.

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The Salt
9:22 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Arsenic In Beer May Come From Widely Used Filtering Process

The process that turns this beer crystal clear also may impart trace amounts of arsenic.
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Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 5:08 pm

Beer lovers might be alarmed to hear that beer can pick up small amounts of arsenic as it's filtered to be sparkly clear.

But researchers in Germany reported Sunday that they've found arsenic in hundreds of samples of beer, some at levels more than twice that allowed in drinking water.

When we checked in with experts about arsenic and the filtering process, which is also widely used in the wine industry, they weren't too surprised. That's because the filtering agent in question, diatomaceous earth, is a mined natural product that contains iron and other metals.

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First Reads
9:14 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Exclusive First Read: 'Snapper,' By Brian Kimberling

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 10:11 am

Brian Kimberling's debut novel, Snapper, is a lovely, loose-limbed collection of stories about an aimless ornithologist named Nate, who as the book opens is possessed of a glitter-covered pickup truck and a massive (somewhat requited) crush on redheaded dream girl Lola. Nate and his friends wander toward marriage and maturity over the course of 13 linked stories — encountering angry snapping turtles, bald eagles and mystic mechanics along the way.

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Cher's Alive, Despite What You Read On Twitter

Cher in 2011.
Danny Moloshok Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 9:35 am

What do you see when you read this Twitter hashtag?

#nowthatcherisdead

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The Two-Way
8:26 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Strong Quake Hits Southern Iran, Killing Or Injuring Dozens

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 2:55 pm

UPDATE at 3:40 p.m. ET: Death Toll Rises

Bushehr provincial governor Fereidoun Hasanvand tells state TV that the death toll has reached 37 people, with 850 injured, including 100 who were hospitalized.

We updated this post with new information at 12:15 p.m. ET

A strong earthquake in a sparsely populated area of southern Iran has killed at least 30 people and injured 800, according to Iran's state media.

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