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Dan Brown … Children’s Book Author?

Before he became a best-selling writer, Dan Brown was an aspiring musician. In 1989, he self-produced an album of children’s music he arranged on synthesizers, titled “Musica Animalia.” It sold around 500 copies, and Brown soon forgot about it. He had better luck as a novelist, with page-turners like “ The Da Vinci Code ,” “ The Lost Symbol ” and other thrillers that collectively have more than 220 million copies in print. Now, three decades ... Full story

Modi is pretending to be Gandhi’s heir. He’s the exact opposite.

When President Trump travels to India on Monday, he will be received not as all past U.S. presidents have been, in New Delhi, but in the state of Gujarat, the birthplace of both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi, the father of modern India, who led the country to independence in 1947. The presidential party will be driven six miles to Sabarmati Ashram , a retreat founded by Gandhi, which served as his home and the ... Full story

Australia's bushfire-stricken state pays tribute to 25 victims

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Families, firefighters and politicians gathered in a solemn public ceremony in Sydney on Sunday to honor the 25 people killed in recent bushfires that tore through the country’s most populous state. New South Wales Rural Fire Service personnel attend a state memorial honouring victims of the Australian bushfires at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, February 23, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott. The ... Full story

Coronavirus: Russia denies spreading US conspiracy on social media

Image caption Claims circulating online allege the virus is an attempt to wage an "economic war on China". Russia has flatly denied allegations that it is spreading disinformation about the new coronavirus outbreak on social media. US officials said Russian-linked accounts were making unfounded claims that America started the outbreak. Thousands of profiles on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were peddling the theory, the officials said. ... Full story

The Five Stages of Earring Loss

STAGE 1: REALIZATION. It happened last year, that sinking feeling I know well. I was in the office, when I felt something a hair’s breadth off. I clapped my hands to my earlobes. I’d lost an earring. Again. It was just a cheap, boxy, faux diamond drop. But I adored the set from the moment I saw it, at the closing sale of a beloved neighborhood shop . I was bereft; Kim Kardashian’s infamous pain at losing a diamond stud in Bora Bora had nothing ... Full story

Zamboni driver minds the net as Hurricanes beat Maple Leafs

Feb 22, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jake Gardiner (51) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Carolina defeated Toronto. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports. (Reuters) - The Carolina Hurricanes won an National Hockey League game with a Zamboni driver in the net on Saturday. After both Hurricanes goalies were injured in the game against the Maple Leafs in Toronto, David ... Full story

Wilder v Fury II: Tyson Fury 'expects' third fight

Tyson Fury expects "warrior" Deontay Wilder to request a third fight the Briton took his WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas. Full story

How social media reacted to Wilder v Fury II

Tyson Fury powered up the Las Vegas lights with a brutal display of boxing - this is how social media and the boxing world reacted. Full story

Wade expresses his gratitude at jersey retirement cremony

MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade went through a long list of thank-yous as he delivered a 20-minute speech at his jersey retirement ceremony Saturday night, mentioning everyone from his business manager and the Miami Heat ball boys to Pat Riley. “I could have gone on for an hour,” Wade said following the ceremony at halftime of the Heat's 124-105 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. “This is about me for sure, but this is about all of us at the same time — ... Full story

More to leave quarantine as cruise Britons isolate

Dozens of evacuees from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship have begun their two-week quarantine in the UK as more than 100 others rescued from China prepare to be released from isolation. Those evacuated from the Diamond Princess ship in Japan will spend 14 days at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral. Meanwhile Britons previously evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan are to end their isolation in Milton Keynes. On Saturday, the government confirmed ... Full story