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O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s health director issued a dire warning Monday after photos and video showed Memorial Day weekend revelers partying close together: The coronavirus is still here, and...
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NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist Charles Portis, a favorite among critics and writers for such shaggy dog stories as "Norwood" and "Gringos" and a bounty for Hollywood whose droll, bloody Western "True...
DOWNIEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A retiree has canceled an around-the-world trip to save California's oldest weekly newspaper, which was set to shut down when its editor retires this month.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Twain's adventures overseas, and the irreverent book which helped make him famous, will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the New-York Historical Society.
A pair of Mark Twain enthusiasts who have searched for more than two decades say they've found what appears to be Samuel Clemens' signature from his youth scrawled on the wall of the Missouri cave...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The historic home in Hartford where Mark Twain and his family once lived has received a $1 million gift from bestselling novelist David Baldacci and his wife.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Red-legged frogs made famous by Mark Twain are thriving in Yosemite Valley after a decades-long absence.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on flooding along the Mississippi River (all times local):
A day after floodwaters broke through a temporary barrier in downtown Davenport,...
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Today is Sunday, April 21, the 111th day of 2019. There are 254 days left in the year.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Artifacts recovered from an 1872 time capsule stashed in the cornerstone of a demolished Masonic lodge in Reno include silver dollars minted in Carson City and San Francisco, and...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on unveiling of an 1872 time capsule discovered in Reno (all times local, PDT):
Artifacts recovered from an 1872 time capsule stashed in the...
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — There is a familiar face to literature lovers lounging on a bench outside the Grand Island Public Library.
Famous author Mark Twain has set up permanent residence...
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The window of the Bee Naturals bath-and-body shop offers a view out of a Mark Twain novel: The sprawling Mississippi River at one of its widest points lapping against a...
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Floodwaters driven by a swift current have torn through and spilled over levees at countless locations across the Midwest, swamping hundreds of homes and businesses. The levees...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stan Lee's devoted fans will have a chance to mourn him alongside his friends, family and co-creators at a memorial in Hollywood on Jan. 30, organizers announced Wednesday.
Lee's company POW! Entertainment announced that it will honor the Marvel Comics mogul outside the TCL Chinese Theatre, where Lee's hand and footprints are in cement.
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Today is Friday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2018. There are 31 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 30, 1874, British statesman Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace.
On this date:
In 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris for ending the Revolutionary War; the Treaty of Paris was signed in Sept. 1783.
In 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens — better known as Mark Twain — was born in Florida, Missouri.
Today in History for November 30th
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — City leaders in the historic northeast Missouri hometown of Mark Twain have been talking about renovating the area along Twain's beloved Mississippi River for three decades, and now, that work is about to begin.
Celebrities offer their thanks, remembrances and condolences in the death of Marvel legend Stan Lee, who died Monday at age 95.
"Sad, sad day. Rest In Power, Uncle Stan. You have made the world a better place through the power of modern mythology and your love of this messy business of being human..." The "Hulk" actor Mark Ruffalo, via Twitter.
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Albert Einstein was dedicated to his M150 Pelikan writing pen. It's rumored that Queen Elizabeth has used the same Parker 51 since she was crowned in 1953. Samuel Clemens always used a Conklin Crescent, signing his books in longhand with his pen name, Mark Twain.
KING GEORGE, Va. (AP) — Albert Einstein was dedicated to his M150 Pelikan writing pen. It's rumored that Queen Elizabeth has used the same Parker 51 since she was crowned in 1953. Samuel Clemens always used a Conklin Crescent, signing his books in longhand with his pen name, Mark Twain.
NEW YORK (AP) — An upcoming audiobook about Mark Twain offers food for thought, and some thoughts for food.
Nick Offerman will narrate "Twain's Feast," a look at Twain's life through the food he loved.
The producer and distributor Audible Inc. announced Tuesday that the book comes out Nov. 2.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's so much television to watch or pretend to watch — have you really followed all of wrenching "The Handmaid's Tale" or even heartwarming "This Is Us"? — the guru who coined the term "peak TV" is upping the ante.
John Landgraf, the erudite chief executive of FX Networks, warned that TV's golden age may be morphing into a gilded one, borrowing Mark Twain's zinger aimed at the late 19th-century's crass excess.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The remnants of Tropical Depression Gordon are expected to drop heavy rain across much of Missouri through the weekend, creating a risk of flooding and flash-flooding.
The National Weather Service says south-central Missouri and the St. Louis area could get up to 6 inches of rain by Sunday with more in some spots.
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Hannibal police are investigating after a man's body was found in the Mississippi River near the historic downtown area of the northeast Missouri town.
The body was found just before 10 a.m. Saturday near a marina not far from the Mark Twain historical sites. Police have not released the victim's name or provided any further details.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol was assisting in the investigation. It isn't clear if foul play is suspected.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Patrick F. McManus, a prolific writer best known for his humor columns in fishing and hunting magazines who also wrote mystery novels and one-man comedy plays, has died. He was 84.
McManus died Wednesday evening at a nursing facility where he lived in Spokane, Washington, where he had been in declining health, Tim Behrens, who performed the one-man plays, said Friday.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Mark Twain scholar has been named as the next president of the University of Bridgeport.
Laura Skandera Trombley has served in the past as president of Pitzer College in California and the Huntington Library.
The University of Bridgeport Board of Trustees says Trombley will take the helm as the school's 10th president in July. The school says under Trombley's leadership, Pitzer raised more than $110 million as its endowment climbed to $134 million.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeffrey Eugenides, a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, was in an especially inventive mood one night as he was walking to his office at Princeton University.
He wondered if he would ever be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the venerable honor society where members have ranged from Mark Twain to Dizzy Gillespie.
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — An effort to raise money to improve the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in the author's Missouri hometown of Hannibal is off to a strong start.
The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that just six weeks into the effort, the fundraising campaign has already raised 75 percent of its $600,000 goal. That was aided by an anonymous $100,000 donation.
Today in History for November 30th
NEW YORK (AP) — When the steamship considered the first cruise ship to originate in America left its New York City pier 150 years ago, the passenger list included a little-known California newspaperman writing under the pen name Mark Twain.
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Cave enthusiasts are gathering in northeastern Missouri this week for a national cave convention.
The Herald-Whig reports that the National Caves Association is holding its 52nd annual convention in Hannibal. The last time the event was held in the city was 1979.
Representatives from more than 50 caves are expected to attend the five-day event, which ends Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Keegan-Michael Key's latest job is channeling the words of a comic master.
Random House Children's Books tells The Associated Press on Monday the Emmy Award-winning performer is narrating the audio edition of Mark Twain's "The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine." The Twain story is a fairy tale he left unfinished at the time of his death. It has been completed by author Philip Stead and illustrator Erin Stead. Both the print and audio editions are scheduled for Sept. 26.
REDDING, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut farm once owned by Mark Twain is for sale for $1.8 million.
The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit.ly/2wmXUT2 ) the 18.7-acre property in Redding is next to Twain's country home, known as "Stormfield."
He bought it for his daughter, Jean Clemens, in 1909 and named it "Jean's Farm." But Clemens died soon after. Twain died five months later, in April 1910.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Was it Tom Sawyer in Samuel Clemens' billiard room with a revolver?
Visitors to the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford can now tour the author's mansion while playing a live-action version of the board game "Clue."
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An historic St. Louis home built in the 1800s by Mark Twain's uncle has been destroyed by fire.
The blaze broke out early Wednesday in the Greek-revival style home known as the James Clemens House, and it spread to at least two nearby buildings before more than 100 firefighters were able to bring it under control.
One man in one of the other buildings suffered minor smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.