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"Dream Girl" by Laura Lippman; William Morrow (310 pages, $28.99) ——— Gerald Andersen is pretty satisfied with his career as a novelist. Indeed, he’s pretty satisfied with everything about himself. But one perennial question he gets from his adoring readers bugs him: Who was the real person who inspired Aubrey McFate, the enchanting title character in his most successful book, "Dream Girl"? No ...

Customers in deregulated states pay on average nearly 40 percent more than Virginians, according to the Energy Information Administration. For example, a Wall Street Journal analysis found deregulated Texas consumers paid $28 billion more for their power since 2004 than customers of the state’s traditional utilities.

"Should We Stay or Should We Go" by Lionel Shriver; Harper (288 pages, $26.99) ——— The new novel from Lionel Shriver, "Should We Stay or Should We Go," starts out seeming rather claustrophobic and grim. In Chapter 1, we meet a British couple named Cyril and Kay Wilkinson, both just past 50, he a doctor, she a nurse. Having just buried Kay's dad at the end of a miserable period of dementia and ...

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The coin, a silver shilling with a portrait of King Charles I, was created by the royal mint in the Tower of London back in England at around the time the fort was settled in 1634, according to Travis Parno, the director of research and collections at the Historic St. Mary's City museum.

Writing what you know is one way to tackle your first novel, but it wasn't Eric Nguyen's way. When he started working on "Things We Lost to the Water," Nguyen was a lot more interested in writing about the things he didn't know and the things he wanted to know better. He wanted to explore the Vietnamese community in New Orleans, a city the Maryland native came to love when he attended McNeese ...

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there is one category in which Virginia occupies the national caboose: the time it takes to settle unemployment claims. At the end of last year, the Virginia Employment Commission had settled a pitiful 4.1 percent of claims within three weeks, which is the maximum time the feds say the process should take. This placed us dead last among all states.

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Charli Collier scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 6 Texas shut down No. 2 Maryland's high-powered offense for a 64-61 win Sunday night that sent the Longhorns to the Elite Eight as the lowest seed still alive in the women's NCAA Tournament.

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