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Army Chief Calls for Rethink of Cuts

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 19, 2014 - 4:27pm
The Army's highest-ranking officer said the rapid spread of threats around the world and growing demands on the U.S. military should prompt a review of deep cuts scheduled in the size of America's ground forces.

Baseball Suit Calls Out Minor-League Pay

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 19, 2014 - 3:52pm
A lawsuit against Major League Baseball and its 30 teams says minor-league players make less than required by state and federal laws governing minimum wage and overtime.

William Deresiewicz Tours the Colleges of ‘Excellent Sheep’

NY Times Books - September 19, 2014 - 2:12pm
William Deresiewicz, who’s caused a stir in Ivy League circles with his book “Excellent Sheep,” is on a tour of those colleges to discuss his critique of them and his advice.






Alleged Al Qaeda Operative's Plea Deal Hits Snag

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 19, 2014 - 1:33pm
An alleged operative of an al Qaeda affiliate pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Manhattan to conspiracy in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, but a federal judge said he wanted more information before he would accept the plea deal.

Bookshelf: A Look at Our Love Affair With Air-Conditioning

NY Times Books - September 19, 2014 - 1:19pm
New books trace the changes air-conditioning brought; politics and change in Newark; and idiosyncracies of the five boroughs of New York City.






Former Conn. Gov. Rowland Guilty of Conspiracy

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 19, 2014 - 12:10pm
Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland was convicted Thursday of all charges in a scheme to circumvent federal campaign-finance rules.

Al Qaeda in Syria Threatens West

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 19, 2014 - 11:41am
The U.S. is tracking multiple terror plots based out of Syria that target the West—threats that current and former intelligence officials say have been traced to al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and not to Islamic State.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Cosby: His Life and Times’

NY Times Books - September 19, 2014 - 10:33am
Mark Whitaker discusses his new biography of Bill Cosby, and Jeff Hobbs talks about “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.”






Official: 7.3 Million Who Picked Health Plans Paid Premiums

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 19, 2014 - 10:27am
The Obama administration said Thursday that 7.3 million people who have picked health plans through the new insurance exchanges paid premiums, suggesting around 700,000 people later dropped out.

ArtsBeat: The Bradbury Chronicles: Hundreds of Items Owned by Author Going to Auction

NY Times Books - September 19, 2014 - 9:56am
Items including awards and even bottles of wine owned by Bradbury are to be auctioned this month.






Children's Books: ‘Harlem Hellfighters,’ by J. Patrick Lewis and Gary Kelley

NY Times Books - September 19, 2014 - 8:59am
A picture book about an African-American regiment in World War I that confronted racists as well as the German Army.

Children's Books: ‘Nest,’ by Esther Ehrlich

NY Times Books - September 19, 2014 - 8:59am
In this middle-grade novel, a girl finds a way forward after the loss of her mother.

Children's Books: ‘Belzhar,’ by Meg Wolitzer

NY Times Books - September 19, 2014 - 8:58am
Students at a therapeutic boarding school discover a way to return to the past, before their personal traumas.

Children's Books: Anthony Browne’s ‘What If . . . ?’ and More

NY Times Books - September 19, 2014 - 8:58am
Swallowing their fears, these adventuresome characters set off down unfamiliar streets and explore unknown worlds.

‘Neverhome,’ by Laird Hunt

NY Times Books - September 19, 2014 - 8:53am
Disguised as a man, Laird Hunt’s heroine joins the Union Army.

Margaret Forster’s ‘Unknown Bridesmaid’

NY Times Books - September 19, 2014 - 8:53am
A child psychologist is troubled by her own adolescence.

Author's Note: Be Polite With Your Books

NY Times Books - September 19, 2014 - 8:52am
The etiquette of borrowing, recommending and reshelving books.

Editors’ Choice

NY Times Books - September 19, 2014 - 8:52am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.

Paperback Row

NY Times Books - September 19, 2014 - 8:52am
Paperback books of particular interest.

Inside the List

NY Times Books - September 19, 2014 - 8:51am
Ian McEwan, whose novel “The Children Act” is No. 4 on the hardcover fiction list, keeps a tally on his website of academic dissertations and theses discussing his work.
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