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  • Transocean Tours cruise ship MS Marco Polo in Helsinki West Harbour. (Wikimedia Commons)

    'Freak wave' kills cruise line passenger

    A passenger aboard the British-based cruise ship MS Marco Polo was killed after the vessel was hit by a "freak wave" in the English Channel.

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    With Bob Costas sidelined with an infection that has reddened both his eyes and blurred his vision, "Today" show anchor Matt Lauer filled in Tuesday on NBC's prime-time Olympics coverage.

  • **FILE** Bob Costas is on the set on the field before an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Bob Costas' eye infection sidelines NBC Olympics anchor; Matt Lauer steps in

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  • Acclaimed writer Evan S. Connell dies at 88

    Evan S. Connell gained some attention via his better known books, but the acclaimed author was well-known and regarded fondly by students of literature, critics, and others as an adventurous writer whose body of work reflected a diversity of interests.

  • Acclaimed writer Evan S. Connell dies at 88

    Evan S. Connell was virtually unknown to the general public, but to critics and students of graduate writing programs, the adventurous author was regarded fondly and often praised for his diversity of interests.

  • Acclaimed writer Evan S. Connell has died at 88

    Evan S. Connell, an acclaimed and adventurous author, whose literary explorations ranged from Depression-era Kansas City in the twin novels "Mrs. Bridge" and "Mr. Bridge" to Custer's last stand in the history book "Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn," was found dead Thursday, his niece said. He was 88.

  • Explorer Marco Polo, and first President Bush

    Three years after returning home from his fabulous 24-year journey to the East, Marco Polo, a Venetian naval commander captured by the Genoese in 1298, found himself sharing a cell with a Tuscan romance writer, Rustichello of Pisa, who was looking for a way to while away the time in prison. Their only common language was French, and thus, suggests historian Laurence Bergreen, Marco Polo's famous "Travels" was originally composed in, essentially, fractured French.

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