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FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo, author George R.R. Martin poses at the premiere of the film

George R.R. Martin can't build castle library in New Mexico

Sep. 10, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin won't be able to build a seven-sided, castle-style library at his compound in Santa Fe that drew objections from neighbors. The city's Historic Districts Review Board on Tuesday denied a request to allow Martin to exceed the...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 1960, file photo, President Dwight Eisenhower poses with President-elect John F. Kennedy at the White House in Washington, before a private conference. Researchers at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in 2020 have found a cache of letters from Americans objecting to JFK's embrace of cocktails at White House events. The letters shed new insight into Eisenhower's handoff to Kennedy early in 1961, and the strikingly different attitudes that people held about alcohol at official functions. (AP Photo, File)

Letters reveal public distaste for booze in JFK White House

Sep. 10, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — It was a tempest in a teapot — or, more accurately, a whiskey tumbler. Presidential transitions are always at least a little tricky. Case in point: Researchers at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum have found a cache of letters from Americans objecting to JFK's embrace...

This photo taken Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 shows a Jewish manuscript smuggled into Israel from Damascus in a Mossad spy operation in the early 1990s, in Jerusalem. The manuscript is one of the earliest existing complete manuscripts of the Hebrew bible.  The Jerusalem District Court ruled Monday, Aug. 17, 2020 that the books were “treasures of the Jewish people” that had “historic, religious and national importance” and must be preserved. It determined that the best way to do so would be to keep them at the National Library under a public trust.  (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israeli court: Damascus Bibles to stay in National Library

Aug. 18, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A quarter century after Israeli spies, a Canadian activist and a Syrian rabbi smuggled nine rare medieval Jewish manuscripts out of Damascus, an Israeli court decided the books will remain under the National Library’s custodianship for their preservation. The decision ends a...

Black history in Bethlehem is focus of library’s project

Aug. 15, 2020 3:02 AM EDT

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — When Vivian Hungerford reminisces about growing up in Bethlehem, she remembers her home always crowded with friends and family, thanks to her parents, who kept an open door, welcoming visitors no matter the color of their skin. Her father, Bert Tarboro Jr., founded the Bethlehem...

FILE - This June 27, 1967 file photo shows Milan Kundera, a Czech-born author living in France. Kundera, the Czech-born author of “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” has decided to donate his private library and archive to a public library in the Czech Republic. The Moravian Library in the second largest Czech city of Brno, Kundera’s hometown, said on Thursday, July 30, 2020 all the items will be transported form Kundera’s apartment in Paris to Brno in the fall. (Jovan Dezort/CTK via AP, file)

Writer Milan Kundera donating archive to Czech library

Jul. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Milan Kundera, the 91-year-old author of “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and other acclaimed novels, has decided to donate his private library and archive to a public library in the Czech city where he was born and spent his childhood. The Moravian Library in the city of...

Fraternity members sing in front of the casket of the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., during a service celebrating

Civil rights icon John Lewis remembered in his hometown

Jul. 25, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

TROY, Ala. (AP) — Civil rights icon and longtime Georgia congressman John Lewis was remembered Saturday — in the rural Alabama county where his story began — as a humble man who sprang from his family’s farm with a vision that “good trouble” could change the world. The...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lays a wreath at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Yorba Linda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

At Nixon library, Pompeo declares China engagement a failure

Jul. 23, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration took a hammer to one of the most significant Republican foreign policy achievements in the past five decades on Thursday, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declaring U.S. engagement with China a dismal failure. As the administration sharpens its already harsh...