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Former President George H.W. Bush's office to close Friday

Mar. 26, 2019 8:52 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Four months after the death of the former president, George H.W. Bush's office in Houston is to close for the last time at 5 p.m. Friday. Bush Chief of Staff Jean Becker says "as one era ends, a new one is beginning." In a statement issued Monday, Becker said the George Bush Presidential...

Radio show host Hugh Hewitt will head Nixon Foundation

Mar. 25, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Radio show host Hugh Hewitt has been tapped to head a foundation focused on preserving the legacy of former President Richard Nixon, officials said Monday. The Richard Nixon Foundation said the politically conservative author, commentator and law professor will become its next...

Songs by Jay-Z, Lauper being added to Recording Registry

Mar. 20, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Songs performed by Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper and a Robert F. Kennedy speech are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that "La Bamba," ''Gunsmoke" and "Hair" are some of the titles tapped for preservation this year....

Library opens archive dedicated to rocker Lou Reed

Mar. 18, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Public Library has opened an archive dedicated to pioneering alternative rock musician Lou Reed. The library acquired the archive after performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson, who was married to Reed, decided to share it with an institution that could preserve and...

Man returns library book 53 years late

Mar. 18, 2019 7:45 AM EDT

FAIR LAWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man says he has returned an overdue library book — 53 years after he first borrowed the book. Fair Lawn resident Harry Krame says he checked out "The Family Book Of Verse" by Lewis Gannet from his school library when he was 13 and Lyndon Johnson was president. The...

Stolen magazine with Beatles on cover back 50 years later

Mar. 2, 2019 9:10 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio library says a 1968 copy of Life magazine with the Beatles on the cover has been returned by a borrower who apologized for stealing it as a "kid" and sent $100 to cover late fees. The Cuyahoga County Public Library says it received the apology this week from someone named Brian,...

Billy Graham Library: Attendance up after namesake's death

Feb. 21, 2019 2:41 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Billy Graham Library in North Carolina says it has seen a surge in visitors in the year since its namesake's death. Citing a blog post on the library's website, WLOS-TV reports that 214,000 people visited the Charlotte complex in 2018, up from 144,000 in 2017. According to the...

Adults at library's drag queen event must bring a child

Feb. 20, 2019 7:56 PM EST

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Southwestern Indiana library officials who've faced criticism for a program in which a man in drag will read to children say all adults attending Saturday's event must be accompanied by a child. Heather McNabb is the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library's engagement officer. She...

Judge OKs suit aimed at halting Obama library in Chicago

Feb. 19, 2019 8:18 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge gave the green light Tuesday to a parks-advocacy group's lawsuit that aims to stop for good the delayed construction of former President Barack Obama's $500 million presidential center in a Chicago park beside Lake Michigan. Supporters of the project had hoped the court would...

Latest: City lawyer welcomes decision on Obama library suit

Feb. 19, 2019 6:12 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit challenging plans to build the Obama Presidential Center in a Chicago park (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Chicago's lead attorney says the city is pleased a federal judge will expedite hearings on a lawsuit challenging the planned construction of the Obama Presidential...