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Actor Alan Alda Plays 'Not My Job'

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You know Alan Alda as an actor — most famously as Hawkeye Pierce in the classic TV comedy M*A*S*H — but now he's making his debut as a professional playwright, and we've invited him on to break the news that the lead actress never goes out with the writer.

He's also here to play a game called "You're the Assistant Keeper of the Royal Privy." We know a fair amount about the queen of England — for example, she is rarely amused — but we didn't know much about the people who serve the British royal household ... until now. A new book, Not In Front of the Corgis, details life behind the scenes in the monarchy.

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When Barack Met Michelle: 'Southside With You' Recreates The Obamas' First Date

Richard Tanne's new film is a dramatization of Barack and Michelle Obama's first date in 1989. Critic David Edelstein says the movie's mix of politics and romance has a "naive kind of charm."
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Ramen Noodles Are Now The Prison Currency Of Choice

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Felons' Rights Restored, Early Voting And Other Voting Law Changes This Week

Voting laws have been getting a lot of attention recently and more twists and turns can be expected before the election in November. Here's an update on where the laws stand.
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After Losing Steam In Smartphones, Chinese Firm Turns To Smart Rice Cookers

One of China's most valuable tech startups, smartphone maker Xiaomi, is getting into networked appliances, in a bid to innovate its way out of trouble, as its core business falls flat.

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