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Chocolate Fashions Make For A Truly Sweet Little Black Dress

Chocoholics, take note: Fashion designers are crafting dresses — and purses, hats, even bikinis — to drool for. But don't expect to find these edible outfits on a ready-to-wear rack: They're really just high-concept eye candy for now, part of the world's largest chocolate fair open to the public.
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Budget Cuts At Smithsonian Could Lead To Furloughs And Museum Closings

The Smithsonian Institution is facing a $65 million budget cut this year under automatic funding reductions approved by Congress, which could lead to furloughs or museum closings if the cuts persist for the year ahead.

Charity Watchdog Shakes Up Ratings To Focus On Results

Charity Navigator's ratings system currently looks at how much a nonprofit spends on its programs versus its overhead. Beginning in 2016, the rating will also factor in a group's effectiveness. But some nonprofits argue that results can be hard to measure — especially if you're working in a war zone.


At Guantanamo, 'Sketching' Defendants, Witnesses And KSM's Nose

Janet Hamlin was the only courtroom sketch artist allowed at the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals. Her work has been collected in a new book, Sketching Guantanamo — and she tells NPR's Renee Montagne that getting Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's nose right ended up being a challenge.

More Is More In Donna Tartt's Believable, Behemoth 'Goldfinch'

The author of The Secret History returns with a novel about art, love and loss that's drawn comparisons to Oliver Twist and the Harry Potter series. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says The Goldfinch marks a departure from Tartt's previous work, but it's a rich, absorbing read — all 771 pages of it.

'Wheelmen' Exposes Doping Culture And The Armstrong 'Conspiracy'

Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell say that champion cyclist Lance Armstrong was at the center of "the greatest sports conspiracy ever." Their book chronicles everything from group blood transfusions on the team bus to extensive efforts to silence and intimidate those who might expose the abuse.

If You're Looking To Read 'Lady Things,' Choose Jezebel Over Jones

Bridget Jones hasn't aged well. At 51, she's the "geriatric mum" of two small children, and finds herself yearning to plunge back into dating. Critic Maureen Corrigan says if you're looking for jolly feminist cultural commentary, you'd be better off reading a witty "encyclopedia of lady things" from the creators of the website Jezebel.

Black Girl 'Geeks' Want To See More Of Themselves In Comics

Comic book characters aren't exactly known for their racial diversity, but now a group of self-proclaimed black girl geeks are trying to change that. Guest Host Celeste Headlee speaks to Grace Gipson, a blogger for Black Girl Nerds, about the lack of black representation in geek culture.

'Murdoch's World': Inside One Of The Last Old Media Empires

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. now stretches from Australia to India, Great Britain and the United States. In a new book, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik looks at how News Corp. publications covered the company's hacking scandals, and its punitive attitude toward critics.

Scott Adams Explains 'How To Fail At Almost Everything' (Except Dilbert)

Adams managed to turn his failure at office work into a gigantic success — a syndicated comic strip about a hapless, cubicle-bound engineer. In his new book, How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big, Adams offers some sage advice such as: "Goals are for losers."