Actor Mark Rylance, seen here as Thomas Cromwell in Masterpiece's Wolf Hall, views Cromwell as a survivor who knows how to manipulate power to his advantage. "He has the mind of a chess player," Rylance says. Giles Keyte/Playground & Company Pictures for Masterpiece/BBC hide caption

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Book News & Features

'Wolf Hall' On Stage And TV Means More Makeovers For Henry VIII's 'Pit Bull'

Hilary Mantel's popular novels breathed new life into Thomas Cromwell's legacy. Now, between a play and a miniseries, there seems to be no limit to the blacksmith's son's potential for reinvention.

An FDA field inspector in Los Angeles checks imported shrimp in 2009. More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say that leads to a lack of coordination, a patchwork of rules and holes in the system. FDA hide caption

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The Salt

Our Food-Safety System Is A Patchwork With Big Holes, Critics Say NET

More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say the system has gaps, and we'd all be safer if federal food-safety efforts were under one roof.

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Cholita, an Andean bear, was abused in a circus in Peru and is now in a small zoo. An animal welfare group has now received permission to take Cholita to a wildlife sanctuary in Colorado, along with more than 30 former circus lions. Courtesy of Animal Defenders International hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Cholita, An Abused Bear In Peru, Gets A New Home In Colorado

An animal welfare group says it now has permission to bring the Andean bear to a sanctuary in Colorado along with more than 30 lions that have been removed from circuses.

Would-be presidential candidates are ditching "testing the waters" and "exploratory committees" to hold onto unlimited and undisclosed cash for longer. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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It's All Politics

Candidates Go Around The Law, Cash Records Expected To Be Smashed

More money is expected to be raised and spent in 2016 than in any election in U.S. history. But, as candidates ditch old ways of campaigning, more of it is expected to be undisclosed and untraceable.

Google is doing test flights of its balloons carrying Internet routers around the world. Last June, a balloon was released at the airport in Teresina, Brazil. Google hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Bringing Internet To The Far Corners Of The Earth

About 5 billion people are mostly or entirely disconnected from the Internet. So to capitalize on this opportunity, Google and Facebook have begun high-profile campaigns to connect the unconnected.

In September, Brazil said all ownership questions about the so-called Bahia Emerald were irrelevant because it had been illegally exported. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Despite Protest From Brazil, Trial For 840-Pound Emerald Will Continue

The Bahia Emerald has been hotly contested for years. A judge in California has decided to continue with a trial about its ownership even though Brazil says it was illegally exported.

Homeowners wait for their tax-debt cases to be heard in Detroit's Cobo Center on Jan. 29. This year, Wayne County officials sent out 62,000 foreclosure notices to city homeowners who were behind on property taxes. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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U.S.

Mass Tax Foreclosure Threatens Detroit Homeowners WDET

Tuesday is the deadline to begin what many call the largest U.S. mass tax foreclosure. With the city counting on tax revenue, the owners who are behind on payments may be forced out of their homes.

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A little booze can't hurt: The Hy-Vee grocery chain has added a Market Grille to several of its locations in the Midwest and Great Plains. You can order drinks and dinner before or after you do your grocery shopping. Courtesy of Hy-Vee Market Grille hide caption

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The Salt

Grocery Stores Are Losing You. Here's How They Plan To Win You Back

Customers are choosing smaller markets, convenience stores, farmers markets and even dollar stores. The competition is forcing chains to innovate with in-store restaurants, delivery service and more.

In The Shame In Venice 2, Kenyan artist Michael Soi protests the makeup of his country's pavilion at the Biennale. Courtesy of Michael Soi hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Why Are Chinese Artists Representing Kenya At The Venice Biennale?

Kenya will participate in the Venice Biennale, the prestigious art show that opens on May 9. But only two of the artists representing Kenya will be Kenyan. Most aren't even African — they're Chinese.

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