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Cynthia and Devon Morehouse, played by Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire, are caught up in a passionate romance in the IFC miniseries The Spoils of Babylon. Oh, but they're not married: They're sister and (adopted) brother, the central figures in a bizarro salute to '80s melodramas like The Thorn Birds. Katrina Marcinowski/IFC hide caption

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In High-Drama Parody, Will Ferrell Reveals 'Spoils Of Babylon'

The book, written in the 1970s, was made into a miniseries and never saw the light of day — until now. Actually, everything about The Spoils of Babylon is pure fiction. It's a parody of the big, bloated miniseries of the 1970s and '80s, complete with forbidden love between a sister and her adopted brother.

Margaret Ann Wolf Harris with her mother and father, who was home on furlough. He died in World War II a short time later. Courtesy of Margaret Ann Wolf Harris hide caption

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Dad's Message Recorded At War, A Gift Given Decades Later

Sgt. Cody Wolf died in World War II on Jan. 11, 1944, when his plane was shot down. Weeks before his death, he contributed to a Christmas broadcast recorded on the front lines. His daughter, Margaret Ann Wolf Harris, heard that recording for the first time in December.

Most gun crimes are committed by men, but women also help buy, hide and sell guns for others. iStockphoto hide caption

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Women Decide Their Place Isn't In The Illegal Gun Trade

Women play an outsized role in the underground firearms marketplace. Often they handle illegal guns that are not for for their own use, but for men close to them. One Boston program is campaigning against gun violence, drawing connections between "crime guns" and domestic violence.

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Cynthia and Devon Morehouse, played by Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire, are caught up in a passionate romance in the IFC miniseries The Spoils of Babylon. Oh, but they're not married: They're sister and (adopted) brother, the central figures in a bizarro salute to '80s melodramas like The Thorn Birds. Katrina Marcinowski/IFC hide caption

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