The Boston Marathon Bombing

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New from AP Editions: The Boston Marathon Bombing. Be sure to check out the full line of breaking news books by the AP. http://www.ap.org/books/ The Boston Marathon isn’t just an athletic event – it’s a citywide celebration and a rite of spring. Begun in 1897, it is the world's oldest annual marathon, run every Patriots’ Day. The course winds its way through eight cities and towns, 26.2 miles that lead from suburban Hopkinton to the Boston's Back Bay. For Bostonians, the race marks the end of winter, a time to pull out lawn chairs, sit at the side of the course and cheer a global contingent of runners. In 2013, the event changed irrevocably when two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. A manhunt ensued that paralyzed the city. At its end, Tamerlan Tsarnaev lay dead and his brother, Dzhokhar, critically wounded, was in law enforcement hands. Convicted and sentenced, Dzhokhar now faces the consequences of American justice. AP Editions takes a behind-the-scenes look at the case and the journalists who covered it, from the start of the race through the death penalty hearing.
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Baby Hacks Handbook

Parenting is hard. Your newborn is up all night and sleeps all day, it keeps vomiting all over their adorable onesie and it only wants to eat while Game of Thrones is on. What do you do when you have a new problem to solve every day? Baby Hacks Handbook has simple, innovative solutions for all your basic baby dilemmas. If it’s pregnancy, adoption or infant jitters you have, this book will help you out. With helpful statistics, infographics, and the latest research on all things "baby," it's the comprehensive guide to becoming the best parent ever.

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Gay America

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The United States has become a more colorful nation. The push to legalize gay marriage has grown out of a drastic shift in the country’s acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. From Stonewall to the Supreme Court, the struggle for equality has had many hurdles to overcome and many heroes to lead the way. Discover how far the gay community has come in its fight.
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The Horrible Life Lessons Tree

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Once there was a tree, and she loved a boy—and already, this story is getting weird. This tree did everything for the little boy, spoiled the heck out of him, only to raise a monster, proving to everyone that trees make terrible parents. But whoever thought trees would make good parents? In this satirical, cautionary tale about the consequences of over-coddling your kids, watch the downward spiral of bratty child turned evil lunatic against a tree who was just trying to live her tree life. Enjoy this dark parody of indulgent parenting gone horribly wrong.

 

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Beyonce

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Her fans call her Queen Bey and they roar when she sweeps onto the stage with a hand on her hip and looks out into the crowd. What began with the highly successful, all-girl group, Destiny’s Child culminated with Beyoncé Knowles becoming one of the most influential solo female musicians today. A feminist in her own right, Beyoncé’s fans see her as a shining example of a strong, independent woman. Even her personal life is of great interest around the world as she holds onto power couple status with her husband, rapper, Jay Z, and recently added another title to her impressive repertoire: mother. Queen Bey’ jaw-dropping performances, her creativity and personality are revealed through the stories and images of AP journalists.
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Michael Jordan

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There will never be anyone like Michael Jordan, an icon beyond the hardwood. From his famous shrug through the flu game, His Airness has provided some of the most memorable moments in sports history. Arguably one of the greatest competitors and basketball players of all time, Jordan transformed what it meant to be a global athlete. A marketing pot of gold, an ambassador for basketball, and a business savvy professional, Michael experienced all the highs that basketball had to offer. And all the lows. Passed up in the draft and bullied by the bad boy Pistons, he prevailed in his sport. Follow Associated Press reports and photographers as they tell the whole story.
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Bob Dylan

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He’s an American folk singer for the ages and the songwriting poet of the 20th century with a Pulitzer Prize to prove it. His musical legacy has inspired generations but he still thinks of himself as Robert Allen Zimmerman, the small-town boy from Minnesota. The world knows him as Bob Dylan. A bit of a recluse, the man behind the music is an enigma to his fans. He has avoided the trappings of celebrity, instead devoting his life to music and his never-ending tours across the globe.
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Boko Haram

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In April 2014, the Nigerian-grown extremist group Boko Haram abducted nearly 300 young girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria, prompting an international movement to “Bring Back Our Girls.” Now, many have been sold into a medieval kind of slavery, forced to become brides of Boko Haram fighters. Meanwhile, Boko Haram has formed an alliance with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq and increased the level of violence in Nigeria and its neighboring countries. Follow this developing story of Islamic extremism through the AP’s stories and images.
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Defeating the Islamic State Group

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In September 2014, Islamic State group fighters captured about 300 Kurdish villages near Kobani, Syria, and then thrust into the town itself, occupying almost half of it and sending tens of thousands of refugees fleeing into Turkey. Unsure if Kobani would hold, U.S. officials including Secretary of State John Kerry spent weeks saying the town wasn't a U.S. priority. But, a small makeshift coalition of Kurdish Peshmerga forces from Iraq, Kobani Kurds (including Kurdish women fighters) and combatants from the Free Syrian Army refused to give in to the Islamic State militants. Under a steady pounding from U.S. – led air power and the tenacity of the Kobani defenders, IS was forced to retreat in January 2015, leaving over 1,000 of its best fighters dead. Follow the weeks of fighting through the photos and stories of Associated Press journalists, as Kobani became proof that the Islamic State group can be defeated.
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Muhammad Ali

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Born in January of 1942, Cassius Clay Jr. would go on to win the world heavyweight championship, join the Nation of Islam, change his name and captivate the world with his political stance on Vietnam, social justice and race. His decorated career is only matched by his controversial and polarizing personality. Presented through the notepads and cameras of Associated Press journalist and photographers, this is Muhammad Ali, Athlete of the Century.
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Christians Under Attack

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Around the globe, churches have been torched, bombed and defaced by those who oppose Christianity and its followers. From Lebanon to China, religious persecution remains a daily fact for people of all faiths. In the last two years, a startling number of Christians have suffered at the hands of those who oppose their beliefs. The journalists and photographers of the Associated Press have captured these terrible acts and their impact on Christian communities. Recorded in the close aftermath of when they occurred, they shed light on the challenges Christians face in the modern world.
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Pope Francis

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Pope Francis has started a revolution in the Roman Catholic church that has charmed millions. But, the enthusiasm isn’t shared across the board. Traditionalist Catholics greeted Francis’ election with concern, and their fears are being realized. Associated Press journalists and photographers chronicle the pontiff’s journey as he goes about reforming Vatican bureaucracy.
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell after nearly three decades as a barrier dividing the city. AP was there. Reporters witnessed the construction of the wall in August 1961 and reported its collapse to the world in 1989. Relive the immediate reactions of those who lived to see the fall of a former behemoth: the Soviet Union. With on-the-ground reporting and stunning photography, AP was there to provide a unique look at the story.
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Ebola

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The current Ebola outbreak is the largest in history as the virus continues to spread through West Africa and the rest of the world. Along with doctors, nurses, and volunteers, journalists from The Associated Press have traveled to the center of the Ebola crisis to report on the situation. Within this constantly-evolving story, discover firsthand accounts of individuals at the Ebola ‘ground zero’ and understand how this pandemic affects our lives.
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Marijuana Nation

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A bipartisan effort to legalize medical marijuana is in the news and public support seems to be on the side of legalization. A generational shift in permissive attitudes on pot has resulted in legalization in a series of states. Follow developments on this ground-breaking shift in social mores through the reporting of The Associated Press.
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The Collapse of the Soviet Union

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On December 25, 1991, Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union, resigned as president of the Communist empire, turning power over to the new commonwealth that replaced it. This event marked the official end of the Cold War which had imperiled the world for over four decades. AP was there to provide a unique look at the story through the eyes of Associated Press reporters and photographers.
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The Hubble Space Telescope

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On April 24, 1990, after years of planning and delays, the Space Shuttle Discovery lifted the Hubble Space Telescope into an orbit 350 miles above Earth. During the next 25 years, Hubble opened a new and unimaginably beautiful universe for mankind. Here, The Associated Press provides a unique look at the 25-year story of Hubble, through the eyes of its reporting and its stunning photography.
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Zen Cats

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Join some cuddly kittens for a collection of sayings from the Buddha. The verses, taken from the Dhammapada, were written centuries ago, but today they offer insight for all of life's basic struggles. Meditate along with the verses to gain a greater understanding of you, your life and your purpose. Find the meaning of truth in these verses and how to find it in the world around you. Let your inner Zen Cat guide you to enlightenment.

 

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