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International

Chinua Achebe, celebrated Nigerian novelist, dies

ACCLAIMED NOVELIST DIES–Chinua Achebe, Nigerian-born novelist and poet poses his life at his home on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. by Hillel Itale and Jon Gambrell NEW YORK (AP) — The opening sentence was as simple, declarative and revolutionary as a line out of Hemingway:

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Entertainment

Simon Cowell launches YouTube audition channel

ONE DIRECTION-Harry Styles of British band One Direction performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2013 at the o2 Arena in London on Feb. 20. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) by Jane Caffrey (CNN) — Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen were launched into stardom after getting discovered on YouTube, and now “The X Factor” creator Simon Cowell is setting out to find the world’s next big YouTube stars.

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Entertainment

On Twitter, a peanut gallery mocks the Oscars

COVETED AWARD–An Oscar statue stands on the red carpet outside the 82nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The 85th annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, file) by Jake Coyle AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — You can simply tune into the Oscars. Or you can watch them with the peanut gallery on Twitter.

National

Scott becomes South’s first Black Republican senator since Reconstruction

by Seanna Adcox Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Rep. Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate on Monday, making him the South’s first Black Republican senator since Reconstruction in a state whose politics is steeped in the history of slavery and Civil War. HISTORIC APPOINTMENT–United States Rep. Tim Scott, left, speaks during a news conference as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley looks on at the Statehouse on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt) “It speaks to the evolution of South Carolina and our nation,” Scott, 47, said of his appointment to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Jim DeMint, a conservative who reigned his post with four years left in his second term to head a right-leaning think tank.