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James Patterson releases the ‘world’s first’ self-destructing book

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James Patterson’s new book is set to blow up. Literally.

In a sign that book publishing has entered the Snapchat era, Patterson has partnered with a creative agency to put out what is being billed as the “world’s first” self-destructing book

One thousand readers will have the opportunity to get a free digital copy of Patterson’s new book, Private Vegas, which will vanish after 24 hours. Patterson is also selling one copy of the self-destructing book for $294,038 — though that includes a private trip and five-course meal with the author.

Patterson didn’t come up with the idea for the self-destructing book, but he approached Mother, the creative agency, feeling a need to try something new to get the word out Read more…

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Comedy Central will roast Justin Bieber, because dreams do come true

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It seems the comedy Gods are beliebers, affording us with a Comedy Central roast for none other than Justin Bieber

The program’s working title is Justin Bieber: The easiest material these comedians have ever had to write.

“Justin has been asking us for a few years to roast him, and we just kept telling him to go create more source material first. We’re thrilled he listened,” Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s president of content development and original programming, said in a statement

The 20-year-old singer has proved he is a wunderkind of bad decisions, including a fight with Orlando Bloom, a DUI arrest — and an accompanying viral mug shot — and misdemeanor egg-related vandalism chargers. Tack that onto urinating in mop buckets and a very public on-again-off-again relationship with Selena Gomez and this roast will likely be a six-hour affair Read more…

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Rebels take Yemen’s presidential palace in blow to U.S. ally against al-Qaeda

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SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s powerful Shiite Houthi rebels shelled the residence of the country’s embattled president Tuesday and simultaneously swept into the presidential palace in the capital, Sanaa, as a top military commander warned that a full-fledged “coup” was underway.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was inside the residence as it came under “heavy shelling” for half an hour but he was unharmed and protected by guards, officials said. In New York, the U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting over the chaos in Sanaa.

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The shelling was a dramatic development that put the U.S.-backed Hadi into a precarious position and represented the starkest challenge to his authority since the Houthis swept into Sanaa from their northern stronghold and seized the capital in September. Read more…

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