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Be there in a jiffy! Jiff the dog sets world record for fastest running on two legs

Sure, greyhounds are fast. Whippets are speedy, too. But by one measure, a cuddly Pomeranian named Jiff has got them all beat.Guinness World Records announced late Wednesday that Jiff, a natural performer who hails from Los Angeles, has set world records for the fastest running on two back legs and on two front legs. Jiff can run 10 meters on his hind legs in 6.






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'Game of Thrones' author says new books offer 'flexibility for killing' characters

No, George R.R. Martin did not reveal the release date for his next book, "The Winds of Winter," but the "Game of Thrones" mastermind did offer another hint about what to expect from the next installments of his "A Song of Ice and Fire" saga: Murder — and lots of it. George R.R.






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Pat O’Brien: ‘I was almost dead’ before last rehab

Read an excerpt from "I'll Be Back Right After This" by Pat O'BrienFrom "I'll Be Back Right After This" by Pat O'Brien. Copyright (c) 2014 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin's Press, LLC.






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Read J.K. Rowling's new Harry Potter story about a singing sorceress

J.K. Rowling is serving up another dose of Harry Potter for her die-hard fans, this time in the form of a biography of one of her favorite, albeit lesser-known characters in the Harry Potter universe. The story comes from Pottermore.com, the online home for the world of Harry Potter, which shared her latest story exclusively with TODAY.com.






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J.K. Rowling sends care package to grieving teen Cassidy Stay: 'Happiness can be found'

Editor's note: This story, originally published on Aug. 7, has been updated to reflect a statement from Cassidy Stay and her family regarding the outpouring of donations and media attention they have received in the wake of J.K. Rowling's letter.






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'Creepy'? New 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' book cover confuses readers

The U.K. arm of Penguin Classics has a new cover for Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” featuring an image that seemingly has little to do with the beloved children’s classic.The publisher released the cover Wednesday after teasing it hours earlier on its Facebook page, asking viewers to “guess which tasty tale” it belonged it.






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Darryl and Tracy Strawberry reveal tips to staying happy in 'The Imperfect Marriage'

Read an excerpt from "The Imperfect Marriage" by Darryl and Tracy StrawberryCopyright © 2014 by Howard Books, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved. Excerpted with permission from the publisher. 






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George W. Bush writes book about his father's 'extraordinary life'

His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush.Crown Publishers told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the book, currently untitled, will be released November 11.






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First picture of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman revealed at Comic-Con

Wonder Woman is finally here! During Saturday's Warner Bros. panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, director Zack Snyder revealed the first look at actress Gal Gadot as DC's superheroine in the upcoming film "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.






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Up, up and eBay! Classic Superman comic should fetch millions

It's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's ... a very expensive eBay listing. The debut issue of "Action Comics," which just also happens to be the first appearances of Superman and Lois Lane, is headed to auction.The issue originally came out in April 1938 and had a cover price of 10 cents but, as The New York Times reports, a copy sold for $2,161,000 in 2011.






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Happy Batman Day! 5 reasons we still love him after 75 years

In July 1939, a weird figure in a mask and scalloped wings appeared on newsstands across America. Seventy-five years and myriad comic books, toys, cartoons and live-action portrayals later, Batman remains one of pop culture's biggest stars.






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Marvel makeover! New Captain America is black (and he's The Falcon)

When Captain America fans last left the iconic comics character, things weren't looking so good. Steve Rogers (Cap's civilian identity) had been sapped of the serum that has kept him youthful since World War II, and was no longer able to keep the years at bay.So what's a suddenly senior and not so super hero supposed to do? Pass the mantle (or in this case, the shield) on to a worthy successor.






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'Jaws' took a chomp out of pop culture that's still felt 40 years later

"Jaws" swam onto bookshelves 40 years ago, with the blockbuster movie arriving a year later, and Americans are still feeling the bite today.There's the infamous music ("duh-duh...duh-duh..."). The famous Peter Benchley book cover with a swimmer innocently paddling above a giant shark. The catchphrases ("you're gonna need a bigger boat").






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Female Thor? Marvel Comics' thunder god is now a goddess

Thor, the macho thunder god who has been a Marvel Comics headliner for more than half a century and was portrayed by brawny actor Chris Hemsworth in several blockbuster movies, is now a thunder goddess.So decreed Marvel Comics Tuesday, calling the news "shocking and exciting." The new female Thor, in the form of artwork, was unveiled on "The View" Tuesday.






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Stolen art sets off an international chase in Daniel Silva's 'The Heist'

Read an excerpt from "The Heist" by Daniel SilvaExcerpted with permission from Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 






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Jay Barbree shares his insider's story of the most famous astronaut in 'Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight'

Read an excerpt from "Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight" by Jay BarbreeFrom NEIL ARMSTRONG: A Life of Flight by Jay Barbree, on sale July 8, 2014, from Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, LLC. Copyright © 2014 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press, LLC.






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Read J.K. Rowling's new post for the latest Harry Potter 'gossip'

Can’t get enough of Harry Potter? Then this is for you. Since March, best-selling author J. K. Rowling has been writing original stories about the imaginary 2014 Quidditch World Cup Finals for Pottermore, the online home for the world of Harry Potter. Rowling shared her latest Pottermore.com story exclusively with TODAY.com.






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Sexy, scary, suspenseful: 11 books to put on your summer reading list

No need to scour the bookshelves for your next summer read: Kate White and Brad Thor, both New York Times bestselling authors with books due out this summer, shared their must-have list of warm-weather books with TODAY. Thor's pulse-pounding "Act of War" is set to be published July 8, while White's psychological thriller, "Eyes on You," was published June 24.






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A murder at a Manhattan landmark proves a mystery in Linda Fairstein's 'Terminal City'

Read an excerpt from "Terminal City" by Linda FairsteinCopyright © 2014 by Linda Fairstein, Dutton, A Penguin Random House Company. All rights reserved. Excerpted with permission from the publisher. 






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'Eyes on You': A TV host's perfect life is threatened by a hidden enemy

In Kate White's novel "Eyes on You," protagonist Robin Trainer seems to have it all — a new job as a TV host for a popular show, not to mention a highly anticipated book she's just written. Yet Robin soon discovers that someone is out to get her. Will she be able to figure out who it is before that person destroys it all? Here's an excerpt.






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Now hear this! Celebs like Katy Perry, Oprah fuel audiobook 'golden age'

Celebrities are the new rock stars of audiobooks. Just look at the big winners at last month's Audies, known as the Oscars of the audiobook industry: Billy Crystal and Pete Seeger, each of whom voiced their own publications. And they're not even the tip of the iceberg: Oprah Winfrey, Katy Perry, Kristen Bell and dozens of other stars are lending their talents to audiobook readings.






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An FBI researcher goes rogue to crack a case in James Patterson's 'Invisible'

James Patterson returns with a standalone thriller about an intrepid FBI researcher struggling to piece together a string of insidious crimes that only she sees are deviously connected. Here's an excerpt.I spend the morning like I’ve spent every morning the last several months, sitting in my office (also known as my mother’s second bedroom), combing through research and data.






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Kansas city shuts down boy's 'little free library'

Good fences may make good neighbors, but little free libraries in the front yard may elicit complaints from them.A 9-year-old Kansas boy was forced to remove a small community bookshelf from his front yard after local officials threatened to issue his family a citation because of their illegal "detached structure.









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