In Other News

May 12, 2014

In Other News, May 12

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Holocaust fraud: Author of fake memoir to pay back publisher $22.5 million

A Belgium-born Massachusetts woman who admitted to fabricating a best-selling memoir about her experiences during World War II and the Holocaust has been ordered to pay back $22.5 million to her publisher. — Fox News

Ukraine vote: 90 percent for independence

A separatist leader declared Monday that eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region was not only independent, but also would ask to join Russia — a day after referendum organizers claim voters in the region chose to break away from Kiev. Denis Pushilin, a self-declared leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic, told a crowd that no further referendum was needed to ask Russia to annex it. — CNN

New discovery ‘blows lid off’ old Stonehenge theories

The finding suggests that Stonehenge was built by indigenous Britons who had lived in the area for thousands of years. Previous theories held that the monument was built in an empty landscape by migrants from continental Europe. — Huffington Post

U.S. twin babies born holding hands

A pair of U.S. twin sisters who were born holding hands were breathing on their own after being removed from a ventilator, their mother has said. Jillian and Jenna Thistlethwaite shared an amniotic sac and placenta, a rare condition known as monoamniotic birth. — BBC

Why aren’t teenagers reading like they used to?

 “Harry Potter” and “The Hunger Games” haven’t been big hits for nothing. Lots of teens and adolescents still read quite a lot. But a roundup of studies, put together by the nonprofit Common Sense Media, shows a clear decline over time. Nearly half of 17-year-olds say they read for pleasure no more than one or two times a year — if that. That’s way down from a decade ago. — NPR

Hillshire aims at supermarket center aisle with Pinnacle deal

Hillshire Brands Co. will buy Pinnacle Foods Inc. for $4.3 billion to add products such as Duncan Hines baking mixes and Bird’s Eye frozen foods to its lineup that includes Jimmy Dean sausages and Sara Lee desserts. — Reuters

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