Harry Potter Rules! (The Dark Knight and Carmageddon Schooled!)

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Sun., Jul. 17, 2011 11:00 AM PDT by 

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The boy who lived is living it up.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 scored the largest debut in Hollywood history with a $168.6 million Friday-Sunday gross, estimates showed today.

On its way to the record, the franchise’s farewell film defeated no less than¬†The Dark Knight‚ÄĒand showed no quit against Los Angeles’¬†much-feared freeway shutdown.

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Ivanka Trump and Husband Welcome Baby Girl!

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Sun., Jul. 17, 2011 4:29 PM PDT by 

Ivanka Trump can now add being a mom to her résumé.

The business-savvy mogul gave birth to a baby girl Sunday in New York City, E! News has confirmed.

MORE: Hot Mama! Ivanka Trump Strikes Pregnant Playboy Bunny Pose

“This morning¬†@jaredkushner¬†and I welcomed a beautiful and healthy little baby girl into the world,”¬†Ivanka tweeted¬†Sunday. “We feel incredibly grateful & blessed. Thank you all for your support and well wishes!”

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Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony call it quits

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NEW YORK (AP) ‚ÄĒ With three failed marriages between them,Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony¬†finally seemed to find true love together when they married seven years ago. They had twin children, went on tour together, did a movie together and even planned a music-based reality show they were working on together.

But on Friday, the pair announced they were no longer together.

“We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision,” the couple said in a statement by Lopez’s publicist. “We have come to amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time.”

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‘Harry Potter’ conjures first-day record of $92.1M

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LOS ANGELES (AP) ‚ÄĒ¬†Harry Potter¬†has cast his biggest spell yet with a record-breaking first day at the box office for his final film.

Distributor¬†Warner Bros.¬†reports that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” summoned up $92.1 million domestically on opening day Friday.

That’s nearly $20 million more than the previous record-holder, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which took in $72.7 million in its first day two years ago.

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Will sixth time be the charm for Steve Carell?

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NEW YORK (AP) ‚ÄĒ His “Office” character¬†Michael Scott¬†may be utterly¬†clueless, but¬†Steve Carell¬†knows a thing or two. And when it comes to his sixth shot at the best actor¬†Emmy, Carell jokes that he’s got this one in the bag.

“Of course, what could possibly go wrong? How could I lose? I don’t even know if that’s even a remote possibility,” the 48-year-old said with a laugh.

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Canned Won’t Do: Spring Brings Fresh Bamboo Shoots

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by LAURA MCCANDLISH

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Get recipes for Boiled Fresh Bamboo Shoots (above, pictured with seasonal green garlic and asparagus for stir-frying), Steamed Rice With Bamboo Shoots (Takenoko Gohan), Sparkling Broth With Bamboo, and Seasonal Salad With Bamboo.

Fresh "sugar shoots" are shown at Dain Sansome's Bamboo Valley Farm in Albany, Ore., which grows some 20 varieties of bamboo.

Laura McCandlish for NPRFresh “sugar shoots” are shown at Dain Sansome’s Bamboo Valley Farm in Albany, Ore., which grows some 20 varieties of bamboo.

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The Glorious Pasta Of Summer

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by DOMENICA MARCHETTI

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July 13, 2011

If I say the words “pasta sauce,” I’m pretty sure what sort of image it will conjure in your head: a big plate of spaghetti with dark red tomato sauce ladled thickly over it. Maybe topped with a couple of meatballs.

There is certainly nothing wrong with a nice dish of spaghetti and meatballs; it’s just not what I crave in midsummer. I’m guessing you feel the same way.

July 4 Barbecue From America’s Melting Pot

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by MICHELE KAYAL

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Get recipes for¬†Giddau’s Kebab¬†(Lambburgers),¬†Nandini’s Terrific Tandoori Salmon,¬†Korean Kalbi(Butterflied Sesame-Grilled Beef Short Ribs),¬†Classic Yakitori¬†and (above)¬†Grilled Clams And Chorizo¬†(Curanto Al Disco).

July 4, 2011

Foley Square, Lower Manhattan. Circa 1950. My grandfather had dragged his young sons all the way downtown for a simple exercise: to extol the glories of his adopted country. He lined the boys up in front of the courthouse and pointed to its inscription: “The true administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good government.”

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‘No Wheat’ Doesn’t Mean ‘No Noodles’

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June 21, 2011

To be completely honest, I would find it hard to do without noodles. If I had to go gluten-free, noodles would almost certainly be the deal breaker. Giving up bread would be hard, and beer, even harder. But going without noodles? That would really sink my battleship. So, out of fellow-feeling for my gluten-free friends, who endure what I sometimes think of as a permanent Lent, I have been giving some thought to a life without wheat that is still not a life without noodles.

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