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H.G. Wells' eerie writing brought us time machines, aliens and a submarine, long before a real one was seen in the world. Still, one of his short stories spent decades unseen by his avid readers.

Until now, that is.

His long-unpublished story "The Haunted Ceiling" is making its way into print for the first time. In its new issue, The Strand Magazine is publishing the story — which features a man driven mad by the image of a dead woman, with her throat slit, appearing on his ceiling.

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The holiday season is in full swing. As the months speed by, calendars fill up and to-do lists seem never-ending. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the chores, the must-haves and checked boxes. Often, we find ourselves so wrapped-up in our shopping, cooking, and planning, that we forget to take time to just listen. We miss out on the sounds of the moment, as well as the stories told by old friends and new acquaintances alike.

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Jack London, who died 100 years ago this week, occupies a space in which few writers can set foot. Although it's not especially unique for writers' lives to be marked by sickness and excess, London was prolific despite these constant threats to his productivity. Even as illness loomed, he managed to publish over 50 books and hundreds of articles in the last 16 years of his life.

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(SOUNDBITE OF TV THEME, "THE BRADY BUNCH")

PEPPERMINT TROLLEY COMPANY: (Singing) Here's the story...

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Today we're remembering a lovely lady who was bringing up three very lovely girls. You know the rest.

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(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "BRINGING UP BABY")

CARY GRANT: (As David) Well, I might have known you were here. I had a feeling just as I hit the floor.

KATHARINE HEPBURN: (As Susan) That was your hat.

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In this season of indulgence (and overindulgence), some people will turn to the treadmill, while others turn to the Pepto-Bismol. Author Brad Thomas Parsons will reach for the bottle — specifically, a bottle full of a liqueur called amaro, which people have used as a digestive aid for centuries.

It's an herbal recipe, and "it's actually bittersweet," Parsons says.

"The bittering agents in it are actually helping your digestive system," he explains. "Four out of five doctors may not agree with everything that's working in there, but trust me."

Dylann Roof, the 22-year-old white man charged with murdering nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church last year, is competent to stand trial on federal hate crime charges, a judge ruled Friday.

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