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Surprise! An eighth Harry Potter book is coming to shelves near you. Well, sort of. Harry Potter fans were thrilled with J.K. Rowling's decision to write a play set 19 years after the last Potter book. And now, fans have even more of a reason to celebrate, because the script is being published in print and as an eBook. So, if you can't make it over to London to see how the next chapter of the Potter world unfolds, hang tight. The script will be available to everyone this summer. Discuss

According to reports from a South Korean news agency, officials in North Korea have executed the army’s chief of staff. The reports say that Ri Yong Gil was executed because the regime of Kim Jong Un said he was guilty of charges of corruption and conspiracy. Since taking power, the dictator has somewhat routinely had fellow government leaders—even members of his own family—executed, often on somewhat ambiguous charges. Tensions in the region are especially elevated after the military successfully launched a long-range rocket over the weekend. Discuss

Aaron Sorkin, who has written many films and TV shows including Steve Jobs, The Social Network, The West Wing and Moneyball, is adapting To Kill a Mockingbird for the stage. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Harper Lee novel is making its Broadway debut during the 2017-2018 season and will be directed by Bartlett Shef (South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof). The play will also be produced by Scott Rudin, who worked with Sorkin on Steve Jobs, The Social Network and Moneyball. Sorkin, who is known for quick and witty dialog, told The New York Times, “To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most revered pieces of 20th-century American literature. It lives a little bit differently in everybody’s imagination in the way a great novel ought to, and then along I come. I’m not the equal of Harper Lee. No one is." The actors have yet to be announced, but it seems like the show will be in good hands. Discuss

Residents of Siliguri, India woke up to a wild elephant rampaging their streets. The elephant, which strayed into a residential area from a nearby Forest, damaged houses, walls and cars during its wild outing. Forest officials fired tranquilizers at the animal to try to drive it back into the wilderness, but that didn't stop the elephant from continuing to run through the city, causing mayhem. Thankfully, there were no casualties. Discuss

If you've ever wanted to stay in one of Van Gogh's paintings, your chance has finally arrived. The Art Institute of Chicago has made a real-life replica of Van Gogh's "Bedroom In Arles," to promote a new exhibit entitled Van Gogh's Bedrooms. And, at only $10 a night via Airbnb, it's a steal even if you're not super into art. Or, even if the fact that it actually looks like a painting creeps you out. The room will be available through March. Anyone fancy a Spring trip to Chicago? Discuss

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders scored outsider victories last night at the New Hampshire primary. Sanders' more than 20-point win was a huge blow to Hillary Clinton, who only narrowly beat out Sanders at the Iowa caucus last week. It is a curious win for both candidates because, as evident in Sanders' closing remarks—“Tonight we serve notice to the political and economic establishment of this country”—both he and Trump are known for being anti-establishment. Trump, who won the Republican votes by no small margin—35.2 percent, to be precise—said in his victory speech, "Wow, wow, wow. We are going to make America great again. We are going now to South Carolina. We are gonna win in South Carolina!” And so begins the battle for the South. Discuss