Frank Kameny, 86, pioneering gay-rights activist who fought his 1957 firing from a U.S. federal job as an accused "sexual pervert." He lost the case but won in the court of history.


Britain's prestigious Man Booker Prize, by four-time finalist Julian Barnes, for his novel The Sense of an Ending, about a man abruptly facing truths from his past.


The price of a first-class postage stamp, by 1, to 45, the first increase in two years. The U.S. Postal Service faces heavy competition from e-mail and private carriers like FedEx. The new price goes into effect Jan. 22.


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