Minnesota author on Amazon/Hachette feud: "It's just heartbreaking"

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Nicole Mary Kelby

When Nicole Mary Kelby's new book, The Pink Suit, was released in late April, things couldn't have started any better. Entertainment Weekly picked it as the number one book for Mother's Day. It was highlighted on Oprah Winfrey's website. And sales were good.

"I noticed that I was selling really well right when the book came out," said Kelby, from St. Paul. "I mean it just started going right up the charts."

But for the novel, which tells the fictionalized tale of the outfit Jackie Kennedy wore on the day her husband was assassinated, it all went downhill from there. The next week, sales of the book plummeted, falling from thousands down to the low hundreds, according to Nielsen BookScan numbers from Amazon's site (those numbers don't tell the complete story, as they miss some retailers, but they're relatively reliable).

"And to see that, it's just heartbreaking," Kelby said.

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Target cutting ties with Paula Deen

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Target is ridding its shelves of Paula Deen merchandise.
Target is the latest company to distance itself from Paula Deen, the celebrity chef who finds herself mired in a racial discrimination controversy.

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The Minneapolis-based retailer told CNBC this morning it has "made a decision to phase out the Paula Deen merchandise in our stores as well as on Target.com."

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St. Paul teen cited for "gallon smashing" at Midway Target

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"Gallon smashing" is the hottest thing since the Harlem Shake.
A viral YouTube video inspired a 16-year-old St. Paul girl to go "gallon smashing" Saturday night at the Midway Target.

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She might've got a homemade video out of it, but it came at a price. The teen was cited for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property after a manger reported the incident to an off-duty police officer working at the store.

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Timberwolves take a swipe at Miami Heat's Harlem Shake video... with a baseball bat [VIDEOS]

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Miami Heat do the Harlem Shake
Suffice it to say Crunch isn't impressed.
Last week, the defending NBA champion Miami Heat released an official team Harlem Shake video, complete with a crown-adorned and shirtless LeBron James busting some moves.

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The video has been viewed more than 31 million times and has accrued than 129,000 "likes." But it has drawn the ire of one big gray furry hater -- namely, Crunch, the Minnesota Timberwolves' mascot.

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Norm Coleman on Michelle Obama's Oscars appearance: Obamas "owe Hollywood so much"

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Coleman thinks Michelle's Oscars appearance was some sort of quid pro quo for Hollywood's efforts to elect her husband.
Norm Coleman has had some surprisingly nice things to say about President Obama lately, but he's still a Republican, and he couldn't resist the urge to take a shot at the first lady during an appearance yesterday on Wolf Blitzer's CNN show.

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Asked what he thought about Michelle Obama's live-via-satellite presentation of the Academy Awards' best picture award, Coleman said: "The fact is that the president and the first lady owed Hollywood so much, Wolf, so much. For her to go on, I'm sure that everyone was very very happy."

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Mound Westonka principal says Harlem Shake video contained inappropriate "hip-thrusting"

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Activities Director Koltes (left) has been suspended; Elvis (right) would be proud.
Mound Westonka High School Principal Keith Randklev may have been cryogenically frozen while watching Elvis perform on the Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s and then thawed sometime recently, because here's what he said yesterday when asked about why a group of students were suspended for shooting a seemingly harmless Harlem Shake video in the school cafeteria:

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"Many, many of the Harlem Shakes that I saw had a lot of hip-thrusting in their acts," Randklev told KSTP. "There was activity that was not appropriate and did not lead to a safe environment."

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Mound Westonka hockey players and parents irate about Harlem Shake video suspensions

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Mound Westonka students were suspended for dancing on tables while filming their own Harlem Shake video last Friday.
:::: UPDATE :::: Mound Westonka principal says Harlem Shake video contained inappropriate "hip-thrusting"

Last Friday, the second-seeded Mound Westonka hockey team played a sectional playoff game against seventh-seeded Blake.

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They did so without six players who were controversially suspended for participating in the production of a Harlem Shake video in the school cafeteria earlier that day for a TV production class project. And after Mound Westonka lost the game 6-4, some players and parents are blaming administrators for blowing the incident way out of proportion and ruining their season.

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Barbie's dreamhouse for sale on Minneapolis Craigslist [IMAGE]

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Where the one percent of Barbie and Ken dolls live.
The human housing market may not be so hot these days, but it's a different story for Twin Cities Barbie and Ken dolls.

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Yesterday, a Bloomington resident named Leif put an epic poolside Barbie mansion up for sale on Craigslist. We're sure the dolls owned by Leif's family are sad to see their home go, though they'll still own a yacht large enough to live in.

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Karin Housley, MNGOP Senate candidate, goes Gangnam Style [VIDEO]

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Housley might not agree with the cultural critique underpinning "Gangnam Style," but who can take issue with that dance?
In a new video put together by campaign volunteers, MNGOP Senate candidate Karin Housley's supporters go Gangnam Style.

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But an MNGOP spoof on Psy's smash K-pop hit is ironic, as some Korean culture experts interpret the "Gangnam Style" video as a subtle critique of wealthy Koreans' conspicuous consumption.

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Tim Poe booted from America's Got Talent [VIDEO]

Tim Poe during his debut performance on America's Got Talent.
Tim Poe, the America's Got Talent singer whose battle injury claims were disputed by the Minnesota National Guard, was cut from the show last night.

Poe sang George Strait's "The Chair" at the Las Vegas finals before he was booted rather anticlimactically from the competition.

"I don't know that he holds up to other singers on this show at all," said judge Howie Mandel.

Howard Stern, another judge, waited to make his decision. "We have a lot of great singers that we saw," Stern said.

"Let's look at more and we'll make a decision," Mandel conceded.

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