Best of the worst
Author wins award for awful sex scene
An out-of-this-world sex scene invoking stars, supernovas and statisticians has won U.S.-based writer Manil Suri the uncoveted Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Suri, a novelist and mathematician, won the annual British prize for a passage in his novel The City of Devi, in which the characters "streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei." The passage climaxes: "In celebration of our breakthrough fourth star, statisticians the world over rejoice." Suri is a professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland.
Loose change adds up
TSA collects about $500K each year
Those nickels and dimes left behind by harried passengers at airport checkpoints sure add up — about $500,000 a year. But rather than let the Transportation Security Administration continue to use the unclaimed money to fund its operations, the House on Tuesday voted to turn it over to nonprofit groups such as the USO to provide airport rest areas for members of the military and their families. The TSA Loose Change Act heads to the Senate. TSA collected $531,395 in fiscal 2012, according to the agency.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.