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Lithuania erects sculpture in honor of JD Salinger

J.D. Salinger, the American writer best known for his 1951 novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” was honored Friday with a sculpture featuring a rye field near the Lithuanian village where his ancestors lived.

The military draft is making a comeback in Europe

For many young Europeans, a post-high-school “gap year” has become a rite of passage, with many enjoying a year to travel the world and celebrate their newfound freedom. But a growing number of those young men and women face a much different post-graduation interlude: military service.

On the hunt: Lithuanians race to pick wild mushrooms

Hundreds of Lithuanians ran around with baskets and buckets Saturday in a southeastern pine forest. Why you ask? It’s the national championship of wild mushroom picking – a competition always held on the last Saturday in September.

Fruitcake recipe a crowd-pleaser for 50 years

When her future husband took her to meet his Lithuanian grandmother, Kay Dixon got to sample the “magical” fruitcake for the first time. It was sweet, dark, moist and speckled with raisins, prunes and nuts.