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Yoshihide Suga named Japan's prime minister, succeeding Abe

Yoshihide Suga named Japan's prime minister, succeeding Abe

TOKYO — Japan's Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man.
'The Nest' author has new novel scheduled for 2021

'The Nest' author has new novel scheduled for 2021

NEW YORK — The author of the million-selling debut novel “The Nest” has another story of family drama coming out next year. Ecco announced Wednesday that Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s “Good Company" will be published in May.
Retail sales rise for 4th straight month as growth slows

Retail sales rise for 4th straight month as growth slows

NEW YORK — Americans kept spending in August, but the pace of that growth is slowing as millions of people who lost jobs have now lost a $600 a week boost in their unemployment checks. Retail sales rose 0.

6 emerging women writers receive $30,000 Rona Jaffe Awards

NEW YORK — Fiction writers Mari Christmas and Yalitza Ferreras and poets Elisa Gonzalez and Charleen McClure are among six winners of Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards, $30,000 prizes for emerging women authors.

Lawsuit: 'Cheer' star Jerry Harris sexually solicited minors

FORT WORTH, Texas — Twin boys in Texas say that beginning when they were 13, “Cheer” star Jerry Harris sent them sexually explicit photos and videos of himself, and at one point cornered one boy in a bathroom at a cheer competition and begged for ora
Zimbabwean writer, Americans on diverse Booker Prize list

Zimbabwean writer, Americans on diverse Booker Prize list

LONDON — A Zimbabwean writer who was arrested during anti-government protests is among six finalists announced Tuesday on a diverse list of contenders for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction.
Madonna to direct, co-write biopic about herself

Madonna to direct, co-write biopic about herself

NEW YORK — A biopic about Madonna has found a uniquely qualified director: Madonna, herself.
5M people infected, India's virus outbreak still soaring

5M people infected, India's virus outbreak still soaring

NEW DELHI — India’s confirmed coronavirus infections passed 5 million on Wednesday, still soaring and testing the feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages.
Defending champion Egan Bernal withdraws from Tour de France

Defending champion Egan Bernal withdraws from Tour de France

GRENOBLE, France — Defending Tour de France champion Egan Bernal has pulled out of the race ahead of a mammoth stage in the Alps, his Ineos Grenadiers team said Wednesday.
Mexico honours a defiant woman on independence anniversary

Mexico honours a defiant woman on independence anniversary

MEXICO CITY — Leona Vicario defied convention.