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Pedestrian pass by The Royal Courts Of Justice, in London, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex will ask a High Court judge to rule in her favour in her privacy action against the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a handwritten letter to her estranged father. The case will be heard remotely due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Meghan seeks court ruling over 'serious breach' of privacy

Jan. 19, 2021 10:37 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for the Duchess of Sussex asked a British judge on Tuesday to settle her lawsuit against a newspaper before it goes to trial by ruling that its publication of a “deeply personal” letter to her estranged father was “a plain and a serious breach of her rights of...

FILE - Harry Brant attends a party to celebrate Dior's fall/winter 2013-2014 Collection in New York on Sept. 6, 2013. Brant, a rising model and son of supermodel Stephanie Seymour and publisher Peter M. Brant, has died. He was 24. The younger Brant died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, of an accidental overdose, his family said in a statement to The New York Times, saying “his life was cut short by this devastating disease.”  (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)

Harry Brant, son of supermodel Stephanie Seymour, dies at 24

Jan. 19, 2021 10:33 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Brant, a rising model and son of supermodel Stephanie Seymour and publisher Peter M. Brant, has died. He was 24. The younger Brant died Sunday of an accidental overdose, his family said in a statement to The New York Times, saying "his life was cut short by this devastating...

Students write inaugural poems for poetry academy contest

Jan. 19, 2021 10:32 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Hallie Knight, a high school senior from Jacksonville, Florida, has some well formed ideas about where the country is and how she'd like to see it change. The 17-year-old has won a contest organized by the Academy of American Poets for which students under 18 wrote their own inaugural...

FILE - Singer-songwriter Luke Combs speaks in the press room after winning awards for male vocalist of the year and song of the year at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena, in this Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, file photo. NASCAR will attempt some normalcy at the season-opening Daytona 500 with a live pre-race concert featuring country music star Luke Combs. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NASCAR to hold pre-race Daytona 500 concert with Luke Combs

Jan. 19, 2021 10:24 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will attempt some normalcy at the season-opening Daytona 500 with a live pre-race concert — the first big performance at a track during the pandemic — featuring country music star Luke Combs. Combs, who performed virtually for NASCAR's season finale in November,...

New books with buzz? Dozens excerpted in free e-preview

Jan. 19, 2021 10:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Excerpts from upcoming works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen and crime writer Lisa Scottoline are among 46 books previewed in a free e-book collection. “Buzz Books 2021: Spring/Summer” was released Tuesday by the industry newsletter Publishers Lunch. Besides...

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Review: Lisa Gardner marks a sharply-written return

Jan. 19, 2021 9:31 AM EST

“Before She Disappeared,” by Lisa Gardner (Dutton) Frankie Elkin is a nomad. Owning only what she can carry, she wanders from town to town hunting for missing people whom the police have been unable to find. She is neither a police officer nor a private detective. She has no training for this work...

This combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Jan. 24-30 shows, from left, Daveed Diggs, Alicia Keys, Ellen DeGeneres, Alan Cumming, Alan Alda, Oprah Winfrey and Christian Bale. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 24-30

Jan. 19, 2021 8:44 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 24-30 Jan. 24: Fiddler Doug Kershaw is 85. Singer Ray Stevens is 82. Singer Aaron Neville is 80. Singer Neil Diamond is 80. Actor Michael Ontkean (“Twin Peaks”) is 75. Country singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs is 71. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 70. Actor William...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2013 file photo, Jackson State

Jackson State band to perform in Biden inauguration event

Jan. 19, 2021 8:34 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi college marching band is set to participate in an official event celebrating diversity ahead of the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South will be a featured...

Book store worker, Dikeledi Nhlapo, holds a copy of Dorah Sitole's

South Africa's trailblazing Black food writer dies of virus

Jan. 19, 2021 6:59 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's trailblazing Black food writer Dorah Sitole's latest cookbook was widely hailed in December as a moving chronicle of her journey from humble township cook to famous, well-traveled author. The country's new Black celebrity chefs lined up to praise her as a mentor who...

A man walks by the logo of Tokyo Olympic Games planned to start in the summer of 2021, in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Tokyo organizers have no public program planned to mark the milestone. There is too much uncertainty for that right now. Tokyo and other parts of Japan are under an emergency order because of surging coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Tokyo Olympics Q&A: 6 months out and murmurs of cancellation

Jan. 19, 2021 6:37 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics are to open in six months on July 23 and organizers have no public program planned to mark the milestone. There is too much uncertainty for that right now. Tokyo and other parts of Japan are under an emergency order because of surging coronavirus cases with about 4,500...