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Review: Allende novel seeks to spotlight footnote of history

Jan. 22, 2020 1:10 PM EST

"A Long Petal of the Sea: a Novel,” Ballantine Books, by Isabel Allende Isabel Allende's new novel seeks to spotlight a footnote of history - and to connect the past and present in an epic tale. The goals were high but the results are mixed. "A Long Petal of the Sea" follows a family fleeing the Spanish...

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 file photo, Terry Jones arrives at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Terry Jones, a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, has died at 77. Jones's agent says he died Tuesday Jan. 21, 2020. In a statement, his family said he died “after a long, extremely brave but always good humored battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD.” (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)

'Naughty boy': Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77

Jan. 22, 2020 1:01 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Terry Jones, a founding member of the anarchic Monty Python troupe who was hailed by colleagues as “the complete Renaissance comedian" and “a man of endless enthusiasms,” has died at age 77 after suffering from dementia. Jones's family said he died Tuesday evening at his...

Harvey Weinstein leaves court during his rape trial, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Prosecutor calls Weinstein a predator as rape trial opens

Jan. 22, 2020 12:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein went on trial Wednesday in a landmark moment for the # MeToo movement, with prosecutors painting him in graphic detail as a sexual predator who used his movie-magnate stature to abuse women for decades. “He was not just a titan in Hollywood. He was a rapist,”...

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. appears in court Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in New York. A New York City judge ruled that two additional women accusing Gooding of sexual misconduct will be allowed to testify at the

April trial set for Cuba Gooding Jr. in bar groping case

Jan. 22, 2020 12:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two women who have accused Cuba Gooding Jr. of sexual misconduct will be allowed to testify at his trial on charges that he groped three other women at Manhattan bars in 2018 and 2019, a judge ruled Wednesday. An April 21 trial date was set for Gooding, who previously pleaded not guilty to...

Plans underway for Bob Cousy statue in Worcester

Jan. 22, 2020 12:48 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The management company that operates the DCU Center in Worcester is donating $150,000 to the city to fund a statue of former Boston Celtics great Bob Cousy. The City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night accepting the gift from ASM Global/SMG Management, which...

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Review: `Recipe for a Perfect Wife' full of twists and turns

Jan. 22, 2020 12:29 PM EST

“Recipe for a Perfect Wife,” Dutton, by Karma Brown Although she agreed when her husband suggested they move to the suburbs, Alice is feeling out of sorts with her new slow-paced life. While trying to fill the time, she finds entertainment in an old stack of letters penned by the woman who once...

FILE - In this June 23, 2005 file photo, Dr. James C. Metts Jr., the Chatham County coroner, poses in front of a portrait of Brig. Gen. Casimir Pulaski in Savannah, Ga. Metts whose four decades as coroner in the Savannah area earned him a part in the bestselling book

Coroner featured in 'Midnight in the Garden' book dies at 88

Jan. 22, 2020 12:29 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Dr. James C. Metts Jr., a Savannah physician whose four decades serving as an elected coroner earned him a small part in the bestselling book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” has died at age 88. Metts died Monday at his Savannah home, where he had been under...

Mexican soap opera star Pablo Lyle, left, appears in court with his attorneys during his hearing, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Miami. Florida Judge Marlene Fernandez-Karavetsos says that the Mexican actor won't be able to return to his native country while he awaits trial on a charge he fatally punched a man during a road-rage confrontation. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP, Pool)

Judge: Actor awaiting road rage trial can't go to Mexico

Jan. 22, 2020 12:26 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida judge ruled Wednesday that a Mexican actor won't be able to return to his native country while he awaits trial on a charge that he fatally punched a man during a road rage confrontation. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Marlene Fernandez-Karavetsos said she worried Pablo Lyle would not...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2002, file photo, Morgan Wootten, head basketball coach at DeMatha High School, speaks at a press conference to announce his stepping down as coach, in Hyattsville, Md. Wootten, a Hall of Fame coach who built DeMatha High School into a national powerhouse and mentored several future NBA stars during a career that spanned parts of six decades, has died. He was 88. The school announced his death on Twitter, writing, “The Wootten Family is saddened to share the news that their loving husband and father Morgan Wootten passed away

Hall of Fame HS basketball coach Morgan Wootten dies at 88

Jan. 22, 2020 12:20 PM EST

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Morgan Wootten, a Hall of Fame basketball coach who built DeMatha High School into a national powerhouse and mentored several future NBA stars during a career that spanned parts of six decades, has died. He was 88. The school announced his death on Twitter, writing, “The...

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Review: 'The Last Full Measure' fumbles its proud mission

Jan. 22, 2020 12:17 PM EST

There's been a lot of talk recently about so-called “dad movies,” partly sparked by the success of “Ford v Ferrari.” And when it comes to that driving flick, a new movie says, “Hold onto your Dockers.” “ The Last Full Measure ” — which details the...