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Winfrey chooses the novel "American Dirt" for her book club

Jan. 21, 2020 8:35 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeanine Cummins' “American Dirt,” one of the year's most anticipated and debated novels, is Oprah Winfrey's new pick for her book club. “American Dirt,” published Tuesday, tells of a bookstore owner in Acapulco, Mexico, who loses much of her family to a murderous...

FILE - In this June 8, 2018 file photo, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh addresses a gathering during the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston.  Pugh, Baltimore's disgraced ex-mayor has been charged with perjury for failing to disclose her business interest in a self-published children's book, Maryland's state prosecutor announced Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Baltimore ex-mayor charged with perjury by state prosecutor

Dec. 18, 2019 6:26 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore's disgraced ex-mayor has been charged with perjury for failing to disclose her business interest in a self-published children's book, Maryland's state prosecutor announced Wednesday. Catherine Pugh, a Democrat who has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to her...

In this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, photo Pete Mulvihill poses for a photo in  his Browser Books store that he recently opened in San Francisco. Mulvihill has felt optimistic enough about being an independent bookseller that he bought a third store within the past two months. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Indie booksellers persevere despite Amazon, rising costs

Dec. 11, 2019 11:12 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Mulvihill has felt optimistic enough about selling books that he bought a third bookstore within the past two months. “The industry is much better than it was — the last four to five years have been pretty healthy,” says Mulvihill, who owns three Green Apple Books...

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2019 file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. With the holiday shopping season upon us, Miranda is encouraging people to take part in Small Business Saturday, an effort to shop at local, independent stores on the Saturday, Nov. 30, after Thanksgiving. The actor and “Hamilton” creator says small businesses are a staple to the neighborhood.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda encourages shopping small

Nov. 27, 2019 8:40 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — With the holiday shopping season upon us, actor and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is encouraging people to take part in Small Business Saturday, an effort to shop at local, independent stores on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Growing up in the neighborhood of...

Sports betting approved in New Hampshire for next year

Nov. 25, 2019 4:11 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Lottery Commission approved a sports-betting contract with DraftKings on Monday, paving the way for the state to become the second in New England to allow wagering on games. The Executive Council, an advisory body to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, voted Monday to...