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Author Jason Reynolds offers online projects for kids

Apr. 9, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Author Jason Reynolds, the country's National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, had expected his work to keep him on the road. Instead, Reynolds and the Library of Congress are among those organizing a monthly "Grab The Mic" newsletter and an online video project for kids at home...


Apr. 9, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

Best-Selling Books Week Ended April 4th. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Texas Outlaw” by Patterson/Bourelle (Little, Brown) 2. “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse″ by Charlie Mackesy (Harperone) 3. “The Boy from the Woods” by Harlan Coben (Grand Central Publishing) 4....


Apr. 9, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

1. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng (Penguin) 2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (G. P. Putnam’s Sons) 3. “Little Blue Truck’s Springtime” by Alice Schertle (HMH Books for Young Readers) 4. “The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik...

FILE - In this April 21, 1970 file photo, Apollo 13 commander James A. Lovell Jr., left, opens the astronauts televised news conference at the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, by saying

Apollo 13's most famous quotes originated in Hollywood

Apr. 9, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 13′s best known quotes originated not in space or Mission Control, but in Hollywood. Their moon-bound spacecraft wrecked by an oxygen tank explosion on April 13, 1970, the astronauts urgently radioed, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here.”...

Commuters wear masks at a station in Fukuoka, southern Japan Wednesday morning, April 8, 2020. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a month-long state of emergency Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures including Fukuoka to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus as the number of infections surges. (Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: South Korea expects positive economic growth

Apr. 9, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — South Korea’s top central banker expects slow, but...

A man wears a protective mask while waiting for a bus in Detroit, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Detroit buses will have surgical masks available to riders starting Wednesday, a new precaution the city is taking from the new coronavirus COVID-19. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Countries start thinking about easing up on restrictions

Apr. 8, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as coronavirus deaths mount across Europe and New York, the U.S. and other countries are starting to contemplate an exit strategy and thinking about a staggered and carefully calibrated easing of restrictions designed to curb the scourge. “To end the confinement, we’re...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2007, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, top, goes up for a shot between Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, and Al Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as members of the 2020 enshrinement class for the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc, File)

Kobe Bryant's latest book to debut atop best-seller list

Apr. 8, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant is back atop the best-seller lists, days after the late Los Angeles Lakers superstar was selected to the Hall of Fame. The latest release from Bryant’s Granity Studios, “The Wizenard Series: Season One” will debut at No. 1 on The New York Times’ middle-grade hardcover list...

This combination photo shows Loretta Lynn posing for a photo at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. on Feb. 10, 2016, left, and the cover image for her book

Loretta Lynn's bond with Patsy Cline remains strong

Apr. 8, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn only knew each other a short time before Cline’s death at the age of 30, but the friendship formed between two trailblazers of country music is enough to fill a book. Lynn’s new memoir, “Me and Patsy: Kicking Up Dust,” which...

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Review: 'Rules for Being a Girl' leaves readers wanting more

Apr. 8, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

“Rules for Being a Girl” by Candace Bushnell and Katie Cotugno (Balzer + Bray) In “Rules for Being a Girl,” by bestselling authors Candace Bushnell and Katie Cotugno, high school student Marin Lospato becomes the victim of a teacher’s sexual advances — one who happens to...

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Review: Alvarez returns with a stunning reflection on loss

Apr. 8, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

“Afterlife,” by Julia Alvarez (Algonquin Books) I like to imagine fiction writers are a fairly collegial bunch when they’re not dreaming up stories. But more than a few of Julia Alvarez’s peers must be shaking their heads that she can take almost 15 years off from writing adult fiction...