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Oct. 29, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

1. ” Greenlights” by Matthew McConaughey (Crown) 2. ” A Time for Mercy” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 3. ” A Republic Under Assault” by Tom Fitton (Threshold Editions) 4. ” Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson” by Axel Scheffler (Puffin) 5. ”...

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Oct. 29, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. A Time for Mercy John Grisham (Doubleday) 2. The Return Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central) 3. The Evening and the Morning Ken Follett (Viking) 4. The Book of Two Ways Jodi Picoult (Ballantine) 5. The Searcher Tana French (Viking) 6. Anxious People Fredrik Backman (Atria) 7. The Invisible Life of...

FILE - Playwright August Wilson poses for a portrait at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. on April 7, 2005. The University of Pittsburgh has acquired the archive of the late playwright and Pittsburgh native son August Wilson, a trove that contains recordings, letters artwork, poetry, unpublished work and notebooks. (AP Photo/ Michelle McLoughlin, File)

The University of Pittsburgh acquires August Wilson trove

Oct. 29, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh has acquired the archive of the late playwright and Pittsburgh native son August Wilson, a trove that contains recordings, letters, artwork, poetry, unpublished work and notebooks. The August Wilson Archive will reside in a state-of-the-art home in Hillman...

This March 27, 2018, provided by the Department of Homeland Security, then-Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and then-Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor, right, meet with Honduran President Juan Hernandez, not pictured, and security ministers from the Northern Triangle countries in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Taylor, a former Trump administration official who penned a scathing anti-Trump op-ed and book under the pen name “Anonymous” made his identify public Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (Tim Godbee/Department of Homeland Security via AP)

Former DHS official says he wrote 'Anonymous' Trump critique

Oct. 28, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Trump administration official who penned a scathing anti-Trump op-ed and book under the pen name “Anonymous” revealed himself Wednesday as a former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security. The official, Miles Taylor, came forward six days before...

Diane di Prima, Beat poet and activist, dead at 86

Oct. 28, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Diane di Prima, a poet, activist and teacher who was one of the last surviving members of the Beats and one of the few women writers in the Beat movement, has died at age 86. Di Prima's longtime partner Sheppard Powell told The Associated Press that di Prima had been in failing health and...

Pizza shop owner gets prison sentence for false tax returns

Oct. 28, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey shore pizzeria owner who admitted filing false income tax returns over a span of several years was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison. Giuseppe D’Arancio, 61, of Cape May Court House, must also pay $507,246 in restitution to the IRS and will have to...

UK vaccine chief warns of over-optimism, early imperfection

Oct. 28, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Warning that the first COVID-19 vaccines may be imperfect, the head of the U.K effort to develop a vaccine called Wednesday for immediate international cooperation to prevent the “largest global recession in history.’’ U.K. Vaccine Taskforce chair Kate Bingham also warned...

Author of best-selling 'Maid' takes on college in 'Class'

Oct. 28, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephanie Land, who shared her story of single parenthood and working life in the best-selling memoir “Maid,” is writing a book about the hard truths of college education. One Signal Publishers announced Wednesday that Land's “Class” would combine personal...

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019, file courtroom drawing, defendant Keith Raniere, center, leader of the secretive group NXIVM, is seated between his attorneys Paul DerOhannesian, left, and Marc Agnifilo during the first day of his sex trafficking trial. Raniere, a self-improvement guru whose organization NXIVM attracted millionaires and actresses among its adherents, faces sentencing Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, on convictions that he turned some female followers into sex slaves branded with his initials. (Elizabeth Williams via AP, File)

NXIVM guru gets 120 years in prison in sex-slaves case

Oct. 27, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disgraced self-improvement guru Keith Raniere, whose NXIVM followers included millionaires and Hollywood actors, was sentenced to 120 years on Tuesday for turning some adherents into sex slaves branded with his initials and sexually abusing a 15-year-old. U.S. District Judge Nicholas...

Daniel Menaker, award-winning author and editor, dead at 79

Oct. 27, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Menaker, an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction and a longtime editor at The New Yorker and Random House who worked with Alice Munro, Salman Rushdie, Colum McCann and many others, has died at age 79. Menaker's son, podcaster Will Menaker, announced on Twitter that he died...