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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Chinese real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang speaks at a press reception for his book on China's property market in Shanghai. Ren, who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in a corruption case, the government announced. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

Critic of Chinese leader sentenced to 18 years in graft case

Sep. 21, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday on corruption charges, a court announced. Ren Zhiqiang, who became known for speaking up about...

FILE - In this April 29, 2016, file photo,

'Forrest Gump' author Winston Groom dead at 77

Sep. 18, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) — Winston Groom, the writer whose novel “Forrest Gump” was made into a six-Oscar winning 1994 movie that became a soaring pop cultural phenomenon, has died at age 77. Mayor Karin Wilson of Fairhope, Alabama, said in a message on social media that Groom had died in that...

FILE - In this April 29, 2016, file photo,

'Forrest Gump' author Winston Groom dead at 77

Sep. 17, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) — Winston Groom, the writer whose novel “Forrest Gump” was made into a six-Oscar winning 1994 movie that became a soaring pop cultural phenomenon, has died at age 77. Mayor Karin Wilson of Fairhope, Alabama, said in a message on social media that Groom had died in that...

Isabel Wilkerson's 'Caste' on National Book Awards longlist

Sep. 17, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Isabel Wilkerson's “Caste,” her acclaimed study of racism in the United States, is among 10 nominees on the National Book Award longlist for nonfiction. The poetry list features works by Natalie Diaz and Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, whose “Travesty Generator” features...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a formal group portrait to include a new Associate Justice, top row, far right, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Seated from left: Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr. Standing behind from left: Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Elena Kagan and Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Audio arguments, with a side of fish

Sep. 17, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flurry of election-related cases are already working their way through courts, but Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer doesn't seem overly concerned about election cases landing in his lap. “We don't know the cases will come to us. We've learned it's best, and I've learned over...

In this image from video, former President Barack Obama speaks during the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)

First volume of Barack Obama's memoir coming Nov. 17

Sep. 17, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The first volume of former President Barack Obama's memoir is coming out Nov. 17, two weeks after Election Day. It's called “A Promised Land” and will cover his swift and historic rise to the White House and his first term in office. The publication date for the second volume...

First two longlists announced for National Book Awards

Sep. 16, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stories of voting rights, space exploration and displacement at home are among the young people's literature works that appear on the longlist for the National Book Awards. In the translation category, the 10 nominated books originate everywhere from the Middle East to Scandinavia to Japan....

6 emerging women writers receive $30,000 Rona Jaffe Awards

Sep. 15, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fiction writers Mari Christmas and Yalitza Ferreras and poets Elisa Gonzalez and Charleen McClure are among six winners of Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards, $30,000 prizes for emerging women authors. Other winners announced Tuesday were nonfiction writer Hannah Bae and fiction...

US-Audiobooks-Top-10

Sep. 15, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

Nonfiction 1. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley, narrated by Laurence Fishburne (Audible Studios) 2. Disloyal: A Memoir by Michael Cohen, narrated by Robert Petkoff (Skyhorse Publishing) 3. Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty, narrated by the author (Simon & Schuster Audio) 4. The Gifts...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2019, file photo, Canadian author Margaret Atwood holds a copy of her book

Margaret Atwood honored with Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Sep. 14, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Author Margaret Atwood thinks an American defiant streak is the country's defense against the kind of nightmarish totalitarian future she depicts for the United States in “The Handmaid’s Tale." "I would bet on American orneriness and refusal to line up,” she told The...