Book Review: Dick Wolf delivers exciting new thriller

“The Ultimatum” (William Morrow), by Dick Wolf Dick Wolf, a producer whose credits include the “Law & Order” TV franchise, is also a terrific novelist. His latest book, “The Ultimatum,” is the third thriller to feature New York police...

Review: Country singer Kacey Musgraves wows on 2nd album

Kacey Musgraves, “Pageant Material” (Mercury Nashville) Kacey Musgraves strives for a classic `60s country sound on her second album, “Pageant Material.” Ditching the loops and other contemporary flourishes of her ground-breaking, Grammy-winning 2013...

Weather Channel taking active stance on climate change

NEW YORK (AP) — The Weather Channel is looking beyond cold fronts and summer showers with a project featuring the voices of 25 prominent people talking about the need to take action on climate change. The network says its “The Climate 25″ series is about...
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Jesse Jackson released from halfway house in Baltimore

AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana BALTIMORE (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was released Monday morning from a Baltimore halfway house, where he’d been living since his release from an Alabama federal prison in March. Jackson was released from the Volunteers of...
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Instagram users in N. Korea warned site put on blacklist

AP Photo/Wong Maye-E PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Warnings are appearing on Instagram accounts in North Korea that say access to the popular photo-sharing app is being denied and that the site is blacklisted for harmful content. Opening the app with mobile devices on the...
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General Mills to drop artificial ingredients from cereals

AP Photo/Rick Bowmer NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills is dropping artificial colors and flavors from its cereals, the latest company to respond to a growing desire for food made with ingredients people see as natural. The company said Monday that Trix and Reese’s Puffs...

Don Winslow returns to drug wars in thriller ‘The Cartel’

NEW YORK (AP) — Don Winslow is obsessed, and he knows it. “People refer to this as the `Mexican drug problem’ and it’s NOT the Mexican drug problem. It’s the American drug problem. It’s the European drug problem,” the crime novelist says...

Man accused of drowning pet rabbit in hotel pool

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 49-year-old man is accused of drowning his pet rabbit in a hotel swimming pool near Tampa. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says Steve B. Rodd of Tampa intentionally dropped the rabbit into the pool at the Vista Inn on Friday. He was...

UN report on Gaza: Both sides may be guilty of war crimes

JERUSALEM (AP) — A much-awaited United Nations report into the 2014 Gaza war released Monday found that both Israel and the Palestinians may have committed war crimes. The commission said it gathered “substantial information pointing to serious violations of...
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Czech film festival to honor actor Richard Gere

AP Photo/Claudio Onorati PRAGUE (AP) — The international film festival at the Czech spa of Karlovy Vary will honor U.S. actor Richard Gere for his outstanding contribution to world cinema. Gere will present his movie “Time Out of Mind” to kick off the festival...