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Book review: ‘The Mockingbird Next Door: Life With Harper Lee,’ by Marja Mills

By Heller McAlpin July 9 at 4:24 PM Heller McAlpin reviews books regularly for The Washington Post, NPR.org, Los Angeles Times and other publications. There are many reasons to be grateful for “The Mockingbird Next Door,” Marja Mills’s wonderful memoir of Harper Lee and her...
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AP Source: Cavs agree to multiplayer, 3-team trade

FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2014 file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tyler Zeller (40) dunks the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. A person familiar with the deals says the Cavaliers have agreed to trade guard Jarrett Jack,...
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Au revoir, Froome: Tour champ drops out in Stage 5

Spain’s Alberto Contador crosses the finish line with a delay of more than two minutes on his main rivals during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 155 kilometers (96.3 miles) with start in Ypres, Belgium, and finish in Arenberg, France, Wednesday, July...
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NCAA’s Emmert calls for ‘scholarships for life’

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) President Mark Emmert scratches his forehead as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on the NCAA’s treatment of athletes. At left...

Officials say juvenile started California wildfire

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Investigators who spent weeks examining photos and tips from the public have identified a juvenile as a suspect for intentionally starting the most destructive of nearly a dozen wildfires that ripped through Southern California this spring, officials said...
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Utah to appeal gay marriage ruling to high court

FILE – In this Dec. 23, 2013, file photo, Jax and Heather Collins get married at the Salt Lake County clerk’s office in Salt Lake City. Same-sex marriage advocates plan to deliver a petition with thousands of signatures to the Utah governor’s mansion in Salt...

New Ohio State President Outlines Mission, Vision

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University’s new president is ready to outline some of his priorities as he begins work on campus. University of California-Irvine chancellor Michael Drake was chosen as Ohio State’s 15th president in January, ending a seven-month...
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Yankees’ Tanaka to have MRI on right arm

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka watches from the dugout after leaving the game in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Cleveland. Tanaka pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up 10 hits and five runs. (AP...
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Iraqi leader accuses Kurds of hosting militants

Iraqi men check in at the main army recruiting center as they volunteer for military services in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim) Iraqi men check in at the main army recruiting center as they...
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Man linked to Nazi police dies in Michigan at 93

FILE – In this Aug. 31, 2009 file photo, John Kalymon talks about his deportation outside his home in Troy, Mich. Kalymon, under a deportation order for serving in a Nazi-controlled police force during World War II, died June 29, 2014 at his suburban Detroit home, said his...