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Author of Pamela Smart-inspired book asks for her parole

AP Photo CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A woman whose book “To Die For” was inspired by the case of Pamela Smart, who plotted with her teenage lover to kill her husband, is asking the governor to consider parole. Smart, who began a torrid affair with 15-year-old Billy...
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Sen. Mitch McConnell working on memoir

AP Photo/Evan Vucci NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is working on a memoir. The Kentucky Republican told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he planned to tell both his personal story, including overcoming polio as a child in Alabama, and...

Book Review: John Corey returns in DeMille’s `Radiant Angel’

“Radiant Angel” (Grand Central Publishing), by Nelson DeMille In Nelson DeMille’s latest John Corey thriller, “Radiant Angel,” Corey has left the FBI and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force. He now works for the Diplomatic Surveillance Group in New York...
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Lock of Mozart’s hair going under the hammer at Sotheby’s

AP Photo/Matt Dunham LONDON (AP) — Music lovers have the chance to own a strand of history. Auctioneer Sotheby’s is selling a lock of hair from the head of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, resting in a gilt locket. Taking composers’ hair as keepsakes was common in the...

Nielsen survey says Liam Neeson is big ad man

NEW YORK (AP) — Ad executives looking for a celebrity to endorse their product can’t do much better than actor Liam Neeson. That’s the conclusion of the Nielsen company, which looked at celebrities who made commercials during the first three months of the year...
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Bob Marley musical tries to help heal an uneasy Baltimore

AP Photo/Richard Anderson NEW YORK (AP) — Most theater professionals like to say that whatever they’re working on is very relevant to what’s going on in the real world. That was not possibly more true than in Baltimore this spring. The city’s flagship...
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US returns 25 looted artifacts to Italy: Vases, frescoes

AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino ROME (AP) — The United States on Tuesday officially returned 25 artifacts that had been looted over the decades from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that ended up in U.S. museums, universities and...

Publishing world gathers this week for book conventions

NEW YORK (AP) — Diversity will get an extra push at this week’s BookCon and BookExpo America. Last year, a virtually all-white lineup of speakers at publishing’s annual national conventions highlighted the whiteness of the industry itself. BookCon’s...

Independent booksellers continue to add new stores

NEW YORK (AP) — The independent bookseller community continues to expand, through new stores opening and old stores adding new locations. Core membership of the American Booksellers Association grew from 1,664 companies last spring to 1,712 this year, the trade group told...

Egyptian woman arrested over racy music video

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have arrested a woman who danced in a racy music video that went viral on the internet and referred her to misdemeanor court for “inciting debauchery.” The clip, a low-budget production entitled “Hands Off,” or...