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Blake Bailey's 880-page Philip Roth bio to arrive in April

Blake Bailey's 880-page Philip Roth bio to arrive in April

NEW YORK — In the Fall 2012, as the willing subject of one of the most anticipated literary biographies in recent memory, Philip Roth joked that he had surrendered power over his own life to author Blake Bailey.

Italy: 6 youths convicted over deadly nightclub stampede

ROME — A court in the Italian coastal city of Ancona convicted six young men Thursday over a 2018 nightclub stampede that killed five teens aged 14-16 and a mother who had accompanied her daughter to a rap concert.

Italy: Senators vote to lift ex-minister Salvini's immunity

ROME — The Italian Senate voted Thursday to lift right-wing leader Matteo Salvini’s immunity from prosecution, clearing the way for possible charges against the former interior minister for refusing to allow 164 migrants to get off a ship in Sicily.
Criminal case opened against FIFA president Gianni Infantino

Criminal case opened against FIFA president Gianni Infantino

GENEVA — A criminal case against FIFA president Gianni Infantino was opened Thursday by a Swiss special prosecutor, plunging the soccer body into a new scandal. FIFA said it and Infantino will co-operate with Swiss authorities.
Lewis in posthumous essay: 'Your turn to let freedom ring'

Lewis in posthumous essay: 'Your turn to let freedom ring'

ATLANTA — John Lewis spent his whole life fighting for civil rights — and he wanted to make sure the cause lived on after his death.
1.4 million seek jobless aid as virus surges in South, West

1.4 million seek jobless aid as virus surges in South, West

WASHINGTON — More than 1.4 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, further evidence of the devastation the coronavirus outbreak has unleashed on the U.S. economy.
Malik B, founding member of The Roots, has died at 47

Malik B, founding member of The Roots, has died at 47

LOS ANGELES — Malik B, a rapper and founding member of The Roots, has died. He was 47. The group announced the death of the Philadelphia-born emcee in a social media post Wednesday. The cause of death was not released.

Comedian says he'd return to testify in Orleans assault case

NEW ORLEANS — Comedian Andy Dick told a New Orleans news outlet Wednesday that he’s willing to return to the city and testify against a man accused of knocking him unconscious last year.
McConaughey writing book based on life-changing adventures

McConaughey writing book based on life-changing adventures

NEW YORK — Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey didn't want to write an ordinary celebrity book.
Tracy Morgan, wife to divorce after 5 years of marriage

Tracy Morgan, wife to divorce after 5 years of marriage

LOS ANGELES — Tracy Morgan and his wife of five years are ending their marriage The actor-comedian’s representative said in an emailed statement Wednesday that Morgan and Megan Wollover have filed for divorce.