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Goodwin’s ‘Leadership’ due this fall

NEW YORK — Doris Kearns Goodwin hopes her new book will remind readers that career politicians can become great presidents. “Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt had been in politics a long time,” Goodwin said during a recent telephone interview as she discussed her upcoming book, ...

Book review: ‘Killer Choice’ suspenseful, but puzzling

Gary’s pregnant wife, Beth, has a brain tumor. It’s going to take $200,000 they don’t have to save her. Fittingly, that’s how much a drug dealer across town is willing to pay Gary for committing murder. Author Tom Hunt immediately thrusts readers into the conflict in “Killer Choice” ...

American Life in Poetry: ‘You Never Get One Thing’

“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” has been attributed to a half dozen different writers. It can be helpful in encouraging people to write, but also in describing poetry that arises out of meditation. Greg Kosmicki is a Nebraska poet whose work is deeply thoughtful but ...

Best sellers

Hardback fiction 1. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press) 2. “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn (William Morrow) 3. “Dark in Death” by J.D. Robb (St. Martin’s) 4. “Still Me” by Jojo Moyes (Viking/Dorman) 5. “Look for Me” by Lisa Gardner ...

The women of ‘Panther’ take center stage

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Scientist. Warrior. Queen Mother. Spy. These are just a few of the job titles of the women of “Black Panther,” now playing nationwide. None of them are fighting over a guy, or needing one to save them. They are fierce, proud, intelligent and capable. And, in the ...

Creator-stars of ‘This Close’ make Hollywood listen

LOS ANGELES — Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman have something to say about friendship, heartache and finding one’s place in the world in “This Close.” The creators and stars of Sundance Now’s comedy-drama have another aspect of life to share: What it’s like to be deaf while ...

Rockwell’s sons withdraw from museum lawsuit

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Norman Rockwell’s three sons have withdrawn from a lawsuit against a Massachusetts museum that wants to sell one of their father’s paintings. The Rockwell family said in a statement earlier this week the intention of the lawsuit was to prevent the Berkshire ...

Work together to stop the killing

Guns don’t kill people; people do. We’ve heard it time and again, usually after some horrific shooting like the one that occurred in a Florida high school on Wednesday, which left 17 people who had been about to leave school on Valentine’s Day dead. Of course, a person pulled the ...

Constitution is not our problem

Writing for The Week, Ryan Cooper made his case that “America’s Constitution is terrible. Let’s throw it out and start over.” While most Americans revere the document that created our government, Cooper is not alone in his disdain for it. Law professors Adrian Vermeule and Eric Posner ...

Parents, students in Fla. want stricter gun control laws

PARKLAND, Fla. — Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws Saturday as new details were revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killed 17 people in a Florida high school. The rally, held in downtown Fort Lauderdale, was attended by ...

Helicopter crash kills 13 after quake

MEXICO CITY — A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake crashed Friday in southern Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 16, all of them on the ground. The Oaxaca state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that five women, four men and three ...

Puerto Rico to reduce power generation amid cash shortfall

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s electricity utility said Friday it will dial down the power generation starting this weekend as a federal control board urgently seeks a $300 million loan for the troubled utility after a judge rejected a previous $1 billion loan request. The ...

Nation

Wind hinders gas well shutdown ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — A spokeswoman for a company whose natural gas well exploded and caught fire in eastern Ohio said high winds are hindering experts from shutting down the well. XTO Energy’s Karen Matusic said outside experts managed to clear debris ...

World

Independence Party sacks leader LONDON, England — The troubled U.K. Independence Party ousted its leader after a scandal over racist messages sent by his girlfriend. Party members voted Saturday to back a motion of no confidence in Henry Bolton. The UKIP party leader had faced growing ...

FBI pressured by shooting failure

WASHINGTON — The revelation that the FBI botched a potentially life-saving tip on the Florida school shooting suspect is a devastating blow to America’s top law enforcement agency at a time when it is already under extraordinary political pressure. Even before the startling disclosure ...

News shows

WASHINGTON — Guest lineups for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla.; former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson; former Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J. NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. CBS’ ...

Vatican investigator meets Chile abuse victim

NEW YORK — A Vatican sex-crimes investigator is meeting in New York with one of the key victims in the Chilean abuse scandal that involves a bishop Pope Francis has vigorously defended. The meeting Saturday between Archbishop Charles Scicluna and whistleblower Juan Carlos Cruz will take ...

Doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

BEIRUT — Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, local doctors and Syria’s state-run news agency reported Saturday. Jiwan Mohammed, a doctor at ...

Strange brew

How much is that fine? Book returned 78 years later ATTLEBORO, Massachusetts — It took nearly 80 years, but a book borrowed during the Great Depression has been returned to a Massachusetts public library. The Attleboro Public Library posted on its Facebook page pictures of a copy of ...

Two claim district attorney’s office as own, clouding prosecutions

Marion O’Malley is tending to a homicide case and dozens of other criminal matters as the lone prosecutor in her rural Pennsylvania county. Whether she has any legal right to do so is another matter. An unusual struggle for control of the district attorney’s office has landed in court, ...