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  • Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 22-28.

    Sept. 22: Singer-dancer Toni Basil is 76. Actor Paul Le Mat (“American Graffiti”) is 74. Singer David Coverdale (Whitesnake, Deep Purple) is 68. Actress Shari Belafonte is 65. Singer Debby Boone is 63. Country singer June Forester of The Forester Sisters is 63. Singer Nick Cave is 62. Actress Lynn Herring (“General Hospital”) is 62. […]
  • California campaign will warn public of vaping dangers

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will spend $20 million on a public awareness campaign about the dangers of vaping nicotine and cannabis products and step up efforts to halt the sale of illicit products amid a rise in vaping-related illnesses. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the actions Monday as part of an executive order. Many […]
  • Atwood’s ‘The Testaments’ takes readers on wild ride

    “The Testaments” (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), by Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood wrote her much-anticipated sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” in a number of places, like “the dome car of a train stuck on a siding due to a mudslide, on a couple of ships, in a number of hotel rooms, in the middle of a forest.” […]
  • Elizabeth Warren picks up key endorsement

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The progressive Working Families Party is endorsing Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential bid. The party endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders last presidential cycle. The decision by the labor-aligned party to back Warren over Sanders comes as most national polls show a top-tier of Democratic candidates that includes former Vice President Joe Biden […]
  • Many US women say 1st sexual experience was forced in teens

    CHICAGO (AP) — The first sexual experience for 1 in 16 U.S. women was forced or coerced intercourse in their early teens, encounters that for some may have had lasting health repercussions, a study suggests. The experiences amount to rape, the authors say, although they relied on a national survey that didn’t use the word […]
  • Young people’s longlist announced for National Book Awards

    NEW YORK (AP) — Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander are among the 10 authors on the young people’s literature longlist for the National Book Awards. The wide-ranging list, which includes graphic fiction, historical narratives and stories in verse, was announced Monday by the National Book Foundation, which presents the awards. Longlists for […]
  • US urges transparency in Ebola-like death in Tanzania

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Tanzanian authorities must show transparency in the case of a patient who recently died after suffering Ebola-like symptoms, the U.S. health and human services secretary said Monday. Alex Azar, speaking in Uganda, told reporters that he and others are “very concerned” and urged Tanzania’s government to share laboratory results regarding the […]
  • Foner writes timely new book on Reconstruction amendments

    “The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution” (W.W. Norton and Co.), by Eric Foner It took the United States two tries to get the Constitution right. The first time was at the 1787 Constitutional Convention. The second time was during Reconstruction, the 12-year period after the Civil War when the […]
  • No new measles cases reported in fading US outbreak

    NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s worst measles epidemic in 27 years could be in its final stages as a week went by with no new reported cases. “To get to zero is tremendously encouraging,” said Jason Schwartz, a Yale University expert on vaccination policy. The current epidemic emerged about a year ago and took […]
  • Race, family and history converge in ‘Heaven, My Home’

    “Heaven, My Home” (Mulholland), by Attica Locke Race, family and history converge in Attica Locke’s second intense novel about African American Texas Ranger Darren Mathews. In this new series, as she has done in her previous novels, Locke skillfully packs “Heaven, My Home” with realistic and, at times, uncomfortable situations as she depicts complicated characters. […]