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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner arrives at the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners, in New York. ABC 's Diane Sawyer will interview the former Olympic champion and patriarch of the Kardashian television clan in a two-hour interview airing on Friday, April 24. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)

ABC News Keeps Tight Lid on Bruce Jenner Interview

Friday, April 24, 2015

New York — The first on-air promo for tonight’s broadcast interview with Bruce Jenner didn’t even show his face, an illustration of the line ABC News is walking in trying to drum up interest for the program while saying virtually nothing about it. The two-hour interview special with the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and estranged patriarch of television’s Kardashian clan …

Cookbook Introduces Mystery Writers, ‘Murderous’ Recipes

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mystery writers like to eat. So do their characters. Here’s an opportunity to meet and greet both without having any calories heading toward your waistline. The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, edited by Kate White, includes 109 writers and more than 100 delicious recipes. This is more than just another cookbook. It’s an …

Morrison’s Writing Still To the Point

Friday, April 24, 2015

In 1970 Toni Morrison detonated a beautiful atom bomb of a debut novel called The Bluest Eye. In telling the story of Pecola Breedlove, a little Ohio girl taught to hate her black skin, Morrison laid bare society’s poisonous obsession with racial appearance. She also introduced a theme that would run throughout her body of work, including her latest short novel, God Help …

Few Colleges Have Shakespeare Requirement

Friday, April 24, 2015

New York — As Shakespeare would say, “We have seen better days.” The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has found that less than 8 percent of the nation’s top universities require English majors to take a course focused on Shakespeare. The study, The Unkindest Cut: Shakespeare in …

What Joan Rivers Didn’t Take to the Grave

Friday, April 24, 2015

Joan Rivers has been dead less than a year, and already her daughter, Melissa, has written a biography about her. It was all her publisher’s idea, Rivers writes in The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation, which will be released May 5. Rivers says she …

Michigan Catholic Priest Tells Parishioners to Pack Heat

Friday, April 24, 2015

An Ann Arbor, Mich., Catholic priest has urged his parishioners to arm themselves and attend classes at Christ the King parish to earn a concealed pistol license (CPL). In a letter sent to Christ the King parishioners recently, the Rev. Edward Fride explained why he believed it was …

U.S. Drone Strike Killed Hostages

Friday, April 24, 2015

Washington — A U.S. drone strike targeting a compound frequented by al-Qaida leaders accidentally killed two hostages, including one American, near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in January, the White House announced Thursday. The hostages, both aid workers, had been kidnapped several years ago: Warren Weinstein, 72, of Maryland, a …

Defense Dept. Can’t Account For $1.3 Billion

Friday, April 24, 2015

Washington — The Defense Department can’t account for $1.3 billion that was shipped to force commanders in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2014 for critical reconstruction projects, 60 percent of all such spending under an emergency program, an internal report released Thursday concludes. Most of the $100 billion the …

Loretta Lynch Confirmed as AG

Friday, April 24, 2015

Washington — Loretta Lynch’s long wait to become U.S. Attorney General ended Thursday, with the Senate voting to confirm the veteran New York prosecutor five months after President Obama submitted her nomination to Congress. The vote was highly …

Michael Brown’s Parents File Lawsuit

Friday, April 24, 2015

Clayton, Mo. — Michael Brown’s parents filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday, opening a new chapter in the legal battle over the shooting that killed their son and sparked a national protest movement about the way police treat blacks. Attorneys for Brown’s …

Petraeus Sentenced to 2 Years’ Probation, Fined $100,000 for Military Leak

Friday, April 24, 2015

Charlotte, n.c. — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years’ probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working …

Poll: Gay Marriage Support Increases

Friday, April 24, 2015

Washington — A record-high 6 in 10 Americans support same-sex marriage and a similar share say individual states should not be allowed to define marriage as only between a man and a woman, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The national debate on same-sex marriage moves …

Quake Map Puts Attention on Oklahoma, Fracking Wastewater

Friday, April 24, 2015

Even in an area that was becoming accustomed to earthquakes, a 5.6 temblor near Prague, Okla., in 2011 stood out. The shaking was strong enough to destroy 14 homes, cause a highway to buckle and slightly injure two people. The initial shaking from a foreshock was felt just …