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French writer Frederic Martel gestures during an interview with Associated Press, in Paris, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. In the explosive book "In the Closet of the Vatican" author Frederic Martel describes a gay subculture at the Vatican and calls out the hypocrisy of Catholic bishops and cardinals who in public denounce homosexuality but in private lead double lives. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
February 15, 2019 - 2:26 pm
PARIS (AP) — A gay French writer has lifted the lid on what he calls one of the world's largest gay communities, the Vatican, estimating that most of its prelates are homosexually inclined and attributing much of the current crisis in the Catholic Church to an internal struggle. In the explosive...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005 file photo, British author Andrea Levy at home in north London. Levy has died after suffering from cancer in recent years. She was 62. Georgina Moore of Tinder Press said Levy died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 after having been “ill for some time.” (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
February 15, 2019 - 9:00 am
LONDON (AP) — Andrea Levy, a prize-winning novelist who chronicled the hopes and horrors experienced by the post-World War II generation of Jamaican immigrants in Britain, has died. She was 62, and had suffered from cancer. One of the first black British authors to achieve both critical and...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2010, file photo, Jill Abramson attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. The former New York Times executor editor’s media critique sold just over 2,800 copies during its first week of publication, according to numbers released Thursday by NPD BookScan. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
February 14, 2019 - 5:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Days of relentless publicity, much of it unwanted, did not lead to many sales for Jill Abramson's "Merchants of Truth." The former New York Times executor editor's media critique sold just over 2,800 copies during its first week of publication, according to numbers released Thursday...
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February 13, 2019 - 4:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Betty Ballantine, half of a groundbreaking husband-and-wife publishing team that helped invent the modern paperback and vastly expand the market for science fiction and other genres through such blockbusters as "The Hobbit" and "Fahrenheit 451," has died. Ballantine died Tuesday at...
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February 12, 2019 - 7:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Couric is writing a memoir, one she is counting on to live up to its title: "Unexpected." In an announcement Tuesday, the publisher Little, Brown and Company said that the book was scheduled for spring 2021. Couric plans to share details both "hilarious" and "humiliating" as...
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Lena Waithe, left, and Halle Berry participate in the "Boomerang" panel during the BET presentation at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour at The Langham Huntington on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
February 12, 2019 - 1:31 am
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, where TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. ___ 'BOOMERANG' IS BACK Halle Berry and Lena Waithe say they've updated the 1992 movie "Boomerang" for a new...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2010, file photo, Jill Abramson attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Former New York Times executive editor Abramson is facing allegations that she lifted material from other sources for her book "Merchants of Truth." Abramson disputed the allegations in a Wednesday night, Feb. 6, 2019, appearance on Fox News. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
February 07, 2019 - 7:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The former executive editor of The New York Times acknowledged Thursday that her new book, "Merchants of Truth," contains some sourcing errors and said she would correct them. In an email Thursday to The Associated Press, Jill Abramson wrote that some page numbers in sourcing notes...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005 file photo, best- selling novel writer Rosamunde Pilcher poses during a photo shooting in Munich, Germany. British writer Rosamunde Pilcher, whose family saga "The Shell Seekers" sold millions of copies around the world, has died at the age of 94 at a hospital in Dundee, Scotland. (AP Photo/Diether Endlicher)
February 07, 2019 - 12:40 pm
LONDON (AP) — British novelist Rosamunde Pilcher, whose family saga "The Shell Seekers" sold millions of copies around the world, has died, her agent said Thursday. She was 94. Pilcher's literary agency, Felicity Bryan Associates, said she died overnight at a hospital in Dundee, Scotland after a...
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In this Feb. 4, 2019 photo, diabetes patient Aminta Villamizar lies on her bed next to a statue of Dr. Jose Greogrio Hernandez, a 19th century Venezuelan doctor who treated the poor and is revered throughout the country as a saint, in Caracas, Venezuela. “I was a person who worked my entire life, but this sickness destroyed me,” she said, complaining of joint pain and blurry vision. “If we don’t receive help, we’ll have to resign ourselves to God’s will.” (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
February 07, 2019 - 12:00 am
CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — For Anahis Alvarado, whose battle with kidney failure has become more desperate as Venezuela sinks deeper into crisis, the prospect of bringing in emergency medical and food supplies can't come soon enough. She's watched five fellow patients in her dialysis group die over...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2010, file photo, Jill Abramson attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Former New York Times executive editor Abramson is facing allegations that she lifted material from other sources for her book "Merchants of Truth." Abramson disputed the allegations in a Wednesday night, Feb. 6, 2019, appearance on Fox News. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
February 06, 2019 - 9:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson is facing allegations that she lifted material from other sources for her new book, "Merchants of Truth." A Twitter thread posted Wednesday by Vice correspondent Michael Moynihan lists several examples of passages in "Merchants of...
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