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'Forrest Gump' author Winston Groom dead at 77

'Forrest Gump' author Winston Groom dead at 77

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Winston Groom, the writer whose novel “Forrest Gump” was made into a six-Oscar winning 1994 movie that became a soaring pop cultural phenomenon, has died at age 77.
FBI director says antifa is an ideology, not an organization

FBI director says antifa is an ideology, not an organization

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Chris Wray told lawmakers Thursday that antifa is an ideology, not an organization, delivering testimony that puts him at odds with President Donald Trump, who has said he would designate it a terror group.
House condemns racism against Asian Americans amid pandemic

House condemns racism against Asian Americans amid pandemic

WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to condemn racism against Asian Americans tied to the coronavirus outbreak, approving a Democratic resolution on a mostly party-line vote.
'Cheer' star Jerry Harris arrested on child porn charges

'Cheer' star Jerry Harris arrested on child porn charges

CHICAGO — Jerry Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was arrested Thursday and charged with producing child pornography, three days after twin boys filed a lawsuit alleging he sent them sexually explicit photos of himself and c
Feds explored possibly charging Portland officials in unrest

Feds explored possibly charging Portland officials in unrest

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department explored whether it could pursue either criminal or civil rights charges against city officials in Portland, Oregon, after clashes erupted there night after night between law enforcement and demonstrators, a depart
With picnic baskets, Christian Siriano puts on backyard show

With picnic baskets, Christian Siriano puts on backyard show

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French rap songs investigated for allegedly racist content

PARIS — The Paris public prosecutor’s office opened an investigation Thursday into video clips and songs by popular French rapper Freeze Corleone for alleged racist content and hate speech.
New box set has trove of rare, unreleased Elton John songs

New box set has trove of rare, unreleased Elton John songs

LOS ANGELES — Elton John is opening up his vault and releasing an expansive collection of rarely heard and unreleased tracks. John announced Thursday that the eight-CD collection, “Elton: Jewel Box," will be released on Nov. 13.
Popular UK author Victoria Hislop granted Greek citizenship

Popular UK author Victoria Hislop granted Greek citizenship

ATHENS, Greece — British author Victoria Hislop was granted honorary Greek citizenship Thursday and met with the prime minister of Greece. Hislop has used Greece as the setting for several of her novels.
First volume of Barack Obama's memoir coming Nov. 17

First volume of Barack Obama's memoir coming Nov. 17

NEW YORK — The first volume of former President Barack Obama's memoir is coming out Nov. 17, two weeks after Election Day. It's called “A Promised Land” and will cover his swift and historic rise to the White House and his first term in office.