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Journey into the home and mind of Ernest Gaines

Along the False River near New Roads, northwest of Baton Rouge, the sun beats down on blue water and sugarcane fields surrounding a house in a hamlet called Oscar. Read more

Japan's Machida wins Skate America short program

Jason Brown was all revved up, ready to put on a show for his home crowd. Read more

Korean food: Chicago, Mississippi, New Orleans

Sophie Lee says a plan has guided her life — it just wasn't one that Lee, now manager and co-owner of Three Muses and the new Korean restaurant Seoul Shack, could always recognize. Read more

DJ nears 50 years of spinning Jewish platters

He isn't a turbocharged, larger-than-life character, like Jerry Blavat. Nor is he a benign presence still embracing the peace-and-love ethos of the 1960s, like Pierre Robert. Or an agent provocateur, nonchalantly hurling verbal Molotov cocktails, on the order of Angelo Cataldi or Howard Eskin. Read more

Rogue taxidermy is in season for Minnesota group

Autumn, Keats informs us, is the "season of mists and mellow fruitfulness." Read more

Royals edge Giants 3-2 for 2-1 World Series lead

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All season long and deep into October, the Kansas City Royals have relied on their winning formula of fundamental baseball: sparkling defense, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting. Read more

Former 800 world champ Mulaudzi dies in car crash

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Former 800-meter world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was killed in a car crash on Friday while traveling to an athletics meet, the spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma said. Read more

John Denver gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Things are a little sunnier on the Hollywood Walk of Fame following the posthumous unveiling of a star for John Denver. Read more

Radio host convicted of alleged $10 million fraud

A suburban Chicago lawyer who hosted a syndicated radio talk show has been found guilty of mortgage fraud in a scheme to defraud lenders out of nearly $10 million. Read more

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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

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Police, Guard face penalties in bikini film shoot

Utah National Guard members could face career-ending penalties for allowing a risque video featuring bikini-clad British women firing high-powered weapons and riding in tanks to be partially filmed at a military training camp, the agency's top commander told state lawmakers Thursday. Read more

Arkansas Senate hopefuls make nice in final ads

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton tried Friday to put a happy face on one of the most bitterly fought Senate races in the country, unveiling a new batch of positive TV ads as they head into the final days of the campaign. Read more

Father of country star Reba McEntire dies

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The father of country music star Reba McEntire has died in Oklahoma. Read more

Le Minh Thai, Vietnam war photographer, dies in US

Le Minh Thai, a photojournalist who covered the Vietnam War for The Associated Press and Time Life, has died. He was 93. Read more

Big audiences for new CBS Thursday night NFL games

CBS's new Thursday night NFL package drew big audiences despite a string of blowouts. Read more

Northampton author's novel tells of '80s Nicaragua

When two American journalists were beheaded in the last several weeks by Islamic State militants, Joe Gannon was saddened and horrified. But in another sense, he wasn't that surprised, knowing full well the dangers that foreign correspondents can face in a war zone. Read more

A Texan who helps make the Mark Twain humor award happen

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At the John F. Kennedy Center Concert Hall last Sunday night, it was all about Jay Leno. Read more

All hail King James: LeBron rules NBA

His shirt soaked with champagne after winning his fourth title in 2007, Tim Duncan had one more move before celebrating further with his Spurs teammates. He pivoted in a hallway inside Quicken Loans Arena, pulled 22-year-old LeBron James close and delivered a message. Read more

Henley's putting gets him lead at Sea Island

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Russell Henley has a reminder on his phone that goes off every day at noon to tell him he's the best putter in the world. He didn't need one Friday in the McGladrey Classic. Read more

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