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New fiction from Albom and Groff excerpted in free e-book

NEW YORK (AP) — A free e-book compilation includes excerpts from upcoming works by Mitch Albom, Lauren Groff, Rick Riordan and dozens of other writers. “Buzz Books 2021: Fall/Winter” was released Tuesday by the industry newsletter Publishers Lunch.
Scores of dead bodies found floating in India's Ganges River

Scores of dead bodies found floating in India's Ganges River

NEW DELHI (AP) — Scores of dead bodies have been found floating down the Ganges River in eastern India as the country battles a ferocious surge in coronavirus infections. Authorities said Tuesday they haven't yet determined the cause of death.
Poll: Most in US who remain unvaccinated need convincing

Poll: Most in US who remain unvaccinated need convincing

Fewer Americans are reluctant to get a COVID-19 vaccine than just a few months ago, but questions about side effects and how the shots were tested still hold some back, according to a new poll that highlights the challenges at a pivotal moment in the
Signs of optimism as NYC sees rise in tourism, bit by bit

Signs of optimism as NYC sees rise in tourism, bit by bit

NEW YORK (AP) — The once-deserted steps outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art are filling up with visitors again. Hotel lobbies are losing their desolate feel.
1.4B but no more? China's population growth closer to zero

1.4B but no more? China's population growth closer to zero

BEIJING — China’s weak population growth is falling closer to zero as fewer couples have children, government data showed Tuesday, adding to strains on an aging society with a shrinking workforce.
Gaza militants, Israel trade new rocket fire and airstrikes

Gaza militants, Israel trade new rocket fire and airstrikes

JERUSALEM — Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets from Gaza and Israel unleashed new air strikes against them early Tuesday, in an escalation triggered by soaring tensions in Jerusalem and days of clashes at an iconic mosque in the holy ci
Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12

Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12

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California expands drought emergency to large swath of state

California expands drought emergency to large swath of state

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov.
Inside Arizona's election audit, GOP fraud fantasies live on

Inside Arizona's election audit, GOP fraud fantasies live on

PHOENIX — On the floor of Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where NBA stars like Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan once dunked basketballs and Hulk Hogan wrestled King Kong Bundy, 46 tables are arrayed in neat rows, each with a Lazy Susan in the middle.

Pacific season's 1st named storm weakens to depression

MEXICO CITY — The first named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane system weakened into a tropical depression Monday as it headed away from Mexico's southwestern coast toward open seas. The U.S.
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