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Pete Hamill, legendary New York columnist and novelist, dies

Pete Hamill, legendary New York columnist and novelist, dies

NEW YORK — Pete Hamill, the self-taught, street-wise newspaper columnist whose love affair with New York inspired a colorful and uniquely influential journalistic career and produced several books of fiction and nonfiction, died Wednesday morning.
McCartney appointed AP's entertainment & lifestyles editor

McCartney appointed AP's entertainment & lifestyles editor

Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press' West Coast entertainment editor who as a reporter covered the legal aftermath of Michael Jackson's death and many celebrity trials, has been appointed the news co-operative's global entertainment and lifestyle
Man killed in Chicago shooting was local rapper, police say

Man killed in Chicago shooting was local rapper, police say

A man who was fatally shot as he stood with another man on one of Chicago's most fashionable streets was a local rapper, police said. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the man as 26-year-old Carlton Weekly of the suburb of Markham.
UK judge: Meghan friends can stay anonymous in privacy case

UK judge: Meghan friends can stay anonymous in privacy case

LONDON — A British judge ruled Wednesday that the Duchess of Sussex can keep the names of five close friends secret while she brings a privacy invasion lawsuit against a British newspaper — but he chided both sides in the case for playing out their b
Services sector index increases to 58.1 reading in July

Services sector index increases to 58.1 reading in July

WASHINGTON — Activity in the services sector, where most Americans work, increased in July but concerns remain about whether the recovery will persist with the recent rise in coronavirus cases.
Five high schoolers named National Student Poets

Five high schoolers named National Student Poets

NEW YORK — Five high school juniors, residing everywhere from Lake Worth, Florida, to Saratoga, California, have been named National Student Poets.
Disney to release 'Mulan' on streaming service, for a price

Disney to release 'Mulan' on streaming service, for a price

“Mulan” is no longer headed for a major theatrical release. The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that it will debut its live-action blockbuster on its subscription streaming service, Disney+, on Sept. 4.
Neil Young sues Trump campaign, deriding use of famous tunes

Neil Young sues Trump campaign, deriding use of famous tunes

NEW YORK — Neil Young sued President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign Tuesday for copyright infringement, saying he doesn’t want his music used as a theme song for a “divisive un-American campaign of ignorance and hate.
Treasury ramps up auctions as borrowing, virus surges

Treasury ramps up auctions as borrowing, virus surges

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department will ramp up the size of the bonds and other securities it auctions across-the-board in the face of the unprecedented borrowing needs of the the U.S. government as cases of COVID-19 surge in parts of the country.
US trade deficit drops in June on record rise in exports

US trade deficit drops in June on record rise in exports

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit fell in June for the first time since February as exports posted a record increase, rising twice as fast as imports.