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Poet Amanda Gorman had her sights set on the White House long before it tapped her to help inaugurate President Joe Biden. Her own presidential aspirations started when she was just a hair into her second decade. “I remember being around 11 years old, and I was in class talking very passionately as I do about things I wanted to change in the world,” the nation’s first youth poet laureate, 23, ...

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DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the United States, two U.S. officials said Tuesday, undercutting the Biden administration's public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion.

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TLALNEPANTLA, Mexico (AP) — Rescuers planned to resume the search Saturday for victims of a landslide that brought tons of massive boulders down on a steep hillside neighborhood outside Mexico City, killing at least one person and leaving 10 missing.

LOS ANGELES — When author María Amparo Escandón moved to New York from Los Angeles in 2014, she'd often hear New Yorkers claim L.A. has no weather. "What do you mean there's no weather in L.A.?!" she'd exclaim, before countering with the Santa Ana winds, fires, drought and — yes — rain. "It's not always 72 and sunny." Contemplating L.A. from 2,800 miles away, Escandón had a revelation. "This ...

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FICTION: A wonderfully entertaining, slyly feminist novel that takes place in Mexico in the 1970s. "Velvet Was the Night" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia; Del Rey (304 pages, $28) ——— Look closely at the cover of Silvia Moreno-Garcia's novel "Velvet Was the Night." A seductive woman holds a cigarette poised between perfectly manicured nails. Her lush lips, slightly parted, suggest possibilities. ...

Here she comes again. Country music star Dolly Parton, who’s starred in hit films “Steel Magnolias” and “9 to 5″ and helped fund the Moderna vaccine, is adding author to her impressive resume. The multi-talented, national treasure announced Wednesday she had teamed up with writer James Patterson to pen “Run, Rose, Run” which is fittingly set in Tennessee and tells the story of a singer who ...

During the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” in May, Cecily Strong climbed into a large clear cube marked “boxed wine” and belted Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” lowering herself triumphantly into a pool of red wine as the song crescendoed. She was playing Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro, a frequent highlight of “Weekend Update,” sloshing her booze onto co-anchor Colin Jost while rat-a-tat-tating ...

NONFICTION: This enthralling memoir recounts the lifetime work of a marine biologist trying to see into the dark depths of the oceans. "Below the Edge of Darkness" by Edith Widder; Random House (352 pages, $28) ——— Bioluminescence is one of those words, six science-sounding syllables, that might make some readers back away slowly. Such hesitation would be a shame, however, if it stops anyone ...

The Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen brotherhood of man mission continues. “Renegades,” the podcast collaboration between the former president and the Boss has been repurposed and will be released as a book this fall. “Renegades: Born in the USA,” the book adaptation, will be released Oct. 26, Penguin Random House announced on Thursday. The 320-page tome will retail for $50 and include ...

LOS ANGELES — As director Rodrigo Garcia's father lay dying, he found himself taking notes. In these, he recorded his most profound sentiments. He also recorded death's processes and banalities: the conferences with grim-faced doctors, the pro forma small talk, the sharing of memories — meaningful, funny, off-color — that serve as a way for the living to grapple with the absence that looms. ...

The worst of the heat has dissipated (at least for now? Please?), which means we can all stop complaining about the weather and turn our attention to summer reading. Here are six new paperbacks, all potentially compelling choices for lazy afternoons. "Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery" by Erica C. Barnett (Penguin, $17). The debut book from Seattle journalist Barnett ...

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