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Twenty-two years after he covered a memorable crime as a reporter for the Tampa Tribune, Ace Atkins uses it as the chassis for his latest novel, a propulsive chase narrative called "The Heathens." “After you’ve been up close to it,” Atkins says, “been in a courtroom with Valessa Robinson, a case like that stays with you.” "The Heathens" is Atkins’ 28th novel, and his 11th about Mississippi ...

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — On Day 3 of Texas Democrats hunkering down in Washington to block tighter voting laws, Republicans back home settled into a new routine that boils down to turning the Democrats' gambit into yet another advantage for the GOP in 2022.

FICTION: A beautiful, intelligent novel that tackles themes of childhood, motherhood and the experience of being a woman. "Wayward" by Dana Spiotta; Alfred A. Knopf (288 pages, $27) ——— When Sam, a 53-year-old woman in Syracuse, New York, sees a dilapidated Arts and Crafts house in a neighborhood that's seen better days, she falls in love. An "architectural amateur" who abandoned her ...

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PHARR, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers traveled to Texas to cheer former President Donald Trump as he paid a visit to the southern border Wednesday and hammered the Biden administration for its immigration policies amid a decades-high spike in border crossings.

Summer is now officially upon us ... but summer reading started a while ago (at least, mine did). Should you be in need of a new paperback to celebrate the season, here are a half-dozen fresh picks. "Love" by Roddy Doyle (Penguin, $17). The Booker Prize-winning author of "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" sets his latest book in a Dublin restaurant, with two old friends raising a glass ... and a few ...

FICTION: In her wide-ranging debut collection of short stories, Nana Nkweti seems like a writer who can do anything. "Walking on Cowrie Shells" by Nana Nkweti; Graywolf Press (176 pages, $15.99) ——— If you regularly read book reviews, you're probably familiar with the phrase "promising debut." Critics use it as shorthand for a first book that suggests a bright future career for the author, a ...

After a record visitation year in 2019, the coronavirus pandemic brought Hawaii’s tourism industry to a screeching halt, delivering both residents and the environment a much-needed breather. Now, tourism has roared back—almost too loudly. For the week spanning June 1-8, the state saw 2,000 more arrivals than it did in the same period in 2019. Standard room rates at luxury resorts are pushing ...

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