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  • Irvine Welsh, Joseph O’Neill up for comic-writing prize

    LONDON (AP) — Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh and Irish-American author Joseph O’Neill are among the finalists for a comic-writing award whose prize includes a bottle of champagne and a pig. Welsh’s scabrous “A Decent Ride”…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EDT

    Germanwings co-pilot was treated for suicidal tendencies before receiving his pilot’s license DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives…

  • Review: In ‘Lambert & Stamp,’ the backstage story of The Who

    The teenage revolution was in full force on the fall 1964 night that Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp stumbled into the Railway Tavern, a London pub where a band called the High Numbers was playing…

  • NBC, Cirque du Soleil bringing ‘The Wiz’ to TV, Broadway

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Wiz” is coming to TV and back to Broadway with productions from NBC and Cirque du Soleil. NBC said Monday it will air a Dec. 3 live production of the…

  • Eliane Elias enjoys musical homecoming on new CD

    Eliane Elias, “Made in Brazil” (Concord Jazz) Eliane Elias displays her full range of talents as a pianist, singer, composer, arranger and producer on her first recording in her native Brazil since moving to the…

  • Aidan Gillen of ‘Game of Thrones’ narrating ‘The Art of War’

    NEW YORK (AP) — A new audiobook recording of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” will soon be available with the perfect narrator — the scheming royal adviser Littlefinger from “Game of Thrones.” Audible Inc.,…

  • Trevor Noah set to replace Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who has contributed to “The Daily Show” a handful of times in recent months, will become Jon Stewart’s replacement as host, Comedy Central…

  • AP Exclusive: ‘Daily Show’ host Noah discusses his new gig

    NEW YORK (AP) — The deal was done only last week, says Trevor Noah, the 31-year-old South African comedian who will take over “The Daily Show” from longtime host Jon Stewart. Shortly after Comedy Central…

  • Cotton Malone is on the case in Berry’s ‘Patriot Threat’

    “The Patriot Threat” (Minotaur Books), by Steve Berry Cotton Malone tackles a case that could cause an uprising over taxes in Steve Berry’s new thriller, “The Patriot Threat.” A deposed North Korean leader believes he…

  • ‘Much to Think About': Saul Bellow’s nonfiction

    “There is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction” (Viking), by Saul Bellow, edited by Benjamin Taylor For the title of a new collection of nonfiction by Saul Bellow, Benjamin Taylor borrowed the name…

  • Van Gogh exhibit to feature artist’s nature paintings

    WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (AP) — An exhibit featuring 50 paintings and drawings of nature by Vincent Van Gogh will open in western Massachusetts in June. “Van Gogh and Nature” is the first exhibit devoted to the…

  • Integration, reconciliation recounted in ‘The Class of 65′

    “The Class of ’65: A Student, a Divided Town and the Long Road to Forgiveness” (Public Affairs), by Jim Auchmutey In 1965, the all-white high school in the small, south Georgia town of Americus ended…

  • Poet Sjohnna McCray receives Walt Whitman Award

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sjohnna McCray, a prize-winning poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals, has won the Walt Whitman Award for best first book. McCray’s honor was announced Monday by the Academy of…

  • Rockville Rock: O.A.R. comes home for the arts

    WASHINGTON — Growing up in Rockville, Maryland, doesn’t guarantee a rock career any more than a Suitland childhood guarantees a career in men’s formal wear. But that doesn’t stop O.A.R. frontman Marc Roberge from cherishing…

  • Tony winner and Neil Simon director Gene Saks dies at 93

    NEW YORK (AP) — Gene Saks, a prolific actor-director who teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on hit Broadway and movie productions of such Simon comedies as “The Odd Couple” and “Brighton…