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Family of comedian killed in Wal-Mart crash settles claim

The family of a comedian killed in the New Jersey Turnpike crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer has settled a wrongful death claim with Wal-Mart.

Message of movie ‘Sniper’ finds mark

Clint Eastwood gets it: People think they know him from a lifetime of making movies and living in the public eye.

Lip-syncing cop’s video gets more than 20M views

A video of a bald and burly Delaware police officer lip-syncing and dancing to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” has now gotten more than 20 million views on YouTube, and a shout-out from the pop princess herself.

Book Review: 'Unquiet Dead' is outstanding debut by Khan

"The Unquiet Dead" (Minotaur Books), by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Ausma Zehanat Khan's gripping first novel tackles questions of identity, culture, revenge and war horrors in a strong police procedural.

1 of Mark Wahlberg’s victims says he shouldn’t be pardoned

A victim of one of Mark Wahlberg’s racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated Boston in the 1980s insists he shouldn’t be granted a pardon for his crimes.

A long march toward fair representation on TV for blacks

More than 60 years ago, a new comedy boasted an all-black cast populating a Harlem community with characters that included an attorney, a small businessman and a civic-club president.

TV networks make unequal progress toward on-screen diversity

Kenya Barris, creator of ABC’s “black-ish,” was motivated to write the comedy about an African-American family’s efforts to honor its heritage in part by the unreality of what he grew up watching on television.

Chastain shocked by attacks following diversity speech

Jessica Chastain said Tuesday she has received a barrage of abuse following her recent speech urging more diversity in Hollywood.

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Music Review: Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Special' is not that special

Mark Ronson, "Uptown Special" (RCA)

Mark Ronson's new album, "Uptown Special," opens with such promising notes — Stevie Wonder's harmonica, playing so soulful and slow that the listener can't help but settle in, ready and waiting for what's sure to be an exhilarating musical story.

Book Review: 'First Bad Man' is Miranda July's debut novel

"The First Bad Man" (Scribner), by Miranda July

The first sentence of Miranda July's debut novel, "The First Bad Man," suggests the almost surreal self-absorption of its problematic narrator: "I drove to the doctor's office as if I was starring in a movie Phillip was watching."

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Music Review: Meghan Trainor doo-wops to death on 'Title'

Meghan Trainor, "Title" (Epic)

There's plenty to like about Meghan Trainor's first full-length album, "Title." The set, which includes music from a previously released EP of the same name, serves up all the doo-wop sass that hooked fans on the singer-songwriter's Grammy-nominated hit, "All About That Bass."

Book Review: Fishing guide plunges into evildoings in thriller

"River of No Return" (Scribner), by David Riley Bertsch

Vivid scenery and a likable protagonist mark the second book in a series by David Riley Bertsch.

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Don’t shy away from ‘The Hiding Place’

A drama based on World War II events titled “The Hiding Place” is the January presentation for Stained Glass Theatre in Jefferson City.

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Music Review: Album celebrates music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Various artists, "Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis'" (Nonesuch)

Fans of the Coen brothers' amused, affectionate portrait of the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene — and of banjo-playing, guitar-plucking Americana in general — will relish this recording of a 2013 New York concert celebrating the music of the movie "Inside Llewyn Davis."

Book Review: James Abel delivers a winner with 'White Plague'

"White Plague" (Berkley), by James Abel

James Abel's new thriller, "White Plague," combines elements from "The Hunt for Red October" and the cutting-edge science from the best of Michael Crichton to send chills down the reader's spine.

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