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Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff dies in prison at 82

Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff dies in prison at 82

NEW YORK — Bernard Madoff, the infamous architect of an epic securities swindle that burned thousands of investors, outfoxed regulators and earned him a 150-year prison term, died behind bars early Wednesday. He was 82.

Fed survey: Economy rebounding, helped by stimulus, vaccines

A Federal Reserve survey has found that the economy was rebounding in late February through early April, helped by billions of dollars in a new round of stimulus payments and the stepped-up rollout of coronavirus vaccines.
Italian TV host apologizes for gestures mimicking Asians

Italian TV host apologizes for gestures mimicking Asians

MILAN — A Swiss-Italian television host apologized Wednesday for mimicking Asians on a satirical TV program after her actions drew protests on social media.

Amazon claims social network Parler trying to conceal owners

SEATTLE — Amazon has accused Parler, the social network known as a conservative alternative to Twitter, of trying to conceal its ownership amid a legal dispute between Amazon and Parler stemming from the U.S. Capitol riots.
EU throws weight behind Pfizer-BioNTech and new technology

EU throws weight behind Pfizer-BioNTech and new technology

BRUSSELS — In a stinging rebuke to pharma giant AstraZeneca Wednesday, the European Union announced plans to negotiate a massive contract extension for Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine insisting the 27-nation bloc had to go with companies that had

Dr. Ken Duckworth writing mental health guide, due in 2022

NEW YORK — A leading mental health expert and commentator has a book deal his publisher is calling an “authoritative yet compassionate guide to managing mental health challenges" anticipated because of the pandemic. Dr.
'The Bachelor' star Colton Underwood comes out as gay

'The Bachelor' star Colton Underwood comes out as gay

Colton Underwood, the former football tight end who found fame on "The Bachelor” has revealed that he is gay. “I’ve ran from myself for a long time. I’ve hated myself for a long time,” Underwood told “Good Morning America” on Wednesday. “And I’m gay.
The gonzo art of writing for 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm'

The gonzo art of writing for 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm'

NEW YORK — Screenplay writing, usually a fairly solitary, uneventful process, is more of a full-contact sport for a movie like “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” Work for the nine Oscar-nominated writers of the “Borat” sequel began conventionally enough.
Nielsen, networks clash on stats showing fewer viewers

Nielsen, networks clash on stats showing fewer viewers

NEW YORK — People have been stuck at home for a year due to COVID-19 restrictions, with movie theatres closed, concert venues closed, restaurants closed, sports attendance restricted — yet television viewing is down? That makes no sense to networks a
Cover unveiled for Clinton-Penny novel 'State of Terror'

Cover unveiled for Clinton-Penny novel 'State of Terror'

NEW YORK — The cover for Hillary Clinton's first novel will not be mistaken for those of her memoirs.