New Mitch Albom novel a story of world-famous guitarist

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2013 file photo, author Mitch Albom is interviewed in Highland Park, Mich. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Wednesday, April 1, 2015, that Albom’s “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” will come out Nov. 10. The title character is a world famous guitar player whose life takes readers through a mini-history of modern music, from Duke Ellington and Hank Williams to Carole King and KISS. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Mitch Albom's next novel will have strings attached.



Minn. lawmaker to return contributions from indicted senator

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for a Minnesota senator says the lawmaker will return campaign contributions she received from indicted New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez.
US Senator Menendez indicted for corruption

US Senator Robert Menendez speaks at a press conference on April 1, 2015 in Newark, New JerseyUS Senator Robert Menendez was indicted on charges of public corruption, following a two-year federal investigation into his ties to a friend who contributed large sums to his re-election campaign. Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and lead author of legislation aimed at tightening sanctions against Iran, will temporarily step down from his role on the panel. "While there is no caucus rule that dictates that I do so, I believe it is in the best interests of the committee, my colleagues, and the Senate, which is why I have chosen to do so," Menendez wrote Wednesday in a letter to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, insisting he would resume his post once the proceedings are concluded. "I'm angry because prosecutors at the Justice Department don't know the difference between friendship and corruption, and have chosen to twist my duties as a senator and my friendship into something that is improper," Menendez told reporters in Newark, New Jersey.



Reid's exit sets off Senate leadership scramble

FILE - In this March 3, 2015 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, flanked by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the wake of the announced retirement of Reid, a very public feud has opened between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats and former long-time housemates, Schumer and Durbin. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire has sparked a very public feud between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer of New York.



Judge ends Maine man's attempt to salvage Cape Cod shipwreck

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A treasure hunter's effort to salvage what he calls $3 billion in platinum from a World War II shipwreck off Cape Cod has been ended by a federal judge.


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