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Caine Mutiny author Herman Wouk dies

by Mark Moland
Posted 5/17/19, 12:38 pm

Herman Wouk, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Caine Mutiny, died Friday at his home in Palm Springs, Calif., his literary agent said. He was 103. Wouk, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, aspired to be a satirist of American life, but his service as a naval officer in World War II, where he recorded his daily experiences, inspired his best-loved works.

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Trump wards off talk of Iran war

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/17/19, 11:40 am

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he did not think increasing tensions with Iran are leading to war. On Wednesday, the president insisted on dialogue, tweeting, “I’m sure Iran will want to talk soon.” But when reporters asked Thursday if the United States is going to war with Iran, he replied, “I hope not.”

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Baby stolen from womb of slain Chicago woman

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/17/19, 11:12 am

A Chicago woman has been charged with murdering a pregnant mother and cutting the infant from her womb, police said Thursday. The suspect apparently wanted to raise another child two years after her adult son died of natural causes, investigators said. Police accused Clarisa Figueroa, 46, of luring 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez to her house with an advertisement for free baby clothes and then strangling her.

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