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Legends of the Fall author and screenwriter Jim Harrison dies at 78

Jim HarrisonJim Harrison, considered one of the great writers in contemporary American fiction, has died at age 78 at his home in Patagonia, Arizona.

Harrison, author of the novella Legends of the Fall, made a prolific career with his descriptions of outdoor life – often through the lens of history – and was unconcerned by the limits of genre. The outdoorsman and bon vivant published more than 30 books over 50 years – and penned poetry, essays, interviews, screenplays, criticism, and reviews in addition to his fiction.

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Quietly, symbolically, US control of the internet was just ended

ICANN takes control of the InternetIt’s early March in Marrakech, and a gleaming conurbation of hotels run in the kind of rare equilibrium of slick organisation and genuine friendliness that Tyler Brûlé might dream about.

Inside, the people who run the internet’s naming and numbering systems have been meeting with some of the governments who would rather be doing the job themselves. Eventually they cut a deal, and then negotiators from countries mostly in the northern hemisphere staggered blinking into the sunlight and splayed like lizards around the azure swimming pools, almost too tired to drink. Almost.

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Ex-girlfriend charged with giving guns to Kansas shooter

Ex-girlfriend charged with giving guns to Kansas shooterA Kansas woman was charged with giving weapons to Cedric Ford, the gunman who was responsible for the mass shooting at a lawn mower parts plant on Thursday.

Ford's ex-girlfriend Sarah Jo Hopkins, 28, was charged with transfer of a firearm to a prohibited person on Friday. An affidavit states that she transferred a Zastava Serbia AK-47 and a Glock Model 22 .40-caliber handgun to Ford while knowing he was a convicted felon.

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US, China draft new N. Korea sanctions

Sanctions against N KoreaThe United States and China have reached agreement on a U.N. resolution that would impose tougher sanctions on North Korea as punishment for its latest and rocket launch, U.N. diplomats said Wednesday.

One Security Council diplomat called the draft resolution "significantly substantive" and expressed hope that it will be adopted in the coming days. Another said the draft had been circulated on Wednesday to the three other permanent council members — Russia, Britain and France.

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Jury finds cancer linked to J&J Baby Powder

J&J talcum powderJohnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) was ordered by a Missouri state jury to pay $72 million of damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of the company's talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades.

In a verdict announced late Monday night, jurors in the circuit court of St. Louis awarded the family of Jacqueline Fox $10 million of actual damages and $62 million of punitive damages, according to the family's lawyers and court records.

The verdict is the first by a U.S. jury to award damages over the claims, the lawyers said.

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ISIL suicide bomber kills Iraqi troops near Ramadi

ISIS attacks Iraq troopsFighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group have killed 18 Iraqi soldiers in a suicide car attack north of Ramadi, continuing their counterattack after being driven from the city by Iraqi troops last month.

Military sources told Al Jazeera that Tuesday morning's attack took place in the town of Al-Bu Dhiaab, just a few miles north of Anbar province's capital.

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Mexico Captures Cartel Boss, El Chapo

El Chapo capturedMexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Friday that notorious cartel boss Joaquín Guzmán Loera—best known as "El Chapo"—has been captured. Loera had been on the run since July 2015, when he escaped from a state prison. "Mission accomplished," Nieto tweeted.

El Chapo is the head of Mexico’s largest drug-trafficking gang, the Sinaloa cartel. His previous arrest occurred February 22, 2014, when an elite Mexican Marine squad nabbed him at a condominium complex in Mazatlán. He was brought to Altiplano, Mexico's most fortified prison. The drug lord's stay was relatively brief, however, as he escaped Hollywood-style 15 months later.

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