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'Shoeless Joe' author Kinsella passes away at 81
Canadian novelist W.P. Kinsella, who blended magical realism and baseball in the book that became the smash hit film "Field of Dreams," has died. He was 81.
 
A New York rap artist sentenced to 75 years in prison after a deadly robbery at a New Jersey hotel had his sentence cut by at least 55 years on Friday.
 
Actor Mel Gibson is expecting his 9th child
Mel Gibson is preparing to be a dad for the ninth time. PEOPLE magazine was the first to report Friday that the actor-director's girlfriend, writer Rosalind Ross, is pregnant. Gibson's publicist Alan Nierob confirmed the report.
 
Pulitzer-winning playwright Edward Albee dies at 88
Pulitzer-winning US playwright Edward Albee, author of such masterpieces as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" died Friday at age 88, his personal assistant said in a statement.
 
Musical 'Something Rotten!' to close on Broadway on Jan. 1
The Tony Award best musical nominee "Something Rotten!" -- a valentine to Broadway shows -- will close on the Great White Way early next year.
 
Art Expo
Attendees at Art Expo Taiwan 2016 appreciate works on Friday, Sept. 16 at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 3. This year's Art Expo Taiwan largely focuses on works by domestic artists. Over 100 well-known Taiwanese painters and artists participated in this year's show.
 
Manga president
A comic-style artwork depicting President Tsai Ing-wen and her cat is shown on Friday, Sept. 16. The Presidential Office's permanent exhibition will allow public viewing on Sept. 18, showcasing artworks featuring the inner workings in the Presidential Office, as well as an exhibition introducing Taiwan's presidents and their inauguration speeches.
 
Forest bathing: A mindful walk, no getting wet
In Japan, it's called "shinrin-yoku," which translates as forest bathing. It's the practice of immersing yourself in nature to improve your well-being, and interest in the concept is growing, with spas, resorts, retreat centers, gardens and parks offering guided "forest bathing" experiences.
 
Value of Oprah's stake in Weight Watchers down $116 million
Oprah Winfrey's big investment in Weight Watchers has paid off so far, but her Midas touch could be in question given the company's recent struggles.
 
Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman to get National Medal of Arts
President Barack Obama will honor actors Mel Brooks and Morgan Freeman with the 2015 National Medal of Arts, the White House said Wednesday.
 
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