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Senegal's government says at least nine people have been killed in violent clashes between police and supporters of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko. The deaths occurred mainly in the capital, Dakar, and the city of Ziguinchor in the south, where Sonko is mayor. On Friday, the government deployed the military to parts of the city as the clashes continued. Some social media sites used by demonstrators to incite violence have been suspended. Sonko was convicted Thursday of corrupting youth but acquitted on charges of raping a woman who worked at a massage parlor and making death threats against her. The court sentenced him to two years in prison. He didn't attend his trial in Dakar and was judged in absentia.

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CHICAGO — In the first nine days that Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah was on tour this month for his novel, “Chain-Gang All-Stars,” 23 mass shootings occurred in this country. More than 30 people were killed. Many more were injured. That’s according to the Gun Violence Archive, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that defines mass shootings as four or more killed or wounded. (They take their cue from the ...

Lawmakers in 29 states have approved or are working on laws that allow the creation of hospital police forces, whose members can carry firearms and make arrests. Some critics worry about the “unintended consequences” of boosting law enforcement presence in places people receive medical care.

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A rare James M. Cain story, “Blackmail” is featured in the new issue of Strand Magazine, a quarterly which has unearthed obscure works by Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and many others. Written over the latter part of Cain's life and left unpublished, “Blackmail” tells of a blind Korean War veteran, a former comrade who now employs him and the woman from the past with some hard-boiled ideas about money, and love. The themes in “Blackmail” of betrayal, violence, rough sexuality — and blackmail — echo such Cain classics as “Double Indemnity” and “The Postman Always Rings Twice.”

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NONFICTION: Victor Luckerson explores Oklahoma's violent past through one family's rise from the ashes in 'Built From the Fire.' "Built From the Fire: The Epic Story of Tulsa's Greenwood District, America's Black Wall Street" by Victor Luckerson; Random House (672 pages, $30) ——— In Black Americans' centuries-long struggle for equality, the infamous 1921 massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a ...

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R. F. Kuang, 26, is hardly a debut author. She has already published four fantasy novels infused with Chinese history and profound questions about colonial legacies, including the "Poppy War" trilogy and last year's bestseller, "Babel, or the Necessity of Violence." But Kuang's new novel, "Yellowface," is both a departure and a quantum leap straight into the zeitgeist. A dark satire on the ...

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NONFICTION: Rachel Louise Snyder describes troubled youth and finding herself in travel, reporting. "Women We Buried, Women We Burned" by Rachel Louise Snyder; Bloomsbury (254 pages, $29) ——— If I hadn't been stunned by Rachel Louise Snyder's previous book, "No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us," I doubt I would have been drawn to her new one, "Women We ...

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