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Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

By Anahi Rama MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez's masterpiece was "One Hundred Years of Solitude," a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism, dies at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author whose "magical realism" told epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, died Thursday at the age of 87. Known affectionately as "Gabo," the author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera" was one of the world's most popular Latin American novelists and the godfather of a literary movement that witnessed a continent in turmoil.

Tennis: Stosur faces Petkovic in opening Fed Cup match

Australian Sam Stosur will take on Germany's Andrea Petkovic in the opening match of the Fed Cup semi-final in Brisbane on Saturday. Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion, was drawn Friday against Germany's second-ranked player and world number 28 Petkovic, for the tie on the hardcourts of Pat Rafter Arena. Casey Dellacqua, ranked 53, will play Germany's top-ranked Angelique Kerber in Saturday's second match, while the reverse singles will be on Sunday, followed by doubles.

Signs of healing in Texas town a year after deadly plant blast

By Lisa Maria Garza WEST, Texas (Reuters) - Still healing from multiple broken bones after the force of a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant lifted him out of his boots a year ago, one first responder has begun to address the anguish of losing his team members. Volunteer firefighter Robert Payne said there were challenges that went far beyond physical rehabilitation in recovering from the April 17, 2013, blast that killed 15 people, most of them first responders.

San Diego Padres - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres - INSIDE PITCH SAN DIEGO -- Ian Kennedy didn't want to start talking about the Padres offense, but his dodging of the subject spoke volumes. No matter how well a team pitches, it's not going to be successful hitting .232 and averaging 2.8 runs a game. "We're just not scoring or hitting at a rate we're capable of," said manager Bud Black after the Padres got six hits in a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies Thursday afternoon at Petco Park.

Seattle Mariners - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Seattle Mariners - INSIDE PITCH ARLINGTON, Texas -- Not only is Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino off to strong start at the plate this season, he is getting things done with his arm behind the dish. The 22-year-old threw out three runners attempting to steal this season, including two of the Texas Rangers' better baserunners (Alex Rios and Elvis Andrus) Wednesday night. Zunino was working on his throwing technique with Seattle coaches Trent Jewett and Mike Rojas.

Seattle Mariners - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Seattle Mariners - INSIDE PITCH ARLINGTON, Texas -- Not only is Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino off to strong start at the plate this season, he is getting things done with his arm behind the dish. The 22-year-old threw out three runners attempting to steal this season, including two of the Texas Rangers' better baserunners (Alex Rios and Elvis Andrus) Wednesday night. Zunino was working on his throwing technique with Seattle coaches Trent Jewett and Mike Rojas.

Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism, dies at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author who used magical realism to tell epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, died Thursday at the age of 87. Known affectionately as "Gabo," the author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera" was one of the world's most popular Latin American novelists and the godfather of a literary movement that witnessed a continent in turmoil.

Presidents, celebrities mourn writer Garcia Marquez

Presidents, writers and celebrities mourned the death of Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Thursday, bidding farewell to the 87-year-old giant of Latin American literature. Here are quotes from friends and famous admirers of the Nobel-winning author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude": US President Barack Obama:

'X-men' filmmaker slams 'fabricated' sex attack claims

A lawyer for "X-Men" director Bryan Singer dismissed as "fabricated" and absurd claims Thursday that the filmmaker sexually assaulted a former child model and aspiring teenage actor. The lawyer also pledged to counter-sue the 31-year-old alleged victim, who gave details of his allegations dating from 15 years ago at a Beverly Hills press conference. Flanked by his own attorney, Michael Egan III said the blockbuster director forced him to have sex at parties in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s, when he was 17 years old.
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