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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.

The life of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian author and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who crafted enchanting stories that blurred the line between magic and reality, died on Thursday at the age of 87. * Garcia Marquez was born in 1927 in Aracataca, a town near Colombia's Caribbean coast. His childhood in the banana-growing backwater influenced the settings and characters in some of his novels, including the protagonist in "No One Writes to the Colonel," said to be based on his ex-soldier grandfather.

List of works by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Colombia's Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday, was a prolific writer and pioneer of magical realism whose seminal work was "One Hundred Years of Solitude." Here is a selection of novels, articles and other works written by Garcia Marquez: NOVELS "Leaf Storm" (1955) "No One Writes to the Colonel" (1958) "In Evil Hour" (1962) "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (1967) "The Autumn of the Patriarch" (1975) "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" (1982) "Love in the Time of Cholera" (1985)

Northwestern appeals labour board ruling that its college scholarship athletes are employees

WASHINGTON - Northwestern University is asking the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional director's ruling that the school's football players are employees under federal law and thus entitled to unionize. The university filed a formal appeal board Wednesday. Northwestern says that it had presented "overwhelming evidence" that its athletic program "is fully integrated with its academic mission, and that it treats its athletes as students first." The players are set to vote by secret ballot April 25 on whether to form a union.

Book Talk: Roddy Doyle on music and language in 'The Guts'

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Award-winning Irish author Roddy Doyle brings a few of his earliest characters back in his latest book, "The Guts", an achingly funny novel about some of life's more serious issues. Doyle is on his familiar Dublin turf in the book about Jimmy Rabbitte, the former manager of an Irish soul band who appeared in his first book "The Commitments" in 1987.

Illinois Supreme Court strikes down eavesdropping law as too broad

By Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) - The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional a state eavesdropping law, one of the strictest in the United States, saying it criminalized recording a sweeping array of innocent behavior such as fans cheering at an athletic event. The ruling is a big blow to the 1961 Illinois Eavesdropping Act, which had made it a felony to record audio of conversations unless all parties consented, a deeply controversial restriction in an age of ubiquitous mobile phones.

Popularity of "The Walking Dead" shows no signs of waning

Los Angeles, Mar 13 (EFE).- "The Walking Dead," AMC's drama series about a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies, appears to have plenty of staying power based on the strong viewership for the show's fourth season. "We don't know how long it will last," creative director Scott Gimple said at a Screen Actors Guild gathering in Los Angeles that was also attended by Robert Kirkman, creator of the comic book on which the series is based, and two of the show's actors, Lauren Cohan and Steven Yeun.

US school shooter tormented by emotional demons

The young shooter whose 2012 rampage killed 20 US school children and six adults was tormented by a catalogue of emotional problems, including an obsession with killing, his father said in an interview published Monday. Adam Lanza, the shooter in the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre, used a rifle from his mother's legally acquired collection to commit one of the most heinous acts of mass murder in US history. His father Peter Lanza described a socially maladjusted youth whose official diagnosis was autism, but who clearly suffered from other severe emotional problems.

Financial advice for the end of the world

By Chris Taylor NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors have no shortage of things to fret about these days. An aggressive stock slump, emerging markets in turmoil, an agonizingly slow jobs recovery. But what if things really hit the fan? As in, a total financial system breakdown? Or runaway inflation, on the heels of money printing by the Federal Reserve? Or some unforeseen black swan, like overwhelming natural disasters or armed conflict?

Financial advice for the end of the world

By Chris Taylor NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors have no shortage of things to fret about these days. An aggressive stock slump, emerging markets in turmoil, an agonizingly slow jobs recovery. But what if things really hit the fan? As in, a total financial system breakdown? Or runaway inflation, on the heels of money printing by the Federal Reserve? Or some unforeseen black swan, like overwhelming natural disasters or armed conflict?
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