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Michael Lewis releasing audio book on weather forecasting

Michael Lewis' next work of reporting focuses on one of the lesser known parts of the federal government: the Department of Commerce.

And it will be available only on audio.

Lewis' "The Coming Storm" is being released through Audible, a producer and distributor owned by Amazon.com. Audible told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the book comes out July 31. It's one of four planned Audible audio originals by Lewis, who for years published his journalism in Vanity Fair. He is known for such best-sellers as "The Big Short" and "Moneyball."

"The Coming Storm" notes that much of the Commerce Department's budget is for weather forecasting. He writes of efforts by AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers, President Donald Trump's pick to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to privatize forecasting.

Florida Georgia Line Gets FGL Fest and Nascar Race

We’re just a few months away from the inaugural FGL Fest at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Florida Georgia Line will headline a day of music before the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard gets underway. FGL Fest will take place on September 12, the day before the annual NASCAR race.

Something about country music and NASCAR go together so well! That’s why it was a no brainer have FGL bring these two togehter. Brian Kelley of FGL says, “It just feels like the right mix. You talk about country fans, you talk about NASCAR fans I think you talk about the same fans. So it feels like we’re just performing in front of a bunch of family and get to hang out with family and excited to do it big and bring some good energy and a cool festival to an awesome weekend.”

The FGL Fest will include an eclectic lineup of performers, including Nelly, Cole Swindell, Riley Green, RaeLynn, Jillian Jacqueline, Stephanie Quayle and Mason Ramsey.

Prince Louis' christening portraits revealed: Kate Middleton, royal family stun in new photos

Update 8:08 a.m. EDT July 17: The British royal family has released an additional photo from the christening of Prince Louis, the youngest son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do,” Kensington Palace tweeted Monday.

>> See the photo here

Matt Porteous, who took the photo, also shared the image on Instagram.

“It was an honour and a privilege to photograph the christening of Prince Louis,” he wrote.

>> See the post here

Original report: The British royal family released four official portraits Sunday from the christening of Prince Louis, the youngest son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

>> PHOTOS: Prince Louis christened

According to Kensington Palace, Matt Holyoak took the new photos last Monday at Clarence House after the 2-month-old prince was christened at Chapel Royal at St. James' Palace.

>> Prince Louis christened: Prince George, Princess Charlotte join royal family at ceremony

In the portraits, Catherine, formerly known as Kate Middleton, beams as she holds the newest royal. Prince William and children Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3, also smile for the camera in three of the shots.

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Other photos include Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton; her brother, James Middleton; her sister, Pippa Middleton, who is pregnant; and Pippa's husband, James Matthews.

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Michael Ray Makes Late Night TV Debut on Jimmy Kimmel

Florida’s own Michael Ray made his late night TV debut last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Ray sang his latest single “One The Got Away” – take a look below if you missed it:

 

Prince Harry, Meghan visit Nelson Mandela exhibition

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have visited an exhibition in London charting the life of Nelson Mandela.

Peter Hain, a former anti-apartheid campaigner and chair of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, said it was "very fitting" for the royal couple to visit because Harry does charitable work in southern Africa, and Meghan has said that Mandela is one of her heroes.

Harry has visited sites associated with Mandela, including his Robben Island prison cell, and a former Mandela aide has said that Queen Elizabeth II enjoyed a solid friendship with the South African leader.

Meghan chose a sleeveless beige trench coat-inspired dress by Canadian brand Nonie for the occasion.

The exhibition, curated by the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, is opening Tuesday at London's Southbank Center.

Nickelodeon announces new 'Rugrats' episodes, movie

Tommy, Chuckie and the gang have a new TV and movie deal.

Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures have announced the animated children's series "Rugrats" is returning to the network with 26 episodes. The creators of the series will be executive producers.

A live-action movie, written by David Goodman, featuring computer generated characters is slated to hit theaters in November 2020.

"Rugrats" ran on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 2004, focusing on the imaginative lives of toddlers Tommy, Chuckie, twins Phil and Lil, and Angelica.

In a statement, Nickelodeon interim president and Viacom Media Networks COO Sarah Levy said, "What was true in 1991 when the original show premiered is still true today: kids are fascinated with the world of babies."

APNewsBreak: Author John Irving wins literary peace award

The author of novels such as "The World According to Garp" and "The Cider House Rules" that examine the complexities of sexual differences and other social issues is this year's winner of a lifetime achievement award celebrating literature's power to foster peace, social justice and global understanding, organizers said Tuesday.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize officials chose John Irving, whose first novel, "Setting Free the Bears," was published 50 years ago when he was 26, for the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. It's named for the late U.S. diplomat who brokered the 1995 Bosnia peace accords reached in Ohio.

Sharon Rab, founder and chairwoman of the peace prize foundation, said Irving's books often show "the tragedy of a lack of empathy and sympathy for our fellow humans ... through books — especially Irving's books — readers learn to understand and identify with people different from themselves."

Irving's all-time best-selling novel, "A Prayer for Owen Meany," examines faith, fate and social justice through the intertwined lives of two boyhood friends. Often using humor to illuminate deep topics, Irving's works have included bisexual, homosexual and transgender people.

The National Book Award-winning "The World According to Garp" was made into a movie starring the late Robin Williams, and Irving won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the movie version of "The Cider House Rules," which deals with issues including abortion.

Irving said in a statement that if a prize helps bring attention to his subject matter, he welcomes it.

"I've written about sexual difference and sexual minorities — at times, when the prevailing literary culture labeled it bizarre or unreachable," said the Exeter, New Hampshire-born author who now lives in Toronto. "I've written with the hope that the bigotry, hatred and flat-out violence perpetrated on sexual minorities would become a relic of the past. In that sense I've written in protest — I've written protest novels."

At 76, Irving is working on his 15th novel, a ghost story titled "Darkness as a Bride." His other writings have included the short story "Interior Space," recognized with an O. Henry Award in 1981.

The award carries a $10,000 prize. Previous winners include Studs Terkel, Taylor Branch, Gloria Steinem, and Elie Wiesel.

Irving and winners of fiction and nonfiction competitions will be honored Oct. 28 in Dayton.

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John A. Stormer, popular right-wing author, dies at 90

John A. Stormer, a religious leader and right-wing activist whose self-published Cold War tract "None Dare Call It Treason" became a grassroots sensation in 1964 and a rallying point for the emerging conservative movement, has died at 90.

Stormer died on July 10 after an unspecified year-long illness, according to an obituary posted on the website of the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home in Troy, Missouri. A spokeswoman for the funeral home confirmed the details from the website.

A native of Pennsylvania who moved to Missouri in his 20s, he was chair of the state's Federation of Young Republicans when through his own Liberty Bell Press he released "None Dare Call It Treason." He warned that the U.S. was losing to the Soviet Union and was menaced by a "communist-socialist conspiracy to enslave America."

"Recognize that those who refuse to work politically to protect their freedom may someday face a choice between fighting with guns or becoming slaves," he wrote.

Initially ignored by the mainstream press, "None Dare Call It Treason" was a word of mouth success believed to have sold at least 1 million copies in its first year alone, some of those sales generated by millionaires who purchased copies in bulk and distributed them. Along with Phyllis Schlafly's "A Choice Not An Echo," it was among a handful of best-sellers that coincided with conservative Republican Barry Goldwater's campaign for the 1964 presidential election, for which Stormer served as a party convention delegate. Goldwater was easily defeated by the Democratic incumbent, Lyndon Johnson, but the success of Stormer's and other books signaled a thriving political network that became increasingly powerful over the following decades.

"At rallies they were handed out like party favors," Rick Perlstein wrote of the conservative books in his prize-winning history "Before the Storm," published in 2001. "In some areas copies disappeared from bookstore shelves as fast as murder mysteries."

"None Dare Call It Treason" alarmed some readers enough to contact the FBI and ask whether a communist takeover was indeed imminent. The bureau's standard reply was to decline comment, while an internal review noted that Stormer was a member of the far-right John Birch Society and that "None Dare Call It Treason" was "extreme" in some ways, although not an "extremist document."

"He has interpreted many of the facets of the American scene both domestically and externally along the lines of a sincere conservative," according to the report.

In 1965, Stormer had a religious reawakening. He eventually became pastor of the Heritage Baptist Church in Florissant, Missouri, and president of the Missouri Association of Christian Schools. He also wrote occasional updates to "None Dare Call It Treason" and completed other works that alleged the country was threatened by its own institutions, including "None Dare Call It Education" and "Betrayed By the Bench," about the judicial system. For years, he ran weekly Bible study sessions for Missouri state legislators.

He was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, attended Pennsylvania State University and San Jose State University and served as an editor and historian in the Air Force during the Korean War. He would recall growing increasingly frustrated with mainstream politicians and by the early 1960s leaving his job as an electronics magazine editor to "to begin an intensive study of communism."

"A program for victory over communism cannot be achieved until Americans elect a President and a Congress with the will to win and the courage to 'cleanse' the policy-making agencies of communist influence," he advised readers in 1964. "To accomplish this, conservative Americans must make their voices heard in the political parties."

Stormer and his wife, Elizabeth, had one daughter and four grandchildren.

Johnny Depp settles lawsuits involving former managers

Johnny Depp has settled lawsuits with his former business managers that put a spotlight on the actor's lavish lifestyle.

Depp's representatives said on Monday that the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star had settled litigation filed against The Management Group, which he accused in January 2017 seeking more than $25 million over alleged financial abuse and negligence. No details of the settlement were released.

Depp had accused the firm of filing his taxes late, costing him $7.5 million in penalties. The firm denied filing the returns late, and said Depp's taxes were paid when the star had money available to pay them.

The firm also countersued and argued that Depp was solely to blame for his money troubles, spending more than $2 million a month. That lawsuit said Depp paid more than $75 million to buy and maintain 14 homes, including a French chateau and a chain of islands in the Bahamas, as well as a 150-foot yacht, private jet travel and expensive art collection.

The cases had sparked name-calling on both sides, with a spokesman for Depp's former managers calling the actor a "habitual liar" in August 2017.

Lawyers for The Management Group declined comment Monday.

A statement released by a Depp spokesperson said that settling the case, which had been scheduled to begin trial next month, would allow him to focus on touring with his band, Hollywood Vampires, and promoting the latest film based on J.K. Rowling's books, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald."

The film is scheduled to be released later in November.

Reality TV star charged over scuffle with hotel security

Los Angeles prosecutors have charged reality TV star Farrah Abraham with two misdemeanor charges over a scuffle with a Beverly Hills hotel security guard last month.

Los Angeles district attorney's spokesman Ricardo Santiago said Monday that Abraham has been charged with misdemeanor battery and resisting, delaying or obstructing a peace office. Her case is scheduled for arraignment on Aug. 13.

The 27-year-old was arrested on June 13 after being accused of attacking a security guard at the Beverly Hills Hotel, hitting him in the face and grabbing his ear.

Abraham's publicist did not immediately return a message seeking comment, but has previously said the incident was a misunderstanding and has "been blown out of proportion."

Abraham is known for her roles on MTV's "16 & Pregnant" and "Teen Mom."

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