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January 5, 2016

I am now working on chapter 8 of my new novel, 'Vanished'. 

As usual, I'm working on a chapter-to-chapter basis with my editor, Lee Ann. She had sent the first seven chapters two days ago :-)



 

 

 

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Brittney Griner is free: Latest updates on WNBA star's release in prisoner swap with RussiaPresident Joe Biden said the exchange for Brittney Griner had been in the works for the past two weeks, and that he had given the final go-ahead.
     

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Who is Viktor Bout, the arms dealer and 'Merchant of Death' freed in exchange for Brittney Griner?Viktor Bout, 55, is a former Soviet military officer and translator who was serving a 25-year prison sentence in the US.
     

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House passes bill to protect same-sex marriage, measure now goes to President Joe BidenThe Respect for Marriage Act guarantees federal recognition of any marriage between two people if it was valid in the state where they were married.
     

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Wilderness therapy was supposed to help these 'troubled teens.' It traumatized them instead.Parents often turn to wilderness therapy when they feel they need help for their troubled teens. But former campers say they were abused, traumatized.
     

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Meet college football's first $1 million strength coach: 'He is the team'For more than three decades, Rob Glass has made a living being the tough enforcer and developer of college football players. His impact is immense.
     

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'Inclusive' restaurant turns away Christian group because of its beliefs. Who's the bigot?The Metzger Bar and Butchery in Richmond, Virginia, canceled the Family Foundation's reservation because of the Christian group's religious beliefs.
     

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Celine Dion says she has stiff person syndrome, cancels and reschedules 2023 tour datesIn a tearful video, Celine Dion said she's been diagnosed with stiff person syndrome which is what has caused her previous muscle spasms.
     

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'We feel more secure': As Respect for Marriage Act passes, same-sex couples share tentative enthusiasmFor some same-sex couples, the legislation is a bright spot at a time of rising anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and legislation.
     

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Respect for Marriage Act is a triumph for families, freedom – and American activismAmerica's transformation on the freedom to marry provides an inspiring road map for moving forward, writes founder of the Freedom to Marry campaign.
     

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An official appeared to say Iran's 'morality police' would close. The truth is more thornyA flurry of news reports said the program that enforces  social behaviors and regulations in the Islamic Republic was closed down. But was it?
     

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Ford Focus, Fiesta cars sit in shop for months, owners 'ghosted' by automakerTreatment of Ford Focus, Fiesta customers frustrated with faulty transmission control module impacts automaker's much-needed growth potential.
     

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Disgraced doc's evidence sent man to prison. No one knows how many others are like him.Charles Harlan was a key witness in several murder prosecutions. Despite decades of concerns about his work, no one has reassessed his testimony.
     

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NY Democrat Chuck Schumer unanimously reelected as Senate majority leaderSenate Democrats met Thursday to unanimously reelect Sen. Chuck Shumer Senate majority leader, days after the party expanded their majority 51-49.
     

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Taking an alcohol break? Giving it up completely? Here's how to be inconspicuousThat we fret about what others might think of what drink we are holding illustrates how central alcohol is in society, particularly around holidays.
     

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Baker Mayfield joining Los Angeles Rams could avert NFL scheduling disaster | OpinionThe 3-9 Rams, who will be force-fed to NFL viewers over the next four weeks, now have QB Baker Mayfield, a potential gift to NFL schedule makers.
     

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House Oversight Committee slams NFL, Commanders owner Daniel Snyder for lack of cooperationIn a report released Thursday on its investigation into a toxic workplace culture, the HOC found team owner Daniel Snyder gave "misleading" testimony.
     

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Kremlin lashes out at Time over person of the year; Putin admits war is taking longer than expected: Live Ukraine UpdatesKremlin says there is "no talk" of seizing additional territories beyond the four Ukraine regions Russia claims to have annexed in recent months.
     

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'Harry & Meghan': Harry addresses Nazi costume, couple share romance revelations in Netflix docNetflix's "Harry & Meghan" documentary sheds light on the origins of the couples' relationship, including when Harry first laid eyes on Meghan.
     

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An Atlantic hurricane or tropical storm in December? Forecasters now say Owen is unlikely.Hurricane season is over but forecasters thought a rare December subtropical storm had been brewing. Here's the latest.
     

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Host city for 2030 Winter Olympics hasn't yet been named. Why? It may not be cold enough.The International Olympic Committee will delay choosing a host for the 2030 Winter Olympics citing climate change concerns.
     

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Best Secret Santa gifts: 20 ideas for Christmas presents in 2022Having a hard time picking out the right Secret Santa gift? We've compiled 20 budget-friendly Secret Santa gift ideas to please anyone and everyone.
     

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Guillermo del Toro on boldly reinventing 'Pinocchio' with grief, fascism and a drunk Geppetto"Pan's Labyrinth" director Guillermo del Toro brings his singular vision to a new animated "Pinocchio," which explores weighty themes of war and loss.
     

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Russia's war renews nuclear disaster fears. What to know about the dangers of radiation.Russia's war in Ukraine has renewed fears of nuclear weapons and dirty bombs. Here's what to know about the health effects of radiation.
     

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1,000 salaried Ford workers retire after pension warning from automakerRetirement-eligible salaried employees at Ford were warned about retiring this year to maximize a lump sum pension payment.
     

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Save on your Hawaii vacation by booking cheaper, more sustainable options to a rental carRenting a car for your trip to Hawaii is the norm for travelers, but experts say you can enjoy your trip with cheaper, more sustainable alternatives.
     

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Queen Elizabeth. Nathan Chen. Donald Trump. See the 22 best visual stories of the year.The end of a 70-year reign, the golden skills of an Olympian and the depths of the former president's legal issues illustrated in graphics.
     

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Credit card debt from holiday gift shopping may not be as explosive this yearDebit cards are gaining popularity this holiday season, signifying they may not be taking on as much holiday debt as in prior years.
     

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Dec. 7, 1941: America remembers devastating attack on Pearl HarborIn the 1930s, both the US and Japan thought war was inevitable, but officials did not believe the Japanese could attack bases in Hawaii
     

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How to play White Elephant: Bring some holiday cheer and gift mischief to your partyTo play White Elephant, gather a group at a holiday party and have them each bring a wrapped gift. Swap, steal and try to get the best gift.
     

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The ultimate gift guide for 2022Not sure what to gift this year? We've got you covered with the perfect gift ideas for everyone on your list this year, no matter the budget.
     

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Best of 2022: See which books USA TODAY critics gave perfect reviews this yearThese are the 18 books USA TODAY critics gave perfect ★★★★ (out of four) reviews.
     

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