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A new book shows the personal side of the late “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee. Wayne Flynt's new book “Afternoons with Harper Lee” is based on stories that Lee told during multiple visits with Flynt, a longtime Southern historian. Lee died in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, in 2016. Flynt says the public perception of Lee as a hermit shut off from the world is wrong. She didn’t do media interviews, and she guarded her privacy zealously. But Flynt says she was warm, kind and “deeply religious” in a way many people aren't.

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Robert Sarver says he has started the process of selling the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, a move that comes only eight days after he was suspended by the NBA over workplace misconduct including racist speech and hostile behavior toward employees. Sarver made the announcement Wednesday, saying selling “is the best course of action.” He has owned the teams since 2004, when he purchased it for about $400 million. He is not the lone owner, but the primary one. Forbes recently estimated the value of the Suns at $1.8 billion.

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A boil-water advisory has been lifted for Mississippi's capital, and the state will stop handing out free bottled water on Saturday. But the crisis isn't over. Water pressure still hasn't been fully restored in Jackson, and some residents say their tap water still comes out looking dirty and smelling like sewage. Carey Wooten says even her dog won't drink it. Jackson's treatment plants need billions in repairs, the mayor says. Many blame systemic racism as the root cause. The tax base plummeted after white people moved to the suburbs in response to school desegregation, and government policies denied resources to the Black and poor people who stayed in the city.

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Deneka Samuel, of Jackson, Miss., cannot hide her disappointment and frustration at the problems with the city's water system, that she partially blames on racism shown by state and federal governments at the Black-majority city, Sept. 7, 2022, as she stands in the parking lot of Mount Nebo Baptist Church during a meeting of some African American community leaders with Environmental Protection Agency administrator Michael S. Regan, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. The meeting held in the church's small sanctuary kept a number of community leaders standing outside the room as they discussed the longstanding problems with the two water-treatment plants and its infrastructure. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Deneka Samuel of Jackson, Miss., cannot hide her disappointment and frustration at the problems with the city's water system, Sept. 7, 2022, as she stands in the parking lot of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, during a meeting of some African American community leaders with Environmental Protection Agency administrator Michael S. Regan, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. The meeting held in the church's small sanctuary kept a number of community leaders standing outside the room as they discussed the longstanding problems with the two water-treatment plants and its infrastructure. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Mississippi Students Water Crisis Advocacy Team coordinator Maisie Brown, counts out the cases the team will home deliver to families from their Jackson, Miss., storage locker, Sept. 8, 2022. Working from donations, the team delivers mainly to families, single parents, and the elderly who have limited or no transportation, or are unable to wait in the long lines at drive-thru water distribution sites. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Federal authorities have arrested a woman accused of calling in a fake bomb threat at Boston Children’s Hospital amid a barrage of harassment and threats of violence over its surgical program for transgender youth. Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins said that Catherine Leavy was arrested at her home in Westfield, Massachusetts, on Thursday. Authorities recovered the phone they believe she used to make the bomb threat on Aug. 30. The threat resulted in a lockdown of the hospital, and no explosives were found. Boston Children’s Hospital is home to the first pediatric and adolescent transgender health program in the United States.

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An investigation by Brigham Young University into allegations that fans engaged in racial heckling and uttered racial slurs at a Duke volleyball player last month found no evidence to support the claim. BYU issued the results of its investigation into the Aug. 26 match, reiterating it will not tolerate conduct threatening any student-athlete. As a result of the investigation, the university says it has lifted a ban on a fan who was identified as directing racial slurs toward Duke sophomore Rachel Richardson during the match. It also apologized to the fan for any hardship the ban caused. Duke athletic director Nina King says she stands by the school's volleyball team.

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Fans cheer during an NCAA college volleyball game between BYU and Utah State in Provo Utah, Sept. 1, 2022. An investigation by Brigham Young University into allegations that fans engaged in racial heckling and uttered racial slurs at a Duke volleyball player last month found no evidence to support the claim. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

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FILE - LaVell Edwards Stadium is empty of fans, during the coronavirus pandemic, before an NCAA college football game between BYU and Troy on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Provo, Utah. An investigation by Brigham Young University into allegations that fans engaged in racial heckling and uttered racial slurs at a Duke volleyball player last month found no evidence to support the claim. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool File)