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Author Junot Díaz a book award finalist

MIT professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz , Louise Erdrich, and Richard Ford are the finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, chosen by the American Library Association. Díaz’s ‘‘This Is How You Lose Her,’’ Erdrich’s ‘‘The Round House,’’ and Ford’s “Canada” are the nominees. Finalists for the nonfiction category are Jill Lepore’s ‘‘The Mansion of Happiness,’’ Timothy Egan’s ‘‘Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher’’ and David Quammen’s ‘‘Spillover.’’ The library association announced the nominees Monday. Medals and $5,000 will be given to the winners on June 30.

Jackson’s doctor appeals

Eighteen months after his conviction for involuntary manslaughter, Michael Jackson’s doctor on Monday appealed his case. A lawyer for Dr. Conrad Murray argued in the 230-page appellate brief that there was insufficient proof that Jackson died of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol administered by Murray. Murray is eligible for release in October after serving half his sentence. (AP)

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“But I do want to say, I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said.” — Reese Witherspoon, actress, in a statement, following her arrest in Atlanta for disorderly conduct.

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