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Celebrity news: Authors take on Amazon

Stephen King.

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Stephen King.

Stephen King, Nora Roberts, and Robert Caro are among the hundreds of authors who have added their names to an online letter criticizing Amazon.com for restricting access to works published by Hachette Book Group. The letter, initiated by Hachette author Douglas Preston, urged Amazon to resolve its standoff with Hachette over e-book prices and other issues. Readers were asked to e-mail Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at jeff@amazon.com and ‘‘tell him what you think.’’ Amazon has slowed delivery on books by Preston and other Hachette authors, limited discounts, and removed pre-order tags for upcoming releases. Other authors endorsing the letter include James Patterson, Andrew Solomon, and Scott Turow .

Director indicted

The director of a movie about singer Gregg Allman and two others involved in the project have been indicted on criminal charges stemming from a fatal crash in which a freight train plowed into the crew in southeast Georgia, prosecutors said Thursday. A grand jury returned charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass against ‘‘Midnight Rider’’ director Randall Miller as well as his wife and business partner, Jody Savin, and the film’s executive producer, Jay Sedrish, Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson said in a short news release. The indictment comes more than four months after a train slammed into Miller’s crew Feb. 20 on a railroad bridge in rural Wayne County, southwest of Savannah. The collision killed one and injured six. Sheriff’s investigators have said that while filmmakers had permission to shoot on industrial property surrounding the train trestle, they had no permit to be working on the train tracks themselves.

Shakira at World Cup final

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Colombian pop star Shakira and hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean will perform at the World Cup’s closing ceremony in Brazil on July 13.

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