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'The Magicians' author writing novel set in post-Camelot era

The author of the best-selling "Magicians" fantasy trilogy will next take on the aftermath of King Arthur and Camelot.

Lev Grossman's "The Bright Sword" will begin with the fall of Camelot and will tell of the knights following in the wake of King Arthur, Sir Lancelot and others of the Round Table, Viking told The Associated Press on Wednesday. No release date has been set.

Grossman, whose books include "The Magicians," ''The Magician King" and "The Magician's Land," said in a statement that King Arthur's time was a "strangely powerful lens" for looking at the present "and the way we live now." Grossman's "Magicians" books have been adapted into a TV series airing on Syfy.

'The Magicians' author writing novel set in post-Camelot era

The author of the best-selling "Magicians" fantasy trilogy will next take on the aftermath of King Arthur and Camelot.

Lev Grossman's "The Bright Sword" will begin with the fall of Camelot and will tell of the knights following in the wake of King Arthur, Sir Lancelot and others of the Round Table, Viking told The Associated Press on Wednesday. No release date has been set.

Grossman, whose books include "The Magicians," ''The Magician King" and "The Magician's Land," said in a statement that King Arthur's time was a "strangely powerful lens" for looking at the present "and the way we live now." Grossman's "Magicians" books have been adapted into a TV series airing on Syfy.

Rapper gets 15-year sentence in child porn, music video case

An Ohio rapper who federal authorities say recorded sexually explicit footage of teen girls and edited the footage into music videos has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Eric Chavis pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to produce child pornography. The Columbus rapper on Tuesday received the mandatory minimum sentence required under federal statutes.

Authorities say Chavis uploaded 29 videos of the underage girls with him.

U.S. District Judge Michael Watson told Chavis the victims, who were 16 and 17, were all "mature" but not of legal age. Watson says Chavis "trolled the internet" to lure underage performers.

Chavis' attorney says his client believed the girls were willing and over 18.

Chavis must register as a sex offender upon his release.

Rapper gets 15-year sentence in child porn, music video case

An Ohio rapper who federal authorities say recorded sexually explicit footage of teen girls and edited the footage into music videos has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Eric Chavis pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to produce child pornography. The Columbus rapper on Tuesday received the mandatory minimum sentence required under federal statutes.

Authorities say Chavis uploaded 29 videos of the underage girls with him.

U.S. District Judge Michael Watson told Chavis the victims, who were 16 and 17, were all "mature" but not of legal age. Watson says Chavis "trolled the internet" to lure underage performers.

Chavis' attorney says his client believed the girls were willing and over 18.

Chavis must register as a sex offender upon his release.

Abdul-Jabbar writing book about UCLA coach John Wooden

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's next book will be a fond look back at his long friendship with John Wooden, the celebrated basketball coach at UCLA.

"Coach Wooden and Me" will be published next June and will combine personal memories and lessons learned from his friend and mentor, Grand Central Publishing told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Wooden, who died in 2010, coached 10 NCAA championship teams at UCLA. Three titles were won while Abdul-Jabbar, then called Lew Alcindor, was the Bruins' star center.

Abdul-Jabbar, who went on to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer, remained close to Wooden. In a statement released through Grand Central, he called Wooden a great coach and "an even better teacher and friend." Abdul-Jabbar's other books include the memoir "Giant Steps" and the novel "Mycroft Holmes."

UK judge bans publication of hacked Pippa Middleton photos

A British judge on Wednesday banned the publication of stolen photographs of Pippa Middleton after allegations that 3,000 personal images were taken in a hacking attack on her iCloud account.

High Court justice Philippa Whipple made the order after Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, and her fiancé James Matthews went to court against the "person or persons unknown" who are responsible for the hack.

The Sun newspaper said Saturday it was contacted by a purported hacker seeking at least 50,000 pounds ($65,000) for the photos. It said the seller communicated using the pseudonym "Crafty Cockney" on an encrypted messaging service and sent sample photos showing Middleton being fitted for a wedding dress in advance of her wedding next year.

The Sun said the hacker also claimed to possess Middleton's informal images of sister Kate with her children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, and naked images of Matthews.

Police arrested a 35-year-old man Saturday on suspicion of offenses under the Computer Misuse Act. He was later released on bail pending further inquiries.

Middleton's lawyer, Adam Wolanski, said the alleged theft had caused Middleton "considerable distress." He said he believed the hack was genuine but the perpetrator had not been identified yet.

7 things to know now: Peres dies; California police shooting; Mary J. Blige

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Peres dies: Shimon Peres, a founder of the state of Israeli who later became its prime minister and its president, died Wednesday, two weeks after suffering a massive stroke. Peres served in his country’s government in some capacity for decades. In the 1990s, he brokered the Oslo Peace Accords, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Israeli President Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat.

2. Police shooting in California: Police shot and killed a man Tuesday who was reported to have been acting erratically at a strip mall in suburban San Diego, Calif. Police say the man pulled an object from his pocket and “assumed a shooting stance” facing officers. According to El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis, one officer tried to use a Taser on the man before he was shot by another officer.

3. Saudi bill veto: The Senate is set to vote Wednesday to override a veto by President Barack Obama of a bill that would have allowed families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. Obama vetoed the bill saying it would interfere with a president’s ability to set foreign policy.

4. Government shutdown: A funding bill meant to stave-off a federal government shutdown Friday, failed to clear a procedural hurdle that would limit debate on the bill and move it to the floor of the Senate for a vote. The continuing resolution (CR) got only 45 of the 60 votes needed to move the bill along. The services of the federal government are funded only through midnight Friday. The  CR would keep the government running until Dec. 9.

5. Marijuana on the ballot: Americans in nine states will see a measure on their ballots in November that addresses expanding access to legalized marijuana. Voters in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada  will consider legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota are looking at using it for medical purposes. Montana voters will consider easing restrictions an existing medical marijuana law.

And  one more

Teasers  from singer Mary J. Blige’s interview with Hillary Clinton for an Apple Music show  has tongues wagging on  social media. One clip from “The 411” shows Blige singing to the Democratic nominee for president then clasping her hands. The second clip shows Blige telling Clinton that "a lot of people in my community think Obama was blocked in congress because he was black." According to the Associated Press, Apple is billing the interview as "an intimate conversation" featuring Blige. ''The 411 with Mary J. Blige" airs Friday.

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Filmmaker Michael Moore says theater won't allow his show

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore says he's not allowed to perform a one-man show about the presidential race at a central Ohio theater because officials there consider him too controversial.

Moore says in a Facebook post that Newark's Midland Theatre "banned" him from presenting and filming the show there next month. He says the community board overseeing the theater recently voted not to allow the show.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2dhoP9j ) reports that Midland operators say Moore wasn't banned and that the decision not to finalize the contract was based on several factors. Those included a too-short time frame and questions about what the production involved.

Moore says he will go ahead with his plans for the show at an undisclosed site in southern Ohio in October.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

Filmmaker Michael Moore says theater won't allow his show

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore says he's not allowed to perform a one-man show about the presidential race at a central Ohio theater because officials there consider him too controversial.

Moore says in a Facebook post that Newark's Midland Theatre "banned" him from presenting and filming the show there next month. He says the community board overseeing the theater recently voted not to allow the show.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2dhoP9j ) reports that Midland operators say Moore wasn't banned and that the decision not to finalize the contract was based on several factors. Those included a too-short time frame and questions about what the production involved.

Moore says he will go ahead with his plans for the show at an undisclosed site in southern Ohio in October.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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