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Toni Morrison’s papers to be housed at Princeton

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PRINCETON, New Jersey (AP) — The papers of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison are now part of the permanent library collection of Princeton University.
Princeton made the announcement Friday, shortly before the 83-year-old Morrison took part in a forum at the school where she served on the faculty for 17 years.

The renowned author's papers contain about 180 linear feet of research materials documenting her life, work and writing methods. They include manuscripts, drafts and proofs of many of Morrison's novels. Materials for her children's literature, lyrics, lectures, correspondence and more are also part of the collection.

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Roundup: News briefs

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Outgoing senator once again in trouble with law

NASHVILLE (AP) — Outgoing state Sen. Jim Summerville is facing stalking and assault charges, a month after being arrested for public intoxication.
Lt. Todd Christian with the Dickson Police Department told The Associated Press on Sunday that Summerville was arrested Friday night on a stalking charge filed by a neighbor and released on bail. Christian said Summerville was arrested again on Saturday for assault after threatening the same neighbor. He was released on $10,000 bond.

In September, Summerville was charged with public intoxication after police said he sat in several residents' yards drinking.

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Report: Darren Wilson feared for his life

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Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson, Mo., police department says he was in fear for his life in August when he shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, the New York Times reports. The shooting sparked continuing protests over police violence against minorities, especially unarmed black men.

Wilson’s testimony to federal investigators, shared by officials familiar with his statements, is the first public account of events that led to the fatal shooting. He told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and was in fear for his life as he struggled with Brown over his gun during a scuffle, the Times says.

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Supreme Court justices allow Texas use of new voter ID law

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.
A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots. Three justices dissented.

The law was struck down by a federal judge last week, but a federal appeals court had put that ruling on hold. The judge found that roughly 600,000 voters, many of them black or Latino, could be turned away at the polls because they lack acceptable identification. Early voting in Texas begins Monday.

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U.S. commission hears experts on 'stand your ground'

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – “Stand your ground” statutes benefit whites more than blacks, are unnecessary and cause minority men to live in fear, several experts said Friday to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission as it evaluates racial disparities in the laws.

But one dissenter, an African-American lawmaker from South Carolina, said the law benefits black defendants by putting in place an extra hurdle in the way of arrest by police officers who may have hidden racial biases.

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