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A robust economy has put Americans in the mood to travel this summer.

According to AAA, nearly 43 million people are expected to take to the roads, rails and skies this Memorial Day weekend. That’s an increase of 1.5 million over last year and the second-highest volume since AAA began tracking numbers in 2000.

In the Washington region, AAA Mid-Atlantic estimates nearly 3.2 million people will travel more than 50 miles from home during the three-day weekend. Despite an increase in gas prices, most people will drive. However, the number of travelers hopping on buses, trains and cruise ships also is on the rise.

“Americans are eagerly anticipating the start of summer, and expensive gas prices won’t keep them home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Paula Twidale, vice president of AAA Travel. “Consumer spending remains strong, helped by solid job and income growth.”

That trend is expected to continue through the summer.

Airlines for America (A4A), an industry trade group, said it expects more than 257 million people to fly between June 1 and the end of August — up 3.4 percent from the same period last year.

Officials with the Transportation Security Administration are also preparing for a busy travel season. The agency is projecting that 263 million passengers and crew will pass through security checkpoints nationwide between the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. That’s about 10 million more than last summer. The agency said on peak days, it could screen more than 2.7 million people.

The projections are welcome news for an industry grappling with rising fuel prices and fallout from the worldwide grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max jets following two deadly crashes in less than five months.

Flight changes, security waits

While the tragedies don’t appear to have dampened the enthusiasm for air travel, they have put airlines in a tough spot.

A4A said that airlines have canceled roughly 200 daily flights this summer — a loss of about 35,000 seats a day. American, United and Southwest, which combined have 72 of the Max jets in their fleets, said the planes will remain out of service for much of the summer.

While airlines said they have reached out to affected passengers, travelers should still be sure to check their flights ahead of time, in case of last-minute changes. Many airlines have been able to replace 737 Max aircraft with other jets in their fleets, but that could become more challenging during the peak summer travel season. Other airlines have canceled flights on less popular routes.

There is no timetable for when the aircraft might be cleared to return to service.

The crisis at the nation’s southern border may also impact summer travelers, particularly those who are planning international getaways.

The Trump administration has already redeployed more than 700 U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers to the border to deal with the surge in migrant crossings and has plans to send more. CBP officials said most of the personnel have come from northern border ports, seaports and airports.

“While the current Southwest border security and humanitarian crisis is impacting CBP operations, we are working to mitigate the effects as much as possible,” CBP said in a statement.

Even so, in a letter to Senate leaders, A4A, along with five other aviation and travel industry groups, said the situation cannot continue.

“With international travel increasing at a steady rate, lack of sufficient CBP officer staffing at airports due to temporary reassignment, compounded with a lack of overtime funding, will certainly put considerable strain on CBP ports, harming both passengers and cargo throughout,” the groups wrote.

Officials are encouraging travelers to arrive early for their flights or take advantage of programs such as Global Entry, which allows preapproved travelers to move more quickly through customs. TSA officials are advising passengers to arrive two hours early for domestic flights and three hours in advance for international departures.

However, they emphasize the advice is not tied to the border deployments, but rather to the expected increase in travelers.

You can check airport security wait times by using the MyTSA app. Go to awt.cbp.gov for CBP wait times.

TSA also recommends enrolling in its PreCheck program, which allows prescreened travelers to use special lines. PreCheck travelers don’t have to take off their shoes or remove items such as their laptops from their carry-on bags.

Further fueling concerns about security and wait times at airports is the Trump administration’s plan to also deploy TSA personnel to the border. The move has raised concerns, particularly among Democrats, about the impact on airport security.

“We are deeply concerned that pulling hundreds of TSA employees away from their critical missions at our nation’s airports and sending them to the southern border will weaken aviation security and significantly increase the risks faced by the American people,” Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.) wrote in a letter to TSA Administrator David P. Pekoske.

TSA officials, however, say they are prepared. The agency has hired an additional 2,000 officers to handle the expected surge in travelers, has increased overtime funds by 20 percent, and is deploying additional canine teams. They add that the deployments will involve less than 1 percent of the agency’s 60,000-member workforce.

Expect things to be busy

Officials say, no matter the mode, travelers need to be prepared — and patient.

For those traveling by train, Amtrak officials said bookings on reserved trains for this Memorial Day weekend are running about 5 percent higher than last year, when the passenger rail service had an average of 87,000 trips per day.

Amtrak said it will have additional employees staffing stations across the country to assist the expected rush of customers.

In the Washington region, the busiest travel day for drivers is expected to be Memorial Day.

“Area drivers will be stuck in traffic three times the normal delay during the afternoon rush hour for the duration of the two-hour period from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Monday, May 27,” said John B. Townsend II, a spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “If you know what’s good for you, avoid traveling around those hours and times when roads have historically been busiest.”

Other summer travel tidbits:

● According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas has risen by more than 30 cents in the past two months. The national average for a gallon is now $2.86 — roughly the same as it was during this period in 2018. Gas prices have remained relatively stable and may even decrease this summer, but that will depend on world events, AAA said.

● Car rental prices are down 7 percent from last year. The average daily rate is $55, AAA said.

● Midrange hotels are 2 to 3 percent cheaper, with average nightly rates of $146 for properties rated two diamonds by AAA and $183 for those rated three diamonds.

● There are still travel deals out there for this summer, but to get the best deals, avoid traveling on the days around major holidays, such as the Fourth of July. Midweek, Tuesdays and Wednesdays can also be a good time to get cheaper airfares and hotel rooms.

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“This would have been the funnest time of her life,” he says in a promotional video, “to have those kids running around that house, and being able to, like, go and buy them toys.”

The rapper’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, tweeted the video clip, which includes her smiling at her husband as he shares a beautiful story about his mother.

“I remember my mother bought me a bear that was multicolored, and I was very into (Japanese artist) Takashi Murakami at the time of (my) third album, ‘Graduation,’ so she bought it and she said, ‘That kind of feels like Murakami,'” West said. “And then I was sort of like, ‘I don’t want that — that ain’t no Takashi Murakami bear.'”

West laughed at the memory. Then he revealed that she died a few weeks later.

“I did everything I could to find that bear (and) place that bear on top of all the Takashi Murakami stuff I had in the house.”

Kim and Kanye have four children together. West said he feels his mother’s spirit with him.

“But she’s here with us,” he said, “and she’s guiding us.”

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The Black Caps are tempering expectations following their impressive Cricket World Cup warm-up win over India, and with good reason.

While playing the underdog tag has often been the Kiwi cricket way, New Zealand are well aware their crushing six-wicket victory over one of the big tournament favourites had one big red herring attached to it.

In a word: swing.

Trent Boult starred for the Black Caps in their big World Cup warm-up win over India.

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Trent Boult starred for the Black Caps in their big World Cup warm-up win over India.

It’s the thing that bowlers around the world have been craving out of the white ball in recent years, and what makes New Zealand a particularly dangerous side when it’s about.

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But since the last World Cup, when Black Caps opening bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee wreaked havoc, signs of movement have been few and far between, as batting sides continue to rack up large totals.

India captain Virat Kohli was dismissed cheaply in testing conditions for his side.

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India captain Virat Kohli was dismissed cheaply in testing conditions for his side.

That’s why the sight of the Kookaburra zipping around in the first innings at The Oval on Saturday night (NZ time) was a welcome, but aberrant sight for the Black Caps’ bowling department.

Added to the quirk was that with the pitch sporting a reasonable covering of grass, India captain Virat Kohli opted to bat in order to put his side under some pre-tournament pressure.

They certainly got that, with Boult rocking the top-order in striking in each of his first three overs on his way to 4-33 off 6.2, with India humbled for a paltry 179 more than 10 overs shy of their allotted 50, before the deck flattened out for a comfortable Kiwi chase anchored by half centuries to captain Kane Williamson (67 off 87 balls) and Ross Taylor (71 off 75).

But while Boult said his side would take some confidence out of their hitout, the leader of the New Zealand attack was well aware the conditions laid on in London first-up were surely an anomaly.

“Nice to see it swinging around a little bit,” he said. “I’d love to expect that everywhere, but it looks like there’s some good wickets around the country and it looks like it’s going to be a good challenge.

“If the ball’s swinging round like that I think we know what to do.

Ross Taylor top-scored for the Black Caps in their comfortable run-chase.

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Ross Taylor top-scored for the Black Caps in their comfortable run-chase.

“But the biggest challenge will be when it’s not swinging and nipping around a little bit, then how do we take wickets?”

Indeed, a high-scoring tournament is expected. Seven of the eight completed innings in this month’s England-Pakistan ODI series saw scores in excess of 340. 

The 400-mark has now been surpassed 20 times, with eight of those coming at or since the last World Cup.

New Zealand will take confidence from their win but aren't expecting such favourable conditions again soon.

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New Zealand will take confidence from their win but aren’t expecting such favourable conditions again soon.

Boult admitted seeing massive scores like that was “a little bit intimidating” but that on the flip side, many of them were also getting chased down.

He hopes the ball can still play a role in ODI cricket, and knows full well how imperative it can be for a team to strike early these days when in the field.

“We know what early wickets does to the batting side. We want to be as aggressive as we can to get into any team’s batting order.

“As bowlers, that’s pretty much our basic plan, and for me it’s about pitching the ball up and trying to swing the ball round as much as I can.

“The conditions are very good, it looks like there’s some good wickets to bat on, but we know if we put the ball in the right areas, take early wickets, then it looks like that’s a good way to stop any opposition.”

New Zealand’s second and final warm-up fixture is against the West Indies at Bristol, starting Tuesday night (NZT), where seamer Matt Henry can expect to get a run after being left out of the 13 to face India, while wicketkeeper Tom Latham remains doubtful due to his finger injury.

The Black Caps tournament gets underway against Sri Lanka at Cardiff on Saturday night (NZT).

AT A GLANCE

India 179 (R Jadeja 54, H Pandya 30; T Boult 4-33, J Neesham 3-26) lost to New Zealand 180-4 (R Taylor 71, K Williamson 67) by six wickets. 

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Freelance journalist Bryan Carmody obtained a confidential police report that included information about the February death of prominent San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi. Carmody, 59, refused to tell authorities how he obtained the documents in April. During a raid of Carmody’s home weeks later, officers seized his computers, cameras, phones and notebooks.
Days after the May 10 raid, Scott said at a news conference there is a criminal investigation into whether Carmody was an “active participant in the commission of the criminal acts beyond his role with the news media.”

Despite those comments, Scott released a statement Friday saying the department is seeking an “independent, impartial investigation by a separate investigatory body.” Scott said he was concerned “by a lack of due diligence by department investigators in seeking search warrants and appropriately addressing Mr. Carmody’s status as a member of the news media.”

“This has raised important questions about our handling of this case and whether the California shield law was violated,” Scott’s statement read. The shield law protects journalists from being held in contempt for refusing to reveal their sources, according to The Society of Professional Journalists Northern California.

Scott’s statement also said the Department of Police Accountability will investigate both the search warrant that was executed on Carmody’s home and the release of the Adachi police report. The department, Scott said, under the oversight of the San Francisco Police Commission, will also review protocols involving members of the news media.

“We must do a better job,” Scott said. “Journalists and everyone in our city deserve a police department that will maintain the constitutional rights of all.”

Police Officers Association calls for Scott’s resignation

Scott said the investigation came at the request of San Francisco Mayor London Breed. The mayor initially supported the raid, but later tweeted, “The more we learn, the less appropriate it looks to me.”

“A free and independent press plays a crucial role in our society, and we have to work harder to honor not only the letter of California’s Shield Law, but also the spirit of it,” Breed tweeted May 19.

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The San Francisco Police Officers Association called for Scott’s resignation Saturday because the organization said he ordered the investigation into Carmody and is now trying to throw the officers who carried out the raid “under a double-decker bus.”

“SFPD Chief William Scott showed everyone in the SFPD, and all San Franciscans, what his character consists of and it was a pathetic, deceitful and shameful display of self-preservation, finger pointing, and political kowtowing. We all deserve better,” the statement read.

The statement said Scott didn’t tell the sergeant who signed the search warrant for Carmody’s house about his status as a journalist. The POA statement also said Scott’s apology “was clearly meant for him to save face as opposed to accept responsibility for his own actions.”

“He should be immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation,” the statement read. “During that time, he should muster up the personal fortitude to do the right thing and resign.”

CNN’s Sarah Moon and Artemis Moshtaghian contributed to this report.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Severe storms have moved out of the area, after several severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect for most of WNY and N. PA for a time this evening, including a Tornado Warning that was in effect between 7:35pm and 8:04pm Saturday evening for Allegany county, just N/NW of Wellsville.

Several wind damage reports have come in from places such as Ashville and Frewsburg where multiple large trees were knocked over from gusty winds from thunderstorms.  Several trees down in Otto, and also Cuba.  And a 70mph wind gusts at the Niagara Falls Airport.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch for McKean County in northern Pennsylvania until 10 p.m. Saturday, for severe storms possible. The main concerns will be damaging winds and large hail.

A strong cold front moving in and an unstable air mass in place from very warm and humid conditions, will allow for a few more stronger storms this late Saturday evening for N. PA. Otherwise improving conditions for overnight with just a few lingering showers at times well south for Sunday.

A nice and calm rest of the long weekend.

Drying up for Sunday with mainly sunshine, and just a few showers south, high of 70.

A strong cold front moving in and an unstable air mass in place from very warm and humid conditions, will allow for storms Saturday evening that could be strong to severe. The main concerns will be damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rain in addition to frequent lightning.  These storms are moving fast, and mainly to the east.

Drying up for Sunday with mainly sunshine, and just a few showers south, high of 70.

Memorial Day will have partly to mostly sunny with light winds and high of 71.

Showers and storms return on Tuesday.

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Highlights: Smith hits century as Australia beat England in warm-up

Is Steve Smith going to soundtrack the English summer?

The tune? Flicks, clips, fifties and hundreds, all marked by raucous boos.

The former Australia captain’s first century since returning from a one-year ban for his part in the ball-tampering scandal was imperious in its execution – and ominous for England in their biggest summer for a generation.

Not perhaps for the hosts’ World Cup ambitions – though Smith’s 116 off 102 balls was enough for a thrilling 12-run win on Saturday – but for the Ashes that follow, he gave early notice of his hunger to replicate the majestic form that saw him crush England in 2017-18 with 687 runs at an average of 137.40.

And he might well be booed all the way.

Booed to the crease here in Southampton, booed at fifty, booed even when reaching a century, and booed when dismissed. England fans might need some honey and lemon this summer.

Or just stop booing if beneath his restored unflappable demeanour, this pantomime animosity is driving him on.

There were a mixtures of boos and applause after Steve Smith’s innings

Smith will have expected this reception even before he had it confirmed by David Warner’s entrance to open the batting.

Warner is one of cricket’s most complex characters. But to England fans he is simply a villain – seen as the mastermind of the ball-tampering plot, his apology news conference evasive where Smith and Cameron Bancroft’s were gut-wrenching.

Even sprinting past partner Aaron Finch to get on first could not dampen the barrage of boos. But Warner soon settled, not quite with the fluency he showed in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), but still cracking five fours around the ground.

England captain Eoin Morgan has said his side will not sledge Australia about ball-tampering – but his players still know how to play to the crowd, with Jonny Bairstow pointing to the stands to celebrate catching Warner.

Fittingly, it was Warner giving his own look to the fans after catching Bairstow. Team-mates at Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, their rivalry has now resumed.

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Exit Warner, enter Smith – the crowd making a very deliberate pause to tell him that these boos were specifically for him, this time also accompanied by a chant of “cheat, cheat, cheat”.

Smith, deemed the next Donald Bradman down under, robbed himself of a year of his prime and his stellar career will have an asterisk in indelible ink – thousands upon thousands of runs, but it should have been several thousand more.

This knock in an unofficial match will not count to the tally but how he went, how he reacted here would mean so much.

Tapping his pads and box as he walked to square between deliveries. Carving the ball into gaps with ease. You might be tempted to say it is like Smith never went away.

But in South Africa last year, Smith was a ragged shadow of himself. He had been worn down by an Ashes series in which he took sleeping pills for his nerves and a dismal showing in the one-day series defeat by England. It was a run during which he later said he had never hit the ball worse.

The Smith that returned on Saturday looked renewed, back to the monastic batsman who eschews all temptation and grinds down bowlers. It took a contentious caught and bowled decision to remove him.

Move across, flick off the pads. If it is wide, angle the bat and nudge into the gaps. The occasional flurry but nothing reckless. Everything in its right place.

It is masterful batting and many did applaud all day. However, plenty were not here to celebrate mastery, but to condemn deceit.

So is it fair? Is it going too far to boo Smith, Warner and Bancroft at every turn this summer? Speaking on Test Match Special, former England spinner Graeme Swann on called on fans not to jeer.

One spectator, dressed as a cricket ball, threw sandpaper at Glenn Maxwell during England’s innings

A lot of it is tongue in cheek – the man dressed as a ball with a sandpaper hat on throwing a bit of sandpaper towards Glenn Maxwell for the fielder to sign, only to drop two yards short.

But there is also an edge: “Get off the field, Warner, you cheat.” And it is an edge you can only imagine increasing in a well-oiled Hollies Stand for the Ashes opener at Edgbaston.

Were they treated harshly? Even if the punishments for ball-tampering have since been increased, they are still far short of the year-long bans for Smith and Warner, and nine months for Bancroft.

Others have tampered and moved on, though perhaps this was cheating so blatant its very preposterousness – sandpaper down trousers – made it all the more heinous.

And there is still so much we don’t know. Who knew what and when? How long had it being going on? Just that South Africa series? The Ashes? Further back?

There is also the legacy of the abrasive Australia sides that came before, winning countless games but not many friends.

In the boos, there is anger at former coach Darren Lehmann calling on fans to make Stuart Broad cry after not walking.

At Warner for calling Jonathan Trott “poor and weak” before the England batsman went home with a stress-related illness.

At Warner for punching Joe Root.

It may get tedious but on the song will go: Smith scoring runs to a chorus of boos.

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The Astros avoided a catastrophe.

Tests on George Springer’s injured left hamstring revealed a Grade 2 strain, general manager Jeff Luhnow said Saturday.

Springer will be sidelined indefinitely — much longer than the prescribed 10 days he must stay on the injured list — but given the gloom that surrounded the injury on Friday night, the news was welcomed.

“It’s not as dramatic as we’d feared,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “(Team doctors) were encouraged by their findings and their observations. He’s really sore. He’s not going to do anything for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, if the initial diagnosis is right, we’ve avoided a catastrophe after what it looked like on the field.”

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Springer departed Friday’s 4-3 win against the Red Sox after sprinting for a foul ball along the right field line during the eighth inning. Springer slid to avoid crashing into the wall. After the game, Springer said he felt his hamstring “lock up.”

Springer voluntarily removed himself from the game and limped toward the dugout. He slammed his glove on the bench in frustration. Hinch offered a grim postgame prognosis, saying he was “not looking forward to the diagnosis.”

“It could have been worse based on how he was feeling last night,” Luhnow said Saturday.

Springer was unavailable for comment prior to Saturday’s game against the Red Sox. Derek Fisher was recalled from Class AAA Round Rock to take Springer’s spot on the 25-man roster.

Both Jose Altuve and Aledmys Diaz suffered Grade 1 hamstring strains earlier this season. Those are typically more day-to-day injuries and — in Diaz’ case — do not even require a trip to the injured list. Grade 2 strains often do involve a partial tear of the muscle.

“We’re probably looking at a couple weeks plus,” Luhnow said. “But it depends. I’ve had plenty of these in the past that have lasted a month. We’re not going to put a timeframe on it, but we know he’s going to miss some time right now.”

The injury stagnates Springer’s ascension atop American League leaderboards and a season that started better than any of his five that preceded it.

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Springer entered Saturday the AL leader in home runs and RBI. His 1.032 OPS was seventh among all qualified major league hitters. Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs both valued Springer at 2.7 wins above replacement — higher than any of his Astros teammates.

“He’s obviously having a career year and has been our best player this year and we need him back,” Luhnow said. “I think the rest will be good and we’ll get him back out there as soon as we can.”

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KANSAS CITY — Often, when Luke Voit hits a home run, it goes somewhere around right-center field.

So, of course, when 60 of his close friends and family pack a patio in right-center at Kauffman Stadium — his first time playing three hours from where he grew up — Voit crushes the longest home run of his career … to left-center field.

Still, for Voit, it was more than enough that so many people close to him got to witness him crush a 470-foot shot against the team that drafted him in a 7-3 victory over the Royals on Saturday afternoon, the first game of a split doubleheader.

“I was on cloud nine,” Voit said.

Voit, who went 2-for-5, hit his home run in the seventh inning. It was a two-run shot that proved to be the go-ahead home run, snapping a 3-3 tie before Thairo Estrada added insurance via a two-run double in the eighth.

“Took some extra preworkout today to get the juices flowing,” Voit said. “It’s fun. This is one of my more favorite stadiums to play (at).”

Voit said he actually thought his home run — the 13th of his season — traveled farther than 470 feet, but he’ll take it.

“I don’t know if you can hit them farther than that,” he said.

Voit added that he took a second to admire the blast and that he didn’t even do his trademark hop afterwar.

Voit credited his wife for making the arrangements for everyone.

“Everybody paid for their own thing,” Voit said. “It was expensive. But my wife paid for it up front, which means I paid for it. But everyone paid us back, so it’s all good.”

He was bummed that Friday’s postponement meant a doubleheader Saturday. He was supposed to attend a dinner at a restaurant nearby to see everyone, but it looked like that wasn’t going to work out.

“To hit probably the farthest home run I’ve ever hit in front of them, it was pretty surreal,” Voit said.

Manager Aaron Boone said Voit’s energy was infectious.

“It’s been great,” he said. “He’s brought so much to the table for us. Between the lines, he’s been really good. He’s loved coming here and being a Yankee. They love him in that room. He brings something every day just from an energy standpoint.”

Brendan Kuty may be reached at bkuty@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BrendanKutyNJ. Find NJ.com Yankees on Facebook.

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Judith Kerr, 95, the British book author and illustrator who delighted children with tales of a hungry tiger and a mischievous cat named Mog, died Wednesday at her home in London. In a career spanning 50 years, Kerr was best known for her first book, “The Tiger Who Came to Tea,” published in 1968.

Kerr moved to England in 1933 when her family left Germany to escape the growing threat of Nazism. Her father, Alfred Kerr, was a Jewish theater critic whose books were burned because he was critical of the Nazi regime. The family, including Judith Kerr’s brother, Michael, fled to Switzerland and Paris before settling in England three years later.

Binyavanga Wainaina, 48, prizewinning Kenyan writer whose humorous, incisive books and essays explored themes of postcolonialism, gender and sexual identity, including his own decision to come out as a gay man in a country that long demonized homosexuality, died Tuesday in Nairobi. Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper reported that he had died at a hospital after a stroke.

Wainaina’s essay “How to Write About Africa,” published in the British literary journal Granta in 2005, became a minor sensation, offering a biting critique of foreign journalists’ and authors’ clichéd approach to covering the continent.

“Treat Africa as if it were one country,” he wrote in the essay, saying that the characters must include “the Starving African, who wanders the refugee camp nearly naked, and waits for the benevolence of the West.”

“She must look utterly helpless,” he added.

Jake Black, 59, who wrote “Woke Up This Morning,” the indelible theme song for the groundbreaking HBO drama “The Sopranos,” with a bandmate in the group Alabama 3, died Tuesdayin London. The cause was acute respiratory illness. Black died days after Alabama 3 performed at a festival in Lancashire, England.

Niki Lauda, 70, the Austrian race-car driver who won three world championships in Formula One, the sport’s highest level of international competition, and was regarded as one of the greatest speedway drivers of all time, died Monday in Zurich. No cause was reported.

Lauda was injured many times in crashes and once nearly killed. He had kidney transplants in 1997 and 2005, and in August, while struggling with severe lung disease, he underwent what was described as a successful lung transplant at a hospital in Vienna.

The fiery crash that almost cost his life in 1976 marked him for life. Much of his face and scalp and half of one ear were burned off. His lungs and bronchial passages were seared from inhaling flames and burning plastic. His eyelids had to be reconstructed. Lauda refused additional cosmetic surgeries and missed only two races before coming back behind the wheel, blood sipping through bandages. He finish fourth. He closed his career with 25 Grand Prix victories, a dominant force in the field.

Louis Osteen, 77, a gregarious chef whose influential South Carolina restaurants helped elevate Southern cuisine to a new respectability in the 1980s and ’90s, died May 19 at his home in Highlands, North Carolina. The cause was liver cancer.

Eric Talmadge, 57, a native of Renton, who as North Korea bureau chief for The Associated Press tenaciously chronicled life and politics in one of the world’s least-understood nations, died last week in Japan after suffering a heart attack while running. A decades-long resident of Japan with deep expertise on Asian security and military issues, he seemed to have found his ideal job when he was appointed in 2013 to lead the AP bureau in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital.

Herman Wouk, 103, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Navy drama “The Caine Mutiny” whose sweeping novels about World War II, the Holocaust and the creation of Israel made him one of the most popular writers of his generation and helped revitalize the genre of historical fiction, died May 17 at his home in Palm Springs, California.

A meticulous researcher, Wouk specialized in stories of personal conflict set against the backdrop of compelling historical events, including “The Caine Mutiny” (1951), “The Winds of War” (1971) and “War and Remembrance” (1978). The latter two became ABC miniseries in the 1980s starring Robert Mitchum that averaged tens of millions of viewers over the course of their broadcast and were the highest-rated miniseries after Alex Haley’s “Roots.”

Bob Hawke, 89, Australia’s hugely popular prime minister from 1983 to 1991, who presided over wrenching changes that integrated his nation into the global economy and strengthened ties with Asia and America, died May 16 at his home in Sydney.

Georgie Anne Geyer, 84, a reporter and syndicated columnist who, at a time when most foreign correspondents were men, interviewed Fidel Castro and Saddam Hussein, was embedded with leftist guerrillas in Guatemala and covered trouble spots all over the globe, died May 15 in Washington. No cause was disclosed.

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