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Million-selling ‘Zen’ author Pirsig dies at age of 88

NEW YORK — Robert M. Pirsig, whose novel “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” became a millionselling classic after more than 100 publishers turned it down, has died.

Pirsig’s publishing house, William Morrow, announced that he died Monday at his home in South Benwick, Maine. He was 88 and had been in failing health.

“Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” was published in 1974 and based on a motorcycle trip Pirsig took in the late 1960s with his son, Chris.

Chobani yogurt company sues host Alex Jones

BOISE, Idaho — Greek yogurt giant Chobani is suing right-wing radio host Alex Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company.

Chobani alleges Jones and his InfoWars website posted fabricated stories earlier this month that linked Chobani owner Hamdi Ulukaya and the company to a sexual assault case involving refugee children.

The complaint says InfoWars released a video on April 11 falsely claiming Chobani was “importing migrant rapists,” with the goal of causing customers to boycott its products.

Chobani’s attorneys say Jones has ignored requests to remove the inaccurate coverage.

Chobani filed the lawsuit Monday in Idaho District Court in Twin Falls, where the company operates its largest yogurt plant in the world. It’s seeking $10,000 in damages.

InfoWars didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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