1. PAYDAY

    Amanda Knox Sells Book for $4 Million

    ** RECROP OF XAC119 ** American murder suspect Amanda Knox, center, is escorted by Italian penitentiary police officers from Perugia's court after a hearing, central Italy, Tuesday Sept. 16, 2008. A judge in Perugia is leading a hearing Tuesday on a request for trial for Knox and two other suspects in the 2007 slaying of British student Meredith Kercher in this university town in Umbria. Suspect Amanda Knox, who is from Seattle, showed up in court, but her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito did not. The third suspect, Rudy Hermann Guede, an African who lives in Perugia, was attending the hearing. All three deny wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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    Just five months ago, Amanda Knox was sitting in an Italian jail, convicted of murder. Now she’s free, back in Seattle—and picking up a $4 million paycheck for her memoir, according to The New York Times. Publishing house HarperCollins won a fierce bidding war for her story, which is reported to start only with her arrest and imprisonment for Meredith Kercher’s murder. (She’s not expected to write about the night Kercher was killed.) Though Knox is a polarizing figure, her book is sure to gain attention, especially since new legal troubles have sprung up: Italian prosecutors recently appealed to have her conviction reinstated by the nation’s highest court.

    Read it at The New York Times