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NEW YORK — A completed and unpublished Michael Crichton novel, recently discovered by his widow, is coming out next year.

HarperCollins Publishers told The Associated Press on Thursday that “Dragon Teeth” is scheduled for May 2017. According to HarperCollins, the book is based on the rivalry between 19th century paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh as both explored fossils in the American West.

“The story unfolds through the adventures of a young fictional character named William Johnson who is apprenticed first to one, then to the other and not only makes discoveries of historic proportion, but transforms into an inspiring hero only Crichton could have imagined,” the publisher said.

Sherri Crichton found the book in her late husband’s archives and thinks it was inspired by his correspondence with Professor Edwin H. Colbert, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History.

NEW YORK — Prince’s family says an official tribute concert honoring the late icon will take place in October in the singer’s hometown of Minneapolis.

In a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, Prince’s family said the concert will be held on Oct. 13 at the U.S. Bank Stadium.

Performers will soon be announced on a rolling basis. Tickets will go on sale next month.

Prince died April 21 of a drug overdose. The Purple One’s brothers and sisters said in a joint statement that they “have been moved by the tremendous love and support of Prince’s friends and fans around the world.”

“We are excited for the opportunity to bring everyone together for the official family celebration of Prince’s life, music and legacy, and there is no better place to do it than his hometown of Minneapolis,” the statement read. “We are honored by the artists who will pay tribute and grateful to those that have worked so hard to make this celebration possible.”

NEW YORK — MTV is rebranding VH1 Classic as MTV Classic and says the channel plans to serve up heaps of nostalgia for fans of “Beavis and Butt-head,” “Daria,” “Total Request Live,” and other MTV staples.

MTV says the channel will have “a special focus on the 1990s and early 2000s.” In addition to full-season marathons of “The Real World,” “Road Rules” and “Laguna Beach,” MTV says the channel will feature prime-time programming blocks that include episodes of “Cribs,” “Punk’d” and others. “MTV Unplugged” episodes that MTV says haven’t been aired in years also will be rerun.

MTV Classic will debut on Aug. 1, 35 years to the day of MTV’s debut. It’s first show will be “MTV Hour One,” a rebroadcast of MTV’s first hour of programming from 1981.

Associated Press