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Salman Rushdie recovering from attack; author off ventilator, talking | USA TODAY


The suspect accused of stabbing Salman Rushdie on stage before a lecture in New York pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault charges.
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Salman Rushdie, “The Satanic Verses” author who was stabbed Friday as he prepared to give a lecture in upstate New York, has been taken off a ventilator and is able to talk.

The USA TODAY best-selling writer, whose work has previously led to death threats, suffered wounds to the neck and abdomen when an assailant attacked him as he was about to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York.

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