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Exposé of Asian Slave Labor Among Winners of 2016 Pulitzer Prize

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FILE - In this April 3, 2015 photo, rescued Burmese fishermen raise their hands as they are asked who among them wants to go home.

FILE - In this April 3, 2015 photo, rescued Burmese fishermen raise their hands as they are asked who among them wants to go home.

An exposé of slave labor in the Southeast Asian seafood industry and breaking news coverage of the San Bernardino terrorist shootings are among the winners of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize.

This is the 100th year the prizes for journalism, books, drama and music have been awarded.

The Associated Press was given the Public Service award for its investigation of how shrimp and fish processors in Indonesia used slave labor from Myanmar to produce food eaten across the United States and Europe.

The series resulted in freedom for about 2,000 men.

The Los Angeles Times won for breaking news coverage of last year's massacre of 14 people by husband and wife terrorists in San Bernardino, California.

Other prizes went to The New York Times for reports on the lives of misery suffered by Afghan women and the Thomson Reuters news agency for its photographs of refugees.

Author Joby Warrick won the non-fiction prize for his book Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, and the prize for fiction went to Vietnamese-born Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer -- an acclaimed novel set after the fall of South Vietnam in 1975.

The Pulitzer Prizes were founded by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer in 1917 and are awarded every year by Columbia University in New York.

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