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Issa Rae urges participation in Small Business Saturday

Issa Rae believes now is the time to support small businesses more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic
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FILE - Issa Rae poses for a portrait in New York on Aug. 8, 2018. The “Insecure" star is urging people to shop locally as part of Small Business Saturday, a couple days after Thanksgiving. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)
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Correction: Jeopardy-Jennings story

In a story November 23, 2020, about Ken Jennings becoming be first interim “Jeopardy!”
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This image released by ABS shows contestant Ken Jennings with a trophy on "JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time." Jennings will be the first interim guest for the late Alex Trebek, and the show will try other guest hosts before naming a permanent replacement. (Eric McCandless/ABC via AP)
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Bad Bunny caps week of awards and Grammy-noms with new album

Bad Bunny caps a week of awards and Grammy nominations with the release of his fourth studio album, “The Last Tour of the World.”
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FILE - Bad Bunny performs a medley at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 25, 2019. Bad Bunny, who has nine nominations at the 2020 Latin Grammys, will also perform at the awards show on Nov. 19. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File)
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Jeezy evolves from 'Trap or Die' mantra to empowerment

Fresh off his record-breaking Verzuz event with real-life rival Gucci Mane, rapper Jeezy is back with “The Recession 2,” a follow-up to 2008’s hit album “The Recession.”
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Jeezy poses for a portrait on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 in Atlanta. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP)
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Disney to lay off 4,000 more employees amid pandemic

The Walt Disney Co. is announcing plans to lay off 4,000 more employees largely due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
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FILE - In this Thursday, July 2, 2020, file photo, cars drive under a sign greeting visitors near the entrance to Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Walt Disney Co. is announcing plans to lay off 4,000 more workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on the industry. The company has been limiting attendance at its parks and changing protocols to allow for social distancing. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
November 27

Cher to visit Pakistan to help 'world's loneliest elephant'

An animal welfare group says the iconic singer Cher is set to visit Pakistan.
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FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2020, file photo, Dr. Amir Khalil, a veterinary from the international animal welfare organization "Four Paws" comforts to an elephant named "Kaavan" during his examination at the Maragzar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. Iconic singer and actress Cher was set to visit Pakistan on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 to celebrate the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant,” who will leave his Pakistani zoo for better conditions after years of lobbying by animal rights groups and activists. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)
November 27

Jerry Seinfeld digs into 45 years of his jokes for new book

The high-end sports cars, the luxury automobiles
November 27
FILE - Jerry Seinfeld arrives at the CFDA Fashion Awards at the Brooklyn Museum in New York on June 4, 2018. In Seinfeld's new book, “Is This Anything?” Seinfeld reveals a timeline of jokes he's written over the past 45 years, showing how a 21-year-old kid from New York's Long Island evolved into arguably one of the greatest stand-up comics of his time. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
November 27

A new doc peeks inside the USPS’s Operation Santa program

Every year, hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa go through the USPS system, asking for everything from toys to food
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This image released by IFC Films shows a scene from the documentary "Dear Santa." (IFC Films via AP)
November 26

James Wolfensohn, former World Bank president, dies at 86

James Wolfensohn, who served as the president of the World Bank for 10 years, has died
November 26
FILE- In this Non. 16, 2008, file photo, James Wolfensohn, former president of The World Bank, delivers a speech during the Leaders in Dubai Business Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Wolfensohn, who served as the president of the World Bank for 10 years, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at his home in New York. He was 86. (AP Photo/Nousha Salimi, File)
November 26

Hijab-wearing Somali-US model takes step back from industry

Somali-American model Halima Aden has announced that she is taking a step back from the fashion industry, saying the pandemic slowdown has allowed her to see instances when her desire to maintain a hijab was not properly respected
November 26
FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2017 file photo, Somali-American model Halima Aden wears a creation part of the Max Mara women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy. Somali-American model Halima Aden has announced that she is taking a step back from the fashion industry, saying that the pandemic slowdown has given her time to see instances when her desire to maintain a hijab was not properly respected. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno).
November 25

Duchess of Sussex reveals she had miscarriage in the summer

She gave a personal account of the experience in hope of helping others.
November 25
FILE - Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the annual Endeavour Fund Awards in London on March 5, 2020. The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that she had a miscarriage in July. Meghan described the experience in an opinion piece in the New York Times on Wednesday. She wrote: "I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second." The former Meghan Markle and husband Prince Harry have a son, Archie, born in 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
November 25

Justice Department appeals, seeking to replace Trump in suit

The Justice Department says it's appealing a judge's refusal to let the United States replace President Donald Trump as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit by a woman who says he raped her in the 1990s
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Review: Melissa McCarthy in 'Superintelligence'

Melissa McCarthy's checkered track record starring in films directed by her husband, Ben Falcone, continues in the new comedy “Superintelligence."
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This image released by HBI Max shows Bobby Cannavale, left, and Melissa McCarthy in a scene from "Superintelligence." (Hopper Stone/HBO Max via AP)
November 25

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to march on despite pandemic

The pandemic may have upended most traditions this holiday season, but the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will march on with balloons, dancers, floats, Broadway shows and Santa all heavily tweaked for safety
November 25
FILE - The Elf on the Shelf balloon floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York in New York on Nov. 22, 2012. The pandemic may have upended most traditions this holiday season but the annual New York City parade will still march on with balloons, dancers, floats, Broadway shows and Santa — albeit this time heavily tweaked for safety. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
November 25

UK judge refuses Depp permission to appeal libel ruling

A judge has refused Johnny Depp permission to appeal against a British court’s ruling that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard
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Penguin to buy Simon & Schuster, create publishing giant

German media giant Bertelsmann says that its Penguin Random House division is buying rival Simon & Schuster
November 25
FILE -- This March 13, 2003 file photo shows an exterior view of the German media giant Bertelsmann in Guetersloh, Germany. German media giant Bertelsmann said Wednesday that it is buying publisher Simon & Schuster from ViacomCBS for $2.17 billion in cash. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
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USA Today Best-Selling Books for the week ending November 22, 2020
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Review: 'Ma Rainey' is Boseman's final, perhaps finest gift

The late Chadwick Boseman gives a performance both devastating and electric — and arguably his finest — in “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,” a screen adaptation of the 1982 play by August Wilson, lovingly directed by George C
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This image released by Netflix shows Michael Potts, from left, Chadwick Boseman and Colman Domingo in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." (David Lee/Netflix via AP)
November 25

The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever

Until recently, Hollywood's big-budget spectacles have largely tried to wait out COVID-19
November 25
This combination photo shows Gal Gadot in a scene from the Warner Bros. Pictures film "Wonder Woman 1984," left, and Yifei Liu in a scene from Disney's "Mulan." (Warner Bros. via AP, left, and Disney via AP)
November 25

The Weeknd criticizes Grammys over nominations snub

The Weeknd angrily slammed the Grammys, calling the collective “corrupt” after the pop star received zero nominations despite having multiple hits this year
November 25
FILE - The Weeknd performs on day three at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug 4, 2018. The Weeknd, who was nominated for eight American Music Awards, was completely shut out of the Grammys, earning zero nominations despite having a No. 1 album. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)
November 25

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Audible best-sellers for week ending Nov. 22nd
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Kaley Cuoco judged a book by its cover for her new TV series

After 12 seasons on CBS' “The Big Bang Theory,” Kaley Cuoco stumbled on her latest role while online
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BTS band members, fans welcome its first Grammy nomination

K-pop band BTS has earned its first Grammy nomination, a long-awaited feat for the South Korean act that has been reshaping the global pop landscape with record-breaking songs and well-mobilized fans
November 25
FILE - Members of BTS perform at the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration in New York on Dec. 31, 2019. The K-pop band is nominated for a Grammy Award for best pop duo/group performance with “Dynamite," their first song to hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (Photo by Ben Hider/Invision/AP, File)
November 25

Barack Obama to be honored next month by PEN America

Former President Barack Obama is already a million-selling author and also a prize-winning author
November 25
FILE - Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, at Turner Field in Atlanta. Obama, already a million-selling author, is also a prize winning author. PEN America announced Wednesday, Nov. 25, that Obama will receive its second annual Voice of Influence Award in recognition of how his writings “have traversed political, social, and ideological bounds and framed a self-reflective humanism that has marked his influence on public life.” (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
November 24

A 'Black Parade' Grammys: Beyoncé leads with 9 nominations

Beyoncé is bringing her black parade to the Grammys: The pop star’s anthem about Black pride scored multiple nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine
November 24
FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Beyonce poses in the press room at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The pop star scored multiple Grammy nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine nominations. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
November 24

Fox News, family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich settle suit

Fox News has reached a settlement with the parents of Seth Rich, a former Democratic National Committee employee who was killed in 2016
November 24
FILE- In this Aug. 1, 2017 file photo, people pass the News Corporation headquarters building and Fox News studios in New York. The parents of slain Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich have reached a settlement of their lawsuit that alleged Fox News exploited their son's death in stories and commentary. Both sides confirmed the settlement on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
November 24

Review: A breezy, lighthearted rom-com in ‘Happiest Season’

In the new rom-com “Happiest Season," Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis star as Abby and Harper, a happy couple living in Pittsburgh whose lives are thrown into chaos when Harper invites Abby back to her parents' home for the holidays
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This image released by Hulu shows Mackenzie Davis, left, and Kristen Stewart in a scene from "Happiest Season." (Hulu via AP)
November 24

Fox News viewership slips post-election, prodded by Trump

With his followers prodded by President Donald Trump, Fox News viewership slipped the two weeks after Election Day compared to the two weeks prior
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12 Grammy facts: BTS and Dr. Luke in, The Weeknd out

Tuesday's Grammy Award nominations included numerous surprises and snubs
November 24
Members of South Korean K-pop band BTS pose for photographers during a press conference to introduce their new album "BE" in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. K-pop band BTS has released their highly anticipated new album, which they describe as a “letter of hope.” The band held a socially distanced news conference in Seoul to unveil “BE,” its second album this year. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
November 24

Obama memoir sells a record 1.7 million copies in first week

Former President Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land” sold more than 1.7 million copies in North America in its first week, roughly equal to the combined first week sales of memoirs by his two immediate predecessors
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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2019, file photo shows former President Barack Obama speaking at the My Brother's Keeper Alliance Summit in Oakland, Calif. Obama’s “A Promised Land” sold nearly 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first 24 hours, putting it on track to be the best selling presidential memoir in modern history. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
November 24

BTS, Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa react to Grammy noms

Megan Thee Stallion, BTS and Dua Lipa are some of the music artists sharing reactions after learning about their Grammy nominations
November 24
FILE - BTS arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. The K-pop band is nominated for a Grammy Award for best pop duo/group performance with “Dynamite," their first song to hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
November 24

2021 Grammy Awards: List of nominees in top categories

In the top categories at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, Beyoncé leads all nominees with nine
November 24
FILE - Roddy Ricch performs at the 7th annual BET Experience in Los Angeles on June 21, 2019. Ricch, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa each earned six Grammy nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)
November 24

John Boyega isn't going to 'take the money and shush'

John Boyega has made it clear this year that he isn’t going to bite his tongue
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This image released by Amazon Studios shows John Boyega in a scene from "Red, White and Blue." (Amazon Studios via AP)
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Playful book about The Beatles wins major nonfiction prize

 A book that looks at The Beatles from a playful kaleidoscope of angles has won Britain’s leading nonfiction literary award
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Review: A maximalist family romp in ‘The Croods: A New Age”

Seven years after “The Croods” introduced us to the antics of a prehistoric cave family, they're back, including the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Cloris Leachman for a sequel, “The Croods: A New Age.”
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This image released by DreamWorks shows Grug Crood, voiced by Nicolas Cage, in a scene from the animated film "The Croods: A New Age." (DreamWorks Animation via AP)
November 24

Restorers remove dangerous Notre Dame cathedral scaffolding

Officials say restorers at Paris’ fire-damaged Notre Dame cathedral have completed key preliminary work by successfully removing all the perilous roof scaffolding
November 24
A photograph taken on Nov. 24, 2020, in Paris shows the melted scaffolding on the roof of Notre-Dame cathedral during reconstruction.
November 24

Disastrous first debate is one rerun Fox's Wallace avoids

Fox News' Chris Wallace says he hasn't watched a rerun of the interruption-filled first presidential debate, and “I’m not sure I ever will.”
November 24
FILE - Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News speaks as President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the first presidential debate in Cleveland on Sept. 29, 2020. Leaders of the Commission on Presidential Debates and moderators of all three debates gathered for a remote debrief Monday night. Two takeaways: increased early voting means the commission is considering earlier debates, and the mute button may be here to stay. (Olivier Douliery/Pool via AP, File)
November 24

Helen LaFrance, who painted rural memories, dies at 101

A prominent Black Kentucky artist who painted her memories of rural life has died
November 24
In this photo provided by Bruce Shelton, Painter Helen LaFrance sits under one of her paintings during her 100th birthday party on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Mayfield, Ky. LaFrance, a prominent Black Kentucky artist whose painted memories of rural life in Kentucky are featured in U.S. and European museums and hang on the walls of well-known personalities has died on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020 , according to Brown Funeral Home. (Bruce Shelton via AP)
November 24

Beyoncé leads the Grammy Award nominations with 9 nods, including song and record of the year for “Black Parade”

Beyoncé leads the Grammy Award nominations with 9 nods, including song and record of the year for “Black Parade”
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Trevor Noah to host 2021 Grammy Awards

“The Daily Show” host and comedian Trevor Noah has been tapped to host the 2021 Grammy Awards
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FILE - Trevor Noah arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. Noah has been tapped to host the 2021 Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy made the announcement hours before the nominees for the 2021 show would be revealed. It would mark Noah's first time hosting the Grammys. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
November 24

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Apple Books-Top-10 for week ending 11/22/2020
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Douglas Stuart hopes Booker win helps working-class writers

Fittingly in this year of work-from-home and lockdowns, Douglas Stuart’s life-changing moment came to him on his sofa
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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 file photo, Douglas Stuart speaks at The 2020 Booker Prize Awards Ceremony, at the Roundhouse in London. Fittingly in this year of work-from-home and lockdowns, Douglas Stuart’s life-changing moment came to him on his sofa. The Scottish writer was at home on Manhattan’s Lower East Side when he was announced as the winner of the 2020 Booker Prize last week. (David Parry/PA via AP, File)
November 24

Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn and Chris Columbus save Christmas

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have never felt the pressure to use their unmatched chemistry for the big screen time and time again
November 24
FILE - Kurt Russell, left, and Goldie Hawn appear at the premiere of Hawn's film, "Snatched" in Los Angeles on May 10, 2017. Russell and Hawn star in the holiday film "The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two," premiering Friday on Netflix. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
November 24

Taylor Swift 'folklore' concert film coming to Disney+

A concert film featuring Taylor Swift performing songs from her new album is coming to Disney+
November 24
In this screen shot provided by ABC on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, Taylor Swift accepts the award for artist of the year at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (ABC via AP)
November 24

Darwin notebooks reported stolen from Cambridge library

Cambridge University has launched an appeal to find two valuable notebooks written by Charles Darwin after they were reported as stolen from the university’s library
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Egyptian celeb faces backlash over photo with Israeli singer

An Egyptian celebrity has sparked an uproar after a photo of the actor-singer with an Israeli pop star was posted online
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November 24

Elton John, TikTok team up to educate about AIDS epidemic

The Elton John AIDS Foundation and TikTok are teaming up to raise awareness about the disease through a campaign and live event for World AIDS Day
November 24
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020, file photo, Elton John performs "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," nominated for the award for best original song, from "Rocketman" at the Oscars in Los Angeles. John is opening up his vault and releasing an expansive collection of rarely heard and unreleased tracks. John announced Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, that the eight-CD collection, “Elton: Jewel Box," will be released Nov. 13. The collection includes “Sing Me No Sad Songs,” an unreleased studio demo from 1969. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
November 24

The show must go on: Students put a spin on 'Romeo & Juliet'

High school students in a Boston suburb are making an animated film version of “Romeo & Juliet” after their plans to stage a traditional performance were scuttled this fall by the ongoing pandemic
November 24
While wearing protective masks due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Jim Howard, a drama teacher at Westwood, Mass., High School, center, poses with his student actors outside the school's auditorium after working on their virtual performance of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in Westwood. The production, which would usually be presented onstage, shifted to a virtual audience due to the pandemic. From left are Ryan Kaplan, who portrays the friar, Lucy Vitali, who portrays Juliet, Howard, Cassidy Hall, who portrays the nurse, and Alex Mansour, who portrays Romeo. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
November 24

Netflix to expand production hub in New Mexico

Netflix is pledging an additional $1 billion investment in its production hub in New Mexico
November 24
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, is the entrance to ABQ Studios in Albuquerque, N.M., where Netflix announced at the studio complex that it chose Albuquerque as a new production hub. Netflix is pledging an additional $1 billion investment in its production hub in New Mexico. The company joined government officials Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in announcing its plans. The expansion will add about 300 acres to the existing campus on the southern edge of Albuquerque, making it what officials say will be one of the largest film production facilities in North America. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)