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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 and among the highest ever for a nonfiction book.

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In this Thursday, May 3, 2018 photo, Bruce Carver Boynton speaks at his home in Selma, Ala. Boynton, a civil rights pioneer from Alabama who inspired the landmark “Freedom Rides" of 1961, has died. He was 83. Former Alabama state Sen. Hank Sanders, a friend of Boynton’s, confirmed his passin…

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This Jan. 23, 2019 photo released by ACLU of Montana, shows Martha "Mimi" Hernandez, left, and Ana Suda in Havre, Mont. Hernandez and Suda, both U.S. citizens, have settled their lawsuit with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. They were detained by an agent who said he was questioning them …

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two women who were detained in northern Montana by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents for speaking Spanish while shopping at a convenience store have reached an undisclosed monetary settlement in their lawsuit against the agency, the ACLU of Montana announced Tuesday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court affirmed a 55-year prison term Tuesday for a member of the MS-13 gang who organized the killings of four teenagers in a Long Island park when he was 15 — but it also expressed regret that the end of parole for federal prisoners means he won't have incentive t…

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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2020 file photo, a resident walking through a flooded street looks back at storm damage caused by Hurricane Eta in Planeta, Honduras. Flooded out Honduran and Guatemalan families stranded on rooftops in the most marginalized neighborhoods after the passage of hurricane…

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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2020 file photo, a rescue dog and his handler search for survivors amid the destruction caused by a massive, rain-fueled landslide in the village of Queja, in Guatemala, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta. The storm made landfall on Nov. 3 in Nicaragua but left a p…

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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2020 file photo, volunteer firefighters rush to a waiting helicopter to load emergency aid to be transported to a nearby zone where residents are believed buried by a massive, rain-fueled landslide, during search and rescue efforts, in San Cristobal Verapaz, in the aft…

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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, a pregnant woman is carried out of an area flooded by water brought by Hurricane Eta in Planeta, Honduras. Thousands of homes were damaged and the infamous gang violence has not relented in Honduras, where some residents said gangs were charging a tax …

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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2020 file photo, a person stands inside a building next to bodies recovered from a massive, rain-fueled landslide in the village of Queja, in Guatemala, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta. Felipe Del Cid, America's chief of operations for the IFRC, spoke of a “trip…

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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2020 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, speaks about economic recovery at The Queen theater, in Wilmington, Del. Amid the new coronavirus pandemic that has devastated the continent for eight months, U.S. voters el…

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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2020 file photo, migrants ride on the back of a freight truck that slowed down to give them an opportunity to jump on in Rio Dulce, Guatemala. Mauro Verzzeletti, director of the Casa del Migrante in Guatemala City, said the storms Eta and Iota will increase poverty on …

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SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — At a shelter in this northern Honduran city, Lilian Gabriela Santos Sarmiento says back-to-back hurricanes that hit with devastating fury this month have overturned her life. Her home in what was once a pretty neighborhood in nearby La Lima was destroyed by flooding.

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This Nov. 18, 2020 photo provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety shows a metal monolith installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock in Utah. The smooth, tall structure was found during a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep in southeastern Utah, officials said Monday. State w…

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This Nov. 18, 2020 photo provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety shows a Utah state worker inspecting a metal monolith that was found installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock in Utah. The smooth, tall structure was found during a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep in sou…

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This Nov. 18, 2020 photo provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety shows Utah state workers checking out a metal monolith that was found installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock in Utah. The smooth, tall structure was found during a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep in so…

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This Nov. 18, 2020 photo provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety shows Utah state workers walking near a metal monolith in the ground in a remote area of red rock in Utah. The smooth, tall structure was found during a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep in southeastern Utah, official…

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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 a…

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FILE - President Donald Trump gestures to moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News during 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: …

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FILE - Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News speaks as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden listens during the first presidential debate in Cleveland on Sept. 29, 2020. Leaders of the Commission on Presidential Debates and moderators of all three debates gathered f…

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President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris introduce their nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.

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Bartender Kellie Mottiqua prepares drinks, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, at Bridgetown Taphouse in Ambridge, Penn. Earlier in the day, with the state's surge in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine announced a series of orders and advisor…

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Waiters and bartenders are being thrown out of work – again – as governors and local officials shut down indoor dining and drinking establishments to combat the nationwide surge in coronavirus infections that is overwhelming hospitals and dashing hopes for a quick economic recovery.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has banned the disposal of toxic firefighting foam by incineration in certain cities after environmental groups raised concerns about an Albany-area firm that had incinerated foam for two years under a Department of Defense contract.

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MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — A prominent Black Kentucky artist whose painted memories of rural life in Kentucky are featured in U.S. and European museums and in the collections of well-known personalities including Oprah Winfrey, has died. Helen LaFrance was 101 years old.

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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 Eu…

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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.

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A traveler adjusts her mask while waiting to check in for her flight at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. About 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes over the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health…

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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.

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FILE - In this April 15, 2018, file photo, Miranda Lambert performs "Keeper of the Flame" at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Lambert was nominated for a Grammy for best country album. Other nominees in that category include Brandy Clark, Ashley McBryde and Ingri…

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This combination photo shows actresses Renee Zellweger, left, and Meryl Streep, who are both nominated for Grammy Awards. Zellweger, who won an Academy Award for her role as Judy Garland in “Judy," earned a Grammy nomination for best traditional pop vocal album for her performance on the sou…

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FILE — In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, John Prine performs at the Americana Honors & Awards show in Nashville, Tenn. The icon earned two posthumous Grammy nominations, including best American Roots performance and best American Roots song for “I Remember Everything." Prine died April…

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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept 18, 2014, file photo, Leonard Cohen attends a listening party for his new album "Popular Problems" in New York. Cohen has earned multiple posthumous Grammy nominations since his death in 2016 and is nominated this year for best folk album with “Thanks for the Da…

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This combination photo shows Megan Thee Stallion, from left, Mickey Guyton and Harry Styles, who, along with the Strokes, Jay Electronica, and Michael Kiwanuka, received first-ever Grammy Award nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020 photo, Mickey Guyton is photographed during a remote portrait session with the photographer in New York and subject in Los Angeles. Reflecting the current times, Black artists released songs this year about the Black Lives Matter movement and the international pro…

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FILE - In this May 15, 2019 file photo, Juice WRLD performs in concert during his "Death Race for Love Tour" at The Skyline Stage at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The 21-track album "Legends Never Die" set several records when it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 2…

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FILE - Luke Combs performs at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 7, 2019. Combs, who dominated the country charts and was streamed heavily on streaming services, was surprisingly shut out of the Grammy Award nominations this year.

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This image released by Disney Plus shows Beyonce Knowles, center, in a scene from her visual album "Black is King." The pop star scored multiple Grammy nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine nominations.

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This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, left, and Dua Lipa at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch each earned six Grammy nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020.