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It’s a beacon of hope and it’s a politicized issue. Merriam Webster’s 2021 word of the year is …
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It’s a beacon of hope and it’s a politicized issue. Merriam Webster’s 2021 word of the year is …

Merriam-Webster just announced its Word of the Year. For some, it is a symbol of hope and health. For others, it’s a representation of a politicized issue. But as everyone can agree, the word is everywhere and it’s controversial. “Vaccine” is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year. The word was selected based on lookup data, notable…More

Dayton mass shooter acted alone in 2019 attack and was fueled by an ‘enduring fascination with mass violence,’ FBI says
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Dayton mass shooter acted alone in 2019 attack and was fueled by an ‘enduring fascination with mass violence,’ FBI says

The FBI in Cincinnati said Monday that an investigation into the 2019 Dayton, Ohio, mass shooting found the gunman acted alone and was not aligned with a specific ideological group. “The evidence from the extensive investigation indicated the perpetrator, Connor Betts, was solely responsible for the injuries and deaths that were a result of his…More

Get started on ‘Giving Tuesday’ with five high-impact charities you’ve probably never heard of
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Get started on ‘Giving Tuesday’ with five high-impact charities you’ve probably never heard of

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two intense days of discounts and deals ironically following a day of thanks. But don’t forget Giving Tuesday, five days after Thanksgiving. Since 2012, Giving Tuesday has become a day of heightened generosity when people give to their favorite charities. “A lot of people look at Giving…More

How a once struggling deaf football team rode a historic season to a championship game
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How a once struggling deaf football team rode a historic season to a championship game

Founded 68 years ago, the Cubs, the football team of the California School for the Deaf Riverside, had never reached a championship game. “I mean, the team stunk, quite honestly,” Jordy Valencia, the team’s 6-foot-2 starting wide receiver told CNN. “CSDR were often viewed as kind of a laughingstock, right, we’re always gonna have these…More

Jussie Smollett’s trial has started. This is how we got here
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Jussie Smollett’s trial has started. This is how we got here

Jury selection started Monday in the trial of former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, who is accused of making false reports to authorities that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in 2019. Smollett, 39, was indicted on six counts last year by a Cook County, Illinois, grand jury, but the actor has…More

Who is Ghislaine Maxwell? Socialite and ex-girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein goes on trial
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Who is Ghislaine Maxwell? Socialite and ex-girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein goes on trial

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has gained global notoriety as the former girlfriend and social companion of the convicted pedophile and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Now, after more than a year in federal custody, she faces trial on sex trafficking charges in New York. The 59-year-old has pleaded not guilty to all counts. Maxwell is charged…More

Trial of Jussie Smollett, accused of lying to police about an alleged hate crime, opened Monday with jury selection
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Trial of Jussie Smollett, accused of lying to police about an alleged hate crime, opened Monday with jury selection

The long road in the Jussie Smollett case finally reached trial Monday in Chicago, more than two years after police first alleged the actor lied about being the victim of a hate crime and wrongfully diverted weeks of investigative manpower. The former “Empire” actor, who is Black and gay, has repeatedly denied staging an attack…More

Beverly Hills police say they’re investigating anti-Semitic flyers distributed one night before the beginning of Hanukkah
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Beverly Hills police say they’re investigating anti-Semitic flyers distributed one night before the beginning of Hanukkah

Police in Beverly Hills, California, have launched an investigation after residents received anti-Jewish hate speech flyers ahead of the first night of Hanukkah, the department said Sunday. The flyers were likely distributed overnight in what police are calling a “hate incident,” according to a statement from the Beverly Hills Police Department. Police said they received…More

Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial begins Monday. Prosecutors allege she created a network of underage victims for Jeffrey Epstein
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Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial begins Monday. Prosecutors allege she created a network of underage victims for Jeffrey Epstein

The public will get a glimpse into the life of the late Jeffrey Epstein as the sex-trafficking trial of his longtime companion Ghislaine Maxwell gets underway. A group of 12 jurors and six alternates was empaneled Monday in a federal courtroom in Manhattan, and opening statements are set to begin in the afternoon. Federal prosecutors…More

A University of Nevada Las Vegas student dies days after participating in fraternity charity boxing match
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A University of Nevada Las Vegas student dies days after participating in fraternity charity boxing match

A University of Nevada Las Vegas student died just days after participating in a fraternity’s charity boxing match where he collapsed soon after the fight, according to statements from the university and his family’s attorney. In what the school described as “a tragic incident,” Nathan Tyler Valencia, 20, died Tuesday, four days after participating in…More

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BTS is touring again after two years and very happy about it
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BTS is touring again after two years and very happy about it

BTS made a triumphant return to Los Angeles over the weekend. The international sensation kicked off their “Permission to Dance” tour on Saturday at the SoFi Stadium. Thousands of the K-pop group’s fans, who call themselves the “Army,” packed the stadium to watch RM, Jin, V, J-Hope, Suga, Jimin and Jungkook dazzle with their dance…More

Channing Tatum and his abs to return with new moves in ‘Magic Mike 3’

Channing Tatum and his abs to return with new moves in ‘Magic Mike 3’

Channing Tatum is back as Magic Mike. He’s set to star in the third installment in the film franchise, titled “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” which will debut exclusively on HBO Max. Tatum tweeted the news that he would resume his titular role in the film, writing, “Well world, looks like Mike Lane’s tapping back in.”…More

Joy Behar faces backlash for Thanksgiving coming out advice
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Joy Behar faces backlash for Thanksgiving coming out advice

Joy Behar offered up some life advice that was not well received by some. During a recent episode of “The View,” the comic weighed in on a conversation about talking politics over Thanksgiving dinner. Behar suggested that gay people who haven’t come out to their families yet do so. “I’d like to suggest to everybody…More

Elliot Page posts impressive six pack on Instagram
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Elliot Page posts impressive six pack on Instagram

We see you thirst trapping, Elliot Page! The actor, who uses the pronouns his/they, posted a shirtless selfie Sunday showing off a burgeoning six pack. “Oh good my new phone works,” the caption reads. Last year the “Juno” star shared that they are transgender and identify as non-binary. “Non-binary” is a term used to describe…More

Soul Train Awards 2021: The winners list
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Soul Train Awards 2021: The winners list

BET presented the 20201 Soul Train Awards that aired Sunday night. The awards ceremony celebrated the dance show “Soul Train’s” 50th anniversary and for the first time was held at the legendary Apollo in Harlem, New York. Bffs and former “Martin” costars Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold returned as co-hosts for this year’s awards. R&B/Soul…More

Tony Bennett, 95, leaves his heart onstage in a moving final concert with Lady Gaga
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Tony Bennett, 95, leaves his heart onstage in a moving final concert with Lady Gaga

Tony Bennett won over generations of fans crooning “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” And on his 95th birthday, the beloved singer left his heart on the stage of Radio City Music Hall. Six months after Bennett and his family revealed he is suffering from Alzheimer’s, Bennett sang alongside Lady Gaga before sold-out crowds…More

Lindsay Lohan announces she is engaged

Lindsay Lohan announces she is engaged

Actress Lindsay Lohan announced she is engaged to Bader Shammas in a series of cuddly Instagram photos on Sunday morning. “My love. My life. My family. My future,” Lohan wrote on her verified Instagram account, tagging Shammas and adding a diamond ring emoji. The post features four low-resolution photos showing the two in a happy…More

Stanley Tucci and John Krasinski spent Thanksgiving together
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Stanley Tucci and John Krasinski spent Thanksgiving together

Stanley Tucci and John Krasinski had a Thanksgiving Day filled with brotherly love. The author of “The Tucci Cookbook” and host of CNN’s “Searching for Italy” is married to literary agent Felicity Blunt, while Krasinski’s wife is actress Emily Blunt. They’re brothers-in-law married to the British siblings. “Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours,” Tucci…More

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