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Wednesday

An average of about 18.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the South Carolina Gamecocks triumph over the Iowa Hawkeyes in the 2024 NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship on Sunday. Morry Gash/AP hide caption

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Saturday

Storms moving across the United States will make it hard for eclipse chasers to get a clear view of totality — the moment when the moon fully blocks the sun, creating a brilliant crown-like effect. Mark Humphrey/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

Lou Conter, pictured at the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, in 2016, died on Monday. He was the last living survivor of the USS Arizona battleship that exploded and sank during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Craig T. Kojima/AP hide caption

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Monday

Fast-food workers rally for health and safety protections near a McDonald's in Los Angeles, in 2021. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Half a million California workers will get $20 minimum wage, starting today

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Saturday

A McDonald's worker hands food to a customer at a drive-thru window in Los Angeles, on Sept. 28. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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California fast-food workers will get $20 minimum wage, starting Monday

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Tuesday

A lawyer for Sean "Diddy" Combs, pictured in 2018, said the entertainment mogul is the subject of "a witch hunt based on meritless accusations made in civil lawsuits." Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP hide caption

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Monday

Homeland Security officials on Monday conducted coordinated raids of two homes connected to music mogul and entrepreneur Sean "Diddy" Combs. He has recently become the subject of lawsuits alleging sexual assault. Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP hide caption

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Friday

Oprah Winfrey, pictured in January, said she will donate her stake in WeightWatchers and proceeds from any future stock options to the National Museum of African American History and Culture upon her departure from the company's board of directors. Chris Pizzello/AP hide caption

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Wednesday

People flee after gunshots were fired near the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl victory parade on Feb. 14 in Kansas City, Missouri. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Kansas City shooting was not an act of terrorism or homegrown violence, say police

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A stunned iguana lies on the sidewalk after having fallen from a tree on Jan. 6, 2010, in Surfside, Fla. Very cold temperatures can stun the invasive reptiles into a state called brumation. But the iguanas won't necessarily die. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Monday

A significant winter storm from the Mid-South will transition into a strong nor'easter for the Mid-Atlantic and New England on Monday. National Weather Service hide caption

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Friday

The U.S. State Department issued a Level 3 travel advisory for Jamaica, saying "Violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults, and homicides, are common. Sexual assaults occur frequently, including at all-inclusive resorts." Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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Tuesday

Residents stand along a flooded street in Santa Barbara, California, as a powerful atmospheric river pummels the region. The storm has caused landslides, power outages, and road and airport closures across Southern California. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Another atmospheric river has soaked California. What role has climate change played?

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Sunday

A first responder helps a resident evacuate from a neighborhood after a mudslide, Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, in the Beverly Crest area of Los Angeles. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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Thursday

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that up to 86% of new COVID-19 cases stem from the latest mutation, JN.1. The most recent COVID vaccines are expected to help lower chances of serious illness or hospitalization from JN.1. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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