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Holiday Rom-Coms Go Beyond Diversity To Center New Christmas Stars

2020 has given us an unprecedented number of new Christmas movies centering on characters who used to be, at most, sidekicks in holiday fare.

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Cornwall's Tavern's owners Pam and John Beale are in survival mode. They're thinking a short-term pause in business, as COVID-19 infections surge, could allow them to reopen strong next year. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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'Not A Lot To Celebrate' For Boston Restaurant Trying To Survive The Pandemic

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Rep. Deb Haaland would be the country's first Native American Cabinet secretary. She opposed many Trump environmental rollbacks on public lands and considers climate change "the challenge of our lifetime." Juan Labreche/AP hide caption

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In Historic Move, Biden To Pick Native American Rep. Haaland As Interior Secretary

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Bent (Roi's Song) DIIV
Yr Not Far DIIV

August Wilson at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo., in 2004. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc hide caption

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'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' Shines A Light On August Wilson's Vision

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Deep Henderson Nick Hollywood

Rukmini Callimachi and colleague Andy Mills pose with their Peabody Award for Caliphate at the 78th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony in May 2019. The New York Times says it is returning the award. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Peabody hide caption

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'New York Times' Retracts Core Of Hit Podcast Series 'Caliphate' On ISIS

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Sharron Cohen (second from left) with her husband David Cohen, and son Nathan Cohen with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the steps of the Supreme Court building in 1999. Sharron Cohen hide caption

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RBG Imparted This To Plaintiff In Gender Equality Case: 'It's All Right To Be A Hero'

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Elegiac Bryan Copeland
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A Sugar & Spice Holiday, starring Jacky Lai and Tony Giroux, is Lifetime's first Chinese American Christmas romantic comedy. Kailey Schwerman/Courtesy of Lifetime 2020 hide caption

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Holiday Rom-Coms Go Beyond Diversity To Center New Christmas Stars

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All I Want for Christmas Is You Mariah Carey
Carol of the Bells Marcus Roberts Trio
Friday I'm in Love The Imaginary Trio

Rimrock Junior/Senior High School in Bruneau, Idaho. Despite recent outbreaks that forced temporary closures, the Bruneau-Grand View school board in Idaho voted down a mask mandate in November. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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A Rural School Under Pressure To Stay Open: 'People Are Just ... Rough And Tough'

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Protesters carrying signs about the census gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2019. Immigrant rights advocates have vowed to continue fighting President Trump's proposal. Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Supreme Court Punts Census Case, Giving Trump An Iffy Chance To Alter Numbers

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