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A person prepares to administer a Pfizer COVID vaccine at a clinic in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2021. Merriam-Webster has chosen "vaccine" as the word of the year, citing a sustained surge in lookups. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Actor Jussie Smollett, center, arriving at Leighton Criminal Court in Chicago in July. at the Building on July 14, 2021, in Chicago. Stacey Wescott/Tribune News Service via Getty Images hide caption

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Jury selection begins today in Jussie Smollett criminal trial

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The future of abortion, always a contentious issue, is up at the Supreme Court on Dec. 1. Arguments are planned challenging Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the court's major decisions over the last half-century that guarantee a woman's right to an abortion nationwide. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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As the Supreme Court considers Roe v. Wade, a look at how abortion became legal

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Virgil Abloh was the artistic director for Louis Vuitton menswear and the founder of the label Off-White. He died on Sunday after a private battle with cancer. He was 41. Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Qatar Museums hide caption

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Following the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant, the United Kingdom imposed new restrictions on arriving travelers from South Africa and other southern African countries. The U.S. is implementing similar restrictions starting Monday. Hollie Adams/Getty Images hide caption

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Vezna Hang and his son. Hang fell so ill with COVID-19 before being vaccinated that he needed a double lung transplant. He now encourages other people to get the shot. Vezna Hang hide caption

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Once rare, lung transplants for COVID-19 patients are rising quickly

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People walk by a hiring sign in a store window in New York on Nov. 17. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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How understaffed are stores? Smaller retailers feel the holiday-shopping strain

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Jennifer Beecher, left, and her sister-in-law Ashley Beecher, right, enjoy going shopping on Black Friday at Best Buy, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Houston. This year is the first time the pair has arrived before dawn to shop. T Marie D. De Jesús/Houston Chronicle/AP hide caption

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An oil well works at sunrise Aug. 25, 2021, in Watford City, N.D., part of McKenzie County. The Biden administration on Friday, Nov. 26, called for an overhaul of the nation's oil and gas leasing program. Matthew Brown/AP hide caption

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Hollins University was founded in 1842 on the principle that "young women require the same thorough and rigid training as that afforded to young men." Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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A sign promote sales at a clothing store in a Colorado mall. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Yes, we are shopping way more than ever

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Rob Gann puts on his clown makeup in the backstage locker room at the Adirondack Stampede Rodeo in Glens Falls, N.Y. M. Scott Brauer for NPR hide caption

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Meet the Arkansas cowboy who found a new life as a rodeo clown

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Police walk by an inflated helium balloon of Grogu, also known as Baby Yoda, from the Star Wars show The Mandalorian, on Wednesday in New York, as the balloon is readied for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday. Ted Shaffrey/AP hide caption

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Supporters of Native Americans pause following a prayer during the 38th National Day of Mourning at Coles Hill in Plymouth, Mass., on Nov. 22, 2007. Denouncing centuries of racism and mistreatment of Indigenous people, members of Native American tribes from around New England will gather on Thanksgiving 2021 for a solemn National Day of Mourning observance. Lisa Poole/AP hide caption

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Darrell Brooks, left, speaks with a lawyer during his initial appearance, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wis. Brooks is charged with intentional homicide after SUV was driven into a Christmas parade. Mark Hoffman/AP hide caption

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There's a backlash brewing against bail reform after the parade tragedy in Waukesha

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From left to right: Marcus Arbery, father of Ahmaud Arbery; attorney Ben Crump; Rev. Al Sharpton; Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery; and attorney Lee Merritt address the media following guilty verdicts for the defendants in the trial of the killers of Ahmaud Arbery on Wednesday in Brunswick, Ga. Sean Rayford/Getty Images hide caption

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