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Beyoncé has already won two Grammys on Sunday, bringing her a step closer in her pursuit of being the most decorated artist in the show’s history. During the Grammys pre-telecast ceremony, Beyoncé won for the first time ever in the best dance-electronic music recording category for “Break My Soul.” She also won for best traditional R&B performance for “Plastic Off the Sofa.” Viola Davis achieved the status of EGOT — a term for those who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony — after her win for best audio book, narration and storytelling recording. The actor gave an emotional speech and emphatically said “I just EGOT” after collecting her award.

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A smoldering fire has persisted in a tangle of dozens of freight cars, some carrying hazardous materials, that derailed in Ohio near the Pennsylvania state line. An evacuation order remained in effect and environmental authorities kept a wary eye on air quality monitors. About 50 cars derailed in East Palestine at about 9 p.m. Friday. No injuries to crew, residents or first responders have been reported. East Palestine officials said emergency responders were monitoring but keeping their distance from the fire. Officials say the evacuation zone covered a 1-mile-radius. Schools and village offices will be closed Monday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled that a federal law prohibiting people who use marijuana from owning firearms is unconstitutional, the latest challenge to firearms regulations after the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority set new standards for reviewing the n…

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The founder of an educational program for at-risk youth in Des Moines says he will remain “all in on helping kids that are not reachable in so many peoples’ eyes” after he was wounded in last month’s shooting that killed two of his students. Forty-nine-year-old Will Keeps made his first public comments about the Iowa shooting this weekend in a video released by the police department. In the video, Keeps' cast-covered right arm was held up by a blue sling, and a walker sat next to his chair. He is a former Chicago gang member who founded the Starts Right Here program. Two teens have been charged with murder in the Jan. 23 shooting.

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — A former NFL player was arrested on a misdemeanor driving under the influence charge after troopers say his vehicle rear-ended a pick-up truck that was on the side of a South Florida highway because of a flat tire, injuring the truck's driver who had been standing outside.

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Charles Kimbrough, a Tony- and Emmy-nominated actor who played a straight-laced news anchor opposite Candice Bergen on “Murphy Brown,” has died. He was 86. The New York Times first reported his death and his son confirmed it Sunday to The Associated Press. He died Jan. 11 in Culver City, California. Kimbrough played newsman Jim Dial across the 10 seasons of CBS hit sitcom “Murphy Brown” between 1988 and 1998, earning an Emmy nomination in 1990 for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series. He reprised the role for three episodes in the 2018 reboot. He was born May 23, 1936. His agents did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Pope Francis is planning to visit India next year and is studying a possible trip to Mongolia later this year. Francis outlined his upcoming travel schedule during his flight back to Rome from South Sudan, confirming also that he would be in Lisbon, Portugal for World Youth Day the first week of August and in Marseille, France on Sept. 23. Without providing details, Francis said he thought he would visit India in 2024, after preliminary plans for a trip in 2017 fell apart.

TOPEKA — Buhler teacher Sam Neill worked late into the night Sunday, Jan. 29, networking with fellow teachers to sculpt a testimony that would adequately describe the issues educators are facing statewide. After making the two and half hour drive into Topeka to give lawmakers her opinion on educational issues in the state on Monday, […]

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Two abducted children who had been missing from Missouri for almost a year were found in a central Florida grocery store with their non-custodial mother, who was taken into police custody. Kristi Gilley was arrested last Wednesday on an out-of-state fugitive warrant. Court records show Gilley remained in jail on Sunday. Police officers in High Springs, Florida found Gilley and the two children in a Winn Dixie super market after running a routine vehicle tag check that indicated the vehicle’s owner was a fugitive. The children had been missing from Clay County, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City, since last March.

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Tyre Nichols’ mother and Memphis police chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis are two women caught on different sides of a tragedy. For RowVaughn Wells, she must deal with the pain of her son’s death, and the gut-wrenching knowledge that he was being beaten by five police officers steps away from their house as he screamed “Mom! Mom!" For Davis, the first woman chosen to lead the Memphis Police Department, Tyre's killing forced her to manage the aftermath amid loud calls to change the culture of the department. Tyre Nichols died Jan, 10, three days after a violent arrest that was captured on police video.

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The downing of a suspected Chinese spy balloon just off South Carolina’s coast created a spectacle over one of the state’s tourism hubs and drew crowds reacting with a mixture of bewildered gazing, distress and cheering.

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