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FILE - In this April 4, 2016 file photo, Sheila Nevins, left, Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt and Liz Garbus attend the premiere of "Nothing Left Unsaid" at the Time Warner Center in New York. Nevins, who has run HBO's documentary unit for 38 years and has been a key gatekeeper in the making of its nonfiction films says she will be stepping down early in 2018. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
December 17, 2017 - 12:53 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The woman who has run HBO's documentary unit for 38 years and has been a key gatekeeper in the making of its nonfiction films says she will be stepping down early next year. Sheila Nevins has worked on productions that have won 32 Emmy Awards, 42 Peabody Awards and 26 Academy Awards...
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A firefighter takes a cell phone picture during a wildfire Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Montecito, Calif. The so-called Thomas Fire is now the third-largest in California history. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
December 16, 2017 - 10:59 pm
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into "a ghost town" as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California's history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito. The mandatory evacuations around Montecito...
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FILE - This Nov. 19, 2013 file photo shows a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logo at the agency's federal headquarters in Atlanta. Reacting to a Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 story in The Washington Post, health leaders say they are alarmed that officials at the CDC, the nation's top public health agency, are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including "fetus," ''transgender" and "science-based." (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
December 16, 2017 - 9:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation's top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including "fetus," ''transgender" and "science-based." The health community was reacting to a...
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FILE - This Nov. 19, 2013 file photo shows a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logo at the agency's federal headquarters in Atlanta. Reacting to a Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 story in The Washington Post, health leaders say they are alarmed that officials at the CDC, the nation's top public health agency, are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including "fetus," ''transgender" and "science-based." (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
December 16, 2017 - 9:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation's top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including "fetus," ''transgender" and "science-based." The health community was reacting to a...
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This undated photo provided by Custer State Park shows burros walking in the park prior to a late season wildfire there. Nine burros that are a favorite of visitors to South Dakota's Custer State Park have been burned by the wildfire and it's not known if all of them will survive, a park official said Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. The park reported that all nine burros had been found — a day after three of them were reported missing and feared dead in the wildfire. (Kobee Stalder/Custer State Park via AP)
December 16, 2017 - 8:44 pm
Nine burros that are a favorite of visitors to South Dakota's Custer State Park have been burned in a wildfire and it's not known if all of them will survive, a park official said Saturday. The park reported Saturday morning that all nine burros had been found — a day after three of them were...
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Firefighters from Kern County, Calif., work to put out hot spots during a wildfire Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Montecito, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
December 16, 2017 - 6:39 pm
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into "a ghost town" as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California's history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito. The mandatory evacuations around Montecito...
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December 16, 2017 - 6:03 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — "A Prairie Home Companion" has been given a new name — "Live from Here" — in the wake of creator Garrison Keillor's acrimonious split with Minnesota Public Radio. Chris Thile, the mandolin virtuoso who has hosted the weekly variety show since Keillor's retirement last year,...
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Maame Biney reacts during a medal ceremony after winning women's 500-meter A final race during the U.S. Olympic short track speedskating trials Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Kearns, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
December 16, 2017 - 6:02 pm
KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Maame Biney became the first black woman to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speedskating team with a pair of victories in the 500 meters. The 17-year-old native of Ghana cruised to victory in the first 500 final at the short track trials on Saturday, beating Olympians Lana Gehring,...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2016 file photo, Rep.-elect Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., right, speaks with reporters as Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. The first-term congressman announced Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, that he won’t seek re-election but said he’ll serve out his current term as he continued to deny allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
December 16, 2017 - 5:49 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — First-term Democratic Congressman Ruben Kihuen of Nevada, who is at the center of sexual harassment allegations, announced Saturday he won't seek re-election. Kihuen's announcement came a day after the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into whether Kihuen "may have...
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December 16, 2017 - 5:40 pm
CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — Nine burros that are a favorite of visitors to South Dakota's Custer State Park have been burned in a wildfire and it's not known if they will survive. Park visitor services program manager Kobee Stalder says Saturday that the burros are being treated by a veterinarian. He says...
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