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Tampa Bay Buccaneers release Antonio Brown after Sunday's mid-game walkout

Four days after Antonio Brown dramatically threw off his pads and jersey and walked off the football field mid-game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially released the wide receiver.

"While Antonio did receive treatment on his ankle and was listed on the injury report the week leading up to last Sunday's game, he was cleared to play by our medical team prior to the start of the game and at no point during the game did he indicate to our medical personnel that he could not play," the team said in a statement issued Thursday.


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'The Last Picture Show' director Peter Bogdanovich has died at 82

Updated January 6, 2022 at 3:35 PM ET

Writer, director, actor and film historian Peter Bogdanovich has died age 82. His death was confirmed to NPR by his manager Fred Specktor.


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Republicans criticize Ted Cruz for calling Jan. 6 a violent terrorist attack

On the eve of the Jan. 6 anniversary, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz called the riot "a violent terrorist attack on the Capitol," drawing the ire of several Republican pundits, including Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson.


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Short-staffed and COVID-battered, U.S. hospitals are hiring more foreign nurses

Before Mary Venus was offered a nursing job at a hospital in Billings, Mont., she'd never heard of Billings or visited the United States. A native of the Philippines, she researched her prospective move via the internet, set aside her angst about the cold Montana winters and took the job, sight unseen.


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Read President Biden's Jan. 6 speech in full

Without uttering former President Donald Trump's name, President Biden issued a scathing critique of his predecessor on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Biden condemned the attack on the U.S. Capitol, undertaken by Trump supporters one year ago, and said Trump himself spun a "web of lies" about the 2020 presidential election that fueled the violence.


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A man who allegedly stole hundreds of unpublished book manuscripts now faces charges

Updated January 6, 2022 at 12:44 PM ET

For five years, a man who worked in publishing tricked authors and industry insiders into sending him hundreds of unpublished manuscripts, including one from a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, according to federal authorities.


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Morgan Wallen and Adele topped music sales in 2021, according to a year-end report.

News flash: we've had a lot more time to consume music during the pandemic. While many in-person concerts were canceled or postponed, our devices allowed us to stream our favorite tunes, dance in TikTok videos and, with a click, buy music we can hold in our hands.

According to MRC Data's 2021 U.S. Year-End Report, the big winners of 2021 were Morgan Wallen, Adele, world music, old favorites and vinyl. The annual report is presented in collaboration with Billboard.


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Sister of slain security officer sues Facebook over killing tied to Boogaloo movement

The sister of a federal security officer who was fatally shot while guarding a courthouse during George Floyd-related protests has sued Facebook, accusing the tech giant of playing a role in radicalizing the alleged shooter.


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COVID testing FAQ: When to test, what kind of test to use and what your results mean

Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here.


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One year after the Jan. 6 insurrection, signs of a nation deeper in peril

Even the vigils speak to our differences.

As the nation reflects on the year since a violent mob attempted to stop the certification of election results, there will be gatherings for those who believe the attack was an attempted coup and who are alarmed by the passage of restrictive voting rules in several states.


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