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Updated November 22, 2021 at 3:20 PM ET

What was supposed to be a joyous occasion in Waukesha, Wis., turned to tragedy Sunday afternoon when the driver of an SUV plowed into a crowd of people at the city's annual Christmas parade.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been unearthing hilarious and heartwarming photos of creatures basically being their best selves since 2015.

And this year is no exception. The recently announced winners and finalists of the 2021 competition include a visibly uncomfortable monkey, a trio of gossipy raccoons, a joyful bird reunion, gravity-defying fish and an all-powerful prairie dog.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has a pitch for law enforcement officers across the country, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status: Join the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

"Our force is one of the most professional in the country," he said in a video released Wednesday. "And we won't get between you and your doctor."

Apple customers who want to fix their own devices will soon have access to the necessary parts and tools as part of a new self-service repair program.

One of Los Angeles' most iconic sports and entertainment venues is rebranding after two decades.

The Staples Center will go from bearing the name of an office supply retail chain to that of a cryptocurrency platform when it becomes the Crypto.com Arena next month.

New York City's Times Square rang in the year 2021 with a virtual ball-dropping celebration, as coronavirus cases climbed across the U.S.

Now the party's back on, thanks to COVID-19 vaccines. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday that Times Square will be open for celebrations this New Year's Eve — but only to fully vaccinated revelers.

The film that brought the wizarding world to life — from Hogwarts to Hedwig to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named — is now 20 years old.

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" premiered on Nov. 16, 2001, four years after the series' first book hit the shelves.

Updated November 15, 2021 at 4:38 PM ET

Steve Bannon, former President Donald Trump's onetime top adviser who was indicted last week for defying a congressional subpoena related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, surrendered to federal authorities and appeared in court on Monday.

Bannon turned himself in at the FBI's Washington field office and addressed his supporters in brief remarks livestreamed on Gettr, the social media platform popular with Trump allies.

Updated November 15, 2021 at 3:03 PM ET

Police are investigating a deadly car explosion in the English city of Liverpool as a terrorist incident, British authorities said on Monday.

Updated November 11, 2021 at 12:39 PM ET

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley was the first lawmaker to publicly vow to challenge the 2020 presidential election results, and memorably raised his fist in solidarity with protesters outside the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Since its creation in 1921, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has drawn crowds of tourists to Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the unidentified service members who died in U.S. conflicts.

Members of the public don't typically get to walk directly on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier Plaza, however — that's a privilege reserved for sentinels of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, or The Old Guard.

But for the first time in nearly a century, visitors are allowed to walk on the plaza and lay flowers in front of the tomb as part of a two-day centennial event.

Critics are slamming Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona for sharing an altered anime video in which he kills Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and swings swords at President Biden.

Gosar shared the video from both his personal and professional Twitter accounts Sunday, writing, "Any anime fans out there?" in the latter. Twitter has not removed the tweets but instead hid them from view, with users required to click on a label in order to see it.

Singapore's government has been covering the medical bills of COVID-19 patients throughout the pandemic. But it says unvaccinated people will soon be on their own.

Those who are "unvaccinated by choice" will have to start paying for their own COVID-19 treatment starting Dec. 8, the Ministry of Health announced on Monday, citing the strain they are putting on the nation's health care system.

Big Bird ruffled some conservatives' feathers this weekend by announcing that he had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

At least eight people are dead and many more injured after a crowd rushed the stage at rapper Travis Scott's music festival Astroworld in Houston.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the "mass casualty event," which unfolded at an outdoor performance by Scott at the festival on Friday night.

Updated November 4, 2021 at 12:10 PM ET

We don't want to be Grinches, but we do want to give you a heads-up about some important holiday news: Christmas trees may be harder to find than usual.

Jami Warner, the executive director of the American Christmas Tree Association, tells NPR that both environmental and economic factors are to blame.

Australian police have rescued Cleo Smith, a 4-year-old girl who went missing from her family's camping tent more than two weeks ago in a disappearance that gripped the nation.

She was found "alive and well" and has since been reunited with her parents, said Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch of the Western Australia Police Force. He credited the work of police with bringing about the much prayed-for outcome.

Swedish pop sensation ABBA is delaying promotion of their highly-anticipated comeback tour after two people died at a tribute concert on Tuesday.

"In light of the tragic news at the tribute concert in Sweden last night, we have decided to hold off on releasing our concert trailer until tomorrow," the band tweeted on Wednesday.

Updated November 3, 2021 at 10:01 AM ET

People of color made history on election night in 2021, bringing diversity to leadership roles in some of America's biggest cities, and in some states as well.

Boston, New York, Pittsburgh and Dearborn, Mich., were among the places that a majority of voters embraced minority candidates.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is asking the state's association of school boards to "ensure no child is exposed to pornography or other inappropriate content in a Texas public school," in the latest Republican attempt to dictate what can and can't be taught in classrooms.

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