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Actress Cloris Leachman portrayed women of wit and sass over a seven-decade career. She won an Oscar and nine Emmys, and her career was relentlessly inventive. The actress died Wednesday in Encinitas, Calif., of natural causes, according to her press representative, Monique Moss. She was 94.

In the early days of the pandemic, hip-hop producers Swizz Beats and Timbaland created a music industry monster: Verzuz, a live-on-Instagram music battle show that broke livestreaming records on social media. Now, the Caribbean has responded with its own version.

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We know a number of off-duty police took part in the Trump rally on January 6, which turned into a siege on the U.S. Capitol. A Houston officer who allegedly entered the Capitol now faces federal charges. He has resigned. And other police departments are investigating whether any of their officers broke the law in Washington, D.C. But they're also deciding if the events at the Capitol changed where to draw the line for officers when it comes to politics and free speech. NPR's Martin Kaste reports.

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In the early days of the pandemic, hip-hop producers Timbaland and Swizz Beats created a music industry monster. It's called Verzuz, and it's a live-on-Instagram music battle that has blown up on social media. Well, the Caribbean followed with its own version of the show - appropriate since it's the latest chapter in a long-running exchange between Caribbean music and African American culture. Baz Dreisinger reports from Barbados.

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In the early days of the pandemic, hip-hop producers Timbaland and Swizz Beats created a music industry monster. It's called Verzuz, and it's a live-on-Instagram music battle that has blown up on social media. Well, the Caribbean followed with its own version of the show - appropriate since it's the latest chapter in a long-running exchange between Caribbean music and African American culture. Baz Dreisinger reports from Barbados.

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President Biden announced a plan today to boost the supply of COVID-19 vaccines. He says the government is buying 200 million more and that it's working with states to get them out efficiently. Here to talk about these plans is NPR's Pien Huang.

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Sixty-four years ago, residents of this tiny town in southwestern Kansas set a public health example by making it the first in the nation to be fully inoculated against polio.

It's a different story today.

People in Protection, like those in many rural communities, stand divided over how to slow the spread of the coronavirus and the safety of the vaccines being rolled out to protect them.

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This has been an exciting day in the world of children's literature. NPR's Neda Ulaby tells us about the winners of the annual Newbery and Caldecott medals announced this morning in a ceremony that took place, of course, online.

During a career spanning more than six decades, Cicely Tyson has brought to life iconic roles in theater, film and television — from Sounder to The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman to Roots to How to Get Away with Murder. They've offered previously unseen images of the sweep and humanity of Black life.

And now, in a new memoir, Just as I Am, she finally sets forth her improbable journey, from the typing pool at the Red Cross to award-winning actor and icon of style.

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