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Pop culture blackout: Melania Trump missing from magazine covers, TV appearances

Few first ladies have been more prepared for their close-ups than Melania Trump. Yet the former model has not graced the cover of Vogue, Glamour or Cosmopolitan during her husband’s first 20 months in office. Neither has she yukked it up with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel or other late-night TV hosts.

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- Associated Press

China raised tariffs Monday on thousands of U.S. goods in an escalation of its fight with President Donald Trump over technology policy and accused Washington of bullying Beijing and damaging the global economy.

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Judge to decide if Cosby goes to prison for '04 sex assault

- Associated Press

Bill Cosby faced the start of a sentencing hearing Monday at which a judge will decide how to punish the 81-year-old comedian who blazed the trail for other black entertainers and donated millions to black causes but preyed on at least one young woman and perhaps many more.

New president of technology college prepares to tackle role

- Associated Press

President Jim Rankin didn't drive his motorcycle to work one recent morning due to rain, but he's otherwise settled into his new role as president of a college in western South Dakota.

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- Associated Press

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FILE- In this Oct. 21, 2008 file photo, mounted city of Miami police line up in front of the famed Freedom Tower as they wait for a rally with then Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at Bicentennial Park in Miami. A preservation group is inviting the public to vote on twenty sites across the country, including the Freedom Tower, that showcase the nation's diversity and the fight for equality as part of a $2 million historic preservation campaign.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

$2 million in preservation grants aim to highlight diversity

- Associated Press

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- Associated Press

Rivers swelling with the floodwaters of former Hurricane Florence are threatening to swamp communities near the South Carolina coast, leaving thousands ready to evacuate.

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