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Lee Elder, the first Black golfer to play in the Masters Tournament, has died.

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Going to turn now to Francis Collins. He's the director of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Collins, good morning.

FRANCIS COLLINS: Good morning, A. Glad to be with you.

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"Park Hill was a pretty nice environment — the buildings were very clean and they had doormen, intercoms in order to get in the building," recalls Raekwon, the legendary rapper best known as a core member of the canonical Wu-Tang Clan, of some early memories.

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Canadian British Columbia experienced both a heat wave and wildfires this past summer. Now it is having record rainfall. Here's Emma Jacobs reporting from the Fraser Valley.

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All right. With us now is Dr. Margaret Harris. She is a public health doctor and a spokesperson for the World Health Organization.

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MARGARET HARRIS: Good morning, Noel.

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What do China, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have in common? The answer might not be as obvious as you think. But all three countries are accused of human rights violations, and all three are also playing host to some of the largest and most lucrative sporting events in the world.

China is hosting the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Qatar is putting on next year's soccer World Cup and Saudi Arabia has invested heavily in staging high-profile, international sporting events.

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Congress returns from a holiday break with a full plate of must-pass legislation. Democrats face some pretty big deadlines during a make or break month to pass the rest of President Biden's Build Back Better agenda.

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Infectious disease experts have said this again and again - the pandemic isn't over.

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Now they say the omicron variant is proof of exactly that.

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For more than 20 years the performance artist known as Reverend Billy — real name, Bill Talen — has been crusading against consumerism in New York and abroad. I first met him in early 2000, when I recorded his attempt to exorcise a cash register in the Disney Store on Times Square.

"People, tourists, listen to me," Reverend Billy called out in the flagship store. "Mickey Mouse is the anti-Christ. This is the devil!"

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A new coronavirus variant identified in South Africa has officials around the globe rushing to learn more.

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Michelle Butler of Eutaw, Ala., doesn't have to think too hard to know what she's grateful for this Thanksgiving. Many of her family members are getting to meet her son Curtis for the first time.

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