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  1. Obama gives Medal of Freedom to sports, rock stars (who embrace mannequin challenge)


    WASHINGTON — For the last time before he leaves office, President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday, bestowing it on 21 stars of Silicon Valley, Hollywood, sports and …

  2. When it comes to the national anthem, allegiance runs deep

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    TAMPA — Just about noon on a Tuesday, and Mission BBQ is packed. Diners swab forks of pulled pork through pools of Memphis Belle sauce. Football highlights cycle overhead on TV.

  3. Dress that Marilyn Monroe wore while singing Happy Birthday to President Kennedy sells for $4.8 million


    LOS ANGELES — Officials say a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe as she famously sang "Happy Birthday" to President John. F. Kennedy has sold for nearly $5 million at a Los Angeles auction.

  4. Bob Dylan is not going to Stockholm to pick up his Nobel Prize


    COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Bob Dylan won't be coming to Stockholm to pick up his 2016 Nobel Prize for literature at the Dec. 10 prize ceremony, the Swedish Academy said Wednesday.

  5. Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson named People's 'Sexiest Man Alive'


    NEW YORK — Former WWE champ Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson can add People's "Sexiest Man Alive" title to his list of accomplishments.

  6. Leonard Cohen, singer-songwriter of love, death and philosophical longing, dies at 82


    Leonard Cohen, a singer-songwriter whose literary sensibility and elegant dissections of desire made him one of popular music's most influential and admired figures for four decades, has died. He was 82.

  7. Column: Pop culture and politics, a match made on stage


    Come. Sit down on the leather sofa. Close your eyes and I'll get the kettle on. Now, spill.

    How bad is your election fatigue?

  8. Bob Dylan, Bill Murray and Henry Kissinger: When honorees don't want their prize


    On Sunday night, the ever-elusive Bill Murray is expected to take the stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and accept the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, an award he actively avoided receiving. Last week he told The Washington Post's Geoff Edgers, "I really thought if I don't answer the phone …

    Bob Dylan before being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington, on May 29, 2012. [Associated Press file]
  9. Critical Conversation: Colette Bancroft and Jay Cridlin on Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize (with video)

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    What does it mean that Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature? Times Book Critic Colette Bancroft and Pop Music/Culture Critic Jay Cridlin weigh in.


  10. Why is Kim Kardashian mocked as a victim of a violent crime?

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    What has bubbled up in the aftermath of the Kim Kardashian robbery — armed robbers forced their way into a private Paris residence where Kim Kardashian West was staying, tied her up and locked her in a bathroom before making off with more than $10 million worth of jewelry — is a geyser of schadenfreude, as …