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Last year, a man known as Tony Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison on federal drug trafficking charges. Now, that was in the U.S. But he's also a former congressman in Honduras, where his brother is the country's outgoing president.

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Today when we reached Lisa Desjardins of the PBS NewsHour, she was, let's say, multitasking.

LISA DESJARDINS: I'm so sorry. This is actually crazy. I have a good excuse. First of all...

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Nearly a year ago, on January 6, we saw harrowing images of protesters storming the U.S. Capitol. But we also heard stories of heroism from inside the building.

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We sing in stairwells. That's the tagline of the Dallas-based a cappella group Kings Return.

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KINGS RETURN: (Singing) Ave Maria.

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'Tis the season - mushroom season, that is. A pair of fungus foragers, who live in California's Humboldt County - that's north of San Francisco - recently pulled in more than 200 pounds of chanterelles.

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: (Singing) Born in the USA. I was born in the USA.

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Updated December 12, 2021 at 2:48 PM ET

The fictional Roy family on HBO's Succession is one of the most dysfunctional to ever grace the silver screen.

The family is in a constant battle for control of the global media and entertainment company Waystar Royco. And as they continually stab each other in the back, Waystar General Counsel and acting CEO Gerri Kellman is always there to keep the motley crew on track.

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We're going to take you back 20 years now, just weeks after 9/11. The U.S. is on edge. The FBI is one of many government agencies tracking down leads connected to the attacks.

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Back in the summer of 1998, there were not just one, but two different action movies in which Earth is threatened by asteroids.

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By now, you've likely heard of the metaverse.

Last month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg sent everyone running to their dictionaries to figure out what he was talking about when he said Facebook was changing its name to Meta and declared the metaverse not only the next chapter for his company, but "the next chapter for the internet."

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Calvin was always a boy — but the world did not recognize him that way.

That's the story in the new children's book Calvin. Authors JR and Vanessa Ford show how their young protagonist navigates the complicated feelings of being a transgender kid and how he comes into expressing who he really is, with illustrations from Kayla Harren.

The Fords are also parents to two children, one who is trans and inspired this book. Ellie first raised the topic shortly after their 5th birthday — the family is now six years into their journey.

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