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This aerial photo shows the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, N.M., on Oct. 23. Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of a Western being filmed at the ranch last Thursday, killing the cinematographer, officials said. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Ed Sheeran, pictured in 2018 at the Berlin International Film Festival, says he has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 just days ahead of the release of his fourth album. Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images hide caption

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A fisherman sails with his son in an outrigger. They live in a village on the Willaumez Peninsula on New Britain Island, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea. David Doubilet hide caption

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Candles surround a photo of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during a vigil on Oct. 23 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The American Film Institute established a scholarship in honor of Hutchins, who was killed by a prop gun on the set of the movie "Rust" last week. Sam Wasson/Getty Images hide caption

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Martha Lillard needed a large respirator called an iron lung to recover from polio, which she caught in 1953. She still uses a form of the device at nights. Courtesy of Martha Lillard hide caption

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Decades after polio, Martha is among the last to still rely on an iron lung to breathe

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State of Terror, by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny Simon & Schuster hide caption

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In this new political thriller, a familiar pantsuited figure saves democracy

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50 years ago, 'The Electric Company' used comedy to boost kids' reading skills

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Horror author Stephen King has been scaring audiences for generations. Jim Spellman/WireImage hide caption

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New Mexico residents attend a candlelight vigil to honor cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in Albuquerque, N.M. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Hutchins was fatally shot on Thursday on the set of a Western filmed in Santa Fe, N.M. Andres Leighton/AP hide caption

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The fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins is prompting calls to ban real guns from sets

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Issa Rae stars in HBO's 'Insecure.' Glen Wilson/HBO hide caption

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HBO's 'Insecure' soars by staying true to its revolutionary mission

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'Wait Wait' for Oct. 23, 2021: Ron and Clint Howard play Not My Job

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Jeff Tweedy, Nick Offerman and George Saunders at Glacier National Park. Jon Maret hide caption

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Nick Offerman on why he finds solace in the outdoors

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Television journalist Katie Couric's new memoir, Going There, is a behind-the-scenes look at her personal life and professional strife in the years she anchored top morning news shows. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Little, Brown and Company hide caption

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Katie Couric goes behind the scenes in the cutthroat world of morning TV news

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Alec Baldwin speaks on the phone in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office in Santa Fe, N.M., after he was questioned about a shooting on the set of the film "Rust" on the outskirts of Santa Fe on Thursday. Jim Weber/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP hide caption

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