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Christine McVie, the soulful British musician who sang lead on many of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits, has died at 79. The band announced her death on social media Wednesday, saying “there are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie.” No cause of death or other details were immediately provided. McVie was a steady presence and personality in a band known for its frequent lineup changes and volatile personalities. During its peak commercial years, from 1975-80, the band sold tens of millions of records and was an ongoing source of fascination for fans as it transformed personal battles into melodic, compelling songs.

In this week's BloNo Beats, hear from a Bloomington High School physics teacher and hard rock musician who shows her students that it's never too late to follow their dreams.

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The Thanksgiving weekend wasn't just big for turkey, family visits and the Macy's parade. It was a big weekend for sports watching. Fox's Thanksgiving showing of the NFL game between Dallas and the New York Giants reached 42 million people, which the Nielsen company said was the most-watched regular season pro football game ever. The World Cup soccer match between the U.S. and England was the most-watched soccer game on American television ever — even without the Spanish-language simulcast on Telemundo. Fox's coverage of the game reached 15.4 million, while adding in Telemundo viewers brought the count up to nearly 20 million.

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Authorities say a man who has been accused of illegally having a gun at the time that rapper Takeoff was fatally shot last month in Houston has been charged in connection with the case. But during a court hearing Wednesday, prosecutors said the suspect, 22-year-old Cameron Joshua, is not believed to have fired a weapon during Takeoff’s shooting. Joshua is facing a charge of unlawful carrying of a weapon for allegedly having a handgun when the rapper was killed Nov. 1 as gunfire erupted outside of 810 Billiards & Bowling following a private party. Joshua’s attorney Christopher Downey says his client “did not shoot Takeoff.” Prosecutor Matt Gilliam says the investigation into Takeoff's death continues.

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The Prince and Princess of Wales are making their first overseas trip since the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September. The trip that began Wednesday is an occasion for Prince William and his wife, Kate, to show the world as much about who they are not as who they are. With their three-day visit to Boston, the couple hope to demonstrate that they aren’t the last remnants of a dying institution. Their foray is focused on William’s initiative to find the next generation of environmental entrepreneurs and will be supplemented with trips to an anti-poverty program, child development researchers and local flood defenses.

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A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit brought by a former University of Connecticut women’s soccer player who lost her scholarship after giving the middle finger to a television camera. Three judges on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City ruled Wednesday that Noriana Radwan presented sufficient evidence to go to trial on her claim that she was punished more harshly than male athletes who violated conduct rules. A lower court judge dismissed Radwan's lawsuit in 2020. The case returns to the federal trial court. UConn officials say they're confident they will prevail in court.

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The long-rumored memoir-policy book by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is coming out next year. The HarperCollins imprint Broadside will release “The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival” on Feb. 28. Wednesday’s announcement comes in the wake of DeSantis’ decisive reelection victory and will likely add to speculation that he plans a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. Former President Donald Trump has already declared his candidacy and warned DeSantis that he will reveal information “that won’t be very flattering” should the governor oppose him. According to Broadside, DeSantis will cover everything from his childhood to his service in the Iraq War to his years as Florida governor.

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An honorary member of the Buckingham Palace household has resigned after repeatedly asking a Black woman who runs a charity for survivors of domestic abuse what country she “really came from.’’ The conversation was detailed on Twitter by Ngozi Fulani, chief executive of Sistah Space, an east London refuge that provides specialist support for women of African and Caribbean heritage. The incident took place at a reception hosted by Camilla, the queen consort, for women working to fight domestic violence.

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