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Zimbabweans gathered in large numbers in downtown Harare on Saturday demanding the resignation of beleaguered President Robert Mugabe. Mugabe, 93, made his first public appearance on Friday since he and his wife put under house arrest by Zimbabwe’s army earlier this week. The army denied staging a military coup and said “normalcy” would soon return after it completed its “mission” of rooting out “criminals” who were targeting the nation’s leader. According to reports, the catalyst for the takeover was the firing of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe accused of plotting to take over from him.

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The Museum of the Bible opens to the public Saturday in Washington, D.C., with a mission to fascinate, educate and — depending on your perspective — evangelize about Christianity’s holy book. Located within sight of the U.S. Capitol, the 430,000-square-foot building includes 1,600 artifacts including Elvis Presley’s Bible. The museum’s original mission was “to inspire confidence in the absolute authority and reliability of the Bible,” but officials say it’s now simply to showcase Christian ideals. 

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Bruno Mars is up for eight awards at the American Music Awards (8 p.m. Nov. 19 on ABC), while the Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and the Weeknd all earned five nominations each. The fan-voted AMAs have an all-male lineup this year competing for the top prize: Artist of the Year (Mars vs. Chainsmokers vs. Drake vs. Lamar vs. Sheeran). Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi received four nominations apiece, including favorite pop/rock song for their mega-hit “Despacito.”The legendary Diana Ross is set to make a rare performance to accept the Lifetime Achievement award. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. hits the track one last time Sunday at the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He is credited for carrying NASCAR where it rarely had been — to the pages of Rolling Stone and Playboy, to The New York Times bestseller list, to the stages of entertainment awards shows  —  despite never reaching the Everest-like heights of his father. Junior will retire from the sport as a superstar in his own right, with many memorable and sentimental trips to Victory Lane. As Dale Jr. takes his final laps, four drivers — Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex, Jr. — will compete for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup championship. Truex is the favorite but it’s never a guarantee when it’s one race for all the marbles. 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks to USA TODAY Sports about his legacy, his incredible fan support and his future.
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Contributing: The Associated Press

 

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