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December 4, 2018

2018 was the year of Drake on Apple Music.

On Tuesday, Apple Music released its "Best of 2018" list, revealing that the rapper was the most-streamed artist on the service. Drake's album Scorpion took the top spot, and he had three of the five most popular songs: "God's Plan" came in first, followed by "Nice for What" in second and "In My Feelings" in fourth.

Post Malone had the other two top songs — "Rockstar" and "Psycho" — and the second-most streamed album, Beerbongs & Bentleys. Albums by Cardi B, XXXTentacion, and Travis Scott rounded out the top five. Catherine Garcia

April 1, 2018

With a stunning finish, Notre Dame defeated Mississippi State in the NCAA women's basketball championship game Sunday night, 61-58.

Right before the buzzer, Notre Dame junior Arike Ogunbowale made a 3-point shot, giving the Fighting Irish the win. Ogunbowale finished the game with 18 points, and was named Most Outstanding Player. This is the second national title for Notre Dame's women's team, following their win in 2001. Catherine Garcia

December 29, 2016

When you're marrying the co-founder of Reddit, it just makes sense you'll announce your engagement on r/isaidyes.

Tennis superstar Serena Williams posted a poem on the forum, sharing that she came home to find a bag packed for a trip to Rome, where Alexis Ohanian was waiting for her at "the same table where we first met by chance." He got down on one knee, and "said four words. And I said yes." Ohanian shared Williams' account of their engagement on his Facebook page, with the simple caption, "She said yes" (he also responded to her Reddit post, saying she made him "the happiest man on the planet"). It was first reported in October 2015 that the pair were dating, but they have kept their relationship largely out of the spotlight — until now. Catherine Garcia

June 5, 2016

Miss District of Columbia Deshauna Barber was crowned Miss USA Sunday night in Las Vegas.

Barber is a 26-year-old Army officer who fielded a question about women in combat. As a member of the military, Barber said she believes "we are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I'm powerful, I am dedicated. Gender does not limit us in the United States." Miss Georgia Emanii Davis was second runner-up and Miss Hawaii Chelsea Hardin was runner-up. Barber will now compete in the Miss Universe pageant. Catherine Garcia

November 18, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates' bestseller Between the World and Me won the National Book Award for nonfiction Wednesday night.

Coates said the book was dedicated to his friend Prince Jones Jr., who was killed by a Virginia police officer in 2000 "because he was mistaken for a criminal," USA Today reports. The fiction prize went to Adam Johnson for Fortune Smiles, a collection of stories, and Neal Shusterman's Challenger Deep received the Young People's Literature Award. Shusterman was inspired to write the book by his son, Brendan, who has anxiety, and he said he hopes Challenger Deep will help "remove the stigma of mental illness." Robin Coste Lewis was awarded the poetry prize for her first book, Voyage of the Sable Venus.

Novelist Don DeLillo received the 2015 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation, and James Patterson, creator of the Alex Cross series, was honored with the 2015 Literation Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. Catherine Garcia

November 6, 2014

The next director of the CERN laboratory, Fabiola Gianotti, will be the first woman to lead the European Organization for Nuclear Research, located outside of Geneva.

Gianotti was the leader of one of two teams that discovered the Higgs boson, or God particle, at CERN, The New York Times reports. The 52-year-old will begin her new role at the end of 2015, when current director Rolf-Dieter Heuer leaves. CERN is best known for being home to the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator. Catherine Garcia

November 4, 2014

It was an early Veterans Day honor: On Monday, brothers Ramon and Sal Navarro received their high school diplomas, years after they enlisted in the military and were unable to finish their education.

Ramon Navarro, a Korean War veteran, said he had been "chasing after my diploma for 60 years," and to finally get it was exciting. Sal Navarro, a Vietnam War veteran, was proud to receive his diploma at the same time as Ramon. "I've always looked up to my brother," he said.

The Navarros were joined by 10 other veterans in San Bernardino County, California, who were given their high school diplomas through the Operation Recognition Veterans Diploma Project. The men fought in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. The program not only allows veterans to get their diplomas, but also those who were unable to finish high school due to internment during World War II.

Alvino Orozco, a Korean War veteran, spends most of his time in a wheelchair, but he wanted to stand on this momentous occasion. "It felt good to stand up and receive something," he said. "I had no expectation, and didn't know it would be this good. It was really a thrill." Watch a clip of the Navarros and Orozco receiving their diplomas below. --Catherine Garcia

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