TV picks: Weekend, Nov. 16-18

The huge Black Sunday storm — the worst storm of the decade-long Dust Bowl in the southern Plains — is recounted on "The Dust Bowl."
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“The Dust Bowl”
DOCUMENTARY. The dust storms that decimated farmland in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado in the 1930s are examined in this two-part, four-hour documentary by Ken Burns, who calls the catastrophes America’s worst ecological disaster. Harrowing historian accounts of walls of dirt devastating the Great Plains are made more sobering by vintage newsreel footage and interviews with survivors. Part two airs Monday.
Sunday, 8 p.m., PBS

American Music Awards
SPECIAL. The AMAs celebrate 40 years of honoring music’s Top 40 hit-makers. Taylor Swift and One Direction are slated to perform at the live show, while Rihanna and Nicki Minaj lead nominations. Look out for the Awards’ first-ever winner in the Electronic Dance Music category, to be selected from a pool of nominees that includes David Guetta Calvin Harris and Skrillex.
Sunday, 8 p.m., ABC

“Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess”
KIDS. Disney unleashes yet another princess upon your impressionable daughters. Is it asking too much for “Sofia the First: Once Upon a U.S. President?”
Series premiere, Sunday, 7 p.m., Disney Channel

Christmas movies
Like the holiday decorations at [enter the name of your favorite store here], the deluge of incredibly mushy Christmas movies starts early this year — and to be honest, they’re hard to resist. Marilu Henner and Harry Hamlin star in the sappy “Holiday High School Reunion” about — you guessed it — a high school reunion taking place over the holidays (Saturday, 8 p.m., Lifetime). Meanwhile, Hallmark Channel packs two new feel-good films into this weekend: “Matchmaker Santa” follows a Kris Kringle who plays Cupid to a baker unsure in her love life (Saturday, 8 p.m., Hallmark Channel) and “It’s Christmas, Carol!” is an update on the Charles Dickens classic featuring a Scrooge-y female book publisher visited by her former boss, played by Carrie Fisher (Sunday, 8 p.m., Hallmark Channel).


Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…


Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.


Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.


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Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

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Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

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Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."


'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…


MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox


2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

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2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams…

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams have the best shot at a championship. The Thunder, Clippers, Heat and Rockets lead the way.


2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced


VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.


#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.


Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.


Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.