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  Democrats set to formalize Jaime Harrison as national chair

The Democratic National Committee is set to formally elect Jaime Harrison of South Carolina as chairman on Thursday, signifying an early alignment between newly inaugurated President Joe Biden and state party leaders around the country.

Chinese Embassy Twitter account locked for “dehumanization”

Twin suicide bombings rock central Baghdad, at least 32 dead

  Biden Cabinet: Buttigieg urges big funds for transportation

Hard-luck Maryland town gets a $731.1 million Powerball win

  Biden revokes Trump report promoting ‘patriotic education’

Hotels turn to elopement packages to attract those planning weddings

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  Woman accused of helping steal Pelosi laptop freed from jail

  New president brings a slightly new look to Oval Office

  World leaders laud US return to climate fight under Biden

  Cruise line requires passengers to get COVID vaccine

  Eli Lilly: Drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in nursing homes

  Biden to sign virus measures, requires mask use to travel

  US jobless claims decline to a still-high 900,000

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, lowering claims to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to further job cuts in a raging pandemic.

  Former presidents team up on video honoring Biden

They appeared side by side in the video message, which was recorded as part of the “Celebrating America” inauguration concert.

  Biden’s US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s quick commitment to the WHO — whose response to the pandemic has been criticized by many, but most vociferously by the Trump administration — marks a dramatic and vocal shift toward a more cooperative approach to fighting the pandemic.

  Schwarzenegger on COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Come with me if you want to live’

The actor and former California governor tweeted out a video of himself getting the shot.

Protesters gather, damage Democratic headquarters in Oregon

  Holding hands, couple married 70 years dies from COVID-19 minutes apart

Next up: $730M Powerball prize after no Mega Millions winner

  Siblings abducted from NY foster home found safe in Alabama

Proud Boy organizer arrested in Florida over riot at Capitol

  Military helicopter crash kills 3 in training exercise in NY

  Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises

Biden’s inauguration came at a time of national tumult and uncertainty, a ceremony of resilience as the hallowed American democratic rite unfurled at a U.S. Capitol battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks ago.

  With passion and fashion, Lady Gaga delivers powerful anthem

A slew of glittery celebrities is descending on Washington — virtually or in person — to welcome the new administration.

  World hopes for renewed cooperation under new US president

Many expressed hope Wednesday that Biden would right the world’s largest democracy two weeks after they watched rioters storm the Capitol, shaking the faith of those fighting for democracy in their own countries.

  Keystone XL pipeline halted as Biden revokes permit

The 1,700-mile pipeline was planned to carry roughly 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

  Senate confirms Biden 1st Cabinet pick as Democrats control

Three new Democratic senators have been sworn into office, giving Democrats the majority in the Senate.

  On Day One, Biden targets Trump policies on climate, coronavirus

Biden on Wednesday planned to halt construction on Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall, end the ban on travel from some Muslim-majority countries, rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization and revoke the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, aides said.

  Biden’s first act: Executive orders on pandemic, climate, immigration

In his first official acts as president, Joe Biden is signing executive orders on a broad range of issues, from the coronavirus pandemic to climate change and immigration, to fulfill campaign promises.

  Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman: ‘Even as we grieved, we grew.’

Amanda Gorman read with urgency and assertion as she began by asking “Where can we find light/In this never-ending shade?”

  Trump bids farewell to Washington, hints of comeback

His presidency over, Donald Trump said farewell to Washington on Wednesday.

  Trump frees former aides from ethics pledge, lobbying ban

President Donald Trump, in one of his final acts of office, released current and former members of his administration from the terms of their ethics pledge, which included a five-year ban on lobbying their former agencies.

  FULL TEXT: President Biden’s inaugural address

This is the full prepared text of President Joe Biden’s address delivered Wednesday after he was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States at the U.S Capitol in Washington, D.C.

  Inauguration fashion: Purple, pearls, American designers

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris showcased American designers at their inauguration Wednesday.

  As virus surges, states reporting shortages of vaccine

The shortage of doses comes as the United States marks more than 400,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

Wall Street hits records as hopes build for more stimulus

The hope on Wall Street is that another stimulus plan will help carry the economy until later this year, when more widespread COVID-19 vaccinations get daily life closer to normal.

  GRAPHIC: New York man charged with assaulting officer during Capitol riots

The man was arrested and charged with allegedly assaulting a Metropolitan Police Department officer during Capitol riot.

  Trump pardons ex-boyfriend of deported Russian agent

Paul Erickson, a former conservative operative once romantically linked to Russian agent Maria Butina who was convicted in investment schemes, has been pardoned by President Donald Trump as part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of his White House term.

  Biden’s inauguration goes off with no security issues

Joe Biden was safely sworn in as president in a Washington on edge, two weeks after rioters loyal to former President Donald Trump besieged the Capitol.

  Vice President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

Vice President Kamala Harris broke the barrier Wednesday that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath to hold the nation’s second-highest office.

  Gas explosion rips through Madrid building, killing 4

A powerful explosion apparently caused by a gas leak ripped the facade off a residential building in central Madrid on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring at least two more, according to the mayor.

  Couple gets married in hospital so bride’s dying father can attend

The bride's father had been recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Ex-Arizona official to head to prison for illegal adoptions

A former Arizona politician must report to prison Thursday to begin serving the first of three sentences for running an illegal adoption scheme that paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to come to the U.S. to give up their babies.

  Officer who diverted rioters escorts Harris at inauguration

When Vice President Kamala Harris stepped up to take the oath of office, she was escorted by Eugene Goodman.

  Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others

President Donald Trump pardoned former chief strategist Steve Bannon in the final hours of his White House term as part of a flurry of clemency action that benefited more than 140 people.

Neo-Nazi group to pay $10K to Charlottesville car attack survivor

The $10,000 judgment is not a settlement. But it means the group will pay the sum and be dismissed as a defendant from the lawsuit.

  Facebook has removed thousands of accounts linked to QAnon since August

Facebook said it has removed thousands of accounts and groups linked to QAnon.

  China labels Pompeo ‘doomsday clown’ over genocide claims

Pompeo’s announcement Tuesday doesn’t require any immediate actions, although the U.S. must take the designation into account in formulating policy toward China.

  Woman pregnant with twins survives COVID-19 after 7 weeks in hospital, special therapy

The future mother underwent an intensive therapy called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, which is used for COVID-19 patients who are out of other options.

  Sheriff: Fla. deputy charged with threats after US Capitol attack

The deputy was charged with making written threats to kill, conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism. He was also suspended pending termination.

  Limousine awaited ‘Tiger King’ outside Texas prison but Trump didn’t pardon him

The man known as the "Tiger King" is serving a 22-year prison sentence after he was convicted of multiple charges in 2019.

  Biden marks nation’s COVID grief before inauguration pomp

The sober moment on the eve of Biden's inauguration — typically a celebratory time in Washington when the nation marks the democratic tradition of a peaceful transfer of power — was a measure of the enormity of loss for the nation.

Fierce California winds fan fires, topple trees and trucks

Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people.

  McConnell: Trump ‘provoked’ Capitol siege, mob ‘fed lies’

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday explicitly placed blame on President Donald Trump for the deadly riot at the Capitol, saying the mob was “fed lies” and that the president and others “provoked” those intent on overturning Democrat Joe Biden’s election.

  From Gaga to Garth, Miranda to Moreno: Celebs join inaugural

The inaugural celebration will be pared down, distanced, and much of it virtual.

  Trump wishes new administration luck in farewell video

The White House released Trump's farewell address Tuesday afternoon, a day ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

  @POTUS resets as Twitter juggles presidential accounts

It’s a Twitter user’s worst nightmare: Wake up to find most of your followers gone.

US soldier arrested in alleged plot to blow up NYC 9/11 Memorial

Cole James Bridges of Stow, Ohio, was in custody on charges of attempted material support of a terrorist organization — the Islamic State group — and attempted murder of a military member, said Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for Manhattan federal prosecutors.

  ‘Shameful’: US virus deaths top 400K as Trump leaves office

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 400,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

  Biden immigration plan opposed by GOP, conservative groups

President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration.

  2 Guard members made extremist statements about inauguration

U.S. Secret Service tightened security in and around the Capitol days earlier than usual in preparation, and the city center is essentially on lockdown with streets blocked, high fencing installed and tens of thousands of troops and law enforcement officers stationed around the area.

Stores drop MyPillow after CEO pushes election conspiracies

Mike Lindell, the company CEO and also the face of the brand, said major retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s have dropped his products recently.

  Sales of US Constitution topped 1 million during Trump years

The U.S. Constitution has been a best-seller during the Trump years.

  Georgia certifies Democrats Warnock and Ossoff’s Senate wins

The certification by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger officially seals Warnock and Ossoff’s victories over their Republican opponents in the Jan. 5 runoffs.

  Biden’s nominees promise fresh approach on national security

President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to lead the intelligence community, Avril Haines, promised Tuesday to “speak truth to power" and keep politics out of intelligence agencies to ensure their work is trusted.

Sarah Thomas to be 1st female to officiate at Super Bowl

Sarah Thomas, a down judge, is part of the officiating crew announced Tuesday by the NFL.

  Biden picks 1st transgender person for Senate-confirmed post

President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health.

Man charged with 5 new felonies in Iowa Trump rally shooting

Prosecutors have added five felony weapons and assault counts against a white man already charged with attempted murder for shooting into a car carrying four Black girls during a rally for President Donald Trump in Iowa.

Supreme Court takes on early stage of global warming case

The Supreme Court seems cautious about giving oil and gas companies a win in a case involving global warming.

SAT doing away with optional essay, subject tests

The subject tests will immediately end for U.S. students and will be phased out for international students by June.

  Trump expected to issue flurry of pardons on last full day

President Donald Trump was expected to spend his last full day in office issuing a flurry of pardons and bidding farewell to the American public from a near-deserted White House and surrounded by an extraordinary security presence outside.

  Alleged ‘Oath Keepers’ leader among self-described militia members jailed on charges from Capitol riot

Federal authorities said that Caldwell sent another message to an Oath Keepers leader encouraging them to storm Ohio’s capital, Columbus.

  Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop COVID-19 pandemic

The panel concluded that "many countries took minimal action to prevent the spread (of COVID-19) internally and internationally." The pandemic has killed at least 2 million people worldwide so far.

  Yellen pushes GOP senators on $1.9 trillion relief package

Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice as Treasury secretary, said Tuesday that the incoming administration would focus on winning quick passage of its $1.9 trillion pandemic relief plan, rejecting Republican arguments that the measure is too big given the size of U.S. budget deficits.

  An inauguration like we’ve never seen before

The COVID-19 pandemic and the violence at the Capitol earlier this month are causing big changes.

  Boosting your body’s vaccine response: Stress doesn’t help

A new study suggests your mental and physical health can affect how your body reacts to the COVID vaccine.

  The Latest: McConnell points finger at Trump in Capitol riot

The Kentucky Republican said Tuesday on the Senate floor, “The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people.”

  Sick of 2021? Just Scream! hotline offers relief

Elementary school teacher Chris Gollmar created the project to help people reduce their stress.

  A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

The coronavirus is becoming more genetically diverse, and health officials say the high rate of new cases is the main reason.

How dangerous is it? Scientists study South African COVID-19 variant

A second wave of COVID-19 is devastating South Africa.