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  Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in ‘equity’ push

Biden’s plan will distribute masks not through the mail, but instead through Federally Qualified Community Health Centers and the nation’s food bank and food pantry systems, the White House announced Wednesday.

Teen, Ohio officer die in double tragedy at state park

  Combined flu, COVID-19 vaccine possible in future, UK virologist says

Prosecutors drop drunken driving charge against Springsteen

Federal grand jury hearing evidence in death of George Floyd

GRAPHIC: Oklahoma man released early from prison accused in 3 deaths

  States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington

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  Tanden facing new hurdles after Senate panels delay meetings

  What pregnant women need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

‘Miracle’ puppy Skipper born with six legs, two tails

Lowe’s 4Q results surge as people plow money into homes

  Homeowners dig up duffel bag full of guns in backyard

Funky electronics chain Fry’s is no more

The pandemic has done heavy damage to retailers, but Fry’s was already getting hammered by online competition and a battle between heavy-hitters Best Buy and Amazon.com.

  GRAPHIC Video: Deputy brandishes gun, threatens driver in Houston

The driver said traffic forced him to stop suddenly while the deputy was driving on a motorcycle behind him.

Judge bans enforcement of Biden’s 100-day deportation pause

A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations.

  Biden to order a review of US supply chains for vital goods

The order being signed Wednesday will include sectoral reviews to be completed within one year for defense, public health and biological preparedness, information communications technology, energy, transportation and food production.

USPS reveals new, greener mail truck for use starting in 2023

  Deputy rescues 13-year-old Fla. girl from hotel room with man she met on Snapchat

  Girl, 5, left outside empty house for 2 hours in cold after school bus mix-up

  Tiger Woods seriously injured in crash on steep LA-area road

Family: Navy vet died after police knelt on his neck

  FAA grounds certain planes after engine failure over Denver

Southern Baptists oust 2 churches over LGBTQ inclusion

The two-day Southern Baptist Convention meeting opened Monday.

  More policy, less pomp as Biden and Trudeau meet virtually

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing President Joe Biden to alter another first for his administration: the typically formal White House meeting with a foreign counterpart.

No charges against officers involved in Daniel Prude’s death

A grand jury will not seek charges against officers shown on body camera video holding Daniel Prude down naked and handcuffed on a city street last winter until he stopped breathing.

  Top board leaders resign after deadly Texas power outages

All of the board directors stepping down live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

  Memorials, lawsuit mark death anniversary of Ahmaud Arbery

Organizers asked supporters outside Brunswick to participate in a virtual 2.23-mile (3.59-kilometer) run in memory of Arbery, an avid runner whose family says he was jogging when he got killed.

South Dakota House moves to impeach AG after fatal crash

Republican lawmakers introduced a resolution in the House to impeach the state’s top law enforcement officer, Jason Ravnsborg, after he indicated Monday he would not heed calls for his resignation.

  States rush to catch up on delayed vaccines, expand access

Limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has hampered the pace of vaccinations -- and that was before extreme winter weather delayed the delivery of about 6 million doses this past week.

  Mars rover’s giant parachute carried secret message

The huge parachute used by NASA's Perseverance rover to land on Mars contained a secret message.

  HHS pick says pandemic is top job, but agenda is broader

Becerra, now attorney general of the nation’s most populous state, will be grilled by two panels.

Judge says wife of drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ must stay in jail

Emma Coronel Aispuro, a 31-year-old former beauty queen, appeared by video conference for an initial court appearance before a federal magistrate judge in Washington, D.C.

  96-year-old WWII Navy veteran released from Ky. hospital after battling COVID-19

Two sisters from Kentucky were able to see their father, a 96-year-old Navy veteran, leave the hospital after battling COVID-19.

  Capitol defenders cite missed intelligence for deadly breach

Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund described a scene that was “like nothing” he had seen in his 30 years of policing.

Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador

Senators voted 78-20 to confirm Thomas-Greenfield to the post, which will be a Cabinet-level position.

  Fewer Americans concerned about getting COVID, but fear still high

A new Axios-Ipsos poll indicates 69% of Americans are worried about the possibility of becoming ill.

Vilsack confirmed for 2nd stint as US agriculture secretary

The former Iowa governor spent eight years leading the same department for former President Barack Obama’s entire administration.

Beat poet, publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti dies at 101

Poet, publisher and bookseller Lawrence Ferlinghetti has died in San Francisco at age 101.

  Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon

By the end of March, Pfizer and Moderna expect to have provided the U.S. government with a total of 220 million vaccine doses, up from the roughly 75 million shipped so far.

  Interior nominee Haaland questioned on drilling, pipelines

Deb Haaland, a New Mexico congresswoman named to lead the Interior Department, said she is committed to “strike the right balance” as the agency manages energy development and seeks to restore and protect the nation’s sprawling federal lands.

  Cold stunned Texas sea turtles returned to Gulf of Mexico

Video from the Texas Sealife Center in Corpus Christi shows the sea creatures going down a turtle slide into aqua-blue waters and quickly swimming away.

  Mexican president says Mexico doing better than US on virus

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday that his country is doing better than the United States in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, even though Mexico’s per capita death rate is probably higher and the country has vaccinated less than one percent of its population.

  Tanker cars burst into flames after train hits 18-wheeler in Texas

Homes have been evacuated and there are no injuries reported, but one home near the tracks burned down.

  Fed’s Powell: Recovery incomplete, high inflation unlikely

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell underscored the U.S. economy’s ongoing weakness Tuesday in remarks that suggested that the Fed sees no need to alter its ultra-low interest rate policies anytime soon.

New or used? Either way, price hikes squeeze US auto buyers

Prices of new vehicles far outpaced overall consumer inflation over the past year.

  Biden to visit storm-ravaged Texas Friday

The White House announced Tuesday that Biden and his wife, Jill, will travel to Houston on Friday.

  AP Exclusive: Black Lives Matter raises $90 million in 2020

This marks the first time in the movement’s nearly eight-year history that BLM leaders have revealed a detailed look at their finances.

Palace: Prince Philip has infection, will stay in hospital

The palace said Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, is “comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days.”

  Border Patrol rescues woman ‘left for dead’ in Texas winter storm

According to a news release, the 43-year-old survived after agents from the Big Bend sector got her medical attention and evacuated her to a hospital for life-threatening injuries.

  GRAPHIC: 75-year-old NY protester who was pushed to the ground files lawsuit against police, city

The 75-year-old man pushed to the ground during a protest in Buffalo, New York, last summer has filed a civil suit against the city, three officers and the mayor.

  Look for February’s full snow moon this weekend

The snow moon rises this weekend, peaking early Saturday morning at 3:17 a.m. ET, NASA says.

  Consumer confidence rises for second straight month

The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 91.3, up from 88.9 in January.

  What NY prosecutors could learn from Trump’s tax records

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. fought for a year and a half to get access to former President Donald Trump’s tax records.

  SPLC: At least 160 Confederate symbols taken down in 2020

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which keeps a raw count of nearly 2,100 statues, symbols, placards, buildings and public parks dedicated to the Confederacy, plans to release the latest figures from its “Whose Heritage?” database on Tuesday.

Unfriended no more: Facebook to lift Australia news ban

The legislation was designed to curb the outsized bargaining power of Facebook and Google in their negotiations with Australian news providers.

‘SSS-TAY SAFE’: Horry County police warn of snakes, other wildlife in floodwaters

Horry County police are warning residents of the dangers floodwaters can pose when it comes to wildlife.

3 dead after Detroit interstate shooting

Authorities said people in the vehicles were shooting at each other.

  GRAPHIC: Kids expelled from Catholic school over mom selling adult photos

The mother doesn't plan to stop selling her photos and now seeks to enroll her kids in another Catholic school, one that’s less “judgmental.”

  ‘They went together’: Couple married 44 years die from COVID-19 just days apart

The couple's family is encouraging others to get vaccinated in hopes they can avoid pain and suffering at the hands of COVID-19.

  Grandmother runs into burning building to save 85-year-old neighbor

Firefighters say the 85-year-old man suffered burns to his head but is going to be OK.

In Rush Limbaugh’s home state, a flap over lowering flags

Gov. Ron DeSantis has called Limbaugh a “legend” and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff as a show of respect after the longtime broadcaster died Wednesday of cancer.

4-year-old killed in fall from 7th floor of SC hotel

The child's mother works at the hotel, management confirmed.

City probe faults overall police treatment of Elijah McClain

The report of the investigation conducted for the city of Aurora released Monday faults officers for their quick, aggressive treatment of the 23-year-old Black man.

  US tops 500,000 virus deaths, matching the toll of 3 wars

After a year that has darkened doorways across the U.S., the pandemic has surpassed a milestone that once seemed unimaginable.

  Boeing: 777s with engine that blew apart should be grounded

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration ordered United Airlines to step up inspections of the aircraft after one of its flights made an emergency landing at Denver International Airport Saturday as pieces of the casing of the engine, a Pratt & Whitney PW4000, rained down on suburban neighborhoods.

  School testing can be delayed but not canceled, feds say

Federal law requires states to test students each year in subjects including math and reading as a way to gauge schools’ progress and to identify learning disparities among different groups of students.

Wife of drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ arrested on US drug charges

The wife of Mexican drug kingpin and escape artist Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been arrested on international drug trafficking charges at an airport in Virginia.

  WATCH: NASA releases Mars landing video: ‘Stuff of our dreams’

The images show the final minutes of the rover’s entry, descent and landing.

Virginia lawmakers vote to abolish the death penalty

The legislation repealing the death penalty now heads to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who has said he will sign the measure into law, making Virginia the 23rd state to stop executions.

  Garland vows sharp focus on Capitol riot as attorney general

A federal appeals court judge who was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2016, Garland appeared Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee and is widely expected to sail through his confirmation process with bipartisan support.

Suit blames Saudi Arabia for attack at Florida military base

The Saudi Air Force officer who killed three U.S. sailors at a military base in Florida in 2019 had accomplices who knew about plans for the shooting but did nothing to stop it.

Cherokee Nation asks Jeep to stop using tribe’s name

The automaker says its vehicle names have been carefully chosen over the years to celebrate Native American people for their nobility, prowess and pride.

  How to get the most home insurance help after a winter storm

Homeowners insurance can be essential to recovery, but it’s important to act quickly, keep good records and pay close attention to the details of your policy.

  Consumer complaints against credit-reporting agencies double during pandemic

The federal government told credit reporting agencies they could relax investigations into consumers' disputes during the pandemic. At the same time, complaints against the agencies more than doubled from the previous year.

  Daughters of Malcolm X react to possible new evidence in his assassination

The civil rights activist was fatally shot in 1965 at the Audubon Ballroom in New York.

  Supreme Court won’t halt turnover of Trump’s tax records

The cases the justices rejected involved election challenges filed by former President Donald Trump and his allies in five states President Joe Biden won: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

  Autumn the giraffe welcomes new calf

A 14-year-old female giraffe named Autumn gave birth to a new calf on Sunday.

Police say NY man killed by exploding gender reveal device

State police say 28-year-old Christopher Pekny was assembling a device for his child’s gender reveal party in the Catskills town of Liberty when it exploded just before noon Sunday.

  Congress preps for first votes on $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill

The bill would provide hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments, shuttered schools, COVID-19 vaccines and testing and struggling airlines, restaurants and other businesses.

Dominion Voting Systems sues ‘MyPillow Guy’ for $1.3 billion

Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit Monday against the founder and CEO of Minnesota-based MyPillow, saying that Mike Lindell falsely accused the company of rigging the 2020 presidential election.