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  2 in 5 Americans live where COVID-19 strains hospital ICUs

Straining under record numbers of COVID-19 patients, hundreds of the nation’s intensive care units are running out of space and supplies and competing to hire temporary traveling nurses at soaring rates.

  New Zealand reports 1st community case of coronavirus in months

  Person injured after police car drives through crowd at race

Authorities investigate blast at anti-gay California church

  Police: Black teens wrongly detained at Target in California

Poirier knocks out Conor McGregor in 2nd round at UFC 257

  Nurse battling COVID-19 may have contracted virus between vaccine doses

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Arizona Republicans censure Cindy McCain, GOP governor

Jimmie Rodgers, singer of ‘Honeycomb’ and other hits, dies

  3,000 arrested at protests demanding Navalny’s release

FBI: Texan charged in Capitol riot tweeted ‘Assassinate AOC’

  Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87

Godiva to close all US stores

Legislator mocks trans Biden nominee on Facebook, apologizes

Levine has not commented. The state health department did not immediately respond to an email seeking a reaction to Pyle’s initial post or his apology.

  Biden calls Canada’s Trudeau, Mexico’s López Obrador

He dialed up Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Friday at a strained moment for the U.S. relationship with its North American neighbors.

  Bus heading to Grand Canyon rolls over; 1 dead, 2 critical

A Las Vegas-based tour bus heading to the Grand Canyon rolled over in northwestern Arizona on Friday, killing one person and critically injuring two others, authorities said.

NYT: Trump considered using DOJ attorney to undo Georgia election

The report says that a DOJ attorney nearly convinced Donald Trump to remove then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.

  1 winner of Mega Millions $1B prize; 3rd largest ever in US

Democrats start reining in expectations for immigration bill

  Jill Biden thanks Guard members with chocolate chip cookies

  Schumer: Trump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb. 8

Ford recalls 3 million vehicles over airbag issues

  Yellen nomination as Treasury secretary clears committee

  Austin wins Senate confirmation as 1st Black Pentagon chief

Lloyd Austin, a 41-year veteran of the Army, has promised to surround himself with qualified civilians and include them in policy decisions.

  GOP lawmaker with gun sets off House chamber metal detector

Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., set off the metal detector while trying to enter the chamber Thursday afternoon.

Tony Award-winning choreographer Bob Avian dies at 83

Bob Avian died Thursday of cardiac arrest at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  Biden signs orders on food and unemployment aid as talks start on big aid plan

President Joe Biden wants to get assistance flowing while Congress begins to consider a $1.9 trillion package to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

  UK chief scientist says new virus variant may be more deadly

British officials say they are confident that the vaccines that have been authorized for use against COVID-19 will be effective against the new strain identified in the country.

  Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86

“Hammerin’ Hank” set a wide array of career hitting records during a 23-year career spent mostly with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, including RBIs, extra-base hits and total bases.

NBC to shut down NBC Sports Network at end of 2021

NBC Sports Network is best known for carrying NHL and English Premier League games as well as NASCAR and IndyCar races.

  Guard in DC forced to sleep in garages, sparking outcry

The National Guard said it originally moved troops out of the Capitol Rotunda and other spaces to garages at the behest of the Capitol Police.

  Biden orders review of domestic extremism threat in US

FBI Director Chris Wray has said that, over the last year, the most lethal violence has come from anti-government activists, such as anarchists and militia-types.

  Twitter bans suspect Iran account after post threatens Trump

In the image posted late Thursday by the account linked to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Trump is shown playing golf in the shadow of a giant drone, with the caption “Revenge is certain” written in Farsi.

Tom Brokaw says he’s retiring from NBC News after 55 years

Brokaw began at NBC in its Los Angeles bureau in the 1960s, where he covered Ronald Reagan’s first run for public office and the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

Man accused of scamming a grocery store out of nearly $1 million

In a two-week period, Brown scammed over $980,000 from a Kroger location in Georgia where he worked, authorities said.

Breonna Taylor Case: 3 grand jurors aim to impeach Attorney General Daniel Cameron

The three grand jurors who disputed several crucial points in Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s decision not to indict any of the LMPD officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death are now trying to get him impeached.

Instacart to lay off about 1,800 workers

The employees are in-store shoppers, and include people from Kroger-owned stores and workers at Mariano’s grocery store in Illinois who unionized last year.

Russia welcomes US proposal to extend nuclear treaty

The Kremlin has welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to extend the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries, which is set to expire in less than two weeks.

  6 in 10 older Americans don’t know how to get vaccine

About 6 in 10 older Americans don’t know when or where to get a COVID-19 vaccine, study finds.

  Timeline of Hank Aaron’s life and career

The baseball legend came from humble beginnings to build a Hall-of-Fame career.

  NFL giving free Super Bowl tickets to 7,500 health workers

The NFL announced Friday that 7,500 health care workers vaccinated for the coronavirus will be given free tickets to next month’s Super Bowl to be played in Tampa, Florida.

First-ever nuclear weapons ban begins; nuclear powers aren’t part of treaty

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is now part of international law.

Missing Adult Alert canceled for 71-year-old woman

Heston was located, according to an official statement.

  3 dead in military helicopter crash were experienced pilots

An Army Safety Investigation team arrived at the site Thursday from Fort Rucker in Alabama.

Carnival Cruise Line cancels trips through April

The company said in a news release it was notifying people who had booked a trip and their options for refunds or credits for future travel.

Get paid to eat candy! Company looks to hire taste testers

The Candy Funhouse, in Mississauga, Ontario is looking for “candyologists."

  Rep. Greene files articles of impeachment against Biden

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., announced on Thursday she submitted articles of impeachment against newly inaugurated President Joe Biden.

‘This is unconscionable’: National Guardsmen relocated from Capitol to parking garage

The troops were preparing to head home following President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

  Amid cancellation talk, Tokyo Olympics `focused on hosting’

Now set to open July 23, the Tokyo Games were postponed 10 months ago at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Coronavirus guidelines now the rule at White House

The Biden administration has made a point of abiding by the same strict guidelines they’re urging Americans to follow to stem the spread of the virus

  Guard troops head home after helping secure Biden inaugural

The National Guard Bureau says that of the nearly 26,000 Guard troops deployed to D.C. for the inaugural, just 10,600 remain on duty.

Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19; shows canceled

Dave Chappelle has tested positive for the coronavirus and his upcoming comedy shows have been canceled.

  Neighbors welcome S.C. teenager home with Christmas parade after battling leukemia, COVID-19 over holidays

Ariel Griffith was in the hospital and unconscious on Christmas Day, so her family decided to make it up to her.

  Biden halts border wall building after Trump’s final surge

President Joe Biden has ordered a “pause” on all border wall construction within a week, one of 17 executive orders he issued on his first day in office.

Congress poised for quick action on Biden’s Pentagon nominee

Congress is moving quickly to install retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as President Joe Biden’s secretary of defense.

  Biden halts oil and gas leases, permits on US land and water

The move follows President Joe Biden’s campaign pledge to halt new drilling and end the leasing of publicly owned energy reserves.

  McConnell seeks to push impeachment trial to February

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to push back the start of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial by a week or more to give the former president time to review the case.

  White House: Biden confident in FBI head, will retain him

President Joe Biden has confidence in FBI Director Chris Wray and plans to keep him in the job, the White House press secretary said Thursday.

  Biden proposes 5-year extension of nuke treaty with Russia

The proposal was being communicated to Russian officials, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a matter not yet publicly announced by the administration.

  Biden’s new mask mandate and you

In his first executive order, the president enacted the 100 Days Masking Challenge.

NYU student makes website where you can put Bernie Sanders in his mittens at any address

The internet moves fast.

  Kindergartners stand in solidarity, inspired by swearing-in of Vice President Kamala Harris

South Bend kindergarten teacher captures moment four little girls voluntarily stand hand-in-hand in solidarity during swearing-in of Vice President Kamal Harris.

  Biden signs burst of virus orders, requires masks for travel

The 10 executive orders signed by Biden are aimed at jump starting his national COVID-19 strategy to increase vaccinations and testing.

  Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched?

The COVID-19 vaccines rolling out in the United States, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world so far require two shots given a few weeks apart.

Congresswoman Greene says she has filed articles of impeachment against President Biden

The Georgia congresswoman announced the news in a video on Twitter Thursday afternoon, saying, “We’ll see how this goes.”

Judge says Amazon won’t have to restore Parler web service

Amazon won’t be forced to restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app favored by followers of former President Donald Trump.

  Journalist captures photo of uniformed man kneeling at Beau Biden’s grave during inauguration

A Delaware journalist shared the story of a photo she took on Inauguration Day of a uniformed man kneeling at the gravesite of President Joe Biden’s son Beau.

Neurological disorder linked to COVID-19 leaves La. firefighter paralyzed

Doctors have diagnosed Rory Miller with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which they believe was triggered by COVID and has left him paralyzed.

Air Force to expand women’s hair style options

Women in the U.S. Air Force will soon have more options when it comes to how they wear their hair.

  EU struggles, looks for answers to stop spread of new virus variants

The 27 leaders were looking at further border restrictions, better tracking of mutations and improving coordination of lockdowns.

‘Saved by the Bell’ star Dustin Diamond undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer

The actor is best known for playing Screech on the hit ’90s sitcom "Saved by the Bell."

  Deputies: Coyote pulled from SC elementary school restroom

Berkeley County school traffic deputies and staffers worked together to expel a coyote that wandered into an elementary school building Wednesday.

Singer Randy Parton, Dolly Parton’s brother, dies at 67

Country star Dolly Parton says her brother and singing partner Randy Parton has died of cancer.

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

Residents and staff who got the drug had up to a 57% lower risk of getting COVID-19 compared to others at the same facility who got a placebo, the drugmaker said.

  Trump returns to a business empire ravaged by pandemic

Donald Trump is returning to a family business ravaged by pandemic shutdowns and restrictions, with revenue plunging more than 40 percent at his Doral golf property, his Washington hotel and both his Scottish resorts.

  World leaders cheer US return to climate fight under Biden

The U.S. formally left the Paris Accord pact in November.

  Bernie’s inauguration mittens: Woman who made them speaks

Ellis, an elementary school teacher, got a pair of her homemade mittens to Sanders after his first presidential run.

Twin suicide bombings rock central Baghdad, at least 32 dead

The rare suicide bombing attack hit a commercial area in central Baghdad amid heightened political tensions over planned early elections and a severe economic crisis.

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

The latest jackpot-winning Powerball ticket, worth $731.1 million, was sold in a struggling coal mining town whose biggest previous claim to fame was being the hometown of baseball legend Lefty Grove.

  Facebook’s oversight board to rule on Trump ban

The social media giant said Thursday that it believes it made the right decision but said it’s referring the matter to the oversight board for what it called an “independent judgment.”

  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.