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Vaccines and masks: Biden plan aims to break pandemic cycle
2021-01-14 05:05:00 FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo, President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. A coronavirus action plan fromBiden centers on a mass vaccination campaign and closer coordination among all levels of government. The Biden plan comes as a divided nation remains caught in the grip of the pandemic’s most dangerous wave yet. (AP Ph
Report: Illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher dies in Las Vegas
2021-01-14 13:54:12 FILE - In this Thursday, July 17, 2014, file photo, Siegfried Fischbacher, left, holds up a white lion cub as Roy Horn holds up a microphone during an event to welcome three white lion cubs to Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, in Las Vegas. German news agency dpa is reporting that illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher, the surviving member of duo Siegfried & Roy

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Joanne Rogers, widow of TV“s famed Mister Rogers, dies at 92
2021-01-14 23:28:20 FILE - Joanne Rogers stands in front of a giant Mister Rogers Forever Stamp following the first-day-of-issue dedication in Pittsburgh on March 23, 2018. Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers, the gentle TV host who entertained and educated generations of preschoolers on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” has died. She was 92. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) Joanne Rogers, an an accompl
Impeachment complicates the early days of Biden“s presidency
2021-01-14 23:23:34 President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, to announce key administration posts. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden already faces the daunting task of steering a newly announced $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill through a closely divided Congress as the pandemic and its ec
Quake sets off landslides, kills at least 3 in Indonesia
2021-01-15 01:14:26 Residents inspect earthquake-damaged buildings in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. A strong inland and shallow earthquake hit eastern Indonesia early Friday causing people to panic in parts of the country's Sulawesi island and run to higher ground. (AP Photo/Rudy Akdyaksyah) JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong, shallow earthquake shook Indonesia's Sulawe
Joanne Rogers, widow of TV“s famed Mister Rogers, dies at 92
2021-01-14 23:28:20 FILE - Joanne Rogers stands in front of a giant Mister Rogers Forever Stamp following the first-day-of-issue dedication in Pittsburgh on March 23, 2018. Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers, the gentle TV host who entertained and educated generations of preschoolers on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” has died. She was 92. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) Joanne Rogers, an an accompl
Urban Hire: Meyer returns to sidelines with NFL“s Jaguars
2021-01-14 15:24:53 FILE - Ohio State NCAA college football head coach Urban Meyer answers questions during a news conference announcing his retirement in Columbus, Ohio, in this Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, file photo. A person familiar with the search says Urban Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars are working toward finalizing a deal to make him the team's next head coach. The person spoke to The Asso
FBI tracking “extensive“ online chatter about armed protests
2021-01-14 22:57:11 FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a briefing about the upcoming presidential inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, at FEMA headquarters, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool) WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is tracking an “extensive amount of concerning online chatter,” including calls for armed pr
Lingering questions about how Trump will finish out his term
2021-01-14 21:44:04 A U.S. Secret Service guard stands post at the North Portico of the White House, after the U.S. House impeached President Donald Trump in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert ) WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump’s term comes to a close, his unconventional approach to the office lingers over the usually carefully choreographed transfer of powe
RIP: Mars digger bites the dust after 2 years on red planet
2021-01-14 20:55:53 FILE - This Dec. 6, 2018 image made available by NASA shows the InSight lander. The scene was assembled from 11 photos taken using its robotic arm. On Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, NASA declared the craft dead after failing to burrow deep into the red planet to take its temperature. (NASA via AP) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA declared the Mars digger dead Thursday after failing
Hot again: 2020 sets yet another global temperature record
2021-01-14 16:19:41 FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. file photo, smoke from California wildfires up to 200 miles away obscures the view of traffic traveling on Interstate 80, looking west in Sparks, Nev. Local schools canceled all outdoor activities as the air quality index approached the "very unhealthy" category for the general population Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner) Ear
What should I know about COVID-19 vaccines if I“m pregnant?
2021-01-14 08:52:39 What should I know about COVID-19 vaccines if I’m pregnant? AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin What should I know about COVID-19 vaccines if I’m pregnant? Vaccination is likely the best way to prevent COVID-19 in pregnancy , when risks for severe illness and death from the virus are higher than usual. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says COVID-19 vaccinations
Oxygen shortage in Amazon city forces mass patient transfer
2021-01-14 20:02:55 Amazonas Federal University's workers carry empty oxygen tanks at the Getulio Vargas Hospital amid the new coronavirus pandemic, Manaus, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Scores of COVID-19 patients in the Amazon rainforest's biggest city will be transferred out of state as the local health system collapses and dwindling stocks of oxygen tanks begin to falter. (AP Photos/Edmar
For first time in 5 years, US gas mileage down, emissions up
2021-01-06 16:53:49 A long row of unsold 2020 pickup trucks sits at a Ram dealership Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Littleton, Colo. A new government report says gas mileage for new vehicles dropped and pollution increased in model year 2019 for the first time in five years. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) DETROIT (AP) — A new government report says gas mileage for new vehicles dropped and pollution incre
VIRUS TODAY: Unemployment claims in US rise to 965,000
2021-01-14 20:18:39 The closed sign of a former restaurant is displayed at a shopping center Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Houston. The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday, Jan. 14, by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the virus struck. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP) Here’s what’s happening Thursday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE T
“At 6 p.m., life stops“: Europe uses curfews to fight virus
2021-01-14 07:56:32 FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2020 file photo, a man pushes his bicycle along a row of closed restaurants in Montmartre, during the new imposed curfew in Paris. Trying to fend off the need for a third nationwide lockdown that would further dent Europe’s second-largest economy and put more jobs in danger, France is instead opting for creeping curfews. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File) PA
Unclear who presides at Trump trial if he“s out of office
2021-01-14 16:22:34 In this Feb. 3, 2020 file image from video, presiding officer Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts speaks as closing arguments in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump begin in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Senate Television via AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Constitution says the chief justice is to preside at the impeachment trial of a p
NY attorney general sues NYPD over Floyd protest response
2021-01-14 16:36:53 FILE - This May 31, 2020 file photo shows New York City Police facing off with activists during a protest march in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York’s attorney general sued the New York Police Department on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 alleging the rough treatment of protesters last spring in the wake of George Floyd’s killing was part of
Expanded vaccine rollout in US spawns a new set of problems
2021-01-14 19:32:49 FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, health care workers receive a COVID-19 vaccination at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Pacoima, Calif. The rapid expansion of vaccinations to senior citizens across the U.S. has led to bottlenecks, system crashes and hard feelings in many states because of overwhelming demand for the shots. (AP Photo/Marci
Watchdog: DOJ bungled “zero tolerance“ immigration policy
2021-01-14 17:04:37 FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, David Xol-Cholom, of Guatemala, hugs his son Byron at Los Angeles International Airport as they reunite after being separated during the Trump administration's wide-scale separation of immigrant families, in Los Angeles. A court-appointed committee has yet to find the parents of 628 children separated at the border early in
Trump administration slashes imperiled spotted owls“ habitat
2021-01-14 00:20:12 FILE - In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a Northern Spotted Owl flies after an elusive mouse jumping off the end of a stick in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore. The Trump administration has slashed more than 3 million acres of protected habitat for the northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington and northern California, much of it in prime timber locations in
NY attorney general sues NYPD over Floyd protest response
2021-01-14 16:36:53 FILE - This May 31, 2020 file photo shows New York City Police facing off with activists during a protest march in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York’s attorney general sued the New York Police Department on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 alleging the rough treatment of protesters last spring in the wake of George Floyd’s killing was part of
Trump backers seek online refuges after big tech backlash
2021-01-14 17:04:27 FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol in Washington. Online supporters of Trump are scattering to smaller social media platforms, fleeing what they say is unfair treatment by Facebook, Twitter and other big tech firms looking to squelch misinformation and threats of violence. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) Online supporters of Pr
Years of white supremacy threats culminated in Capitol riots
2021-01-14 17:09:58 FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump participate in a rally in Washington. Both within and outside the walls of the Capitol, banners and symbols of white supremacy and anti-government extremism were displayed as an insurrectionist mob swarmed the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) CHICAGO (AP) — Amid the American f
Biden forgoing Amtrak trip to Washington over security fears
2021-01-14 02:32:49 President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, to announce key nominees for the Justice Department. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden will no longer be taking an Amtrak train to Washington for his inauguration because of security concerns, a person briefed on the decision told
NY Democrat“s ties to Maduro may help Biden unlock stalemate
2021-01-14 05:02:53 FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020 file photo, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference outside the USPS Jamaica station in the Queens borough of New York. Meeks, the new chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee under the Biden administration in 2021, is likely to be a key interlocutor for the incoming administration’s efforts to de-escalate tensions w
A day to remember: London nursing home greets virus vaccine
2021-01-14 12:03:58 Care home resident Joan Potts, aged 102, is seen through a viewing screen installed for residents to safely receive visits from family members, as she speaks to Dr. Jane Allen before receiving her first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Wimbledon Beaumont Care Home, run by Barchester, in south west London, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, during England's third n
Companies push incentives to get workers vaccinated
2021-01-14 16:32:36 FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo the Dollar General store is pictured in Luther, Okla. As vaccinations continue across the U.S., some companies are offering financial incentives to encourage their workers to get the shots. Dollar General is one of the first major companies to announce extra pay for workers who get vaccinated. The Tennessee-based retailer said Wednesday,
Trump backers seek online refuges after big tech backlash
2021-01-14 17:04:27 FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol in Washington. Online supporters of Trump are scattering to smaller social media platforms, fleeing what they say is unfair treatment by Facebook, Twitter and other big tech firms looking to squelch misinformation and threats of violence. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) Online supporters of Pr
Years of white supremacy threats culminated in Capitol riots
2021-01-14 17:09:58 FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump participate in a rally in Washington. Both within and outside the walls of the Capitol, banners and symbols of white supremacy and anti-government extremism were displayed as an insurrectionist mob swarmed the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) CHICAGO (AP) — Amid the American f
Expecting trouble, DC locks down a week before inauguration
2021-01-14 05:07:07 The Dome of the Capitol building is visible as members of the National Guard stand in front of riot gear laid out on a field on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) WASHINGTON (AP) — All through downtown Washington, the primary sound for several blocks was the beeping of forklifts unloading more fencing. There were no cars or scooters
Hot again: 2020 sets yet another global temperature record
2021-01-14 16:19:41 FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. file photo, smoke from California wildfires up to 200 miles away obscures the view of traffic traveling on Interstate 80, looking west in Sparks, Nev. Local schools canceled all outdoor activities as the air quality index approached the "very unhealthy" category for the general population Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner) Ear
Gov“t watchdog: DOJ failed “zero tolerance“ management
2021-01-14 17:04:37 FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, David Xol-Cholom, of Guatemala, hugs his son Byron at Los Angeles International Airport as they reunite after being separated during the Trump administration's wide-scale separation of immigrant families, in Los Angeles. A court-appointed committee has yet to find the parents of 628 children separated at the border early in
Trump impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day
2021-01-14 05:16:57 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., displays the signed article of impeachment against President Donald Trump in an engrossment ceremony before transmission to the Senate for trial on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day, just as Democrat Joe
Jacob Blake says he was ready to surrender before being shot
2021-01-14 13:17:15 FILE - In this September 2019 file photo taken in Evanston, Ill., and provided by Adria-Joi Watkins, Watkins, left, poses in a selfie with her second cousin Jacob Blake. A police officer shot Blake in the back multiple times after responding to a domestic dispute on Aug. 23, 2020. On Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, a Wisconsin prosecutor declined to file criminal charges against the of
Enduring 2nd impeachment, Trump stands largely silent, alone
2021-01-14 05:09:48 President Donald Trump walks down the steps before a speech near a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Alamo, Texas. (Delcia Lopez/The Monitor via AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — His place in the history books rewritten, President Donald Trump endured his second impeachment largely alone and silent. For more than four years, Trump has dominated the nationa
Unclear who presides at Trump trial if he“s out of office
2021-01-14 16:22:34 FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020, file photo Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts walks to the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Constitution says the chief justice is to preside at the impeachment trial of a president. But what about an ex-president? Like so much else about the Constitution, the answer is s
Australia to kill pigeon that crossed Pacific from Oregon
2021-01-14 05:09:03 A racing pigeon sits on a rooftop Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia, The racing pigeon, first spotted in late Dec. 2020, appears to have made an extraordinary 13,000-kilometer (8,000-mile) Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States to Australia. Experts suspect the pigeon named Joe, after the U.S. president-elect, hitched a ride on a cargo ship to cross the Pa
EXPLAINER: What is WHO team in Wuhan looking for
2021-01-14 10:23:49 FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, workers in protective gear carry a bag containing a giant salamander that was reported to have escaped from the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. A 10-member team of international researchers from the World Health Organization hopes to find clues as to the origin of the coronavirus pandemic in the centra
German lockdown loopholes criticized as deaths hit new high
2021-01-14 12:45:37 A volunteer stands inside the new open Erika-Hess-Eisstadion vaccine center in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Kay Nietfeld/Pool vis AP) Germany has too many loopholes in its coronavirus lockdown rules, the head of the country's disease control agency said as figures published Thursday showed the highest number of daily deaths since the start of the pandemic. The Ro

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