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  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.

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

  Biden picks 1st transgender person for Senate-confirmed post

  US virus death toll tops 400,000

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

Man charged with 5 new felonies in Iowa Trump rally shooting

Supreme Court takes on early stage of global warming case

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  12 National Guard members removed from Biden inauguration

SAT doing away with optional essay, subject tests

  Trump expected to issue flurry of pardons on last full day

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

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

  Yellen pushes GOP senators on $1.9 trillion relief package

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.

  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.

  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

  Sick of 2021? Just Scream! hotline offers relief

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

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

  Teen snowmobiler builds snow cave to wait for rescue

  Amber Alert issued for 2 abducted siblings in NY

Mets fire GM after he sent explicit texts to female reporter

New York Mets general manager Jared Porter was fired Tuesday after sending graphic, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office.

Even small portion of fried foods can increase risk of heart disease, study says

Even a small portion of fried foods can increase your risk of heart disease, according to a new study.

  AP-NORC poll: Virus, economy swamp other priorities for US

Overall, 53% of Americans name COVID-19 as one of the top five issues they want the government to tackle this year, and 68% mention in some way the economy, which is still reeling from the outbreak.

  Amtrak cancels trains in Virginia ahead of inauguration

Amtrak announced all Northeast Regional trains south of Washington D.C, which includes all stations in Virginia, will be canceled Tuesday and Wednesday amid heightened security concerns following the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Chocolate bars recalled over plastic contamination

Lake Champlain Chocolates said a consumer reported finding brittle pieces of plastic inside their candy bars.

  Male orangutan steps up to care for 2-year-old daughter after mother dies

The bond between father and daughter may be unusual, but it's also a reminder of how similar orangutans are to humans.

  ‘We’re surviving’: Mother, daughter battle COVID-19 at same Calif. hospital

The two believe the mother came into contact with someone who had COVID-19 while working at Walgreens.

  Woman accused of laptop theft from Pelosi’s office amid riot

A caller claiming to be the woman's former romantic partner alleged she intended to send the device to a friend in Russia, but that plan fell through.

  Music teacher continues class while protecting US Capitol with National Guard

A Virginia educator called to protect the Capitol in the National Guard has continued to teach his students remotely from his military Humvee.

  Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

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

  Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire in homeless camp

Officials say evacuation at inaugural rehearsal was due to a fire several blocks away and not believed to be a threat.

  King Day service calls for nonviolence amid turbulent times

The coronavirus pandemic forced the annual King Day service at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church online during the 35th celebration of his birthday as a national holiday.

  WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first

The World Health Organization chief on Monday lambasted drugmakers’ profits and vaccine inequalities, saying it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in wealthy countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people or health care workers in poorer countries.

  Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold.

  Melania Trump posts farewell message to Twitter

First lady Melania Trump posted a farewell message to Americans on social media Monday.

  Biden picks Chopra, Gensler for financial oversight roles

Biden announced his intent to nominate Chopra on Monday, along with his intent to nominate Gary Gensler, the former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as the next chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Census Bureau director to resign amid criticism over data

U.S. Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham says he plans to resign with the change in presidential administrations.

  Biden aims for unifying speech at daunting moment for US

Joe Biden faces a fraught moment as he prepares to deliver a speech that aides say he wants to use to “call Americans to unity.”

  Biden, Harris take break from inaugural prep to mark MLK Day

Two days out from the inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were joining Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects on Monday as a militarized and jittery Washington prepared for a swearing-in that will play out under extraordinary security.

  Garth Brooks joins lineup of entertainers at Biden inaugural

Garth Brooks joins Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez among others performing at the inaugural celebration of President-elect Joe Biden.

  Trump to pardon about 100 people on Tuesday

The president will reportedly pardon white collar criminals, high-profile rappers and others on Tuesday.

  ‘I had the feeling of impending doom’: COVID survivor urges plasma donation

Convalescent plasma, blood plasma taken from people who have recovered from COVID-19, has antibodies that can help those who are sick from the virus.

Missing Houston mom checks in days after baby discovered alone

Laura “Lacie” Read has contacted her father via text from Utah and answered questions only she would know, the search organization said Monday.

Kremlin foe Navalny jailed for 30 days; allies plan protests

A crowd of Navalny supporters outside the precinct shouted “Shame!” as the judge announced the ruling and Navalny’s allies immediately called for protests.

  Sen. Josh Hawley has new publisher for ‘Big Tech’ book

Sen. Josh Hawley has found a new publisher after his book was dropped by Simon & Schuster in the wake of the siege of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.

  Ex-Florida data scientist turns herself in after arrest warrant issued

A former Florida Department of Health employee who was fired for insubordination after repeatedly violating the agency’s policy about communicating with the media turned herself in to sheriff’s officials on Sunday night on charges of accessing computer equipment without authority.

  Man allegedly hid 3 months at Chicago airport due to COVID-19

The man was “scared to go home due to COVID,” and told authorities that he’d found a badge and that other passengers at the airport had given him food.

  Inauguration week brings heightened security to Washington

The coronavirus pandemic and siege of the U.S. Capitol have led to a marked change in Washington's inaugural traditions.

  Baltimore anti-violence activist shot dead on city street

A well-known anti-violence activist in Baltimore has been shot to death on the city’s streets, officials said.

  A pet duck in Maine is sporting new wheels

Wry is named after his condition, Wry neck, causing him trouble holding his own head up, but that didn’t stop the couple from bringing him home.

  ‘Trump Baby’ blimp to live on at UK museum

The massive “Trump Baby” blimp that greeted President Donald Trump for years on his trips to London will live on in a British museum.

Dave Bautista offers $20K reward in case of manatee with ‘Trump’ scraped on back

“Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Dave Bautista is offering a $20,000 reward to catch whoever etched “Trump” into a Florida manatee’s back.

  Harris prepares for central role in Biden’s White House

With the confluence of crises confronting Joe Biden’s administration — and an evenly divided Senate in which she would deliver the tie-breaking vote — Harris is shaping up to be a central player in addressing everything from the coronavirus pandemic to criminal justice reform.

  Republican Boebert sued after blocking critic on Twitter

Attorneys for Democrat Bri Buentello of Pueblo filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver, claiming she was blocked after calling for the Colorado Republican to be recalled in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by loyalists to President Donald Trump.

  Cowboys for Trump leader arrested over US Capitol riot

The New Mexico county official was arrested on charges of illegally entering the U.S. Capitol.

  Thief steals car with 4-year-old inside, drives back to return boy, scold mother

Police are looking for the suspect and stolen vehicle.

  Mother dies from COVID-19 weeks after giving birth to 3rd child

Her widower says he’s going to do what he can to make sure all three girls grow up knowing their mom.

  ‘Such a blessing’: Boy, 3, with mobility difficulties gifted off-road wheelchair

The family received a grant through the Challenged Athletes Foundation of Idaho, which has a mission to empower lives through sport.

  FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack

U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

  Heavily fortified statehouses around US see small protests

Heavily fortified statehouses around the U.S. are seeing small and peaceful protests, despite widespread fears of another burst of right-wing violence like the attack on the Capitol in Washington.

Twitter suspends US congresswoman over election fraud claims

Twitter has temporarily suspended the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican U.S. Congresswoman from Georgia who has expressed racist views and support for QAnon conspiracy theories online.

  History-making woman kicker invited to Biden inauguration

Sarah Fuller, the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game, says she’s been invited to attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

After losing Mahomes, Chiefs hold off Browns 22-17

The Kansas City Chiefs forced the Cleveland Browns to punt in the waning minutes Sunday with star quarterback Patrick Mahomes out with a concussion.

  Democrats build impeachment case, alleging ‘dangerous crime’

Democrats are building their case for convicting President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial.

Kremlin critic Navalny detained after landing in Moscow

Russia’s prison service said opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained at a Moscow airport after returning from Germany on Sunday.

Phoenix police: 1 man dead, 11 injured in separate shootings

One person is dead and six others injured after an early-morning shooting Sunday outside a Phoenix nightclub, police said.

  Phil Spector, famed music producer and convicted murderer, dead at 81

Phil Spector, the revolutionary music producer convicted of murdering an actress, has died at 81.

  In inaugural address, Biden will appeal to national unity

President-elect Joe Biden will deliver an appeal to national unity when he is sworn in Wednesday and plans immediate moves to combat the coronavirus pandemic and undo some of President Donald Trump’s most controversial policies, his incoming chief of staff said Sunday.

  Vice President-elect Harris to resign her Senate seat Monday

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday, two days before she and President-elect Joe Biden are inaugurated.

  US military says its troop removal from Somalia is complete

Some experts have warned that the withdrawal of an estimated 700 U.S. military personnel comes at the worst possible time for Somalia.

  Springsteen, Miranda set for inaugural gala

Biden’s inaugural committee announced the lineup Sunday for “Celebrating America,” a multinetwork broadcast that the committee bills as a mix of stars and everyday citizens.

  Ex-Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones plans to surrender

A Florida woman fired from her job as a COVID-19 data curator said she’ll surrender to authorities Sunday amid an investigation of allegations that she had hacked into the state’s emergency response system.

  IRS pushes start of 2021 tax season as online filing opens

Any taxes filed online before Feb. 12 will not be given to the Internal Revenue Service until that date.

  Mother accused of killing 5-month-old daughter, attacking baby’s father

According to the coroner, the infant’s cause and manner of death are pending further testing and investigation.

  Couple married 33 years dies from COVID-19 just 1 day apart

The couple had many plans for 2021, including getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Their friends hope their deaths serve as a stark message about the importance of the vaccine.

Powerball jackpot grows to $730M; Mega Millions to be $850M

The Powerball jackpot will grow to an estimated $730 million after there were no winners Saturday for the lottery's top prize. The results come as there was also no winner of the Mega Millions jackpot on Friday.

  Far-right personality ‘Baked Alaska’ arrested in Capitol riot probe

Law enforcement officials across the country have been working to locate and arrest suspects who committed federal crimes. So far, they have brought nearly 100 cases in federal court and the District of Columbia Superior Court.

  Biden outlines ‘Day One’ agenda of executive actions

In his first hours as president, Joe Biden plans to take executive action to roll back some of the most controversial decisions of his predecessor and to address the raging coronavirus pandemic, his incoming chief of staff said Saturday.