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  Protests start small at newly fortified US statehouses

Police and National Guard troops stood sentry at newly fortified statehouses Sunday ahead of demonstrations planned for the leadup to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

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

La. man and cousin arrested following Capitol riot

  In inaugural address, Biden will appeal to national unity

  Vice President-elect Harris to resign her Senate seat Monday

  US military says its troop removal from Somalia is complete

  Springsteen, Miranda set for inaugural gala

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  Ex-Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones plans to surrender

  IRS pushes start of 2021 tax season as online filing opens

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

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

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

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

  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.

  Man arrested with handgun, ammo at DC checkpoint

Police have arrested a man with a handgun and 500 rounds of ammunition at a checkpoint in Washington set up ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Dr. Dre back home after reported brain aneurysm treatment

Dr. Dre was back at home Saturday after being treated at a Los Angeles hospital for a reported brain aneurysm.

Nestlé recalls 762,000 pounds of pepperoni Hot Pockets

State capitols boarded up, fenced off, patrolled by troops

  Biden says his advisers will lead with ‘science and truth’

  Painting of pig may be one of world’s oldest cave art

  Trump trial pending, McConnell calls it ‘vote of conscience’

  Federal prisons on lockdown in run-up to Biden inauguration

  Biden fills out State Department team with Obama veterans

They were expected to be the 11 department appointees that Biden was announcing Saturday to serve under his pick for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, the official said.

  Bus driver who veered off bridge, refused test is suspended

Seven passengers suffered minor injuries after one part of the articulated bus fell 50 feet (15.2 meters) onto a highway ramp.

  3 with COVID-19 owe lives to girl who smelled smoke from early-morning fire

Bianca Rivera, 17, smelled the smoke and was able to alert the other three family members in time for all four to escape safely.

  Trump administration carries out 13th and final execution

Defense attorneys won temporary stays of execution this week for Higgs and another inmate, Corey Johnson, after arguing that their recent COVID-19 infections put them at greater risk of unnecessary suffering during the lethal injections.

  Vaccines to stimulus checks: Here’s what’s in Biden plan

President-elect Joe Biden is proposing a $1.9 trillion plan to expand coronavirus vaccinations, help individuals and jump-start the economy.

  No winner of Mega Millions $750M; Powerball drawing Saturday

Numbers were drawn Friday night for the $750 million Mega Millions prize, the fifth-largest jackpot ever. On Saturday, players will have a chance at a $640 million Powerball prize.

  Inauguration Day also is move in/out day at the White House

The coronavirus pandemic could be a complicating factor as the executive mansion gets ready for a new president and executes the Inauguration Day ritual of moving out one leader and settling in another.

  House arrest plan for invader of Pelosi’s office halted

A federal judge in Washington on Friday night halted a plan to release and put on house arrest the Arkansas man photographed sitting at a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol.

  The Latest: Azar condemns Capitol riot in resignation letter

The Latest on President Donald Trump’s impeachment and the fallout from the Jan. 6 attack of the Capitol by pro-Trump loyalists.

NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas

National Rife Association files for bankruptcy, says gun-rights group will legally move from New York to Texas.

Humane Society: 97 cats survive house fire; some injured

Nearly 100 cats have survived a house fire in a town outside Rochester, New York, according to an animal protection group.

  Biden’s virus plan: 100 million shots just the start

Called the “American Rescue Plan,” the legislative proposal would meet President-elect Joe Biden's goal of administering 100 million vaccines by the 100th day of his administration, and advance his objective of reopening most schools by the spring.

  Feds back away from claim of assassination plot at Capitol

The FBI has been investigating whether any of the rioters had plots to kidnap members of Congress and hold them hostage, focusing particularly on the men seen carrying plastic zip tie handcuffs and pepper spray.

  Extremists exploit a loophole in social moderation: Podcasts

Podcasts made available by the two Big Tech companies let you tune into the world of the QAnon conspiracy theory, wallow in President Donald Trump’s false claims of a stolen election and bask in other extremism.

  Trump to leave Washington on morning of Biden’s inauguration

President Donald Trump will leave Washington next Wednesday morning, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Dorothy Schmidt Cole, oldest living Marine, dies at 107

The Marine Times says Dorothy Schmidt Cole died of a heart attack at her daughter's home in Kannapolis on Jan. 7, 2021.

White Army vet charged with shooting Black girl at Trump rally

A white military veteran shot and wounded a 15-year-old girl when he fired his gun into a car carrying four Black teenagers during a tense confrontation at a rally in support of President Donald Trump near the Iowa Capitol last month.

Willie Nelson gets COVID-19 vaccine, sends message to fans

Country music legend Willie Nelson has received a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Federal watchdogs open probe of response to Capitol riot

The investigation by the inspector general’s office will examine whether information was shared by the Justice Department to other law enforcement agencies about the potential for violence.

How Betty White is celebrating her 99th birthday

“Golden Girls” actress Betty White is turning 99 on Sunday.

  Anger in states over pace of COVID-19 vaccine allotments

The developments threatened to escalate tensions between the Trump administration and some states over who is responsible for the relatively slow start to the vaccination campaign.

  New York City bus dramatically plunges off bridge; driver refuses drug test

One part of the articulated bus — essentially two buses connected by a pivot that allows it to navigate turns — remained on the bridge, with the other half vertical, its smashed front end resting on a ramp connecting the two expressways.

  A quick-thinking waitress comes to the aid of a boy with bruises at her table

The waitress knew the boy at her table needed help, but she had no clue that, in essence, she was about to save his life.

  Minneapolis council to try again with plan to replace police

Some Minneapolis City Council members are preparing a new plan that seeks to replace the city's police department in the wake of George Floyd's death.

  Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2 million amid vaccine rollout

The milestone was reached just over a year after the coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

  Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops

An Associated Press review of public records, social media posts and videos shows at least 21 current or former members of the U.S. military or law enforcement have been identified as being at or near the Capitol riot, with more than a dozen others under investigation but not yet named.

  National Mall closed to public before inaugural

It will remain in force at least through Thursday, the day after Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service said in a statement.

  Majority of Americans want Trump removed from office

Of those asked, 54% said it would be better for the country if Trump were removed, leaving Vice President Mike Pence to finish the last few days of his term.

  U.S. retail sales fell in December for 3rd straight month

The report released Friday is yet another sign that the pandemic is slowing the U.S. economy.

  Relentless Fla. sinkhole reopens

The gaping hole opened up in October.

  Utah activist who filmed Capitol shooting booked into jail

He was charged with civil disorder, violent entry or disorderly conduct and entering a restricted building or grounds.

Pilot makes emergency landing on Illinois highway’s median

The pilot was not injured when he landed the single-engine plane Wednesday night onto Interstate 57′s median in Williamson County.

Russia withdraws from Open Skies Treaty after US departure

Russia announces its withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty following the U.S. exit.

Pentagon says US has dropped to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan

The U.S. military has reached it goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan to roughly 2,500, a drawdown that appears to violate a last-minute congressional prohibition on troop withdrawals.

  Officer credited with keeping rioters from Senate chambers stays silent

Officer Eugene Goodman isn’t saying whether he thinks he saved the Senate, as many of the millions who’ve viewed the video believe. In fact, Goodman isn’t saying anything at all publicly.

  Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

He has been acting as a top pandemic adviser to Biden and his appointment was announced Friday by the presidential transition office.

Dustin Diamond of ‘Saved by the Bell’ has cancer

The actor’s representative confirmed the diagnosis days after Diamond’s Facebook page revealed he checked into the hospital for testing.

  Biden picks familiar faces for top roles at FEMA, CIA

President-elect Joe Biden is nominating New York emergency department commissioner Deanne Criswell to serve as the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator.

  At least 34 dead as Indonesia quake topples homes, buildings

A strong, shallow earthquake has shaken Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, toppling homes and buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least 15 people.

Fake US leg band gets pigeon a reprieve in Australia

A pigeon that Australia declared a biosecurity risk may get a reprieve after a U.S. bird organization declared its identifying leg band was fake.

US executes Virginia gang killer despite COVID-19 infection

The U.S. government has executed a drug trafficker for a series of slayings in Virginia in 1992, despite his recent COVID-19 infection.

Xi asks Starbucks’ Schultz to help repair US-China ties

President Xi Jinping has asked former CEO Howard Schultz of Starbucks, one of the most prominent American brands in China, to help repair U.S.-Chinese relations amid a tariff war and tension over technology and security.

Noted character actor Peter Mark Richman dies at 93

Peter Mark Richman, a character actor who appeared in hundreds of television episodes and had recurring roles on “Three’s Company” and “Beverly Hills 90210,” has died. He was 93.

  Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem virus and steady economy

The Biden plan comes as a divided nation remains caught in the grip of the pandemic’s most dangerous wave yet. So far, more than 380,000 Americans have died.

Flint water probe brings charges against ex-governor, others

A new investigation of the Flint water disaster has led to charges against nine people, including former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and members of his administration.

Joanne Rogers, widow of TV’s famed Mister Rogers, dies at 92

Joanne Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers, has died. She was 92.

  Expanded vaccine rollout in US spawns a new set of problems

Up until the past few days, health care workers and nursing home patients had largely been given priority in most places around the U.S.

  Trump impeachment trial to focus on his attacks on election

The trial timeline and schedule are largely set by Senate procedures and will start as soon as the House delivers the article of impeachment.

  Stars return to inauguration, with J.Lo, Gaga set to perform

The announcement of their participation comes one day after word that Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute primetime TV special celebrating Biden’s inauguration.

Olympic swimmer released but ordered to stay away from DC

A five-time Olympic swimming medalist charged with participating in a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol was released from federal custody Thursday but ordered to stay away from Washington, D.C. until after next week’s inauguration.

Mossimo Giannulli asks to finish prison sentence at home

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli asked Thursday to serve the remainder of his five-month prison term at home.

  Most major US airlines ban guns in luggage for DC flights

Airlines and airports say they are stepping up security before next week’s presidential inauguration, with Delta and other major airlines saying they will prohibit passengers flying to the Washington area from putting guns in checked bags.

  Zello walkie-talkie app removes extremist channels

The push-to-talk walkie-talkie app made the move after it found evidence that some of its users participated in last week's riots at the Capitol.

  No evidence of child abuse surge amid pandemic, HHS leaders say

Calls to hotlines reporting suspected abuse are down compared to 2019, while calls to support centers from hard-up families seeking assistance have increased.

  Capitol riot: Confederate flag photo leads to man’s arrest

A Delaware man photographed carrying a Confederate battle flag during a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol was arrested Thursday after authorities used the image to help identify him, federal prosecutors said.

Feds failed to manage border policy that led to family separations, IG report says

The report from the inspector general for the Justice Department found that leadership failed to prepare to implement the policy or manage the fallout, which resulted in more than 3,000 family separations and caused lasting emotional damage to children who were taken from their parents.

  Biden taps Jaime Harrison to serve as Democratic chairman

Jaime Harrison, the failed South Carolina Senate candidate and longtime Democratic Party official, is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead the national party, according to multiple party officials.

Siegfried Fischbacher, of illusion duo Siegfried & Roy, dies

Siegfried Fischbacher, the surviving member of the magic duo Siegfried & Roy who entertained millions with illusions using rare animals, has died in Las Vegas, his longtime publicist tells The Associated Press. He was 81.