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  Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health secretary

President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health.

Sick of 2021? Just Scream! hotline offers relief

Amber Alert issued for 2 abducted siblings in NY

  Amtrak cancels trains in Virginia ahead of inauguration

Chocolate bars recalled over plastic contamination

  Biden’s national security Cabinet nominees face Senate tests

  Yellen urges Congress to do more to fight pandemic recession

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

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

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

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

  Music teacher continues class while protecting US Capitol with National Guard

  Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

  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

  Biden picks Chopra, Gensler for financial oversight roles

Census Bureau director to resign amid criticism over data

  Biden aims for unifying speech at daunting moment for US

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

  Garth Brooks joins lineup of entertainers at Biden inaugural

  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.

  ‘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.

  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.

Scientists discover “Super-Earth” planet

Scientists say they have discovered a new planet described as a “Super-Earth.”

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.

  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

The problem was discovered when the company received four consumer complaints of extraneous material in pepperoni Hot Pockets, the department said.

State capitols boarded up, fenced off, patrolled by troops

With the FBI warning of potential for violence at all state capitols, the ornate halls of government and symbols of democracy looked more like heavily guarded U.S. embassies in war-torn countries.

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

Science organizations were also quick to praise Lander and the promotion of the science post.

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

The Sulawesi caves appear to be a treasure trove of human history.

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

A single article of impeachment — for “incitement of insurrection” — was approved by the House on Wednesday, one week after a violent mob of Trump supporters invaded the Capitol.

  Federal prisons on lockdown in run-up to Biden inauguration

The lockdown decision is precautionary, no specific information led to it and it is not in response to any significant events occurring inside facilities, the bureau said.

  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.