Fierce California winds fan fires, topple trees and trucks

Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people.

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

  ‘Shameful’: US virus deaths top 400K as Trump leaves office

  Biden arrives for inauguration with big plans, big problems

  Biden immigration plan opposed by GOP, conservative groups

  2 Guard members made extremist statements about inauguration

  From Gaga to Garth, Miranda to Moreno: Celebs join inaugural

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  McConnell: Trump ‘provoked’ Capitol siege, mob ‘fed lies’

Stores drop MyPillow after CEO pushes election conspiracies

  Sales of US Constitution topped 1 million during Trump years

  Georgia certifies Democrats Warnock and Ossoff’s Senate wins

  Biden’s nominees promise fresh approach on national security

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

  Biden picks 1st transgender person for Senate-confirmed post

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

Man charged with 5 new felonies in Iowa Trump rally shooting

Prosecutors have added five felony weapons and assault counts against a white man already charged with attempted murder for shooting into a car carrying four Black girls during a rally for President Donald Trump in Iowa.

Supreme Court takes on early stage of global warming case

The Supreme Court seems cautious about giving oil and gas companies a win in a case involving global warming.

SAT doing away with optional essay, subject tests

The subject tests will immediately end for U.S. students and will be phased out for international students by June.

  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

  An inauguration like we’ve never seen before

  Boosting your body’s vaccine response: Stress doesn’t help

  The Latest: McConnell points finger at Trump in Capitol riot

The Kentucky Republican said Tuesday on the Senate floor, “The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people.”

  Sick of 2021? Just Scream! hotline offers relief

Elementary school teacher Chris Gollmar created the project to help people reduce their stress.

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

The coronavirus is becoming more genetically diverse, and health officials say the high rate of new cases is the main reason.

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

A second wave of COVID-19 is devastating South Africa.

  Teen snowmobiler builds snow cave to wait for rescue

Officials say the 17-year-old was snowmobiling Saturday when he got separated from three family members.

  Amber Alert issued for 2 abducted siblings in NY

“They were forcibly removed and we are gravely concerned for their well-being,” Greece Police Chief Andrew Forsythe said at a news conference.

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.

  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.