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Cuomo asks state AG, top judge to launch harassment probe

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked the state’s attorney general and chief appeals court judge to jointly appoint an independent lawyer to investigate claims that he sexually harassed at least two women who worked for him.

  At bicoastal Globes on Sunday, ‘Borat’ could triumph

Rooster kills Indian man during banned cockfight

  McDonald’s worker celebrates 100th birthday with special mailbox

  Pharmacist drives through snow to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to disabled woman, family

Doctor appears in court video call while performing surgery

  J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

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  Justice Dept. to appeal judge’s order on eviction moratorium

2 skiers defy death in descent of Yosemite’s Half Dome

  Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate

  Mo. girl finds parents dead in bed reportedly from COVID-19

WWII plane fly-past honors Captain Tom Moore at funeral

  AP sources: Feds pinpoint suspect in officer’s riot death

Lady Gaga’s dogs recovered safely after theft, shooting

Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs, which were stolen by thieves who shot and wounded the dogwalker, were recovered unharmed Friday, Los Angeles police said.

  Woman discovers baby alive in trash can

After discovering the crying, she called out to some EMTs who happened to nearby.

  Plunging demand for COVID-19 tests may leave US exposed

U.S. testing hit a peak on Jan. 15. Since then, the average number of daily tests has fallen more than 28%.

  Highlights of the COVID-19 relief bill advancing in Congress

The House passed a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package early Saturday that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses. Republicans say the spending is vastly more than what is needed for the pandemic.

  House passes $1.9T pandemic relief bill, sends it to Senate

‘Meyers Manx’ dune buggy creator dead at 94

Local World War II, Vietnam veteran laid to rest in Columbus at age 101

Judge approves $650M Facebook privacy lawsuit settlement

  Biden surveys Texas weather damage, thanks emergency workers

  US implicates Saudi crown prince in journalist Khashoggi’s killing

  Biden says US airstrikes in Syria told Iran: ‘Be careful’

The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops.

  US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to quickly follow the recommendation and make J&J’s shot the third vaccine authorized for emergency use in the U.S.

  NASA renames HQ after pioneering engineer Mary Jackson

Members of her family attended the building’s renaming ceremony on Friday, along with the acting NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk.

Tennessee state investigation uncovers possible vaccine theft in Shelby County, children getting COVID-19 vaccine

Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey says a volunteer may have stolen multiple doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the Pipkin Building in Shelby County.

DNA from soda can helps solve 40-year-old killing

DNA from trash from the suspect's current apartment -- including a Coke can -- matched DNA from the crime scene.

  GRAPHIC: Catholic school AD resigns after kids expelled for mother’s internet modeling

Three children of Crystal Jackson, known as “The Real Mrs. Poindexter” on her OnlyFans account, were expelled from Sacred Heart Parish in California. All three boys are under the age of 12.

Young girl shot while walking with father in New Orleans

A child is in the hospital following a shooting Thursday night, police say.

Man gets two life sentences for raping children in 2020 home invasion

Keith Lamar Reeder, 47, will serve two life sentences for two sexual battery charges.

Explosion strikes Israeli-owned ship in Mideast amid tension

The crew and vessel were safe, according to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which is run by the British navy.

  US consumers rebound to boost spending 2.4% as income jumps

Friday’s report from the Commerce Department also showed that personal incomes, which provide the fuel for spending, jumped 10% last month, boosted by cash payments most Americans received from the government.

Cemetery worker buried alive in New York grave mishap

Rodwin Allicock, 42, of Coram, was leveling out the bottom of a 7-foot-deep grave at Washington Memorial Park in Mount Sinai when the sides collapsed.

McPlant and more: Beyond Meat inks McDonald’s, Yum deals

Chicago-based McDonald’s will use the Beyond Meat partnership to roll out what it is calling the “McPlant” burger, as well as eventually plant-based pork, egg and chicken products.

Water near Arizona Air Force base is tainted in latest case

Luke Air Force Base announced this month that studies showed high levels of contaminants had affected drinking water for about 6,000 people in roughly 1,600 homes as well as a few neighboring businesses.

Cooper recalls 430K light truck tires due to sidewall bulges

The recall covers certain Discoverer, Evolution, Courser, Deegan, Adventurer, Hercules, Back Country, Multi-Mile, Wild Country and Big O tires in several sizes.

  CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Woman dragged by car in purse-snatching attack

The suspects had grabbed her purse, but the purse strap was crossed over her neck and shoulder.

  Prince Harry says he didn’t walk away from royal duties

During a segment on the CBS television network’s “The Late, Late Show with James Corden” that aired early Friday, Harry said he decided to step away from his work as a front-line member of the royal family to protect his wife and son — and his mental health.

  Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken in mass abduction

Gunmen abducted 317 girls from a boarding school in northern Nigeria on Friday, police said, the latest in a series of mass kidnappings of students in the West African nation.

  Nose piercing leads to liver transplant for woman in New York

What started as a beauty statement ended up in a serious infection, And an organ transplant was needed to save her life.

Amber Alert canceled for missing Ga. teenage girl

An alert for a missing Georgia teenager has been canceled, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported in a tweet on Friday.

  EXPLAINER: What were the warnings before the Capitol riot?

Capitol Police leadership had plenty of intelligence warning that armed extremists were planning to target the Capitol over President Donald Trump’s election loss, according to new testimony Thursday. But their rank-and-file officers were still left exposed against armed rioters.

  Lady Gaga offers $500K after dog walker shot, dogs stolen

The dog walker was shot once Wednesday night and is expected to survive his injuries.

At pivotal moment in Afghanistan war, Biden weighs a dilemma

The Biden administration is studying the February 2020 Doha deal in which the Taliban agreed to stop attacking U.S. forces and to start peace talks with the government, among other things, in exchange for a withdrawal of all foreign troops by May 1.

  ‘It was a miracle’: Baby boy comes back to life after being pronounced dead

He has not even had his first birthday yet, and Kingston Lane is showing everybody how brave he is.

  Tiger Woods transferred to LA hospital after surgery

Tiger Woods has been moved to another Los Angeles hospital after undergoing surgery to his right leg after being badly injured in a car crash.

Sumter man charged with exposing children and adults to HIV

He was previously accused of inappropriate acts with children.

Ties with Saudis at stake as US releases findings on killing

President Joe Biden was expected to speak to Saudi King Salman as soon as Thursday for the first time since taking office more than a month ago.

Mr. Potato Head drops the mister, sort of

Hasbro clarified in a tweet that the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head characters will still exist, names and all, but the branding on the box will say “Potato Head.”

Cat that vanished 15 years ago reunited with owner

A cat that went astray about 15 years ago has been reunited, older and maybe wiser, with its owner.

  AG: Ex-US Olympics gymnastics coach dies by suicide after charges

Details about the charges against John Geddert were not immediately known

  COVID-19 bill must drop minimum wage hike, arbiter decides

The hardening opposition suggested that Biden’s first major legislative initiative could encounter unanimous GOP opposition.

US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

The airstrikes were announced by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, who said the action was authorized by President Joe Biden.

  Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds

The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year.

  Biden directive expands jobless aid to more unemployed

The federal program, known as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, made the self-employed and gig workers eligible for jobless aid for the first time.

US loosens Pfizer vaccine shipping regulations

U.S. regulators are allowing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to be shipped and stored at less-frigid temperatures, which should ease distribution and administration of one of the two vaccines authorized for emergency use in the country.

  Chief: Capitol assault much bigger than intel suggested

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman denied that law enforcement failed to take seriously warnings of violence before the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Group asks Supreme Court justices to ban use of race in college admissions

The high court could decide in the spring whether to take up the issue.

  Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades.

Game on, again: GameStop surges and no one truly knows why

It’s reminiscent of the shocking 1,625% surge for GameStop in January, when bands of smaller-pocketed and novice investors helped trigger a supernova for the stock of the struggling video game retailer.

  Understanding post-COVID syndrome

A new study suggests even in mild cases, some folks may feel symptoms months later. The condition is known as post-COVID syndrome.

House votes to expand legal safeguards for LGBTQ people

Republicans broadly oppose the legislation, echoing concerns from those who worry the bill would force people to take actions that contradict their religious beliefs.

  Biden marks 50M vaccine doses in first 5 weeks in office

On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in.

Twitter to let users charge followers to see premium posts

Twitter is branching out from advertising to find more ways to make money — both for itself and for its most prolific users, whether those are businesses, celebrities or regular people.

  Conservative gathering to feature Trump’s false fraud claims

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the Conservative Political Action Conference and a Trump ally, said discussion panels on election integrity would highlight “huge” evidence of illegal voting in Georgia, Nevada and elsewhere that ultimately swung the election for Democrat Joe Biden.

Avalanche danger high, 32 deaths confirmed this season

This avalanche season has already been historically dangerous, with 32 confirmed fatalities, all but one in the West.

  CDC launches website to help find nearby COVID-19 vaccine providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new search tool for COVID-19 vaccines.

  Black Lives Matter launches Survival Fund amid federal COVID-19 relief wait

The foundation, which grew out of the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement nearly eight years ago, said Thursday that it plans to make up to 3,000 microgrants of $1,000 each to people who it believes need it most.

  Energy executive: Texas power plants turned off in crisis

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott wants to force power plants to winterize after nearly half of the state’s generation capacity was knocked offline by subfreezing temperatures.

  Costco boosts minimum wage to $16

The wholesale chain is raising its starting rate for hourly workers at its U.S. locations to $16 an hour.

Senate confirms former Michigan Gov. Granholm as energy secretary

Granholm, who served two terms as governor in a state dominated by the auto industry, will be a key player in Biden’s vision for a green economy as the United States fights to slow climate change.

Republican wants to require national anthem in Wisconsin

The sweeping proposal from state Sen. Patrick Testin, of Stevens Point, comes after the Dallas Mavericks did not play “The Star-Spangled Banner” before home games earlier this season.

Victoria’s Secret to close dozens more stores

The move is not nearly as severe as the 241 stores the lingerie retailer closed in 2020.

  Rep. Greene posts gender sign in response to Newman’s trans pride flag

Rep. Marie Newman, who works in a neighboring office, installed a transgender pride flag outside her door.

  Anticipating 2021 boom, Q4 GDP revised up slightly to 4.1%

The economy grew at a 4.1% pace in the final three months of 2020, slightly faster than first estimated, ending a year in which the overall economy, ravaged by a global pandemic, shrank more than in any year in the past seven decades.

Garage sale bowl may be worth $500,000

The bowl was made during the Ming dynasty in China between 1403 and 1424.

Nearly 60 years later, college dropout and wife pledge $20M gift to alma mater

Philanthropist Calvin Tyler Jr., and his wife, Tina, pledged $20 million Monday to his alma mater Morgan State University, which the university said is the largest gift to any HBCU ever made by one of its former students.

  Southern exposure: Cold wreaks havoc on aging waterworks

Cities across Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi are still grappling with outages that crippled health care facilities and forced families to wait in line for potable water.

Manhattan prosecutor gets Trump tax records after long fight

It comes after the Supreme Court denied Trump’s last ditch-effort to keep the records private.

Police arrest man after Wyoming boy found dead in dumpster

Police in Cheyenne, Wyoming, say the boyfriend of a woman whose 2-year-old son was found dead in an apartment complex dumpster has been arrested.