McConnell seeks to push impeachment trial to February

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to push back the start of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial by a week or more to give the former president time to review the case.

  Biden proposes 5-year extension of nuke treaty with Russia

  Biden signs burst of virus orders, requires masks for travel

  Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched?

Judge says Amazon won’t have to restore Parler web service

  Journalist captures photo of uniformed man kneeling at Beau Biden’s grave during inauguration

Neurological disorder linked to COVID-19 leaves La. firefighter paralyzed

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Congress poised for quick action on Biden’s Pentagon nominee

Air Force to expand women’s hair style options

  Biden halts border wall building after Trump’s final surge

  EU struggles, looks for answers to stop spread of new virus variants

‘Saved by the Bell’ star Dustin Diamond undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer

  Deputies: Coyote pulled from SC elementary school restroom

Singer Randy Parton, Dolly Parton’s brother, dies at 67

Country star Dolly Parton says her brother and singing partner Randy Parton has died of cancer.

  Eli Lilly: Drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in nursing homes

Residents and staff who got the drug had up to a 57% lower risk of getting COVID-19 compared to others at the same facility who got a placebo, the drugmaker said.

  Trump returns to a business empire ravaged by pandemic

Donald Trump is returning to a family business ravaged by pandemic shutdowns and restrictions, with revenue plunging more than 40 percent at his Doral golf property, his Washington hotel and both his Scottish resorts.

  World leaders cheer US return to climate fight under Biden

The U.S. formally left the Paris Accord pact in November.

  Bernie’s inauguration mittens: Woman who made them speaks

Twin suicide bombings rock central Baghdad, at least 32 dead

Hard-luck Maryland town gets a $731.1 million Powerball win

  White House: Biden confident in FBI head, will retain him

  Facebook’s oversight board to rule on Trump ban

  Democrats set to formalize Jaime Harrison as national chair

  Biden’s new mask mandate and you

In his first executive order, the president enacted the 100 Days Masking Challenge.

Chinese Embassy Twitter account locked for “dehumanization”

Twitter said the Jan. 7 tweet violated its policy on dehumanization.

  Biden Cabinet: Buttigieg urges big funds for transportation

President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, appeared on a smooth path to quick confirmation, pledging to senators on Thursday to help carry out the administration’s ambitious agenda to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.

  Biden revokes Trump report promoting ‘patriotic education’

President Joe Biden revoked a recent Trump administration report that aimed to promote “patriotic education” in schools but that historians mocked and rejected as political propaganda.

Hotels turn to elopement packages to attract those planning weddings

A hotel elopement wedding package isn’t all that much different than a traditional hotel wedding package, but you’ll keep the number of guests to a minimum and you’ll save a bunch of money.

  Woman accused of helping steal Pelosi laptop freed from jail

U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Carlson directed that Riley June Williams be released into the custody of her mother, with travel restrictions, and instructed her to appear Monday in federal court in Washington to continue her case.

  New president brings a slightly new look to Oval Office

Biden revealed the new décor Wednesday as he invited reporters into his new office to watch him sign a series of executive orders hours after he took office.

  Cruise line requires passengers to get COVID vaccine

Saga Cruise Lines announced passengers must be fully vaccinated, meaning they've received both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before their departure.

  Suspect caught on camera hitting Florida deputy with stolen car

A helicopter belonging to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department caught the moment that a suspect hit a deputy with a stolen vehicle.

  US jobless claims decline to a still-high 900,000

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, lowering claims to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to further job cuts in a raging pandemic.

  Former presidents team up on video honoring Biden

They appeared side by side in the video message, which was recorded as part of the “Celebrating America” inauguration concert.

  Biden’s US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s quick commitment to the WHO — whose response to the pandemic has been criticized by many, but most vociferously by the Trump administration — marks a dramatic and vocal shift toward a more cooperative approach to fighting the pandemic.

  Schwarzenegger on COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Come with me if you want to live’

The actor and former California governor tweeted out a video of himself getting the shot.

Protesters gather, damage Democratic headquarters in Oregon

Portland has been the site of frequent protests, many involving violent clashes between officers and demonstrators, ever since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.

  Holding hands, couple married 70 years dies from COVID-19 minutes apart

Three of the couple's children wanted to share their story to encourage others to take COVID-19 seriously and give the virus respect.

Next up: $730M Powerball prize after no Mega Millions winner

Thanks to math and bad luck, lottery players will have another shot at a giant jackpot Wednesday night as a $730 million Powerball prize is on the line.

  Siblings abducted from NY foster home found safe in Alabama

Police say a woman is in custody in connection with the investigation, which is ongoing.

Proud Boy organizer arrested in Florida over riot at Capitol

Authorities say an organizer of the Proud Boys far-right extremist group has been arrested for taking part in the siege of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.

  Military helicopter crash kills 3 in training exercise in NY

Three National Guard members on a routine training flight have been killed in a helicopter crash in a western New York town.

  Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises

Biden’s inauguration came at a time of national tumult and uncertainty, a ceremony of resilience as the hallowed American democratic rite unfurled at a U.S. Capitol battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks ago.

  With passion and fashion, Lady Gaga delivers powerful anthem

A slew of glittery celebrities is descending on Washington — virtually or in person — to welcome the new administration.

  World hopes for renewed cooperation under new US president

Many expressed hope Wednesday that Biden would right the world’s largest democracy two weeks after they watched rioters storm the Capitol, shaking the faith of those fighting for democracy in their own countries.

  Keystone XL pipeline halted as Biden revokes permit

The 1,700-mile pipeline was planned to carry roughly 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

  Senate confirms Biden 1st Cabinet pick as Democrats control

Three new Democratic senators have been sworn into office, giving Democrats the majority in the Senate.

  On Day One, Biden targets Trump policies on climate, coronavirus

Biden on Wednesday planned to halt construction on Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall, end the ban on travel from some Muslim-majority countries, rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization and revoke the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, aides said.

  Biden’s first act: Executive orders on pandemic, climate, immigration

In his first official acts as president, Joe Biden is signing executive orders on a broad range of issues, from the coronavirus pandemic to climate change and immigration, to fulfill campaign promises.

President Biden says Trump’s letter to him was ‘very generous’

President Joe Biden is saying that a letter left to him by Donald Trump was “very generous.”

  Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman: ‘Even as we grieved, we grew.’

Amanda Gorman read with urgency and assertion as she began by asking “Where can we find light/In this never-ending shade?”

  Trump bids farewell to Washington, hints of comeback

His presidency over, Donald Trump said farewell to Washington on Wednesday.

  Trump frees former aides from ethics pledge, lobbying ban

President Donald Trump, in one of his final acts of office, released current and former members of his administration from the terms of their ethics pledge, which included a five-year ban on lobbying their former agencies.

  FULL TEXT: President Biden’s inaugural address

This is the full prepared text of President Joe Biden’s address delivered Wednesday after he was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States at the U.S Capitol in Washington, D.C.

  Inauguration fashion: Purple, pearls, American designers

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris showcased American designers at their inauguration Wednesday.

  As virus surges, states reporting shortages of vaccine

The shortage of doses comes as the United States marks more than 400,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

Wall Street hits records as hopes build for more stimulus

The hope on Wall Street is that another stimulus plan will help carry the economy until later this year, when more widespread COVID-19 vaccinations get daily life closer to normal.

  GRAPHIC: New York man charged with assaulting officer during Capitol riots

The man was arrested and charged with allegedly assaulting a Metropolitan Police Department officer during Capitol riot.

  Trump pardons ex-boyfriend of deported Russian agent

Paul Erickson, a former conservative operative once romantically linked to Russian agent Maria Butina who was convicted in investment schemes, has been pardoned by President Donald Trump as part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of his White House term.

  Biden’s inauguration goes off with no security issues

Joe Biden was safely sworn in as president in a Washington on edge, two weeks after rioters loyal to former President Donald Trump besieged the Capitol.

  Vice President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

Vice President Kamala Harris broke the barrier Wednesday that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath to hold the nation’s second-highest office.

  Gas explosion rips through Madrid building, killing 4

A powerful explosion apparently caused by a gas leak ripped the facade off a residential building in central Madrid on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring at least two more, according to the mayor.

  Couple gets married in hospital so bride’s dying father can attend

The bride's father had been recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Ex-Arizona official to head to prison for illegal adoptions

A former Arizona politician must report to prison Thursday to begin serving the first of three sentences for running an illegal adoption scheme that paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to come to the U.S. to give up their babies.

  Officer who diverted rioters escorts Harris at inauguration

When Vice President Kamala Harris stepped up to take the oath of office, she was escorted by Eugene Goodman.

  Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others

President Donald Trump pardoned former chief strategist Steve Bannon in the final hours of his White House term as part of a flurry of clemency action that benefited more than 140 people.

Neo-Nazi group to pay $10K to Charlottesville car attack survivor

The $10,000 judgment is not a settlement. But it means the group will pay the sum and be dismissed as a defendant from the lawsuit.

  Facebook has removed thousands of accounts linked to QAnon since August

Facebook said it has removed thousands of accounts and groups linked to QAnon.

  China labels Pompeo ‘doomsday clown’ over genocide claims

Pompeo’s announcement Tuesday doesn’t require any immediate actions, although the U.S. must take the designation into account in formulating policy toward China.

  Woman pregnant with twins survives COVID-19 after 7 weeks in hospital, special therapy

The future mother underwent an intensive therapy called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, which is used for COVID-19 patients who are out of other options.

  Sheriff: Fla. deputy charged with threats after US Capitol attack

The deputy was charged with making written threats to kill, conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism. He was also suspended pending termination.

  Limousine awaited ‘Tiger King’ outside Texas prison but Trump didn’t pardon him

The man known as the "Tiger King" is serving a 22-year prison sentence after he was convicted of multiple charges in 2019.

  Biden marks nation’s COVID grief before inauguration pomp

The sober moment on the eve of Biden's inauguration — typically a celebratory time in Washington when the nation marks the democratic tradition of a peaceful transfer of power — was a measure of the enormity of loss for the nation.

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.

  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.

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

The inaugural celebration will be pared down, distanced, and much of it virtual.

  Trump wishes new administration luck in farewell video

The White House released Trump's farewell address Tuesday afternoon, a day ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

  @POTUS resets as Twitter juggles presidential accounts

It’s a Twitter user’s worst nightmare: Wake up to find most of your followers gone.

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

Cole James Bridges of Stow, Ohio, was in custody on charges of attempted material support of a terrorist organization — the Islamic State group — and attempted murder of a military member, said Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for Manhattan federal prosecutors.

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

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 400,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

  Biden immigration plan opposed by GOP, conservative groups

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