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  LIVE: 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.

  On Day One, Biden to undo Trump policies on climate, coronavirus

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

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

  Trump bids farewell to Washington, hints of comeback

  Trump frees former aides from ethics pledge, lobbying ban

  FULL TEXT: President Biden’s inaugural address

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  Inauguration fashion: Purple, pearls, American designers

  As virus surges, states reporting shortages of vaccine

  World hopes for renewed cooperation under new US president

Wall Street hits records as hopes build for more stimulus

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

  Trump pardons ex-boyfriend of deported Russian agent

  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.

  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.

  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

Ex-Arizona official to head to prison for illegal adoptions

  Officer who diverted rioters escorts Harris at inauguration

  Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others

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

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

  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.

  2 Guard members made extremist statements about inauguration

U.S. Secret Service tightened security in and around the Capitol days earlier than usual in preparation, and the city center is essentially on lockdown with streets blocked, high fencing installed and tens of thousands of troops and law enforcement officers stationed around the area.

Stores drop MyPillow after CEO pushes election conspiracies

Mike Lindell, the company CEO and also the face of the brand, said major retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s have dropped his products recently.

  Sales of US Constitution topped 1 million during Trump years

The U.S. Constitution has been a best-seller during the Trump years.

  Georgia certifies Democrats Warnock and Ossoff’s Senate wins

The certification by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger officially seals Warnock and Ossoff’s victories over their Republican opponents in the Jan. 5 runoffs.

  Biden’s nominees promise fresh approach on national security

President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to lead the intelligence community, Avril Haines, promised Tuesday to “speak truth to power" and keep politics out of intelligence agencies to ensure their work is trusted.

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

Sarah Thomas, a down judge, is part of the officiating crew announced Tuesday by the NFL.

  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

President Donald Trump was expected to spend his last full day in office issuing a flurry of pardons and bidding farewell to the American public from a near-deserted White House and surrounded by an extraordinary security presence outside.

  Alleged ‘Oath Keepers’ leader among self-described militia members jailed on charges from Capitol riot

Federal authorities said that Caldwell sent another message to an Oath Keepers leader encouraging them to storm Ohio’s capital, Columbus.

  Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop COVID-19 pandemic

The panel concluded that "many countries took minimal action to prevent the spread (of COVID-19) internally and internationally." The pandemic has killed at least 2 million people worldwide so far.

  Yellen pushes GOP senators on $1.9 trillion relief package

Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice as Treasury secretary, said Tuesday that the incoming administration would focus on winning quick passage of its $1.9 trillion pandemic relief plan, rejecting Republican arguments that the measure is too big given the size of U.S. budget deficits.

  An inauguration like we’ve never seen before

The COVID-19 pandemic and the violence at the Capitol earlier this month are causing big changes.

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

A new study suggests your mental and physical health can affect how your body reacts to the COVID vaccine.

  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.

Man who spent 99 days in the hospital with COVID-19 dies shortly after release

Family members confirm that a man who spent 99 days in a Shreveport intensive care unit battling COVID-19 has died.

  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.