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NY prosecutors subpoena records on Trump's Seven Springs estate

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New York City prosecutors, who are investigating President Donald Trump’s company for possible tax, bank and insurance fraud, have broadened their probe to include a sprawling property in Westchester County.

A lawyer for the town of Bedford said Friday the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. last month served the town with a...Read more

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Pelosi leaves Congress guessing on Trump Senate trial timing

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the impeachment of President Donald Trump as “urgent” but declined to say Friday when the House will send the single charge for inciting insurrection to the Senate to begin his trial.

Speaking to reporters two days after the House impeached Trump for encouraging his supporters who stormed ...Read more

US steps up claims COVID-19 may have escaped from Chinese lab

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WASHINGTON — The State Department on Friday said it had new information suggesting the COVID-19 pandemic could have emerged from a Chinese laboratory and not through contact with infected animals, the latest salvo in the Trump administration’s efforts to pressure Beijing over the virus’s origins.

Specifically, the U.S. said it had ...Read more

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Trump-touted plasma therapy shows no benefit against virus, researchers say

A large, national study in the U.K. examining convalescent plasma as a therapy for COVID-19 was ended after a finding that the treatment touted by U.S. President Donald Trump doesn’t work.

The University of Oxford research was part of a clinical trial named Recovery ...Read more

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Biden to mount federal vaccination campaign, breaking with Trump approach

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WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden, inheriting responsibility for a pandemic that is unchecked and worsening after nearly a year, Friday detailed his plan to throw the weight of the federal government behind getting Americans vaccinated against COVID-19.

Biden, in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, five days before his inauguration, ...Read more

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Capitol rioters aimed to ‘capture and assassinate' officials, federal prosecutors allege

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WASHINGTON — The pro-Trump extremists who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week aimed to “capture and assassinate elected officials,” with one rioter leaving a note for Vice President Mike Pence warning “justice is coming,” federal prosecutors wrote in a court filing that provides the most detailed explanation yet for what the mob planned...Read more

State capitols fortify against armed threats before inauguration

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WASHINGTON — If any state knows the seriousness of the threats posed by domestic terrorists, it’s Michigan.

State lawmakers faced an armed invasion of the capitol in Lansing in May and a foiled plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in October. As President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration approaches — and with it the threat of more right-...Read more

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Some right-wing groups warning their members away from protests

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Some far-right groups are warning members to avoid the armed rallies planned before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, alleging that the federal government or rivals may be seeking to incite them to violence and entrap them.

“Groups would love for us to show up and get violent in order to push their own agenda — whether it be a ...Read more

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One of the world's biggest vaccine campaigns starts in India

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NEW DELHI — India is launching one of the world’s largest coronavirus vaccination drives on Saturday, setting in motion a complex deployment plan aimed at stemming the wide spread of infections across a nation of more than 1.3 billion people.

At hospitals and vaccination centers across major Indian cities — from Mumbai to New Delhi — ...Read more

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Hogan makes last-minute attempt to prevent Democratic gerrymander in Maryland

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Gov. Larry Hogan is making one last effort to stymie partisan gerrymandering in Maryland before the next decade's election maps are drawn.

The Republican governor announced this week the creation of the state's first-ever citizen-led redistricting commission to draft new congressional and state legislative maps. But final approval will ...Read more

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After a year of civil unrest, the US is running low on body armor and gas masks

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WASHINGTON — Just days before a new president enters the White House, promising to unify a dangerously divided country, the state of the union can perhaps be judged by this metric: America is facing a shortage of bulletproof vests, gas masks and ballistic helmets.

Some retailers of protective equipment have seen a five-fold increase in sales ...Read more

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Lawmakers condemn decision by Trump administration to move Space Command from Colorado

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The General Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a memorial to be sent to President-elect Joe Biden and others, asking him to reverse the Trump administration's decision to take the U.S. Space Command out of Colorado Springs, two days after the administration announced it would go against a decision by the Air Force ...Read more

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Kim Jong Un's missile tests may welcome Biden to White House

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Kim Jong Un has rolled out a lot of new missiles in recent months, including at least one more this week. The next step is for him to fire them into the air to get President-elect Joe Biden’s attention.

The North Korean leader paraded a new submarine-launched ballistic missile through central Pyongyang Thursday as part of a military pageant ...Read more

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CVS and Walgreens under fire for slow pace of vaccination in nursing homes

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The effort to vaccinate some of the country’s most vulnerable residents against covid-19 has been slowed by a federal program that sends retail pharmacists into nursing homes — accompanied by layers of bureaucracy and logistical snafus.

As of Thursday, more than 4.7 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna covid vaccines had been ...Read more

Trump retreats from his job, and Pence fills the void as ‘acting' president

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WASHINGTON — Frustrated by the loss of his Twitter account and forced to accept that he soon must leave office, President Donald Trump has effectively stopped doing his job, delegating daily responsibilities to Vice President Mike Pence while hunkering down with a shrinking group of acquiescent aides and contemplating additional presidential ...Read more

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New effort to ban cosmetic genital surgery on children launches in California Legislature

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California legislators will again consider a bill to ban cosmetic surgery on small children born with atypical genitalia under a bill introduced Friday.

Senate Bill 225 by state Sen. Scott Wiener, a San Francisco Democrat, would delay procedures that are not deemed medically necessary until a child is 6 years old, a ...Read more

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Florida adds 13,720 new coronavirus cases as positivity dips

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MIAMI — Florida’s Department of Health on Thursday confirmed 13,720 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s known total to 1,531,720. Also, 217 new resident deaths were announced, bringing the state’s resident death toll from the novel coronavirus to 23,613.

No new nonresident deaths were announced, leaving the nonresident ...Read more

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Interior watchdog to examine Jan. 6 Capitol riot, events before

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WASHINGTON — The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General said Friday it would open an investigation into the department’s activities in the days preceding the violent attack on Congress and the Capitol as well as its response to that assault.

In a brief statement, the inspector general said it would “coordinate” its inquiry ...Read more

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Fast-spreading COVID-19 variant seen becoming top strain in US

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The COVID-19 variant that emerged in the U.K. and sparked concerns of faster spread could become dominant in the U.S. as soon as March, government public health researchers said in a report.

Several lines of evidence indicate the strain spreads faster than other versions, and steps should be taken to reduce its transmission, including increased...Read more

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Biden plans fewer rules, more shots in revised vaccination drive

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WASHINGTON — President-Elect Joe Biden proposed to overhaul eligibility rules for coronavirus vaccines and open more sites to receive shots, but his plan to rev up U.S. inoculations largely retains the bones of the Trump administration’s system.

Biden’s pledges are vague about timelines, reinforcing his previous warnings that there’ll ...Read more