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Lawyers say Aryan Brotherhood client is in danger in Sacramento prison — from guards

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lawyers for one of the Aryan Brotherhood inmates charged in a huge murder and conspiracy case filed documents late Friday claiming guards at California State Prison, Sacramento, have conspired to get inmates to kill other prisoners and engaged in other serious misconduct.

Lawyers for Brant Daniel are asking a federal ...Read more

Gregory Sierra of 'Sanford and Son' and 'Barney Miller' dead at 83

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Gregory Sierra, the comic actor who entertained the masses on “Sanford and Son” and “Barney Miller,” is dead at the age of 83.

The Spanish Harlem-raised entertainer passed away Jan. 4 from cancer, his spokesman, Rick Voll, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.

After one-off episodic TV appearances during the late 1960s and ...Read more

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'Ding dong, the nukes are dead,' protesters chant in calling for adherence to new UN treaty abolishing nuclear weapons

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A United Nations treaty abolishing nuclear weapons took effect Friday, though none of the nine countries with nuclear war capability, including the United States, signed it.

But support from leaders of 51 other nations that ratified The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons means nuclear weapons are now banned...Read more

Michigan's top health official abruptly resigns without explanation, deputy replaces him

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LANSING, Mich. — Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and a key, but controversial figure in the state's response to COVID-19, announced his resignation Friday from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration.

Gordon gained the public spotlight after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Oct. 2 that Whitmer ...Read more

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Hawley's favorability drops in Missouri after riot, but it improves with GOP nationally

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WASHINGTON — A plurality of Missouri voters disapprove of Republican Sen. Josh Hawley two weeks after the U.S. Capitol riot, according to a new poll.

The Jan. 18 survey of 743 registered voters found that 49% disapprove of Hawley, the state’s junior senator, compared to 36% who approve of his job performance, according to The Morning ...Read more

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Lawyer says Trump's failure to pardon accused Capitol rioters is a 'betrayal'

ST. LOUIS – A lawyer for one of the men charged with participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol said that former President Donald Trump's refusal to pardon Jacob Chansley and other Trump followers was a "betrayal."

Clayton lawyer Albert Watkins said in a ...Read more

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Triumph and heartbreak as thousands line up, desperate for COVID-19 vaccine

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LOS ANGELES — Patricia Reber walked out of the vaccine clinic at L.A.'s Lincoln Park pumping her arms overhead like a champion. A friend told the 80-year-old she had waited four hours for a shot at Dodger Stadium, but Reber was in and out within 30 minutes.

"This was wonderful," Reber said from beneath a Kobe Bryant face mask. "I think ...Read more

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McConnell faces growing conservative heat on impeachment

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WASHINGTON — A myriad of conservative voices are warning Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell against doing anything to facilitate a conviction of former President Donald Trump in an impeachment trial that he’s proposing begin next month.

“He has to keep the Republican caucus in line and make sure as few Republicans vote for impeachment...Read more

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In first lawsuit against Biden administration, Texas AG challenges deportation freeze

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AUSTIN, Texas — Following through on his promise to sue the Biden administration early and often, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday asked a federal judge to block a new policy that pauses most deportations for the next 100 days.

The policy, which went into effect Friday, was announced by acting Department of Homeland Security ...Read more

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Trump tax returns remain target of congressional Democrats

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WASHINGTON — A lawyer for the U.S. House of Representatives signaled that congressional Democrats will move aggressively during the Biden administration to obtain former President Donald Trump’s tax returns, telling a judge “enough is enough.”

“The House has been stymied for a long time,” the lawyer, Douglas Letter, said Friday at a...Read more

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Biden takes executive action to expand unemployment, food aid while waiting on stimulus moves

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President Joe Biden took executive action Friday to expand access to unemployment and food aid while Congress begins considering his proposal for a sweeping $1.9 trillion stimulus package amid continued economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

One executive order signed by Biden directs the Agriculture Department to provide 15% more in ...Read more

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Man living at O'Hare for 3 months without detection posts bail, ordered on electronic monitoring

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CHICAGO — A man who was discovered living at O’Hare International Airport for at least three months has left Cook County Jail after posting bail.

Aditya Singh, 36, was aided by the Chicago Bail Project, which came up with the $1,000 he needed to go free until his next court date after a $10,000 D-bond was set earlier, according to Cook ...Read more

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Grand jurors sign impeachment petition against Kentucky attorney general over Breonna Taylor case

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Three unnamed grand jurors and “other concerned citizens” have filed an impeachment petition against Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the latest petition to be filed after the Kentucky House of Representatives created an impeachment committee.

The petition accuses Cameron of misrepresenting the findings of the grand jury ...Read more

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U.K. says COVID-19 may no longer be spreading exponentially

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LONDON —The coronavirus pandemic may no longer be spreading exponentially in the U.K., according to government data suggesting the country’s third lockdown is working.

The official estimate of the “R rate” -- which measures how many people each infected person passes the virus on to -- fell to between 0.8 and 1, the results released on ...Read more

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Capitol Police officer appeals her gender discrimination case

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WASHINGTON — A female Capitol Police officer who alleges she was discriminated against by the department because of her gender and endured retaliation for sharing with the media a photo of a Capitol Police officer’s unattended gun is appealing U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly’s decision against her.

Lawyers for Officer Jodi Breiterman...Read more

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Texas Supreme Court: Alex Jones, website can be sued by Sandy Hook parents

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court on Friday rejected, without comment, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' attempt to toss out four defamation lawsuits by parents of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012.

The parents sued in Travis County, where Jones and his Infowars website are based, arguing that they were defamed and suffered...Read more

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QAnon follower claimed 'World War 3' coming before Capitol riot

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WASHINGTON — A QAnon adherent who was under investigation by the FBI sent messages last month saying that “World War 3” would occur on Jan. 6, court records show, the latest indication that federal agents knew about the potential for violence in the days leading to the storming of the U.S. Capitol.

Kevin Strong, an employee of the Federal...Read more

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Biden's first actions, proposals offer little compromise to GOP

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden capped his first three days in the White House by signing executive actions aimed at addressing economic distress amid the coronavirus outbreak, but he has done little so far to appeal to Republicans, who are balking at his proposals for broader relief.

Biden on Friday signed orders that beef up worker rights,...Read more

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Lawyer says Trump's failure to pardon accused Capitol rioters is a 'betrayal'

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ST. LOUIS – A lawyer for one of the men charged with participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol said that former President Donald Trump's refusal to pardon Jacob Chansley and other Trump followers was a "betrayal."

Clayton lawyer Albert Watkins said in a statement Wednesday that he'd approached Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows ...Read more

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Global alliance Covax to get 40 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

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Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE will supply as many as 40 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to Covax, a global alliance many poorer countries are relying on to protect their populations.

Shipments will start in the first quarter and continue throughout 2021, the companies said in a statement. The agreement follows pacts with AstraZeneca Plc, ...Read more