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Sen. Josh Hawley finds a new publisher for book

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U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley's planned book, "The Tyranny of Big Tech," canceled by Simon & Schuster after his involvement in the recent Capitol insurrection, has found a new publisher.

The book, which Simon & Schuster originally described as Hawley's case that the likes of Google, Amazon and Apple represent the "gravest threat to American liberty ...Read more

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Kamala Harris tells Florida teens to ‘lead with conviction' at MLK Jr. event

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MIAMI — The COVID-19 pandemic’s wrath in Florida has put a strain on families, had an outsized effect on Florida’s Black communities and forced schools to go virtual. Marked by interruption and uncertainty, young people had a particularly challenging 2020.

During a breakfast honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the focus shifted...Read more

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3 National Guard members describe rush to duty after Capitol riot

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WASHINGTON — Brandie Santana’s phone rang in the evening after she finished her shift as a hospice nurse at Cavalry Hospital in the Bronx. Television news was still showing images of rioting that day at the U.S. Capitol, some 225 miles away, and she realized what was coming.

“I pretty much knew we were going to get the call,” the 40-...Read more

Trump reportedly set to pardon more than 100 people in his final hours as president

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With just hours left in office, President Donald Trump is expected to dish out pardons and sentence commutations to a varied group of more than 100 criminals, pardons that could include himself and his family members, according to several reports Monday.

Trump, whose term ends at noon Wednesday, spent his last weekend at the White House ...Read more

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Florida reports 137 new COVID-19 deaths, highest number this year

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida reported 8,002 new coronavirus cases on Monday and another 137 new resident deaths linked to COVID-19. The state has now reported 1,579,281 cases since the pandemic began.

The new figures mark the lowest number of new cases this year but the highest number of deaths.


Palm Beach County: 525 ...Read more

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Vaccines should be available ‘immediately' to people 65 and older, LA supervisors urge

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LOS ANGELES — Amid widespread confusion over when and how senior citizens can get the coronavirus vaccine, two Los Angeles County supervisors are urging that people 65 and older be inoculated immediately.

“Gov. Gavin Newsom has encouraged all counties to start vaccinating residents 65 and older so that we can protect our residents who are ...Read more

US hits 24 million COVID-19 cases

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The United States surpassed 24 million COVID-19 cases Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

At least 398,307 people have died from related complications since the pandemic began, as well. On Sunday, incoming U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the U.S. would likely pass 500,...Read more

Woody Guthrie — who despised Trump's dad — gets statue in his presidential sculpture garden of ‘heroes’

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Woody Guthrie is on a list of American icons who will have statues built in their honor on President Donald Trump’s orders — even though the late folk music legend wrote a seething song decades ago about the Trump family’s allegedly racist business practices in New York City.

The Guthrie statue will be among more than 100 sculptures ...Read more

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Ohio officials report 4,312 additional COVID-19 cases; state total to date tops 831,000

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — State health officials reported another 4,312 coronavirus cases Monday, bringing the total statewide during the ongoing pandemic to 831,066.

The new daily total was well below the 21-day average of 7,430, though the latest numbers were posted by the Ohio Department of Health on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, when...Read more

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Nearly 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, 8 more deaths reported across SC

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COLUMBIA, S.C. —Though numbers eased in comparison to recent eye-popping highs, South Carolina's health department on Monday still announced nearly 3,000 more cases of COVID-19 statewide.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced on Monday 2,946 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. The agency reported 12,806 ...Read more

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State capitols brace for cyberattacks

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When a pro-Trump mob stormed into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, rioters didn't just smash windows and break furniture. They also pilfered at least two laptops: one from the office of Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, another from a conference room used by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The next day, House administrative officials ...Read more

Texas man threatened to shoot family if they reported him going in US Capitol, FBI says

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A Wylie man arrested over the weekend for going inside of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 told his family he went there "to protect the country" and threatened to shoot his children if they turned him in, authorities say.

Guy Reffitt took his gun with him when they "stormed the Capitol" and recorded some of the events on his Go...Read more

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Police watchdog group says Minneapolis uses loophole to keep police misconduct from the public

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MINNEAPOLIS — One Minneapolis police officer made a reckless turn and caused a "preventable" car crash.

In a separate case, an officer failed to turn on his body camera while interviewing witnesses at a crime scene.

Another officer used "inappropriate language" toward a victim of domestic assault and then never wrote a report on the call.

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Pelosi demands halt to naming GOP operative as NSA

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded that the Defense Department halt plans to install a Republican operative as the top lawyer at the National Security Agency in the closing hours of President Donald Trump’s administration.

The appointment of Michael Ellis as NSA general counsel is “highly suspect,” Pelosi told Acting ...Read more

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Census director quits amid criticism that delayed count was politicized

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WASHINGTON — Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham announced his resignation Monday amid criticism of his handling of the decennial census and allegations he allowed the count to be politicized.

Dillingham made the announcement in a statement that thanked the bureau’s staff for their work conducting the count amid a global pandemic. For ...Read more

Cuomo seeks COVID-19 vaccine deal with Pfizer, making good on threat to slow hospitals

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, fed up with the federal government’s frustratingly slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, is going straight to the source.

The governor penned a letter Monday to Pfizer asking if the pharmaceutical giant would cut out the middleman and sell doses directly to New York.

“You no doubt understand the challenges ...Read more

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Kamala Harris resigns Senate seat ahead of historic inauguration

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Sen. Kamala Harris officially resigned her Senate seat on Monday ahead of her historic inauguration as the first woman vice president in American history.

Harris, who has served as California’s junior Democratic senator since 2017, submitted a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom, saying her resignation took effect at noon. Newsom later in the day ...Read more

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Social media platforms are cracking down to prevent Inauguration Day violence

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Over the four years of the Trump presidency, social media platforms generally took a soft line in enforcing their policies against threats and misinformation, allowing most borderline speech, including the president's, to stand.

In the wake of a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol aimed at disrupting the transfer of power, and ahead of an ...Read more

Georgia teen returns home after Cayman Islands prison release

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ATLANTA — After spending more than a month in a Cayman Islands prison for breaking COVID-19 quarantine rules, a metro Atlanta teenager is back home, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Skylar Mack, 18, of Loganville, arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Friday, where she reunited with her mother, the news station reported.

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Gov. Cuomo to skip Biden inauguration amid concerns over threats to Albany, other state capitals

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is skipping Joe Biden’s inauguration, opting to stay in Albany amid threats of potential violence and the possibility of armed protesters targeting capitals across the country.

The governor said Monday he will not attend the ceremony in Washington in the wake of warnings from the FBI about pro-Trump...Read more