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Taliban call on Biden to honor Trump deal to remove US troops

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The Taliban has called on President-elect Joe Biden to honor a U.S. agreement to withdraw all American forces from Afghanistan by May in order to secure intra-Afghan peace talks and end the two-decade-long war.

“Steps must now be taken to end the war, not to prolong it, and the agreement was made for the purpose,” Mohammad Naeem, a senior ...Read more

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As virus spreads unchecked, 5 more inmates at a Calif. prison succumb to COVID-19

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SAN DIEGO – Five more inmates have died from COVID-19 at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility over the past week, pushing the total number of fatalities to 14 since the pandemic erupted and making Otay Mesa prison the fourth-deadliest prison in the state.

Family members of people being held inside the prison describe horrific ...Read more

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EU to set target for vaccinating 70% of its population by summer

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The European Union’s executive arm will urge member states to set a target for vaccinating at least 70% of the bloc’s population by this summer, according to a draft of the latest pandemic response recommendations due to be released Tuesday.

The European Commission will also vow to agree with member states by the end of this month on a ...Read more

‘Dark weeks ahead': Incoming CDC director expects 500,000 COVID deaths by mid-February

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The first month of Joe Biden’s administration could be the deadliest period in the nation’s COVID-19 pandemic, one of his top officials warned Sunday.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, who is nominated to lead the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, expects the country’s coronavirus death toll to reach 500,000 by mid-February. That ...Read more

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California warns doctors to avoid a batch of Moderna vaccines after allergic reactions

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California's top epidemiologist told healthcare providers on Sunday to stop using a batch of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine after a "higher than usual" number of people had apparent allergic reactions at a San Diego vaccination clinic.

Dr. Erica Pan, the state epidemiologist, said Sunday that "out of an extreme abundance of caution," providers ...Read more

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Feds seeking woman whose ex says she stole Nancy Pelosi's laptop during Capitol riot

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Federal authorities have obtained an arrest warrant for a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, woman they suspect may have stolen House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's laptop during the Jan. 6 Capitol siege with the intent of selling the device to Russia's foreign intelligence services.

In an affidavit filed late Sunday evening, agents said they were contacted by ...Read more

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The hardest change to immigration policy post-Trump? Ending the mindset that immigrants are criminals

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PHILADELPHIA — Like heads of other Philadelphia-based agencies that support and defend immigrants, Cathryn Miller-Wilson has been staggered by the four-year onslaught of nationalist Trump administration directives, policies and rules.

The incoming Biden administration has pledged to undo as much as it can as fast as it can. But the hardest ...Read more


Trump's shambolic empire faces long odds for one more comeback

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On the day Donald Trump was getting impeached in Washington, the lobby of his New York tower at 40 Wall St. was almost silent. Few footsteps smudged the shiny marble.

But up the dark and golden elevators, trouble was stirring in one of the billionaire’s most valuable properties. Inside one law office, two partners had clashed over whether to ...Read more

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Make America California Again? State takes center stage as Biden sets his agenda

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WASHINGTON — After four years of being relentlessly targeted by a Republican president who worked overtime to bait, punish and marginalize California and everything it represents, the state is suddenly center stage again in Washington's policy arena.

California is emerging as the de facto policy think tank of the Biden-Harris administration ...Read more


Female resident orcas especially disturbed by vessels, new research shows

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SEATTLE — Female orcas are most thrown off from foraging when boats and vessels intrude closer than 400 yards, according to new research — troubling findings for the endangered population of southern resident orcas that desperately needs every mother and calf to survive.

The research, gathered by attaching suction-cup electronic tags to the...Read more

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Trump pushed the limits of the US legal system; here's how it held up

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NEW YORK — In his four years in the White House, Donald Trump gave the U.S. Constitution an unprecedented workout, challenging norms and laws in ways that left few parts of America’s foundational legal document untouched.

The president throughout his term faced suspicion of colluding with a foreign government, worries that his business ...Read more

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Trump farewell planned for Wednesday morning ahead of Biden oath

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WASHINGTON — White House officials are planning a farewell ceremony for Donald Trump as he leaves Washington on Wednesday morning for the last time as president, according to a copy of the invitation seen by Bloomberg News.

The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. Eastern time at Joint Base Andrews just outside the nation’s capital, where the ...Read more

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Kamala Harris to resign from Senate on Monday

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WASHINGTON — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign from the Senate on Monday, according to a Harris aide. The California Democrat’s resignation will come two days before she becomes the nation’s first female vice president, and the first person of color to hold that office.

Harris has notified Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom that ...Read more

Another new coronavirus variant found across California

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LOS ANGELES — As the total number of coronavirus infections in California approaches 3 million, health officials said Sunday that a new strain — different from a highly contagious variant first identified in the United Kingdom — is popping up more frequently across the state.

Researchers have identified the strain in a dozen counties and ...Read more

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Man lived inside Chicago's O'Hare airport for 3 months before detection, prosecutors say

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CHICAGO — A California man who police said claimed to be too afraid to fly due to COVID-19 hid out for three months in a secured area of O’Hare International Airport until his weekend arrest, prosecutors said Sunday.

Aditya Singh, 36, is charged with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanor theft.

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Trump farewell planned for Wednesday morning ahead of Biden oath

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WASHINGTON — White House officials are planning a farewell ceremony for Donald Trump as he leaves Washington on Wednesday morning for the last time as president, according to a copy of the invitation seen by Bloomberg News.

The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. Eastern time at Joint Base Andrews just outside the nation’s capital, where the ...Read more

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Parler website comes back online with ‘lovers and haters' note

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The website for Parler, the social media app popular with right-wing groups, returned to the internet Sunday afternoon with a message for the company’s “lovers and haters.”

“Now seems like the right time to remind you all — both lovers and haters — why we started this platform,” the message reads. “We believe privacy is ...Read more

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Kamala Harris' historic rise as first Black, Caribbean American vice president of US is celebrated

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As the U.S.’s next vice president, Kamala Harris is a person of many firsts: the nation’s first female, first Black, first South Asian American and first Jamaican American to hold the second highest office.

But on Sunday it was Harris’ Caribbean roots that took center stage, as artists, politicians and other luminaries from Antigua to ...Read more

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Biden may cancel Keystone pipeline permit on first day

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President-elect Joe Biden may fulfill a pledge to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit via executive action on his first day in office, CBC News reported, citing people it didn’t identify.

The words “Rescind Keystone XL pipeline permit” appeared on transition briefing note for Jan. 20 — Inauguration Day — circulated by Biden’s ...Read more


FBI warned of large-scale nationwide protests by Trump supporters, but they fail to materialize

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WASHINGTON — Fears of major protests by armed, far-right Trump supporters outside the Capitol and at state capitols Sunday proved unfounded, with only small groups, some carrying weapons, gathering in a handful of cities including Austin, Texas; Phoenix; Salem, Oregon; and Lansing, Michigan.

With large-scale contingents of local police, state...Read more