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.

  ‘I had the feeling of impending doom’: COVID survivor urges plasma donation

  Woman accused of laptop theft from Pelosi’s office amid riot

  Sen. Josh Hawley has new publisher for ‘Big Tech’ book

  Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire in homeless camp

  Ex-Florida data scientist turns herself in after arrest warrant issued

  Man allegedly hid 3 months at Chicago airport due to COVID-19

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  WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first

  Biden aims for unifying speech at daunting moment for US

Kremlin foe Navalny jailed for 30 days; allies plan protests

  Inauguration week brings heightened security to Washington

  Houston woman reported missing after 1-year-old son found alone in car

  Baltimore anti-violence activist shot dead on city street

  A pet duck in Maine is sporting new wheels

Wry is named after his condition, Wry neck, causing him trouble holding his own head up, but that didn’t stop the couple from bringing him home.

  ‘Trump Baby’ blimp to live on at UK museum

The massive “Trump Baby” blimp that greeted President Donald Trump for years on his trips to London will live on in a British museum.

Dave Bautista offers $20K reward in case of manatee with ‘Trump’ scraped on back

“Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Dave Bautista is offering a $20,000 reward to catch whoever etched “Trump” into a Florida manatee’s back.

  Trump to pardon about 100 people on Tuesday

The president will reportedly pardon white collar criminals, high-profile rappers and others on Tuesday.

  Harris prepares for central role in Biden’s White House

  Republican Boebert sued after blocking critic on Twitter

  Cowboys for Trump leader arrested over US Capitol riot

  Thief steals car with 4-year-old inside, drives back to return boy, scold mother

  Mother dies from COVID-19 weeks after giving birth to 3rd child

  ‘Such a blessing’: Boy, 3, with mobility difficulties gifted off-road wheelchair

  FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack

U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

  Heavily fortified statehouses around US see small protests

Heavily fortified statehouses around the U.S. are seeing small and peaceful protests, despite widespread fears of another burst of right-wing violence like the attack on the Capitol in Washington.

Four turnovers end Saints’ playoff run

Saints lose in the playoffs for their fourth straight year

Twitter suspends US congresswoman over election fraud claims

Twitter has temporarily suspended the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican U.S. Congresswoman from Georgia who has expressed racist views and support for QAnon conspiracy theories online.

  History-making woman kicker invited to Biden inauguration

Sarah Fuller, the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game, says she’s been invited to attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

After losing Mahomes, Chiefs hold off Browns 22-17

The Kansas City Chiefs forced the Cleveland Browns to punt in the waning minutes Sunday with star quarterback Patrick Mahomes out with a concussion.

  Democrats build impeachment case, alleging ‘dangerous crime’

Democrats are building their case for convicting President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial.

Kremlin critic Navalny detained after landing in Moscow

Russia’s prison service said opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained at a Moscow airport after returning from Germany on Sunday.

Phoenix police: 1 man dead, 11 injured in separate shootings

One person is dead and six others injured after an early-morning shooting Sunday outside a Phoenix nightclub, police said.

  Phil Spector, famed music producer and convicted murderer, dead at 81

Phil Spector, the revolutionary music producer convicted of murdering an actress, has died at 81.

  In inaugural address, Biden will appeal to national unity

President-elect Joe Biden will deliver an appeal to national unity when he is sworn in Wednesday and plans immediate moves to combat the coronavirus pandemic and undo some of President Donald Trump’s most controversial policies, his incoming chief of staff said Sunday.

  Vice President-elect Harris to resign her Senate seat Monday

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday, two days before she and President-elect Joe Biden are inaugurated.

  US military says its troop removal from Somalia is complete

Some experts have warned that the withdrawal of an estimated 700 U.S. military personnel comes at the worst possible time for Somalia.

  Springsteen, Miranda set for inaugural gala

Biden’s inaugural committee announced the lineup Sunday for “Celebrating America,” a multinetwork broadcast that the committee bills as a mix of stars and everyday citizens.

  Ex-Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones plans to surrender

A Florida woman fired from her job as a COVID-19 data curator said she’ll surrender to authorities Sunday amid an investigation of allegations that she had hacked into the state’s emergency response system.

  IRS pushes start of 2021 tax season as online filing opens

Any taxes filed online before Feb. 12 will not be given to the Internal Revenue Service until that date.

  Mother accused of killing 5-month-old daughter, attacking baby’s father

According to the coroner, the infant’s cause and manner of death are pending further testing and investigation.

  Couple married 33 years dies from COVID-19 just 1 day apart

The couple had many plans for 2021, including getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Their friends hope their deaths serve as a stark message about the importance of the vaccine.

Powerball jackpot grows to $730M; Mega Millions to be $850M

The Powerball jackpot will grow to an estimated $730 million after there were no winners Saturday for the lottery's top prize. The results come as there was also no winner of the Mega Millions jackpot on Friday.

  Far-right personality ‘Baked Alaska’ arrested in Capitol riot probe

Law enforcement officials across the country have been working to locate and arrest suspects who committed federal crimes. So far, they have brought nearly 100 cases in federal court and the District of Columbia Superior Court.

  Biden outlines ‘Day One’ agenda of executive actions

In his first hours as president, Joe Biden plans to take executive action to roll back some of the most controversial decisions of his predecessor and to address the raging coronavirus pandemic, his incoming chief of staff said Saturday.

  Man arrested with handgun, ammo at DC checkpoint

Police have arrested a man with a handgun and 500 rounds of ammunition at a checkpoint in Washington set up ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Dr. Dre back home after reported brain aneurysm treatment

Dr. Dre was back at home Saturday after being treated at a Los Angeles hospital for a reported brain aneurysm.

Nestlé recalls 762,000 pounds of pepperoni Hot Pockets

The problem was discovered when the company received four consumer complaints of extraneous material in pepperoni Hot Pockets, the department said.

State capitols boarded up, fenced off, patrolled by troops

With the FBI warning of potential for violence at all state capitols, the ornate halls of government and symbols of democracy looked more like heavily guarded U.S. embassies in war-torn countries.

  Biden says his advisers will lead with ‘science and truth’

Science organizations were also quick to praise Lander and the promotion of the science post.

  Painting of pig may be one of world’s oldest cave art

The Sulawesi caves appear to be a treasure trove of human history.

  Trump trial pending, McConnell calls it ‘vote of conscience’

A single article of impeachment — for “incitement of insurrection” — was approved by the House on Wednesday, one week after a violent mob of Trump supporters invaded the Capitol.

  Federal prisons on lockdown in run-up to Biden inauguration

The lockdown decision is precautionary, no specific information led to it and it is not in response to any significant events occurring inside facilities, the bureau said.

  Biden fills out State Department team with Obama veterans

They were expected to be the 11 department appointees that Biden was announcing Saturday to serve under his pick for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, the official said.

  Bus driver who veered off bridge, refused test is suspended

Seven passengers suffered minor injuries after one part of the articulated bus fell 50 feet (15.2 meters) onto a highway ramp.

  3 with COVID-19 owe lives to girl who smelled smoke from early-morning fire

Bianca Rivera, 17, smelled the smoke and was able to alert the other three family members in time for all four to escape safely.

  Trump administration carries out 13th and final execution

Defense attorneys won temporary stays of execution this week for Higgs and another inmate, Corey Johnson, after arguing that their recent COVID-19 infections put them at greater risk of unnecessary suffering during the lethal injections.

  Vaccines to stimulus checks: Here’s what’s in Biden plan

President-elect Joe Biden is proposing a $1.9 trillion plan to expand coronavirus vaccinations, help individuals and jump-start the economy.

  No winner of Mega Millions $750M; Powerball drawing Saturday

Numbers were drawn Friday night for the $750 million Mega Millions prize, the fifth-largest jackpot ever. On Saturday, players will have a chance at a $640 million Powerball prize.

  Inauguration Day also is move in/out day at the White House

The coronavirus pandemic could be a complicating factor as the executive mansion gets ready for a new president and executes the Inauguration Day ritual of moving out one leader and settling in another.

  House arrest plan for invader of Pelosi’s office halted

A federal judge in Washington on Friday night halted a plan to release and put on house arrest the Arkansas man photographed sitting at a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol.

  The Latest: Azar condemns Capitol riot in resignation letter

The Latest on President Donald Trump’s impeachment and the fallout from the Jan. 6 attack of the Capitol by pro-Trump loyalists.

NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas

National Rife Association files for bankruptcy, says gun-rights group will legally move from New York to Texas.

Humane Society: 97 cats survive house fire; some injured

Nearly 100 cats have survived a house fire in a town outside Rochester, New York, according to an animal protection group.

  Biden’s virus plan: 100 million shots just the start

Called the “American Rescue Plan,” the legislative proposal would meet President-elect Joe Biden's goal of administering 100 million vaccines by the 100th day of his administration, and advance his objective of reopening most schools by the spring.

After fighting COVID-19 for 136 days, woman tells story of survival

Donnielle Green spent 136 days in the hospital. Ninety-one of those days were on a ventilator, but she never stopped fighting.

COVID patients have persistent symptoms weeks or months after diagnoses

Even after you’re no longer COVID positive, there could still be lasting symptoms from the virus.

  Feds back away from claim of assassination plot at Capitol

The FBI has been investigating whether any of the rioters had plots to kidnap members of Congress and hold them hostage, focusing particularly on the men seen carrying plastic zip tie handcuffs and pepper spray.

  Extremists exploit a loophole in social moderation: Podcasts

Podcasts made available by the two Big Tech companies let you tune into the world of the QAnon conspiracy theory, wallow in President Donald Trump’s false claims of a stolen election and bask in other extremism.

  Trump to leave Washington on morning of Biden’s inauguration

President Donald Trump will leave Washington next Wednesday morning, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Dorothy Schmidt Cole, oldest living Marine, dies at 107

The Marine Times says Dorothy Schmidt Cole died of a heart attack at her daughter's home in Kannapolis on Jan. 7, 2021.

White Army vet charged with shooting Black girl at Trump rally

A white military veteran shot and wounded a 15-year-old girl when he fired his gun into a car carrying four Black teenagers during a tense confrontation at a rally in support of President Donald Trump near the Iowa Capitol last month.

Willie Nelson gets COVID-19 vaccine, sends message to fans

Country music legend Willie Nelson has received a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Federal watchdogs open probe of response to Capitol riot

The investigation by the inspector general’s office will examine whether information was shared by the Justice Department to other law enforcement agencies about the potential for violence.

How Betty White is celebrating her 99th birthday

“Golden Girls” actress Betty White is turning 99 on Sunday.

  Anger in states over pace of COVID-19 vaccine allotments

The developments threatened to escalate tensions between the Trump administration and some states over who is responsible for the relatively slow start to the vaccination campaign.

  New York City bus dramatically plunges off bridge; driver refuses drug test

One part of the articulated bus — essentially two buses connected by a pivot that allows it to navigate turns — remained on the bridge, with the other half vertical, its smashed front end resting on a ramp connecting the two expressways.

Woman accused of non-consensually mailing private images to numerous people

Authorities allege she sent out numerous nude photographs of an acquaintance

  A quick-thinking waitress comes to the aid of a boy with bruises at her table

The waitress knew the boy at her table needed help, but she had no clue that, in essence, she was about to save his life.

  Minneapolis council to try again with plan to replace police

Some Minneapolis City Council members are preparing a new plan that seeks to replace the city's police department in the wake of George Floyd's death.

  Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2 million amid vaccine rollout

The milestone was reached just over a year after the coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

  Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops

An Associated Press review of public records, social media posts and videos shows at least 21 current or former members of the U.S. military or law enforcement have been identified as being at or near the Capitol riot, with more than a dozen others under investigation but not yet named.