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DHS warns of higher risk from domestic extremists

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The United States could face a heightened threat of domestic extremist violence for weeks from people angry at Donald Trump's election defeat and inspired by the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol, the Department of Homeland Security warned on Wednesday. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Chicago teachers threaten to stop working

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After defying an order to return to schools Wednesday to prepare for in-person learning next week, Chicago teachers threatened to stop working altogether if the district retaliates. This report produced by Emma Jehle.

Bill Gates surprised by virus conspiracy theories

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Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates said Wednesday he has been taken aback by the volume of “crazy” and “evil” conspiracy theories about him spreading on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, but said he would like to explore what is behind them. Fred Katayama reports.

Proud Boys leader was ‘prolific’ informer for law enforcement

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[NFA] Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, has a past as an informer for federal and local law enforcement, repeatedly working undercover for investigators after he was arrested in 2012, according to a former prosecutor and a transcript of a 2014 federal court proceeding obtained by Reuters. This report produced by Jonah Green.

Soldiers, protesters clash in lockdown Lebanon

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Hundreds of protesters clashed with soldiers in Tripoli on Tuesday, as they demonstrated against worsening economic conditions amid a nationwide lockdown. Emily Wither reports.

Biden admin to buy 200 million more vaccine doses

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The Biden administration will purchase 200 million more coronavirus vaccines and funnel more to states now, in a bid to deliver on the president's promise to curb the pandemic. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

Biden admin to buy 200 million more vaccines

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The Biden administration will purchase 200 million more coronavirus vaccines and funnel more to states now, in a bid to deliver on the president's promise to curb the pandemic. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

Senate nixes GOP effort to thwart impeachment

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The U.S. Senate on Tuesday rejected a Republican effort to stop former President Donald Trump's upcoming impeachment trial on a charge that he incited the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. Gavino Garay reports.

Capitol security officials apologize for Jan. 6 riot

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Top U.S. Capitol security officials issued an apology on Tuesday for "failings" during the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the building and called for improving accountability systems and communications structures. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Biden takes executive action on racial divide

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U.S. President Joe Biden signed four executive orders on Tuesday (Jan. 26), including one to curb the U.S. government’s use of private prisons and another to bolster anti-discrimination enforcement in housing. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

AstraZeneca's delay explanation is inadequate: EU

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The European Union health commissioner says that AstraZeneca had provided insufficient clarification at a meeting on Monday on its decision to slow down supplies of COVID-19 vaccines to the EU. Adam Reed reports.

Pandemic widens gap between rich and poor

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Billionaires including Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Tesla founder Elon Musk have seen their wealth soar during the COVID-19 pandemic while the world's poor face years of hardship, charity Oxfam said on Monday, as it demanded steps to tackle inequality. Emer McCarthy reports.

Tom Brady sends Buccs to home Super Bowl

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Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are headed home for the Super Bowl after defeating the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game.

Indigenous women protest against Australia Day

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As Australia prepares for its national day of festivities on January 26, Indigenous woman Rita Wright will be joining many others in Sydney to protest the celebrations. Libby Hogan reports.

Biden aides push lawmakers for $1.9 trillion

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Officials in President Joe Biden's administration tried to head off Republican concerns that his $1.9 trillion pandemic relief proposal was too expensive on a Sunday call with Republican and Democratic lawmakers. Libby Hogan reports.

Dr. Birx: Trump presented graphs 'I never made'

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[NFA] Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator under President Donald Trump, told CBS's Face the Nation that Trump was given 'parallel data streams' from another source on the COVID-19 pandemic and that Trump presented graphs she never made. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

More than 150 National Guard in D.C. COVID-19 positive

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Between 150 and 200 National Guard deployed to Washington, D.C., to provide security for the inauguration have tested positive for the coronavirus, a U.S. official said on Friday. This report produced by Jonah Green.

Portugal to vote for president as infections rise

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Portuguese voters - largely confined to their homes due to a strict COVID-19 lockdown - will pick a new president on Sunday (January 24), but some fear going to the polls could worsen a surge in coronavirus cases. Edward Baran reports.

House to send Trump impeachment charge Monday

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The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will deliver an impeachment charge against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, rejecting Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's request for a delay. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

Navalny has a plan to get out of jail... protests

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Russian authorities have arrested several close aides to opposition politician Alexei Navalny in the lead-up to mass protests expected for the weekend. One ally has now told Reuters that Navalny anticipated his own arrest, and planned the protests to force the Kremlin's hand. Matthew Larotonda reports.

Parler loses bid to be restored on Amazon

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A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected Parler's demand that Amazon restore web hosting services for the social media platform, which Amazon had cut off following the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. Gloria Tso reports.

Buttigieg: It's time to 'transform' our infrastructure

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Pete Buttigieg, President Joe Biden's nominee to head the U.S. Transportation Department, made his case to a Senate panel on Thursday for why he should be confirmed and said the country must do more to improve its infrastructure. Colette Luke has more.

Pelosi weighs timing of Trump impeachment trial

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U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she will consult fellow Democrats about the Senate's readiness to begin former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on charges of inciting a riot at the U.S. Capitol. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Revenues at Trump properties sink during pandemic

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Some of former President Donald Trump's most high-profile hospitality properties took a large revenue hit last year as COVID-19 lockdowns hurt business, according to a financial disclosure filed on his final day in office. Conway G. Gittens reports.

Twitter suspends Chinese embassy over Uighur post

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Twitter has locked the account of China's U.S. embassy for a tweet that defended China's policy towards Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang, just a day after the outgoing Trump administration accused China of genocide in its final hours. Matthew Larotonda reports.

China sanctions Pompeo, 27 other Trump officials

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China said on Wednesday it wanted to cooperate with President Joe Biden's new U.S. administration, while announcing sanctions against "lying and cheating" outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and 27 other top officials under Donald Trump. Gloria Tso reports.

Democrats take narrow control of U.S. Senate

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Democrats now have majority of the U.S. Senate after Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three members on Wednesday to give the party a narrow grip on both houses of Congress as well as the White House for the first time in a decade. Bryan Wood reports.

‘I felt emotional’ -NY teacher gets COVID shot

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For Sari Rosenberg, a New York City teacher, receiving the first dose of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine left her “emotional, relieved and excited,” and one step closer to seeing her students again. This report produced by Emma Jehle.

Trump revokes ethics ban on aides before his exit

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In one of his last acts as president, Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a directive allowing his staff to immediately begin lobbying, reversing his own 2017 executive order aimed at stopping his aides from using their influence for personal gain. Colette Luke has more.

EU now has 'friend in White House'

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The European Union hailed Joe Biden's inauguration as U.S. president as a "new dawn" for Europe and the United States.

DOJ ends probe into Sen. Burr's stock trades

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U.S. Senator Richard Burr said on Tuesday the Justice Department had closed its investigation of stock trades he made last year before a market downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.

Trump bids farewell as he faces impeachment trial

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U.S. President Donald Trump urged prayers for the new administration in a farewell address, as he leaves office with nearly 400,000 Americans dead of the coronavirus whose risk he downplayed, an economy struggling from the pandemic, and relationships strained with key U.S. allies. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Biden bids Delaware emotional goodbye

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Describing himself as “a proud son of the state of Delaware,” U.S. President-elect Joe Biden bid a heartfelt goodbye on Tuesday to the state where he served as U.S. senator for 36 years and made his way to Washington, D.C., where he led a memorial service to remember the American lives lost to COVID, on the eve of his inauguration. Gavino Garay reports.

Dozen troops removed amid inauguration vetting

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A dozen members of the U.S. National Guard have been removed from duty helping secure the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden after vetting, which included screening for potential ties to right-wing extremism, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

Big pullback won't come soon: trader

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Vespula Capital's Jeff Tomasulo tells Reuters' Fred Katayama why he doesn't see a correction around the corner despite the equity markets' big run up in the last quarter.

Saudi crown prince MBS courts a wary Biden

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After staying out of the spotlight, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is retaking center stage with some high-profile diplomatic and economic steps. It's all about wooing the support of Joe Biden, who is expected to be less accommodating to Saudi on Iran and human rights than his predecessor. Lucy Fielder reports.

Goldman, BofA profits top estimates

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Goldman Sachs’ quarterly profit crushed Wall Street’s estimates, while Bank of America’s bottom line fell but breezed past analysts’ targets. Fred Katayama reports.

Tunisians protest after Arab Spring anniversary

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Hundreds of youths clashed with police in cities across Tunisia late on Monday, throwing stones and gasoline bombs in the capital as security forces used tear gas and water cannons to try to quell the unrest. Libby Hogan produced this report.

Canada scrambles to save Keystone XL pipeline

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's expected move to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline prompted Canada's main oil-producing province of Alberta on Monday to threaten to seek damages as Ottawa made efforts to save the troubled project. Bryan Wood reports.

Biden to block Trump's plan to lift travel bans

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to extend travel restrictions on most visitors who have recently been in much of Europe and Brazil, soon after President Donald Trump announced he would be lifting those requirements. Gloria Tso reports.

Field of flags for those absent at inauguration

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The U.S. National Mall lit up on Monday with a display of thousands of U.S. flags meant to represent Americans who are unable to attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Virginia pro-gun event fizzles on MLK Day

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Only a few dozen gun-rights activists converged on the Virginia state capital on Monday for an annual demonstration that was dampened by tensions in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Guatemala ups pressure on U.S.-bound migrant caravan

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Guatemalan security forces on Monday cleared a road of hundreds of people in a mostly Honduran migrant caravan that had camped out overnight when authorities barred it from advancing toward the United States. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

FBI probes if woman tried to sell Pelosi laptop

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U.S. law enforcement is investigating whether a woman took a laptop computer or hard drive from U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the siege of the Capitol and tried to sell the device to Russian intelligence, according to a court filing. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Navalny's wife tells supporters not to be afraid

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The wife of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny called on supporters not be afraid, minutes after Yulia Navalnaya saw her husband detained at border control checkpoint on Sunday.

Biden to end Keystone pipeline early: source

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is planning to cancel the permit for the $9 billion Keystone XL pipeline project as one of his first acts in office, and perhaps as soon as his first day, according to a source familiar with his thinking. Bryan Wood reports.

Music producer Phil Spector, convicted of murder, dead at 81

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Rock producer Phil Spector, who changed the sound of pop music in the 1960s with his "Wall of Sound" recordings and was convicted of murder for the 2003 murder of a Hollywood actress, has died at age 81 of COVID-19, according to authorities and media reports. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

Divisions and doubt cloud Palestinian election

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Many Palestinians welcomed the announcement of the first national elections in 15 years, but scepticism remained over whether they will bring change - or even happen at all - in the split territory beset by political infighting and distrusts of institutions. Emily Wither reports.

Biden plans flurry of Day One executive actions

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The promised executive actions to be taken on Day One include policy changes on housing, student loans, climate change and immigration. This report produced by Jonah Green.