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Russia welcomes US proposal to extend nuclear treaty

The Kremlin has welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to extend the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries, which is set to expire in less than two weeks.

  Twitter suspends Iran top leader’s account over Trump threat

$1 billion: Mega Millions lottery prize due to long odds, slow sales

  6 in 10 older Americans don’t know how to get vaccine

  Timeline of Hank Aaron’s life and career

  Trump impeachment to go to Senate Monday, launching trial

  NFL giving free Super Bowl tickets to 7,500 health workers

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First-ever nuclear weapons ban begins; nuclear powers aren’t part of treaty

  Yellen nomination as Treasury secretary clears committee

  3 dead in military helicopter crash were experienced pilots

Carnival Cruise Line cancels trips through April

Get paid to eat candy! Company looks to hire taste testers

  Rep. Greene files articles of impeachment against Biden

  Biden’s executive actions expected to address food and unemployment aid as Congress debates more relief

President Joe Biden wants to get assistance flowing while Congress begins to consider a $1.9 trillion package to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

  Congressman sets off metal detector trying to get on House floor

Lawmakers aren't allowed to bring guns to the House floor.

  Amid cancellation talk, Tokyo Olympics `focused on hosting’

Now set to open July 23, the Tokyo Games were postponed 10 months ago at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Coronavirus guidelines now the rule at White House

The Biden administration has made a point of abiding by the same strict guidelines they’re urging Americans to follow to stem the spread of the virus

  Guard troops head home after helping secure Biden inaugural

Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19; shows canceled

  Biden halts border wall building after Trump’s final surge

Congress poised for quick action on Biden’s Pentagon nominee

  Biden halts oil and gas leases, permits on US land and water

  McConnell seeks to push impeachment trial to February

  White House: Biden confident in FBI head, will retain him

President Joe Biden has confidence in FBI Director Chris Wray and plans to keep him in the job, the White House press secretary said Thursday.

  Biden proposes 5-year extension of nuke treaty with Russia

The proposal was being communicated to Russian officials, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a matter not yet publicly announced by the administration.

  Biden’s new mask mandate and you

In his first executive order, the president enacted the 100 Days Masking Challenge.

  Kindergartners stand in solidarity, inspired by swearing-in of Vice President Kamala Harris

South Bend kindergarten teacher captures moment four little girls voluntarily stand hand-in-hand in solidarity during swearing-in of Vice President Kamal Harris.

  Biden signs burst of virus orders, requires masks for travel

The 10 executive orders signed by Biden are aimed at jump starting his national COVID-19 strategy to increase vaccinations and testing.

  Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched?

The COVID-19 vaccines rolling out in the United States, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world so far require two shots given a few weeks apart.

Judge says Amazon won’t have to restore Parler web service

Amazon won’t be forced to restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app favored by followers of former President Donald Trump.

  Journalist captures photo of uniformed man kneeling at Beau Biden’s grave during inauguration

A Delaware journalist shared the story of a photo she took on Inauguration Day of a uniformed man kneeling at the gravesite of President Joe Biden’s son Beau.

  EU struggles, looks for answers to stop spread of new virus variants

The 27 leaders were looking at further border restrictions, better tracking of mutations and improving coordination of lockdowns.

‘Saved by the Bell’ star Dustin Diamond undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer

The actor is best known for playing Screech on the hit ’90s sitcom "Saved by the Bell."

Singer Randy Parton, Dolly Parton’s brother, dies at 67

Country star Dolly Parton says her brother and singing partner Randy Parton has died of cancer.

  Eli Lilly: Drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in nursing homes

Residents and staff who got the drug had up to a 57% lower risk of getting COVID-19 compared to others at the same facility who got a placebo, the drugmaker said.

  Trump returns to a business empire ravaged by pandemic

Donald Trump is returning to a family business ravaged by pandemic shutdowns and restrictions, with revenue plunging more than 40 percent at his Doral golf property, his Washington hotel and both his Scottish resorts.

  World leaders cheer US return to climate fight under Biden

The U.S. formally left the Paris Accord pact in November.

  Bernie’s inauguration mittens: Woman who made them speaks

Ellis, an elementary school teacher, got a pair of her homemade mittens to Sanders after his first presidential run.

Twin suicide bombings rock central Baghdad, at least 32 dead

The rare suicide bombing attack hit a commercial area in central Baghdad amid heightened political tensions over planned early elections and a severe economic crisis.

Hard-luck Maryland town gets a $731.1 million Powerball win

The latest jackpot-winning Powerball ticket, worth $731.1 million, was sold in a struggling coal mining town whose biggest previous claim to fame was being the hometown of baseball legend Lefty Grove.

  Facebook’s oversight board to rule on Trump ban

The social media giant said Thursday that it believes it made the right decision but said it’s referring the matter to the oversight board for what it called an “independent judgment.”

  Democrats set to formalize Jaime Harrison as national chair

The Democratic National Committee is set to formally elect Jaime Harrison of South Carolina as chairman on Thursday, signifying an early alignment between newly inaugurated President Joe Biden and state party leaders around the country.

Chinese Embassy Twitter account locked for “dehumanization”

Twitter said the Jan. 7 tweet violated its policy on dehumanization.

  Biden Cabinet: Buttigieg urges big funds for transportation

President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, appeared on a smooth path to quick confirmation, pledging to senators on Thursday to help carry out the administration’s ambitious agenda to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.

  Biden revokes Trump report promoting ‘patriotic education’

President Joe Biden revoked a recent Trump administration report that aimed to promote “patriotic education” in schools but that historians mocked and rejected as political propaganda.

Hotels turn to elopement packages to attract those planning weddings

A hotel elopement wedding package isn’t all that much different than a traditional hotel wedding package, but you’ll keep the number of guests to a minimum and you’ll save a bunch of money.

  Woman accused of helping steal Pelosi laptop freed from jail

U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Carlson directed that Riley June Williams be released into the custody of her mother, with travel restrictions, and instructed her to appear Monday in federal court in Washington to continue her case.

  New president brings a slightly new look to Oval Office

Biden revealed the new décor Wednesday as he invited reporters into his new office to watch him sign a series of executive orders hours after he took office.

  Cruise line requires passengers to get COVID vaccine

Saga Cruise Lines announced passengers must be fully vaccinated, meaning they've received both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before their departure.

  US jobless claims decline to a still-high 900,000

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, lowering claims to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to further job cuts in a raging pandemic.

  Former presidents team up on video honoring Biden

They appeared side by side in the video message, which was recorded as part of the “Celebrating America” inauguration concert.

  Biden’s US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s quick commitment to the WHO — whose response to the pandemic has been criticized by many, but most vociferously by the Trump administration — marks a dramatic and vocal shift toward a more cooperative approach to fighting the pandemic.

  Schwarzenegger on COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Come with me if you want to live’

The actor and former California governor tweeted out a video of himself getting the shot.

Protesters gather, damage Democratic headquarters in Oregon

Portland has been the site of frequent protests, many involving violent clashes between officers and demonstrators, ever since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.

  Holding hands, couple married 70 years dies from COVID-19 minutes apart

Three of the couple's children wanted to share their story to encourage others to take COVID-19 seriously and give the virus respect.

Next up: $730M Powerball prize after no Mega Millions winner

Thanks to math and bad luck, lottery players will have another shot at a giant jackpot Wednesday night as a $730 million Powerball prize is on the line.

  Siblings abducted from NY foster home found safe in Alabama

Police say a woman is in custody in connection with the investigation, which is ongoing.

Proud Boy organizer arrested in Florida over riot at Capitol

Authorities say an organizer of the Proud Boys far-right extremist group has been arrested for taking part in the siege of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.

  Military helicopter crash kills 3 in training exercise in NY

Three National Guard members on a routine training flight have been killed in a helicopter crash in a western New York town.

  Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises

Biden’s inauguration came at a time of national tumult and uncertainty, a ceremony of resilience as the hallowed American democratic rite unfurled at a U.S. Capitol battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks ago.

  With passion and fashion, Lady Gaga delivers powerful anthem

A slew of glittery celebrities is descending on Washington — virtually or in person — to welcome the new administration.

  World hopes for renewed cooperation under new US president

Many expressed hope Wednesday that Biden would right the world’s largest democracy two weeks after they watched rioters storm the Capitol, shaking the faith of those fighting for democracy in their own countries.

  Keystone XL pipeline halted as Biden revokes permit

The 1,700-mile pipeline was planned to carry roughly 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

  Senate confirms Biden 1st Cabinet pick as Democrats control

Three new Democratic senators have been sworn into office, giving Democrats the majority in the Senate.

  On Day One, Biden targets Trump policies on climate, coronavirus

Biden on Wednesday planned to halt construction on Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall, end the ban on travel from some Muslim-majority countries, rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization and revoke the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, aides said.

  Biden’s first act: Executive orders on pandemic, climate, immigration

In his first official acts as president, Joe Biden is signing executive orders on a broad range of issues, from the coronavirus pandemic to climate change and immigration, to fulfill campaign promises.

  Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman: ‘Even as we grieved, we grew.’

Amanda Gorman read with urgency and assertion as she began by asking “Where can we find light/In this never-ending shade?”

  Trump bids farewell to Washington, hints of comeback

His presidency over, Donald Trump said farewell to Washington on Wednesday.

  Trump frees former aides from ethics pledge, lobbying ban

President Donald Trump, in one of his final acts of office, released current and former members of his administration from the terms of their ethics pledge, which included a five-year ban on lobbying their former agencies.

  FULL TEXT: President Biden’s inaugural address

This is the full prepared text of President Joe Biden’s address delivered Wednesday after he was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States at the U.S Capitol in Washington, D.C.

  Inauguration fashion: Purple, pearls, American designers

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris showcased American designers at their inauguration Wednesday.

  As virus surges, states reporting shortages of vaccine

The shortage of doses comes as the United States marks more than 400,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

Wall Street hits records as hopes build for more stimulus

The hope on Wall Street is that another stimulus plan will help carry the economy until later this year, when more widespread COVID-19 vaccinations get daily life closer to normal.

  GRAPHIC: New York man charged with assaulting officer during Capitol riots

The man was arrested and charged with allegedly assaulting a Metropolitan Police Department officer during Capitol riot.

  Trump pardons ex-boyfriend of deported Russian agent

Paul Erickson, a former conservative operative once romantically linked to Russian agent Maria Butina who was convicted in investment schemes, has been pardoned by President Donald Trump as part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of his White House term.

  Biden’s inauguration goes off with no security issues

Joe Biden was safely sworn in as president in a Washington on edge, two weeks after rioters loyal to former President Donald Trump besieged the Capitol.

  Vice President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

Vice President Kamala Harris broke the barrier Wednesday that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath to hold the nation’s second-highest office.

  Gas explosion rips through Madrid building, killing 4

A powerful explosion apparently caused by a gas leak ripped the facade off a residential building in central Madrid on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring at least two more, according to the mayor.

  Couple gets married in hospital so bride’s dying father can attend

The bride's father had been recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Ex-Arizona official to head to prison for illegal adoptions

A former Arizona politician must report to prison Thursday to begin serving the first of three sentences for running an illegal adoption scheme that paid pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to come to the U.S. to give up their babies.

  Officer who diverted rioters escorts Harris at inauguration

When Vice President Kamala Harris stepped up to take the oath of office, she was escorted by Eugene Goodman.