• 21,000 National Guard troops approved to assist inauguration security

    21,000 National Guard troops approved to assist inauguration security
    WASHINGTON DC (AP) - U.S. officials say Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has approved bringing in 21,000 National Guard members to Washington, D.C., to assist with security surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.Army officials have been grappling with requests for assistance from a number of law enforcement agencies who will be providing security across the city and surrounding the U.S. Capitol. Officials said Thursday that in the ongoing discussions with law enforcement, it has b
  • CNN, MSNBC viewers flip for Biden; Fox audience slumps

    CNN, MSNBC viewers flip for Biden; Fox audience slumps
    NEW YORK (AP) — CNN and MSNBC, whose political talk lineups are most popular with fans of President Joe Biden, significantly increased their audiences for his inaugural compared with four years ago when Donald Trump took the oath of office. Fox News Channel’s inaugural audience for Biden was nearly 77% lower than it was for Trump in 2017. The figures illustrate the extent to which the networks’ audiences are set in political camps. Preliminary numbers suggest that Biden’s
  • ‘Your Land’? Some Native Americans question inaugural song

    ‘Your Land’? Some Native Americans question inaugural song
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Native Americans celebrated as Joe Biden revoked a pipeline permit and halted border wall construction on his first day as president. But amid the revelry, some saw a glitch in his swearing-in ceremony with the lyrics of the song “This Land is Your Land.” The folk tune is popular around campfires and in grade schools, but it also called to mind the nation’s long history of land disputes involving tribes. Woody Guthrie wrote the song in the 1940s as
  • Testing wristbands, masks a sign of new boss at White House

    Testing wristbands, masks a sign of new boss at White House
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The clearest sign that there’s a new boss at the White House is the deference being paid to coronavirus public health guidelines. Testing wristbands are in. Mask-wearing is mandatory. Desks are socially distanced. While the Trump administration was known for ignoring public safety guidelines, the Biden team has made a point of adhering to the same strict guidelines they’re counseling Americans to follow to help stem the spread of the virus. It’s part of
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  • US military moves to try Bali bomb suspects at Guantanamo

    US military moves to try Bali bomb suspects at Guantanamo
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has announced plans to move ahead with a military trial for three men held at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who are suspected of involvement in bombings in Indonesia in 2002 and 2003. A senior military legal official approved non-capital charges that include conspiracy, murder and terrorism for their alleged roles in the deadly bombing of Bali nightclubs in 2002 and a year later of a J.W. Marriott Hotel in Jakarta. The men have been in U.S. custody s
  • Ex-Cardinals coach Wilks new defensive coordinator at Mizzou

    Ex-Cardinals coach Wilks new defensive coordinator at Mizzou
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Steve Wilks is returning to coaching as the defensive coordinator at Missouri. Wilks, who was hired by Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz on Thursday, took last year off after spending the previous 14 seasons in the NFL. The stint was highlighted by a year as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 and time on the staffs of the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers when those teams made the Super Bowl.The post Ex-Cardinals coach Wilks new defensive coordinator at Mizzou
  • Bodies found shot to death in SC identified after 44 years

    Bodies found shot to death in SC identified after 44 years
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man and a woman found shot to death just off Interstate 95 in South Carolina have been identified by DNA after more than 44 years. The victims are 30-year-old James Paul Freund of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and 25-year-old Pamela Mae Buckley of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Authorities are still trying to figure out their relationship. Investigators say they were both shot several times with the same gun in August 1976. Authorities say they hope the identities and photo
  • Pam Johnson, former Arizona Republic executive editor, dies

    Pam Johnson, former Arizona Republic executive editor, dies
    PHOENIX (AP) — A former executive editor of Arizona’s largest newspaper has died. The Arizona Republic reported Thursday that Pam Johnson died Jan. 20 at age 74 in Overland Park, Kansas after a lengthy battle with dementia. Johnson led the Republic’s newsroom and that of the sibling Phoenix Gazette for 13 years. She became managing editor of the Gazette in 1988, then was named managing editor and later executive editor of the Republic. A 1969 University of Missouri graduate, Jo
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  • The Latest: Pennsylvania’s vaccine demand far exceeds supply

    The Latest: Pennsylvania’s vaccine demand far exceeds supply
    ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Some of Pennsylvania’s largest health systems are warning people that there isn’t enough coronavirus vaccine in the state to meet surging demand.
    Pennsylvania expanded eligibility for the vaccine this week to include people age 65 and over as well as younger people with serious health conditions that put them at higher risk. The state had previously been directing the vaccine to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.
    Some 3.5 million pe
  • Democrats formalize Jaime Harrison as national party chair

    Democrats formalize Jaime Harrison as national party chair
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Democratic National Committee has formally elected Jaime Harrison of South Carolina as chair, signifying an early alignment between President Joe Biden and state party leaders around the country. The party’s post-inauguration meeting Thursday took place virtually, reflecting continued concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The former chair of South Carolina’s Democrats has proved his mettle as a fundraising powerhouse in his 2020 challenge to Republic
  • Biden proposes 5-year extension of nuke treaty with Russia

    Biden proposes 5-year extension of nuke treaty with Russia
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Joe Biden has proposed to Russia a five-year extension of a nuclear arms treaty that is otherwise set to expire in February. Biden proposed the extension even as he asked the intelligence community to look closely into Russia’s cyberattacks, its alleged interference in the 2020 election, the poisoning of an opposition leader and allegations that it offered bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Russia has said for
  • Cesar Chavez’s son happy dad’s bust is in Biden Oval Office

    Cesar Chavez’s son happy dad’s bust is in Biden Oval Office
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Chavez didn’t know where a sculpture of his father, the late Latino American civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez, would end up in the White House. He shipped it from California after President Joe Biden asked to borrow it and was surprised to see it right behind Biden on Wednesday. The bust is part of a series of decorative changes Biden made to the Oval Office. Paul Chavez says the prominent placement of his father’s likeness sends the message tha
  • Startup Tucson wins National Lab-to-Market Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Prize Competition

    Startup Tucson wins National Lab-to-Market Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Prize Competition
    TUCSON (KVOA) - The U.S. Small Business Administration partnered with the National Science and Technology Council’s Lab-to-Market subcommittee to award $330,000 in prizes to the winners of the new Lab-to-Market Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Prize Competition, Startup Tucson announced in a news release Thursday.  Startup Tucson said it was one of only four national recipients to receive the award in the “Super Connector” Category, for current efforts to
  • Democrats ask ethics panel to investigate Sens. Cruz, Hawley

    Democrats ask ethics panel to investigate Sens. Cruz, Hawley
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven Democratic senators have asked the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley “to fully understand their role” in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. Thousands had gathered that day as Congress voted to formally certify Joe Biden’s win over Trump, while Hawley and Cruz led objections in the Senate to Biden’s victory. The Democratic senators said Cruz and
  • Woman arrested for string of car break-ins in Oro Valley

    Woman arrested for string of car break-ins in Oro Valley
    Oro Valley Police DepartmentKarla ValdezTUCSON (KVOA) - A woman was taken into custody in connection to a string of car break-ins that occurred in December.According to Oro Valley Police Department, 34-year-old Karla Valdez was charged with third-degree burglary, aggravated ID theft, three counts of computer tampering and fraud schemes.
    Follow-up on the string of car break-ins last month in OV.
    The following are the initial felony charges OV has placed against Karla Valdez (34 yrs old):
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  • EU leaders agree to keep borders open, want to limit travels

    EU leaders agree to keep borders open, want to limit travels
    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed that borders should remain open and assessed more measures to counter the spread of coronavirus variants during a video summit Thursday as the bloc’s top disease control official said urgent action was needed to stave off a new wave of hospitalizations and deaths. Expressing great concern about the virus’ mutations, the 27 leaders looked at further border restrictions like limits on all non-essential travel, better tracking of mutat
  • Brazil announces incoming vaccine cargo amid supply concerns

    Brazil announces incoming vaccine cargo amid supply concerns
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s health ministry has announced that a shipment of 2 million doses of coronavirus vaccine is coming from India. The announcement Thursday comes as public health experts are sounding the alarm over insufficient supply in South America’s biggest nation. Neither the government’s Fiocruz Institute nor Sao Paulo state’s Butantan Institute have yet received the technology from their partners to produce vaccines domestically and instead must im
  • Biden signs burst of virus orders, vows ‘Help is on the way’

    Biden signs burst of virus orders, vows ‘Help is on the way’
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is putting into play his national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks. It also includes a requirement that Americans mask up for travel. He signed 10 virus-related executive orders on Thursday with the nation deep in the deadliest wave of the pandemic and facing worrisome new mutations. Biden has vowed to take more aggressive measures th
  • EU leaders call on Russia to release Navalny

    EU leaders call on Russia to release Navalny
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union calls on Russia to immediately release opposition leader Alexei Navalny and make sure that his rights are fully respected. Navalny was arrested last Sunday at a Moscow airport as he tried to enter the country from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. EU summit host Charles Michel said that the leaders “expect Russia to urgently proceed with the independent and transparent invest
  • 2,100 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrive at Pima County clinics that serve rural, semi-urban areas

    2,100 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrive at Pima County clinics that serve rural, semi-urban areas
    MARANA, Ariz. (KVOA) - More than 2,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in rural and semi-urban areas of Pima County Thursday to improve vaccine accessibility for residents 75 and older.Back on Jan. 12, UArizona announced that it will help Pima County distribute vaccine shots as it begins vaccinating people in the Phase 1B priority group.Registration for this group, which is the largest priority group under Phase 1 of the county's distribution plan, officially began on
  • Health experts blame rapid expansion for vaccine shortages

    Health experts blame rapid expansion for vaccine shortages
    Public health experts are blaming vaccine shortages around the U.S. in part on the Trump administration’s push to get states to vastly expand their vaccination drives to the nation’s estimated 54 million people age 65 and over. The push that began over a week ago has not been accompanied by enough doses to meet demand, leading to frustration and confusion. President Jo Biden has vowed to turn things around.The post Health experts blame rapid expansion for vaccine shortages appeared f
  • Alice Hoagland, gay-rugby godmother and 9/11 activist, dies

    Alice Hoagland, gay-rugby godmother and 9/11 activist, dies
    Alice Hoagland has died at age 71 after becoming a beloved figure of the gay rugby movement her own son Mark Bingham helped establish shortly before he perished on Flight 93 as a Sept. 11 hero. Longtime family friend Amanda Mark says Hoagland died Dec. 22 in her sleep at her home in California after battling Addison’s disease. Bingham and Hoagland’s stories were chronicled on film and screen. Hoagland became an advocate for airline security and for allowing relatives of 9/11 victims
  • Sheriff: Woman upset over husband’s absence kills kids, self

    Sheriff: Woman upset over husband’s absence kills kids, self
    FAIRLEA, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say five children found dead after a house fire late last year were shot to death by their mother, who then took her own life. Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan held a news conference Thursday and revealed details of the shootings and fire last Dec. 8. He said 25-year-old Oreanna Antoinette Myers shot her three children and two stepchildren at their home near Williamsburg. The children ranged in age from 1 to 7. The sheriff said text m
  • Transgender youth bills in US states reflect deep divisions

    Transgender youth bills in US states reflect deep divisions
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Transgender kids would be banned from playing on school sports teams for the gender with which they identify under a GOP-backed bill that advanced Thursday in Montana.
    The state is one of more than a dozen where lawmakers are proposing restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health care for trans minors this year.
    The bill now heads to the House floor, despite warnings from opponents that it would risk violating an executive order signed by Democratic President
  • Senate passes waiver for Biden Pentagon pick Lloyd Austin, clearing path to confirmation

    Senate passes waiver for Biden Pentagon pick Lloyd Austin, clearing path to confirmation
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate passes waiver for Biden Pentagon pick Lloyd Austin, clearing path to confirmation.The post Senate passes waiver for Biden Pentagon pick Lloyd Austin, clearing path to confirmation appeared first on KVOA.
  • Arizona gas station manager fired for posting ‘White Pride Month’ sign outside business

    Arizona gas station manager fired for posting ‘White Pride Month’ sign outside business
    PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The manager of a gas station near downtown Prescott was fired for posting signs this week outside the business that made a baseless sexual derogatory claim about President Joe Biden and were racially offensive.
    Joanne Selena Lopez said she was terminated as manager of the Shepherd Express gas station after the signs went viral on social media.Can my AZ people please help me amplify this? Shepherds Express in Prescott has racist, offensive signs out front. @judy_stahl
  • SC abortion limits bill with no rape exception nears debate

    SC abortion limits bill with no rape exception nears debate
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill to ban nearly all abortions in South Carolina without exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest is heading to a debate on the Senate floor. The Senate Medical Affairs Committee voted 9-8 Thursday to send the bill to the full Senate. It would ban abortions when a heartbeat can be detected — or about six weeks after conception. Measures seeking stricter abortion limits have been debated for years in the General Assembly, regularly failing in the S
  • Native Americans question use of folk song at inaugural

    Native Americans question use of folk song at inaugural
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Native Americans celebrated as Joe Biden revoked a pipeline permit and halted border wall construction on his first day as president. But amid the revelry, some saw a glitch in his swearing-in ceremony with the lyrics of the song “This Land is your Land.” The folk tune is popular around campfires and in schools, but it also called to mind the nation’s long history of land disputes involving tribes. Woody Guthrie wrote the song in the 1940s as a ret
  • CNN Poll: 66% willing to get COVID-19 vaccine

    CNN Poll: 66% willing to get COVID-19 vaccine
    WASHINGTON DC (CNN) - A new poll finds Americans are more willing to get a coronavirus vaccine.The CNN poll was conducted by SSRS.It found two-thirds of Americans say they will try to get vaccinated now that multiple vaccines are approved and beginning to be publicly available.That's up from about half in October, before any vaccines had been approved.The random national sample of more than a thousand people was conducted from Jan. 9-14.It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage po
  • Chicago teachers begin vote to defy order to return to class

    Chicago teachers begin vote to defy order to return to class
    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers have starting voting on whether they’ll return to in-person class next week ahead of elementary students’ return. The Chicago Teachers Union has opposed reopening plans over safety concerns, saying Chicago Public School’s isn’t doing enough to protect educators. The union’s House of Delegates approved a resolution for teachers for kindergarten through 8th grade to stay home Monday and teach remotely. Union members started voting

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