• Late drop in Big Tech stocks pulls indexes mostly lower

    Late drop in Big Tech stocks pulls indexes mostly lower
    A late slide in several Big Tech stocks left major indexes lower on Wall Street, even as small-company stocks marched to another record high. The S&P 500 turned lower in the last hour of trading to wind up with a loss of 0.4% Thursday. The benchmark index was weighed down by losses in Apple, Microsoft and other huge tech companies. Small-company stocks continued to rally, a sign that investors are feeling more optimistic about the economy. Treasury yields also rose. Investors are waiting to
  • National Guardsman called to Capitol pulls double-duty, continues teaching students remotely

    National Guardsman called to Capitol pulls double-duty, continues teaching students remotely
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    WASHINGTON DC (CNN) - A music teacher from Virginia is among the National Guardsmen called up to protect the Capitol for Wednesday's inauguration.But because his students are learning remotely, he's still able to teach his classes from his humvee.Dr. Jake Kohut is on the front lines of protecting the United States Capitol.He's part of the National Guard, which arrived on Wednesday.“It's certainly interesting to feel like you're a part of history,” Kohut said.But this F
  • Heavy metal guitarist photographed at Capitol riot charged

    Heavy metal guitarist photographed at Capitol riot charged
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The FBI says a heavy metal guitarist who was photographed with the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol and is accused of spraying police officers with a pepper-based bear spray irritant has been arrested. The agency says Jon Ryan Schaffer turned himself in Sunday after he was featured on an FBI poster seeking the public’s help in identifying rioters. He’s a member of the band “Iced Earth.” He’s has been charged with several felony counts, inc
  • Venezuela’s Maduro sends oxygen to Brazil amid virus spike

    Venezuela’s Maduro sends oxygen to Brazil amid virus spike
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has authorized the dispatch of oxygen to Brazil to help its South American neighbor treat people sickened in another coronavirus wave. The shipment expected to reach Venezuela’s border with Brazil on Monday comes despite frosty relations between the two governments. Supplies are headed for the city of Manaus in the northern state of Amazonas. Brazil is one of roughly 50 nations that recognize opposition leader Juan
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  • Portugal tightens lockdown as pandemic surge breaks records

    Portugal tightens lockdown as pandemic surge breaks records
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Stricter lockdown rules are being enacted in Portugal as a surging COVID-19 pandemic sets grim records and pushes hospitals to the limit of their capacity. Prime Minister António Costa says too many people took advantage of exceptions included in a lockdown that began last Friday. Authorities report 70% of normal movement over last weekend. Costa announced Monday that January sales at stores are banned, as are gatherings of any number of people in public area
  • Independent music venues struggle to stay afloat during pandemic

    Independent music venues struggle to stay afloat during pandemic
    LOS ANGELES – Like music venues around the world, the Paramount ballroom has been forced to endure months of limited work, reduced revenue and a forced transition to the digital world – no easy task for the venerable Boyle Heights venue, which is nearly 100 years old and has a legacy of supporting underdog artists. …
  • Trouble at home may change Biden’s hand in Iran nuke talks

    Trouble at home may change Biden’s hand in Iran nuke talks
    Joe Biden is seeking to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal but upheaval at home may weaken the new president’s position abroad. President Donald Trump took the U.S. out of the multinational deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program. Middle East experts say Biden and his team of veteran negotiators will face doubts about how much influence the U.S. can bring to bear on any foreign crisis during political violence at home and other trouble. Biden says he also wants to address a range of Iran
  • Alberta leader urges Biden to hear case for Keystone XL

    Alberta leader urges Biden to hear case for Keystone XL
    TORONTO (AP) — The premier of Canada’s oil-rich province of Alberta wants U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to give the Canadian government a chance to make the case for the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he will seek legal damages if reports are true that Biden plans to scrap the pipeline on his first day as U.S. president. Biden’s plan is outlined in transition documents seen by Canadian media outlets. He has previously said he will
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  • King Day service calls for nonviolence amid turbulent times

    King Day service calls for nonviolence amid turbulent times
    ATLANTA (AP) — The annual celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in his hometown in Atlanta is calling for renewed dedication to nonviolence following a turbulent year. The slain civil rights leader’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, said in an online church service Monday that physical violence and hateful speech are “out of control” in the aftermath of a divisive election followed by a deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol in Washington by supporters of President
  • COVID-19 deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

    COVID-19 deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge
    NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold.
    As Americans observed a national holiday Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pleaded with federal authorities to block travelers from countries where new variants are spreading.
    He cited new versions detected in Britain, South Africa and Brazil.
    A vast effort is underway to get Ameri
  • Woman accused of theft from Pelosi’s office during riot

    Woman accused of theft from Pelosi’s office during riot
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — FBI authorities are seeking a woman in connection with the riot at the U.S. Capitol after an accusation from a former romantic partner that she took a laptop from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The FBI said in an arrest warrant Sunday that Riley June Williams is charged with illegally entering the Capitol and disorderly conduct. FBI officials said a caller claiming to be a former romantic partner of Williams said friends showed him a video of her taking a
  • Twitter suspends US congresswoman from Georgia over election fraud claims

    Twitter suspends US congresswoman from Georgia over election fraud claims
    WASHINGTON DC (AP) - 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. Greene confirmed the ban in a statement Sunday. She condemned big tech companies for “silencing” conservative views. Greene has posted incendiary videos and comments and has also embraced QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory.
    On Sunday, she posted tweets c
  • Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

    Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge
    NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold. As Americans observed a national holiday Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pleaded with federal authorities to block travelers from countries where new variants are spreading. He cited new versions detected in Britain, South Africa and Brazil. A vast effort is underway to get Ameri
  • What you need to know about Inauguration Day 2021

    What you need to know about Inauguration Day 2021
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden will deliver an appeal to national unity when he's sworn in Wednesday and plans immediate moves to combat the coronavirus pandemic and undo some of President Donald Trump’s most controversial policies.
    That's according to his incoming chief of staff. Biden intends a series of executive actions in his first hours after his inauguration, an opening salvo in what is shaping as a 10-day blitz of steps to reorient the country without waiting for
  • Two UN peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic

    Two UN peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two U.N. peacekeepers were killed in an attack in the Central African Republic, the United Nations says. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday that the peacekeepers came under fire on the Bangasso-Gambo axis. Dujarric said nine U.N. peacekeepers have been killed “in hostile incidents” in the last seven days in Central African Republic and Mali. The mineral-rich Central African Republic has faced deadly inter-religious and inter-communal fighting
  • Biden, Harris take break from inaugural prep to mark MLK day

    Biden, Harris take break from inaugural prep to mark MLK day
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two days out from the inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are joining Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects. Their work comes as a militarized and jittery Washington prepares for a swearing-in that will play out under extraordinary security. Biden and his wife Jill joined an assembly line in a Philadelphia parking lot filling food boxes for people in need. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris was also scheduled to take part
  • Trump baby protest blimp enters Museum of London collection

    Trump baby protest blimp enters Museum of London collection
    LONDON (AP) — The Trump Baby Blimp will live on long after its namesake has left the White House. The Museum of London said Monday that it had added the giant balloon, which depicts Donald Trump as a screaming orange baby, to its collection as an illustration of the protests that greeted the U.S. president when he visited the city in 2018. The blimp will become part of the museum’s protest collection, which includes artifacts from the women’s suffrage movement, peace activists
  • Freezing temps bring Europe traffic chaos, smog, avalanche

    Freezing temps bring Europe traffic chaos, smog, avalanche
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Extreme cold and snow have hit much of Europe, with freezing temperatures cracking railroad tracks in Poland and snow blanketing most of the Turkish city of Istanbul. Temperatures dropped to minus 28 degrees Celsius (minus 18 Fahrenheit) in some areas of Poland overnight, the coldest night in 11 years. Many trains were delayed Monday after rail tracks at two Warsaw railway stations cracked. Warsaw authorities also urged people to stay indoors, as smog spiked after mor
  • Woman ruled dead in 2017 fights to be declared alive

    Woman ruled dead in 2017 fights to be declared alive
    PARIS (AP) — Jeanne Pouchain has a problem. The Frenchwoman is officially dead according to a court ruling but has been trying for three years to prove that she is alive. The 58-year-old Pouchain says she lives in constant fear, not daring to leave her house in Saint Joseph, in the Loire region. Authorities seized her car over an unpaid debt she contests _ which is at the center of her troubles. She fears the family furniture will be next. In a last bid to revive Pouchain, her lawyer is tr
  • DEA announces expansion of Operation Crystal Shield

    DEA announces expansion of Operation Crystal Shield
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (KVOA) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced the expansion of Operation Crystal Shield, an enforcement effort created to target methamphetamine transportation hubs throughout the United States.
    According to the DEA, the expansion includes the designation of two additional methamphetamine “transportation hubs” in 2021."Through this effort, DEA is attacking the entire supply chain, locating and seizing meth shipments before they are broke
  • Biden’s test: Engineering economic boom in a partisan divide

    Biden’s test: Engineering economic boom in a partisan divide
    BALTIMORE (AP) — When Joe Biden entered the White House as vice president in 2009, the economy was cratering. He returns to the White House a dozen years later as president, with the economy battered and shaken by a pandemic. But this time is different, and it could potentially reset the nation’s politics if Biden and Democrats can count on a level of growth not seen in a generation. Hanging over any effort to boost the economy, though, is an enduring partisan divide that contributed
  • Vatican drops Italian extradition bid in test of fair trial

    Vatican drops Italian extradition bid in test of fair trial
    ROME (AP) — The Vatican has abruptly abandoned its extradition request for an Italian woman wanted on embezzlement-related charges. At the hearing in a Milan court, the Vatican said it no longer was seeking to detain Cecilia Marogna, thereby removing any reason to proceed with an evaluation of her extradition. A statement from the Vatican tribunal said its decision would allow her to participate freely in an “imminent” trial in the city state. However, the Vatican’s
  • Public health alert issued for beef jerky products

    Public health alert issued for beef jerky products
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (KVOA) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert for ready-to-eat beef jerky products on Friday.
    In a news release, the USDA said the alert was due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
    "FSIS is issuing this public health alert out of the utmost of caution to ensure that consumers with allergic reactions to anchovies are aware that these products should not be consumed. This is a health haz
  • World shares subdued despite strong growth data from China

    World shares subdued despite strong growth data from China
    World markets have gotten off to a slow start for the week despite news that the Chinese economy grew 2.3% in 2020. Shares fell in London and Tokyo but advanced in Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Most U.S. markets are closed Monday for a national holiday. Investors appear to have grown increasingly wary, with reports showing deepening economic devastation from the pandemic. The S&P 500 fell 0.7% Friday and other benchmarks also declined. Overall, stocks seem to have run out of steam since set
  • Weary migrants wait at Guatemala roadblock as caravan stalls

    Weary migrants wait at Guatemala roadblock as caravan stalls
    VADO HONDO, Guatemala (AP) — Hundreds of Honduran migrants have awoken tired and hungry after a second night stuck along a rural Guatemalan roadside by police and soldiers who will not let them pass. A steep mountain and tall wall flanking the rural highway have allowed Guatemalan authorities to bottle up the group that had numbered about 2,000 when it pushed into Guatemala Friday night. On Monday, their ranks had reduced through attrition as some migrants have agreed to be bused back to t
  • UK says ‘human error’ wiped 1000s of police computer records

    UK says ‘human error’ wiped 1000s of police computer records
    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s policing minister says “human error” led to hundreds of thousands of DNA records and other data on criminal suspects being erased from the national police computer. Kit Malthouse told lawmakers in the House of Commons Monday that the mishap occurred during a “regular housekeeping process.” He said some 400,000 records were wiped, including 213,000 offense records and 170,000 arrest records. Malthouse said officials were trying to recove
  • Politico: AZ GOP Has "Run Aground" in Support of Trump

    Politico: AZ GOP Has "Run Aground" in Support of Trump
    Politico looks at how the presidency of Donald Trump has damaged the Republican Party's fortunes in Arizona:
  • Inaugural event to celebrate ‘resiliency’ of Black Americans

    Inaugural event to celebrate ‘resiliency’ of Black Americans
    DETROIT (AP) — The resiliency, culture and heroism of Black Americans and the African Diaspora will be the central theme of a virtual event Tuesday evening that will celebrate the nation’s diversity ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is slated to offer remarks at the event, “We Are One,” which will also honor the historic nature of her being the first Black and South Asian woman to become vice president of the Unite
  • Merkel, governors to meet amid fears over virus variants

    Merkel, governors to meet amid fears over virus variants
    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is holding a virtual meeting Tuesday with the heads of Germany’s 16 states to discuss the country’s pandemic measures amid concerns that new mutations of the coronavirus could trigger a fresh surge in cases. Germany’s infection rate has stabilized in recent days, indicating that existing restrictions may have been effective in bringing down the numbers. Scientists say some mutations may make the virus more infectious, leading to a fa
  • Kremlin foe Navalny jailed for 30 days; allies plan protests

    Kremlin foe Navalny jailed for 30 days; allies plan protests
    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian judge has ordered to jail opposition leader Alexei Navalny for 30 days after the leading Kremlin critic returned to Russia from Germany where he was recovering from nerve agent poisoning he blames on the Kremlin. The ruling concluded a court hearing set up at a police precinct where Navalny was being held since his arrest at a Moscow airport Sunday and it prompted calls for protests from Navalny’s allies. His top strategist announced preparations for “la

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