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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.

Guatemalan forces clash with U.S.-bound migrants

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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.

First Lady advises "that violence is never the answer"

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First Lady Melania Trump who battled COVID-19 along with her husband and son, on Monday delivered farewell remarks from the White House calling on Americans to follow her "be best" initiative and advising that "violence is never the answer."

Kamala Harris: 'We are ready to do the work'

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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff volunteered at a food bank to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday honoring the civil rights leader assassinated in 1968.

Biden volunteers at food bank to mark MLK day

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday volunteered at a food bank to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday honoring the civil rights leader assassinated in 1968.

Grab eyeing U.S. IPO this year - sources

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Southeast Asian ride-hailing and food-delivery giant Grab may do a share listing in the U.S., according to Reuters sources. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

Wondrous tree shape spotted in Australian lake

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Drone photos and video captured by an amateur photographer over the course of six months from July to January show what resembles a remarkable depiction of a tree.

Paraplegic climber scales Hong Kong skyscraper

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Strapped into his wheelchair, climber Lai Chi-wai pulled himself up the 980ft-tall Nina Tower, becoming the first man in Hong Kong's history to scale a building in a wheelchair.

Vaccine manufacturing is lumpy, UK says

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Britain's vaccine rollout is limited by a "lumpy" manufacturing process with production changes by Pfizer and a delay by AstraZeneca that could lead to brief supply disruption, Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Monday. Ciara Lee reports

Reid: Angered players in Melbourne are minority

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Gordon Reid, a two-times men's wheelchair Grand Slam champion, said on Monday that he was perfectly comfortable spending two weeks in hotel quarantine if it means competing at the Australian Open and that those complaining are a minority.

Second major fire hits Rohingya refugee camps

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A second major fire blazed through the Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh on Monday, coming within a week of another destructive fire which destroyed homes belonging to thousands of people.

Sao Paulo nurse first to get CoronaVac shot in Brazil

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Monica Calazans, a 54-year-old nurse in Sao Paulo, became on Sunday the first person to be inoculated in Brazil, receiving the Chinese vaccine known as CoronaVac after Brazilian health regulator Anvisa approved emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines from China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd and Britain's AstraZeneca.

Samsung's Lee receives 30-month prison term

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A South Korean court sentenced Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee to two and a half years in prison on Monday. The case will have major ramifications for Lee's leadership of the tech giant as well as Korea's views toward big business. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.

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.

Trump admin limits supplies to Huawei: sources

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The Trump administration notified Huawei suppliers, including chipmaker Intel, that it is revoking certain licenses to sell to the Chinese company and intends to reject dozens of other applications to supply the telecommunications firm, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Bryan Wood reports.

U.S. capitals see few protesters after FBI warning

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Law enforcement officers far outnumbered protesters at state capitol grounds on Sunday, as few Trump supporters who believe the president's false claim that he won the 2020 election turned out for what authorities feared could be violent demonstrations. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

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.

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.

Biden lays out plan to get America vaccinated

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[NFA] U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Friday said he would order increased production of syringes and other supplies to ramp up vaccinations against COVID-19 and improve upon the Trump administration rollout that he called a "dismal failure." Colette Luke has more.

U.S. capitals on edge for armed protests

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[NFA] Washington, D.C. was locked down and U.S. law enforcement officials geared up for pro-Trump marches in all 50 state capitals this weekend, erecting barriers and deploying thousands of National Guard troops to try to prevent the kind of violent attack that rattled the nation on Jan. 6. Jonah Green reports.

Thousands of migrants traveling north to U.S.

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Small skirmishes broke out between Honduran security forces and migrants trying to cross the border into Guatemala on Friday night, with Guatemalan officials estimating around 6,500 people to be heading north to the United States. Olivia Chan reports.

Military surround Uganda opposition candidate's home

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Ugandan opposition candidate Bobi Wine said on Friday that his life was in danger after the government deployed armed security forces around his compound in Kampala, as the disputed vote count continues in the country's presidential election. Gloria Tso reports.

U.S. Health Secretary Azar resigns: CNN

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U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has resigned, citing last week's attack on the Capitol, CNN reported on Friday. Gloria Tso reports.

FBI questions dozens in Capitol police killing: NYT

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The FBI is questioning dozens of people in the killing of Brian Sicknick, a police officer who died a day after physically engaging with a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week, and other assaults on law enforcement, the New York Times reported on Friday. Gloria Tso has more.

NRA files for bankruptcy, seeks to escape lawsuit

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The National Rifle Association on Friday filed for bankruptcy, a sudden development that could help the gun rights group escape a lawsuit by New York's attorney general seeking its dissolution. Gloria Tso reports.

Biden says he feels safe ahead of inauguration

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said on Friday that he feels safe, after a reporter asked him if he felt comfortable despite intelligence briefings about Inauguration Day security threats. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Rage and turmoil: Trump's final days in office

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s last days in the White House have been marked by rage and turmoil, multiple sources said. No one in Trump’s orbit could convince him to explicitly acknowledge election defeat and use his remaining weeks in office to hold events to tout accomplishments that he and his aides are proud of. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

'Grow up': Biden slams lawmakers who refuse masks

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While detailing his plan to ramp up vaccinations against COVID-19, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Friday said it was "shocking" to see some Republican members of Congress not wearing masks to prevent the spread of the virus and told them it was "time to grow up."

Bank earnings, Biden plan lead stocks lower

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Wall Street's main indexes finished lower on Friday, weighed down by big U.S. banks after their earnings reports and concerns about the viability of President-elect Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion economic stimulus plan. Conway G. Gittens reports.

Racing to inoculate, U.S. faces vaccine supply gap

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Scattered vaccine shortages cropped up on the front lines of the U.S. battle against the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, prompting at least one large healthcare system to cancel a slew of appointments of people hoping to be inoculated. This report produced by Emma Jehle.

Biden unveils 5-point plan to speed vaccine rollout

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Friday said he would order increased production of syringes and other supplies to ramp up vaccinations against COVID-19 and improve upon the Trump administration rollout that he has called a "dismal failure."

Watchdog to probe DOJ response to Capitol riot

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The U.S. Justice Department's internal watchdog will review how the FBI and other law enforcement agencies prepared and responded to the storming of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump's supporters, Inspector General Michael Horowitz said on Friday. This report produced by Colette Luke.

UK variant could dominate in U.S. by March, CDC

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A new, highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus first discovered in Britain could become the dominant variant in the United States by March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Friday. Freddie Joyner has more.

DOJ: No evidence of 'kill capture teams' at riot

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The top federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C. said on Friday there is no "direct evidence" to suggest that rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol had formed "kill capture teams." Yahaira Jacquez reports.

Buy bank stocks: advisor

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As JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo kick off earnings season Friday with better-than-expected profits, Mercadien Asset Management president Ken Kamen tells Reuters' Fred Katayama why investors should consider buying bank stocks even after their recent rally.

Third monthly drop for U.S. retail sales

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U.S. retail sales fell for a third straight month in December as renewed measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 triggered job losses, further evidence that the wounded economy lost considerable speed at the end of 2020. Conway G. Gittens has more.

Further 'actions' may be needed for Capitol accomplices -Pelosi

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During her weekly news conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that if it is found that members of Congress were accomplices to the insurrection at the the Capitol last week, actions may need to be taken beyond Congress.

No playbook for Trump's second impeachment trial

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Now that U.S. President Donald Trump has been impeached for a second time, the Senate will hold a very different trial than the last one as it enters uncharted territory to consider whether to bar him from future office. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

U.S. says rioters aimed to 'capture and assassinate' officials

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Federal prosecutors offered an ominous new assessment of last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters on Thursday, saying in a court filing that rioters intended “to capture and assassinate elected officials.” This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

Trump committed 'impeachable offense' -Murkowski

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Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who has already called for Trump to resign over his actions on Jan. 6, said on Wednesday "I believe that this President has committed an impeachable offense."