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    The Trump family has just stepped out of the political limelight as former President Donald Trump’s tenure came to an end on Jan. 20. However, it seems that some of his family members, even the president himself, seem eager to stay in the fight.
    (CNN)DC National Guardsman, Sgt. Jacob Kohut, spends his days fulfilling two duties: serving to protect the Capitol building and holding band class online as a commitment to his students' education."This is what a hero looks like," wrote Canterbury Woods Elementary School, a school where Kohut teaches in Fairfax County, Virginia, in a post to social media. "A member of the DC National Guard, our band teacher Dr. Jake Kohut has been working around the clock since Wednesday to protect our nation's capital. And between shifts, he is dedicated to CWES students, teaching from DC."This is what a hero looks like. A member of the DC National Guard, our band teacher Dr. Jake Kohut has been working around the clock since Wednesday to protect our nation's capital. And between shifts, he is dedicated to CWES students, teaching from DC. @fcpsnews @FrostsPrincipal pic.twitter.com/nsDRuV08OQ— CanterburyWoodsES (@Canterbury_Wood) January 13, 2021 Up to 25,000 National...
    By Danica Kirka and Anruddha Ghosal | Associated Press The campaign to vanquish the coronavirus is picking up speed, with Britain beginning to dispense the second vaccine in its arsenal Monday. But authorities in France and elsewhere in Europe are coming under fire for slow rollouts and delays. In the U.S., meanwhile, government officials reported that vaccinations have accelerated markedly after a sluggish start. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, said over the weekend that 1.5 million shots were administered in 72 hours, bringing the total over the past three weeks to about 4 million. Britain on Monday became the first nation to start using the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, ramping up its nationwide inoculation campaign amid soaring infection rates blamed on a new and seemingly more contagious variant of the virus. Brian Pinker, an 82-year-old dialysis patient, received the first shot at Oxford...
    By DANICA KIRKA and ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL, Associated Press The campaign to vanquish the coronavirus is picking up speed, with Britain beginning to dispense the second vaccine in its arsenal Monday. But authorities in France and elsewhere in Europe are coming under fire for slow rollouts and delays. In the U.S., meanwhile, government officials reported that vaccinations have accelerated markedly after a sluggish start. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, said over the weekend that 1.5 million shots were administered in 72 hours, bringing the total over the past three weeks to about 4 million. Britain on Monday became the first nation to start using the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, ramping up its nationwide inoculation campaign amid soaring infection rates blamed on a new and seemingly more contagious variant of the virus. Brian Pinker, an 82-year-old dialysis patient, received the first shot at Oxford University...
    A new report finds that Illinois has one of the best lung cancer survival rates in the nation. Data from the annual “State of Lung Cancer” report from the American Lung Association shows the state ranks tenth when it comes to the five-year survival rate of lung cancer patients, with around 25 percent living past that mark. “One factor in that is that we are able to diagnose lung cancer earlier, around stage one, and that helps with the prognosis a lot of times,” said Kristina Hamilton, advocacy director with the American Lung Association of Illinois and Iowa. Digging deeper into the numbers brought both good news and bad news for the state. “Illinois specifically ranked 35th in lung cancer rates in the country,” Hamilton said, “but there's a notable outlier in that black lung cancer patients are least likely to receive surgical treatment.” This...
    A pro-Trump "Stop the Steal" rallygoer screams at a lone Biden supporter Saturday in Phoenix. Donald Trump’s most diehard, fanatical supporters—the ones who have been waving big Trump banners from their pickups and donning Proud Boys shirts to go with the MAGA hats—are following his example: refusing to acknowledge his election defeat at the hands of Joe Biden, muttering low threats, and generally throwing a petulant fit. Around the nation this weekend, following Saturday’s vote tallies that put Joe Biden’s candidacy over the Electoral College finish line, smallish crowds gathered in front of state capitol buildings in “Stop the Steal” protests that had been fueled by Trump’s ongoing false claims to have won the election and organized on Facebook. Meanwhile, the national leadership of the violently pro-Trump Proud Boys—having been earlier urged by Trump during the first presidential debate to “stand by” during the election—signaled to members that they were...
    The White House is taking no chances for Election Day as crews will begin constructing a ‘non-scalable’ fence to secure the Executive Mansion, the Ellipse, and Lafayette Square, it has been reported. The potential for unrest has also prompted Metro Police in Washington, DC, to put 250 National Guardsmen on standby, according to Geoff Bennett of NBC News. Cities across the nation have boarded up shops, storefronts, office buildings, restaurants, hotels, and other properties in anticipation of possible violence related to Tuesday’s presidential election. The reported plans to further fortify the White House indicates the level of concern among law enforcement officials. The image above shows the White House at dawn on Sunday morning. Crew will reportedly begin constructing a 'non-scalable fence' to ring the complex beginning on Monday The beefed up security comes as the nation anticipates possible unrest ahead of Election Day on Tuesday. President Trump...
    A demonstrator in Brooklyn, New York, protests a Kentucky grand jury's decision not to charge any police officer in the death Brianna Taylor, September 23, 2020.Jeenah Moon | Reuters Protests erupted in Louisville and around the nation after a Kentucky grand jury brought no direct charges against police officers in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor. In Taylor's hometown, two Louisville police officers were shot and wounded Wednesday night. A suspect was in custody, according to interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder, who did not say whether that person was participating in the protests. Both officers are expected to recover, authorities said. Hours earlier, prosecutors said two officers who fired their weapons at Taylor were justified in using force to protect themselves after they faced gunfire from her boyfriend. The only charges were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison for shooting into the residence of the Black...
    The virtual Democratic National Convention (DNC) roll call has been praised by viewers for showcasing each state and territory, and the nation's diversity.  Some have said the format used for the online roll call should be kept in the future after the video cut to a delegate in each state announcing their nominee for the party's presidential candidate. Commentators have said that while it did not have the fanfare of a typical in-person event, the roll call gave viewers the opportunity to see parts of the U.S. they would rarely get to visit.  On the second night of the DNC, the state delegates were allowed to show off with a bit of humor and style in their allotted airtime, and the roll call demonstrated just how diverse the United States is. Traditionally the roll call process is done in a huge convention hall or stadium, with each delegate standing up...
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices jumped higher again in New Jersey and around the nation with increasing demand following easing of restrictions imposed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.16, up six cents from a week ago. Drivers were paying $2.74 a gallon at this time last year. The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.17, also up six cents in the last week. The national average was $2.68 at this time a year ago. Analysts say higher demand ahead of the holiday may send prices higher this week, but summer gas prices locally and nationally are expected to be some of the lowest since 2016. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: New Jersey
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices jumped higher again in New Jersey and around the nation with increasing demand following the easing of restrictions imposed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.16, up six cents from a week ago. Drivers were paying $2.74 a gallon at this time last year. The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.17, also up six cents in the last week. The national average was $2.68 at this time a year ago. Analysts say higher demand ahead of the holiday may send prices higher this week, but summer gas prices locally and nationally are expected to be some of the lowest since 2016. (Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
    Thousands of people gathered throughout the country on Friday with flowers, balloons, and birthday cards for Breonna Taylor to mark what would have been her 27th birthday. Taylor was shot and killed by police officers nearly three months ago in her own home.  Police entered Taylor's home in Louisville, Kentucky, on the night of March 13 while she and her boyfriend were in bed. Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth Walker told the 911 operator on the night of the incident that the officers "kicked down the door" and shot her. Taylor's family has filed a lawsuit, saying that the officers who showed up were in plainclothes and unmarked cars, and did not announce who they were. Taylor and her boyfriend thought the officers were burglars, according to the suit.  The country has erupted in nationwide protests over the past week over police behavior, including Taylor's death and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis....
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gas prices ticked upward again in New Jersey and around the nation, but analysts don’t expect gasoline to become as expensive as it was last summer. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.02, up a penny from a week ago. The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $1.97, an increase of 3 cents in the last week. TOP STORIES Asphyxiation not the cause of George Floyds death: Autopsy Chattanooga police chief tells officers OK with George Floyd death to turn in badges George Soros, 89, is still on a quest to destroy America Analysts say drivers can expect to see higher pump prices as the summer goes on, but AAA doesn’t expect the summer average to be as expensive as it was last summer. Sign up for...
    While Minneapolis is the epicenter of people protesting the death of George Floyd, cities across the country saw protests Friday night. These photos show some of the protests in cities like Los Angeles, New York, Des Moines, Dallas, and Portland, Ore.  
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