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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top aides to President Joe Biden on Sunday began talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package as Biden faces increasing headwinds in his effort to win bipartisan backing for the initial legislative effort of his presidency. Lawmakers on the right question the wisdom of racking up bigger deficits while those on the left are urging Biden not to spend too much time on bipartisanship when the pandemic is killing thousands of Americans each day and costing more jobs amid tightening restrictions in many communities. At least a dozen senators met for an hour and 15 minutes in a virtual call with White House National Economic Council director Brian Deese and other senior White House officials. Many hope to approve a relief package before former President Donald Trump’s trial, which is set to begin in two weeks, overtakes...
    A COVID testing centre has been burned to the ground on the first night of a curfew in the Netherlands. The attack comes as lock down protests grip Europe with police pelted with rocks and politicians burned in effigy. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5The testing centre in Urk was set alight Credit: AP:Associated Press 5Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen burned in effigyCredit: EPA Video from Urk, 50 miles northeast of Amsterdam, showed youths breaking into the coronavirus testing facility near the village's harbour before it was set ablaze. The blaze came on the first day of a new 9 pm to 4:30 am curfew - the country's first since World War II. Local officials and police said the fire was “not only unacceptable, but also a slap in the face, especially for the local health authority staff who do all they...
    California is reportedly refusing to share key coronavirus data with the public because officials say it would confuse and mislead them. Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed some of the most rigid shutdown orders in the country beginning in March. After Thanksgiving, Newsom switched from using data for each county to determine reopening plans and began using ICU capacity as the only determining factor for each of the five regions he created. In order to relax restrictions, a region had to have ICU capacity above 15%. Four regions, which accounted for about 98% of California’s population, had ICU capacities well below 15% as of Jan. 18, the Associated Press reported Friday. However, Newsom announced that the Greater Sacramento area could relax its restrictions – meaning salons, worship services, and outdoor dining could resume. State officials said that they projected that Sacramento’s ICU capacity would rise above 15% within a month...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A leader of the Brexit movement and newly appointed government trade adviser in the United Kingdom is now the head of a conservative think tank in the American South. Douglas Carswell, 49, started working this month as the new CEO and president of Mississippi Center for Public Policy. Carswell, a libertarian and former member of Britain’s governing Conservative Party, was a member of Parliament for 12 years and a co-founder of Vote Leave, the campaign that pushed the Brexit referendum in 2016. Carswell said his home country was his primary focus as the U.K. negotiated terms of its recently finalized split from the European Union. However, he said he has had a growing interest in working in the U.S. “I think the fight for freedom in America is the most important battle for freedom in the world, because America is the exceptional country in...
    ATLANTA -- Baseball legend Hank Aaron, known as the "Home Run King" during his Major League Baseball tenure, has died, ABC News has learned. He was 86 years old.Born in Mobile, Alabama, "Hammerin' Hank" had 755 home runs over a career that spanned from 1954 to 1976. He broke Babe Ruth's longstanding career homerun record and held the record himself for over 30 years--until Barry Bonds broke it in 2007.He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. Later in life, he served many roles with the Atlanta Braves, where he spent most of his playing career.Even into his 80s, he continued to fight for more diversity in baseball and had lobbied for efforts to encourage more young Black athletes to choose baseball."I would like to see more Blacks in baseball, and it's just a matter of them going out and playing," he said.The former slugger had just...
    Twitter closed the account of the Chinese embassy in Washington due to a tweet according to which Uighur women in Xinjiang province are emancipated and are no longer “baby-making machines.” The government of Donald Trump, shortly before the end of his term, declared that Chinese policies towards minorities such as the Uyghurs in Xinjiang constitute “crimes against humanity” and “genocide.” One of the reasons for that decision was the forced birth control policies imposed by the Chinese authorities on Uyghurs, a matter that The Associated Press detailed in a lengthy report last year. Another reason – the forced labor to which Uighurs are subjected – was also the subject of a report by The Associated Press on how this policy results in the export of various products to the United States such as computers and cameras. Twitter stated that the January 7 tweet violated its ban on messages dehumanizing...
    Jan. 15 – 21, 2021 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the North America region. The gallery was curated by photo editor Courtney Dittmar in New York. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_Images AP Images blog: https://apimagesblog.com Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    JANAURY 15-22, 2021 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press Photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was curated by AP photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP_Images AP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.com Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers are finalizing a trade to send troubled forward Kevin Porter Jr. to the Houston Rockets for a future draft pick, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press on Thursday night. The Cavs are sending Porter, a first-round pick two years ago who hasn’t played this season, to the Rockets for a protected second-round pick. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade has to be approved by the NBA. Porter’s days with the Cavs came to an end late last week when he had an outburst in the team’s locker room after learning his space had been given to newly acquired forward Taurean Prince. Porter had only just returned to the team after being away to attend to personal problems. He was the No. 30 overall pick in the 2019 draft, and while the Cavs were enamored with his...
    Jan. 15-21, 2020 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Asia and Pacific. The gallery was curated by AP photo editor Shuji Kajiyama in Tokyo. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP_Images AP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.com Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter locked the account belonging to the Chinese U.S. Embassy in Washington after a tweet stated that Uygur women in Xinjiang have been emancipated and are no longer “baby making machines.” One of the final acts of the Trump administration this week was declaring that China’s policies and actions in regard to Muslims and ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang region constitute “crimes against humanity” and “genocide.” A main reason for the declaration is widespread, forced birth control among the Uighurs, which The Associated Press documented last year. Another reason cited, Uighur forced labor, has also been linked by AP reporting to various products imported to the U.S., including clothing and electronic goods such as cameras and computer monitors. Twitter said the Jan. 7 tweet violated its policy on dehumanization. According to that policy, “the dehumanization of a group of people based on their religion, caste,...
    Multiple people are reportedly dead after a fire broke out at the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine producer, as companies try to mass produce COVID-19 vaccines. The fire reportedly broke out Thursday at the Serum Institute in Pune City in a building reportedly under construction, killing at least five people before the blaze was extinguished, The Associated Press reported. The Mayor of Pune City, Murlidhar Mohol, told the Associated Press that the five that were found dead were “probably” construction workers. Mohol also said that the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage to the Serum Institute was not immediately clear. BREAKING: Fire hits factory belonging to Serum Institute of India, world’s largest vaccine maker; COVID-19 vaccine not affected. https://t.co/wx79GtkPB1 — The Associated Press (@AP) January 21, 2021 The CEO of the Serum Institute, Adar Poonawalla, told the Associated Press that while he...
    JOE Biden on his first day as president revealed a makeover of the Oval Office, replacing his predecessor Donald Trump’s decor from busts to curtains and the rug. The Oval Office was redone by Wednesday when Biden invited reporters in to observe him sign 15 executive orders.  8President Joe Biden invited reporters into the Oval Office on his first day in officeCredit: Reuters 8President Joe Biden brought back a dark blue rugCredit: AP:Associated Press 8President Donald Trump used brighter gold curtainsCredit: AFP - Getty A Winston Churchill bust that Trump brought back after his predecessor Barack Obama removed it, no longer appeared in the room. Instead, Biden placed a bust of labor leader Cesar Chavez alongside framed photographs of his family members.  Biden’s Oval Office also features busts of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr, ex-President John F Kennedy and former First Lady Rosa Parks. The 46th president placed...
    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Cricket Australia has run afoul of the country’s prime minister for refusing to refer to the national holiday in the marketing of three matches on Jan. 26 after a recommendation from its Indigenous advisory committee. Australia Day is held annually on Jan. 26, the anniversary of the day in 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillip guided a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts into Botany Bay in what is now Sydney. Citizenship ceremonies, parades, festivals and barbecues are held in cities and towns around the country on the date, but there are also protests and demonstrations. Many in Australia’s Indigenous community refer to it as “Invasion Day,” and the start of persecution and hardships at the hands of colonizers and later federal and state governments. There’s been public debate over finding an alternative date to celebrate the national holiday. Three Twenty20 matches in Australia’s Big Bash...
    Bernie Sanders, Lady Gaga and How its going: Here are the best inauguration memes And breathe: the world exhales as the madness of the Trump era ends World hopes for renewed cooperation under new US president MEXICO CITY (AP) — Leaders across the globe welcomed the arrival of U.S. President Joe Biden and the end of the often confrontational presidency of Donald Trump, noting the world’s most pressing problems, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, require multilateral cooperation, an approach Trump ridiculed. © Provided by Associated Press Joe Biden's cousin Joe Blewitt speaks to the media underneath his mural painted on a wall in Ballina, Ireland, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Joe Biden's great-great grandfather Patrick Blewitt was born in Ballina, County Mayo, in 1832. He left for the US in 1850, aged 18. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison) Many expressed hope Wednesday that Biden would right the world’s largest democracy...
    MADRID (AP) — A powerful gas explosion tore through a residential building in central Madrid on Wednesday, killing four people and ripping the facade off the structure. A tower of smoke rose from the building, where repairs were being done to a gas boiler, and billowed through Toledo Street, near the city’s center. Aerial footage shared by Spain’s National Police showed rubble covering a nearby schoolyard — though Madrid’s mayor said no one was seriously injured at the school. All students and staff were inside the school buildings at the time of the blast. At least 11 people were injured in the explosion, one seriously, the Madrid emergency service said in a tweet. The Spanish government’s representative for the Madrid region, José Manuel Franco, confirmed three casualties and the Catholic parish that owned the damaged building said the fourth victim was an electrician, a father of four, who was working...
    CLICK HERE if you’re viewing on a mobile device. “Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that ‘democracy has prevailed’ as he took the helm of a deeply divided nation and inherited a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors,” reports the Associated Press. “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. The chilly Washington morning was dotted with snow flurries, but the sun emerged just before Biden took the oath of office, the quadrennial ceremony persevering even though it was encircled by security forces evocative of a war zone and devoid of crowds because of the coronavirus pandemic.” Arrivals and departures Guests and spectators attend the inauguration for President Joe Biden at...
    By Aritz Parra and Manu Fernandez | Associated Press MADRID — A powerful gas explosion tore through a residential building in central Madrid on Wednesday, killing at least three people and ripping the facade off the structure. A tower of smoke rose from the building, where repairs were being done to a gas boiler, and billowed through Toledo Street, near the city’s center. Aerial footage shared by Spain’s National Police showed rubble covering a nearby schoolyard — though Madrid’s mayor said no one was seriously injured at the school. At least eight people were injured in the blast, one seriously, the Madrid emergency service said in a tweet. And a technician who was working on the boiler is missing, according to the Spanish government’s representative for the Madrid region, José Manuel Franco, who confirmed the three dead. A police spokesman on the ground told reporters that firefighters were trying...
    DONALD Trump was welcomed by crowds of his supporters after he ditched Joe Biden's inauguration to start a new life at his estate in Florida. The former President jetted out from Washington DC after having a a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews before heading off to Mar-a-Lago. Read our Inauguration Day 2021 live blog for the very latest news and updates on Joe Biden's swearing-in and Donald Trump's exit... 45Donald and Melania Trump leaving the White House for the final timeCredit: AP:Associated Press 45Trump and Melania walk to Marine One on the South LawnCredit: AP:Associated Press 45Donald Trump gave his final farewell to his supporters before boarding Air Force OneCredit: Getty - Pool 45Trump and Melania wave goodbye on the steps of Air Force OneCredit: AFP or licensors 45Trump supporters waved banners as he arrived in FloridaCredit: Getty Images - Getty 45He gave a thumbs up and beamed...
    MADRID (AP) — Madrid’s emergency services say rescue teams, firefighters and police are working in a central area of the Spanish capital following an explosion that witnesses described as “extremely loud.” Videos and images shared on social media showed a tower of smoke coming out from a building and rubble scattered in a central street of Madrid. Spanish public broadcaster TVE said the explosion took place in a building near a nursing home. Leire Reparaz, who lives near the Puerto de Toledo, a local landmark, told The Associated Press that she heard a loud explosion. “We didn’t know where the sound came from. We all thought it was from the school. We went up the stairs to the top of our building and we could see the structure of the building and lots of grey smoke,” the 24-year-old Madrid resident said. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to pardon his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, as part of a flurry of last-minute clemency action that appeared to be still in flux in the last hours of his presidency, according to a person familiar with his thinking. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations, stressed that Trump has flip-flopped repeatedly as he mulls his final clemency action, and warned the decision could be reversed until it’s formally unveiled. Trump is expected to offer pardons and commutations to as many as 100 people in the hours before he leaves office at noon Wednesday, according to two people briefed on the plans. The list is expected to include names unfamiliar to the American public — regular people who have spent years languishing in prison — as well as politically connected friends and allies like those he’s...
    MyPillow founder Mike Lindell — a vocal proponent of President Donald Trump's false claims that the presidential election was rigged — says retailers including Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl's are dropping his products. Both confirmed the move, but pointed to flagging sales of his signature product instead of Lindell's support for Mr. Trump. "We have been rationalizing our assortment to discontinue a number of underperforming items and brands.  This includes the MyPillow product line," a spokesperson for Bed Bath & Beyond stated in an email to CBS News. "There has been decreased customer demand for MyPillow," Kohl's said in an email to the Associated Press. "We will sell our current inventory and not buy additional/future inventory in the brand. " Lindell has continued to tout phony claims of election fraud since Mr. Trump's defeat to President-elect Joe Biden in the November election, leading to boycott calls on social...
    PREGNANT female vigilantes patrol the state of Michocoán in Mexico carrying assault rifles to protect themselves from the bloodthirsty Jalisco New Generation cartel.  The group of women warriors have built a homemade tank and roadblocks to help fend off Jalisco gunmen, who are responsible for a surge in homicides in the region.  10An armed woman, who is a member of a female-led, self-defense group, patrols the edge of her town El Terrero in the state of MichocoánCredit: AP:Associated Press 10Pictures show the female vigilantes crowding around a tank, a heavy-duty pickup truck with steel plate armor welded on itCredit: AP:Associated Press 10Children crawl on sandbags piled up at a checkpoint protecting the entrance to the small village of El TerreroCredit: AP:Associated Press Pictures show the female vigilantes crowding around a tank, made from a heavy-duty pickup truck with steel plate armor welded on it. Other images show children crawling on...
    CORONAVIRUS is killing one person every EIGHT MINUTES in Los Angeles pushing funeral homes and crematoriums to their limits. More than 2,700 bodies were being stored at both hospitals and the coroner's office as of Jan 15. 8Covid is killing one person every eight minutes in Los AngelesCredit: AP:Associated Press 8A patient on a ventilator in Apple Valley, CA as coronavirus deaths rise by 15 per cent in a weekCredit: AFP - Getty LA officials have confirmed that the growing backlog of cases constitutes a threat to public health. The South Coast Air Quality Management (AQMD), which is responsible for monitoring air pollution, announced on Sunday that the usual restrictions are being lifted until January 27, Mail Online reports. Wayne Nastri, head of AQMD, said crematoriums had the capacity to perform more cremations but were being prevented by "regulatory limits". He added the coroner "anticipates that another...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Russian-American climber who went missing last week while trying to scale a mountain amid harsh winter weather in northern Pakistan has been found dead, the region’s tourist police and the Alpine Club of Pakistan said Tuesday. The tourist police in the town of Gilgit made the announcement on Twitter, saying Alex Goldfarb went missing on Friday while he was trying to summit the Pastore Peak, not far from K2 — the most prominent peak on the Pakistani side of the Himalayan range, and the world’s second tallest after Mount Everest. Contact with Goldfarb was lost and a helicopter rescue and search team was sent out. The Pakistan army on Monday found the body, after a day-long search, according to alpine official Karrar Haidri. Muhammad Ali Sadpara, a famous Pakistani mountaineer who was part of the rescue team, also tweeted the sad news. Efforts were now...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Scheidler, the founder of the Pro-Life Action League and prominent figure in the anti-abortion movement, died Monday, the organization announced. He was 93. Scheidler died of pneumonia at his Chicago home, according to Thomas Ciesielka, a spokesman for the group. His oldest son, Eric Scheidler, told the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday that his father “devoted five decades of his long life to proclaiming the value of human life at its most vulnerable stage, the child in the womb.” If people in Chicago, where his organization is based, didn’t know his name they likely knew of him as the man who routinely stationed himself on downtown street corners carrying signs emblazoned with photographs of fetuses. According to the organization’s website, Scheidler and his wife, Ann, founded the Pro-Life Action League in 1980. Since then, he wrote a book about fighting abortion and produced videos on the...
    The Associated Press is targeting tech companies that host decentralized podcast marketplaces, including Apple and Google, alleging that they host “extremist” content — and the AP includes President Trump’s statements under that umbrella term. The AP says “white supremacists” and “conspiracy theorists” are using podcasts to propagate their views, while describing President Trump’s arguments regarding election fraud as “extremist.” Podcasts made available by the two Big Tech companies let you tune into the world of the QAnon conspiracy theory, wallow in President Donald Trump’s false claims of a stolen election and bask in other extremism. Accounts that have been banned on social media for election misinformation, threatening or bullying, and breaking other rules also still live on as podcasts available on the tech giants’ platforms. AP lumps in QAnon with white supremacists, quoting the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an organization that moved to the far left under the leadership of former...
    The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking Record Pts Prv 1. Louisville (20) 12-0 710 2 2. NC State (5) 10-0 680 3 3. UConn (1) 7-0 659 4 4. South Carolina (2) 9-1 650 5 5. Stanford (1) 11-1 632 1 6. UCLA 8-2 545 8 7. Maryland 11-1 533 9 8. Texas A&M 13-1 515 7 9. Baylor 8-2 499 6 10. Arizona 10-2 474 11 11. Michigan 10-0 443 13 12. Kentucky 10-3 420 12 13. Oregon 9-3 378 10 14. South Florida...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Participants in a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration were evacuated from the West Front of the Capitol on Monday on orders of security officials after a fire in a homeless encampment, officials said. Those who had gathered for a walk-through, including a military band, were directed to head indoors and moved in the directed of a secure location inside the Capitol complex. People involved in the rehearsal said security officials yelled “this is not a drill.” Four law enforcement officials told The Associated Press there had been a blaze several blocks over and the rehearsal was evacuated in an abundance of caution. The Capitol complex and surrounding areas have been locked down after a riot there Jan. 6. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A TROVE of ancient treasures has been found at the Egyptian archaeological site of Saqqara. Major finds include the funerary temple of Queen Naert, texts from the Book of the Dead and wooden sarcophagi. 15This mummy was found near the ancient the funerary templeCredit: EPA The Egyptian tourism and antiquities ministry announced the exciting finds that have been discovered at the necropolis just south of Cairo. Egyptologist Zahi Hawass led the excavations. He and his team found 52 sarcophagi as part of the recent discoveries. The sarcophagi date back to the New Kingdom of Egypt and were found at around 40 foot underground. 15Over 50 wooden sarcophagi have been foundCredit: AP:Associated Press 15Lots of skulls and bones were also uncoveredCredit: AP:Associated Press 15The wooden coffins are intricately decorated Credit: EPA The wooden coffins uncovered in deep burial shafts near the newly found funerary temple and dated back to around the...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (KDKA) — The entire city of Washington, D.C. is on alert ahead of Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. U.S. defense leaders are raising concerns, worried about an insider attack. According to the Associated Press, the FBI is now vetting all National Guard troops who have been activated in Washington. That’s 25,000 members that are being vetted. So far, military leaders tell the Associated Press there has been no evidence of any threats or issues. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy says in the report they are taking second and third looks at everyone involved in the operation. According to the Associated Press, this vetting process started when the first members arrived in Washington more than a week ago. The vetting is expected to be done by Wednesday. The FBI will run people’s names through databases and watchlists. Sources tell the Associated Press they are...
    Dr. Erica S. Pan, the California epidemiologist, issued a statement Sunday recommending a pause in the distribution of a specific lot of Moderna vaccine after "fewer than 10 individuals required medical attention over the span of 24 hours." She said the Moderna Lot 041L20A is in question, but she insisted that she called for the pause "out of an extreme abundance of caution," according to Fox 11. The report said that more than 330,000 doses from the lot have already been distributed throughout the state to 287 providers. Fox 5 San Diego reported that the California Department of Public Health said fewer than 10 people appeared to be experiencing "a possible severe allergic reaction during the standard observation period." BIDEN ADVISER DEFENDS LIBERAL AGENDA ITEMS IN $1.9T CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PLAN, DODGES ON ENDING FILIBUSTER The statement said that Moderna, the CDC and the FDA are all looking into the batch and said...
    The Los Angeles Times ran a headline Sunday that is sure to grab the attention of Trump supporters everywhere: "Make America California Again? That’s Biden’s plan." The paper goes into detail on how the Golden State is emerging as "the de facto policy think tank" for the Biden team and said, "there is no place the incoming administration is leaning on more heavily for inspiration in setting a progressive policy agenda." The paper spoke with Gray Davis, the former Democratic governor, who pointed to the fact that Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, a soon-to-be-former senator from the state "will be in all the meetings and have the last word with the president after they are over. She’ll be sharing ideas, innovations and breakthroughs from California that might help solve problems on the national level." While many on social media celebrated the headline some questioned the wisdom of trying to emulate a state...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event. The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. And it underscores fears that some of the very people assigned to protect the city over the next several days could present a threat to the incoming president and other VIPs in attendance. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press on Sunday that officials are conscious of the potential threat, and he warned commanders to be on the lookout for any problems within their ranks as the inauguration approaches. So far, however, he and other leaders say they have...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico county official and founder of the group Cowboys for Trump who had vowed to return to Washington after last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol to place a flag on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk has been arrested Sunday by the FBI. Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin was arrested on charges of illegally entering the U.S. Capitol. According to court documents, Griffin told investigators that he was “caught up” in the crowd, which pushed its way through the barricades and entered the restricted area of the U.S. Capitol, but he said he did not enter the building and instead remained on the U.S. Capitol steps. A video posted to Griffin’s personal Facebook page shows Griffin in the restricted areas, according to the affidavit. Griffin did not immediately respond to phone or text messages seeking comment. On Thursday, Griffin, said...
    By The Associated Press Sunday At Orleans Arena Las Vegas Senior Men Free Skate 1. Nathan Chen, Salt Lake Figure Skating, 208.36 free skate, 322.28 total 2. Vincent Zhou, SC of San Francisco, 183.59, 291.38 3. Jason Brown, Skokie Valley SC, 176.00, 276.92 4. Yaroslav Paniot, All Year FSC, 183.23, 266.97 5. Maxim Naumov, SC of Boston, 160.67, 244.20 6. Jimmy Ma, SC of Boston, 148.48, 230.78 7. Tomoki Hiwatashi, DuPage FSC, 154.63, 230.14 8. Camden Pulkinen, Broadmoor SC, 140.02, 220.10 9. Eric Sjoberg, Los Angeles FSC, 139.38, 213.39 10. Dinh Tran, SC of San Francisco, 136.76, 210.79 11. Aleksei Krasnozhon, SC of Boston, 152.23, 206.76 12. Joseph Kang, University of Delaware FSC, 124.15 203.45 13. Joonsoo Kim, Los Angeles FSC, 128.08, 197.12 14. Ryan Dunk, Baltimore FSC, 127.06, 192.66 15. Jordan Moeller, Northern Ice SC,...
    BOSTON (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Boston Red Sox have reached an agreement with left-hander Martín Pérez on one-year contract. The deal was confirmed to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because it could not be announced until Pérez completed a physical. The contract would reportedly pay Pérez $4.5 million this season, with a $6 million option or $500,000 buyout for 2022. Pérez went 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, when he was the only starter in the Red Sox rotation to make all 12 of his scheduled starts. In a nine-year career, he is 56-61 with a 4.71 ERA. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — As a politically divided nation prepares to inaugurate a new president in the wake of a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a group of Christian leaders is hoping to ease tensions through prayer during three days of ecumenical, nonpartisan programming. Using the slogan and social media tag #PeaceWithJustice, the effort aims to project spiritual unity and counter people’s feelings of helplessness with action, during a time of high alert with thousands of troops securing the capital following the Jan. 6 violence, which has led to about 120 arrests so far. The name of the gathering — held virtually due to the pandemic — is in part a nod to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s observation that “true peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” Details of the initiative were shared with The Associated Press in advance of its...
    JAN. 9 – 15, 2021 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the past week by The Associated Press from around the world. The selection was curated by AP photo editor Patrick Sison in New York. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP_Images AP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.com Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NEW YORK (AP) — Justice Department lawyers asked a federal appeals court Friday to replace President Donald Trump with the United States as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who says he raped her in the 1990s. The lawyers filed papers in an appeal of a lower-court Manhattan judge’s ruling denying the substitution in a lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, a columnist who in a June 2019 book described her encounter with Trump at an upscale Manhattan department store. The book excerpt prompted Trump to deny the allegations and question Carroll’s credibility and motivations in a statement from his White House press office, comments in an Oval Office interview and statements to the media as he boarded a helicopter for Camp David, the lawyers said. Carroll subsequently sued Trump, alleging defamation. They said the statements fell within the scope of his employment as president because...
    Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a letter Friday to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to ask for help with US-China relations. The letter was announced by the Chinese state-run media outlet Xinhua, according to a report by the Associated Press (AP). Direct communication between the Chinese leader and an American corporate executive is a rare event. Xinhua reportedly said Xi wrote to Schultz “to encourage him and Starbucks to continue to play an active role in promoting Chinese-U.S. economic and trade cooperation and the development of bilateral relations.” Schultz said in a statement Friday that it was “a great honor” to receive the letter and that Xi was replying to a letter Schultz recently sent him alongside a Chinese-translated copy of the former CEO’s book, according to the Associated Press. The Starbucks Corporation, which Schultz retired from in 2018, said it had no comment for the AP. (RELATED: MIT Professor...
    Biden vows swift action on vaccine sites, supplies; 100 million shots Trump to hold departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews on morning of Biden inauguration ‘Last of Us’ HBO Series Finds Its Director (Exclusive) Pilot episode of The Last of Us with inset of Kantemir Balagov HBO’s The Last of Us has found a new director. Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov, the Cannes darling behind drama Beanpole, has been tapped to direct the pilot for the adaptation of the hit video game. Craig Mazin, the creator of HBO’s acclaimed limited series Chernobyl, is writing and executive producing with Neil Druckmann, the writer and creative director of the game. The project initially looked like it would reunite Mazin with his Chernobyl director, Johan Renck, but Renck had to drop out because of a scheduling conflict. Video: Disney’s ‘WandaVision’ will show MCU in a ‘whole new light' (Associated Press) Disney’s ‘WandaVision’ will...
    Reese Witherspoon’s Sweetest Moments With Her Dogs When These Big Companies Are Planning To Return To the Office Steve Clifford, other coaches warned about mask usage amid NBAs latest COVID-19 issues © Yahoo News The NBA is dealing with a sea of COVID-19 cases and outbreaks this week, something that prompted the league to issue new, stricter protocols to help curb the spread and keep the season running. One of those changes includes stricter mask usage during games — something plenty of coaches, including Orlando Magic boss Steve Clifford, need to do a better job of.Steve Clifford: ‘I’ve got to do better’ with my maskClifford, who is in his third season with the Magic, said he was one of several coaches who got a call from the league warning them about keeping his mask on during games — something he has admittedly been bad at doing. His...
    A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Videos do not show Capitol rioters on no-fly list who were removed from flights CLAIM: Videos show Capitol rioters who were removed from flights because they are on the federal no-fly list. THE FACTS: After a violent mob stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, social media users began sharing videos of people in airports or being escorted from planes with claims that they had been placed on the federal no-fly list for taking part in the Capitol insurrection. Two videos that circulated widely involved passengers who were removed from American Airlines flights that originated at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. The incidents occurred before Senate...
    A JET crash that killed 62 people in Indonesia is still a mystery as flight data showed both engines were working when it plunged into the sea. Investigators have downloaded a trove of information from a black box recovered from the sea bed, but divers are still searching for a cockpit voice recorder that could yield vital clues. 19Crash investigators carry a box containing the flight data recorder from Sriwijaya Air flight 182Credit: AP:Associated Press 19Search teams are scouring the Java Sea for wreckage and bodiesCredit: AP:Associated Press There were no survivors when Sriwijaya Air flight 182 came down four minutes after taking off from the capital Jakarta last Saturday. Today the search for wreckage and bodies was expanded, with 4,000 personnel supported by 14 planes, 62 ships and 21 inflatable boats. The flight data recorder was raised to the surface on Tuesday, and today accident investigators said they had...
    Former Masters and U.S. Open winner Angel Cabrera has reportedly been arrested in Brazil. Cabrera was arrested Thursday in Rio de Janeiro and will be extradited to Argentina, according to the Associated Press. Police did not identify Cabrera in any public statements, but two federal police officers confirmed the news to the outlet under the condition of anonymity. Breaking: Angel Cabrera arrested in Brazil, to be extradited to Argentina to face several charges, per AP: https://t.co/7WoMRR1bak pic.twitter.com/ilWOAKWpGu — Golf Central (@GolfCentral) January 15, 2021 Cabrera has been charged with assault, theft, illegal intimidation and repeated disrespect to authorities, the outlet reported. The charges stem from crimes allegedly committed by the pro golfer between the years of 2016 and 2020, according to the Associated Press. (RELATED: Thorbjorn Olesen Arrested In Connection To Alleged Sexual Assault On An Airplane) Cabrera’s former wife, Silva Rivadero, and another former partner, Cecilia Torres, both...
    Illegal drugs don’t fly. Federal authorities seized more than 700 pounds of cocaine packed in nearly 300 bricks off a private plane at an airport in the Miami area on Tuesday night. Law enforcement found 723 pounds of cocaine in 294 plastic-wrapped bricks during a routine X-ray bag check at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport on Jan. 12, The Associated Press reported, citing the Miami Herald. The bricks were concealed inside duffle bags and suitcases carried by the only four passengers on a private charter flight from the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to a criminal complaint from the Homeland Security Investigations. A stock image of illegal drug production. (iStock) AIRLINES BANNING CHECKED FIREARMS ON FLIGHTS TO DC AHEAD OF INAUGURATION Six people were arrested following the find: Shakim Mike, Maleek Leanard, Roystin David and Teshawn Adams were arrested immediately, while Trevon Adams and Anthon Berkley were arrested later. The Herald reported...
    A BRONX bus was seen dangling off of a New York overpass after a driver reportedly lost control and crashed, that injured eight. The vehicle, an articulated bus, crashed just after 11pm on Thursday night at the interchange between the Cross Bronx and Major Deegan expressways. 3The bus fell on Thursday nightCredit: AP:Associated Press 3The driver was reportedly 'unable to navigate the roadway'Credit: AP:Associated Press Images showed one part of the tandem bus still resting on the bridge, with the other half dangling nearly completely vertical, with its smashed front end resting on the highway ramp below. One person was serious injured in the crash, the New York City Fire Department told NBC in a statement. A New York Police Department spokesperson told the outlet that the driver was "unable to navigate the roadway," leading to the crash. Seven other passengers suffered minor to non-life-threatening injuries. 3Eight peopel were injuredCredit:...
    The Australian government is trying to capture and euthanize a pigeon that flew from Oregon to Australia, according to the Associated Press. The racing pigeon, named Joe after the U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, flew 8,000 miles from Oregon to Australia across the Pacific Ocean and landed in the backyard of Melbourne, Australia resident Kevin Celli-Bird on December 26, according to the Associated Press. A racing pigeon that survived an exhausting 8,000-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean from the U.S. to Australia is expected to be killed because quarantine authorities say it poses a disease risk. https://t.co/tHS6mOBF8t — The Associated Press (@AP) January 14, 2021 “It rocked up at our place on Boxing Day. I’ve got a fountain in the backyard and it was having a drink and a wash. He was pretty emaciated so I crushed up a dry biscuit and left it out there for him,” Celli-Bird said...
    Two former health officials in Michigan were charged with involuntary manslaughter for their part in the Flint water crisis, as reported by the Associated Press. Nick Lyon, Michigan’s former state health director, and Eden Wells, the state’s former medical executive, were charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of nine people who caught Legionnaires’ disease from the water in Flint, Michigan, according to the Associated Press. This marks the second time the pair of former health officials have been charged with manslaughter. In 2017, Wells and Lyon stood accused of failing to warn the public about the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. However, the cases against the pair were dropped by prosecutors upon further consideration of new evidence. This time around, both are being charged with a larger number of deaths. (RELATED: Rick Snyder Pleads Not Guilty To Neglect Charges Stemming From Flint Water Crisis) Involuntary manslaughter carries a sentence...
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A state board on Wednesday suspended the license of a Wisconsin pharmacist accused of ruining more than 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine because he thought it was unsafe. Steven Brandenburg was working at Advocate Aurora Health in Grafton, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Milwaukee, when he was arrested last month following an investigation into the 57 spoiled vials of the Moderna vaccine. He has not been criminally charged. A status conference in the case is scheduled for Tuesday. The Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board said in its order that Brandenburg cannot practice pharmacy while the suspension is in place. It said Brandenburg agreed to the action “in order to focus” on possible charges against him. Brandenburg’s attorney, Jason Baltz, did not immediately respond to a phone message left Wednesday evening by The Associated Press. Advocate Aurora Health Care Chief Medical Group Officer Jeff Bahr has said...
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A state board on Wednesday suspended the license of a Wisconsin pharmacist accused of ruining more than 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine because he thought it was unsafe. Steven Brandenburg was working at Advocate Aurora Health in Grafton, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Milwaukee, when he was arrested last month following an investigation into the 57 spoiled vials of the Moderna vaccine. He has not been criminally charged. A status conference in the case is scheduled for Tuesday. The Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board said in its order that Brandenburg cannot practice pharmacy while the suspension is in place. It said Brandenburg agreed to the action “in order to focus” on possible charges against him. Brandenburg’s attorney, Jason Baltz, did not immediately respond to a phone message left Wednesday evening by The Associated Press. Advocate Aurora Health Care Chief Medical Group Officer Jeff Bahr has said...
    IRAN’s navy showed off two new warships today as they joined live-fire missile drills in the Gulf of Oman. The show of strength was a signal to Donald Trump and incoming President Joe Biden amid worsening tensions over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. 8Aerial troops step onto the deck of Iran's newest warship Makran todayCredit: AP:Associated Press 8They were taking part in live fire drills in the Gulf of Oman codenamed Naval Strength 99Credit: EPA Iranian submarines, drones, planes and surface combat units took part in the two-day exercise codenamed Naval Strength 99. Cruise missiles and torpedoes were due to be fired from subs, while aerial and seaborne troops fought battles against mock enemies, state media reported. State TV also showed images of the two new ships joining the drill near Iran's border with Pakistan, north of the Indian Ocean. One is named Zereh, or “armour”, and is said to be capable...
    HUNDREDS of alleged mobsters from Italy's most powerful mafia group will face justice in the country's biggest organised crime trial in decades. The Uncle, The Wolf, Fatty, Big Nose and Blondie are among the 355 suspected mobsters and corrupt officials charged following a long inquiry into the influential 'Ndrangheta group. 6Prosecutor Nicola Gratteri, 62, has been called a "dead man walking"Credit: AFP or licensors 6Luigi Mancuso, 66, is among suspected mafia bosses up for trialCredit: Police Handout 6The specially-created courtroom in CalabriaCredit: AP:Associated Press There are so many of the accused mafia members and their accomplices involved in the trial that it took more than three hours to read out their names in a recent pre-trial hearing, reported news agency AFP. But like the classic Godfather films, this trial revolves primarily around one group, the Mancuso family, which forms a powerful part of the extensive 'Ndrangheta mafia. A probe by...
    Eric TrumpEric TrumpLet's make Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 the day Trumpism died Ivanka Trump urges 'patriots' storming Capitol to 'stop immediately' in now-deleted tweet Eric Trump warns of primary challenges for Republicans who don't object to election results MORE criticized businesses that have cut ties with the Trump Organization after the mob attack on the Capitol last week, blaming it on "cancel culture" in an interview. “We live in the age of cancel culture, but this isn’t something that started this week. It is something that they have been doing to us and others for years,” Eric Trump told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday. “If you disagree with them, if they don’t like you, they try and cancel you.” A number of businesses have cut ties with the Trump Organization since last week's ugly events. Trump has been widely blamed for inciting the mob that hit the Capitol,...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli warplanes carried out intense airstrikes on eastern Syria early Wednesday, apparently targeting positions and arms depots of Iran-backed fighters. Dozens of fighters were killed or wounded, according to an opposition war monitor. Syria’s state news agency SANA said the strikes hit areas in and near the towns of Deir el-Zour, Mayadeen and Boukamal along the border with Iraq. It gave no further details. An opposition war monitor reported at least 18 strikes in Deir el-Zour as well as along the border with Iraq, saying several arms depots were hit. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 23 people were killed, including seven Syrians, and the rest were Iran-backed fighters. It said 28 were wounded. A senior U.S. intelligence official with knowledge of the attack told The Associated Press that the airstrikes were carried out with intelligence provided by the United States and targeted...
    Jon Hamm Reveals He and Harry Hamlin Once Auditioned to Play TV Dad Sandy Cohen on The O.C. These 20 American housing markets are most at risk from climate change NFL’s all-time statistical leaders: Team-by-team top performers for receiving yardage If you love talking football, we have the perfect spot for you. The time is now to join The Ruling Off the Field, and engage in friendly debate and conversation with fellow football fans and our NFL insiders. Do the right thing, sign up now! These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft The Highest Paying Cash Back Card Has Hit The Market Ad Microsoft 17 Ways These $20 Lights Will Upgrade Your...
    NEW YORK (CBSDFW/AP) – Chuck Norris’ manager says the “Walker, Texas Ranger” star was not present at last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. A photo of a man resembling Norris apparently with a member of the mob went viral. “This is not Chuck Norris,” Norris manager Erik Kritzer told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Saw this on my Facebook today. Chuck Norris was in DC proudly supporting Maga and Trump pic.twitter.com/KN40VrR7FJ — scout (@scoutejwampler) January 6, 2021 “Chuck remains on his range in Texas where he has been with his family,” Kritzer said. He acknowledged that the man photographed looked somewhat like Norris but “Chuck is much more handsome.” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” in which Norris played karate-kicking lawman Cordell Walker, ran on CBS from 1993 to 2001. In 2016, he announced his support for President Donald Trump. (© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Norris’ manager says the “Walker, Texas Ranger” star was not present at last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. A photo of a man resembling Norris apparently with a member of the mob began trending online. “This is not Chuck Norris,” Norris manager Erik Kritzer told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “Chuck remains on his range in Texas where he has been with his family,” Kritzer said. He acknowledged that the man photographed looked somewhat like Norris but “Chuck is much more handsome.” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” in which Norris played karate-kicking lawman Cordell Walker, ran on CBS from 1993 to 2001. In 2016, he announced his support for President Donald Trump. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is asking states to speed delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to people older than 65 and others at high risk by no longer holding back the second dose of the two-dose shots, The Associated Press has learned. The Centers for Disease Control is expected to recommend opening up vaccines to everyone older than 65 and to get the vaccines to more people by not holding back the second vaccine dose. That’s according to a Trump administration official familiar with the decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an announcement. States determine who should get the vaccine based on CDC guidelines. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    An upstate New York man arrested at the Capitol last week complained that the detainees were treated like “animals.” William Leary, a business owner in Utica, told the Associated Press that he was held for more than 24 hours and had his cell phone seized in Wednesday’s bust. “They treated us like animals,” said Leary, who denied ever stepping foot inside the Capitol building. “They took all our phones. I didn’t get to make a phone call to tell anybody where I was.” Leary was among dozens of people arrested in DC the day of the deadly Capitol siege. He told the Associated Press he distrusts the mainstream media and believes the election was stolen from President Trump.
    Schools with most national championships in the Associated Press college football poll: Twelve Alabama — 1961, 1964-65, 1978-79, 1992, 2009, 2011-12, 2015, 2017. 2021. Eight Notre Dame — 1943, 1946-47, 1949, 1966, 1973, 1977, 1988. Seven Oklahoma — 1950, 1955-56, 1974-75, 1985, 2000. Five Miami — 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2001. Southern Cal — 1962, 1967, 1972, 2003-04. Ohio State — 1942, 1954, 1968, 2002, 2014. Four Minnesota — 1936, 1940-41, 1960. Nebraska — 1970-71, 1994-95. Three Clemson — 1981, 2016, 2018. Florida — 1996, 2006, 2008. Florida State — 1993, 1999, 2013. LSU — 1958, 2007, 2019. Texas — 1963, 1969, 2005. Two Army — 1944-45. Auburn — 1957, 2010. Michigan — 1948, 1997. Penn State — 1982, 1986. Pittsburgh —...
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Three police officers were killed Monday in Puerto Rico’s capital during a routine traffic stop, authorities said. Two of the officers were shot and the third was run over, Agent José Catalano told The Associated Press. The incident occurred n the popular tourist district of Isla Verde on one of the U.S. territory’s busiest highways near the island’s main international airport, causing a severe traffic jam. It was the first time in recent history that so many Puerto Rico police officers were slain in one incident. The man allegedly responsible for the deaths was still at large, although authorities seized his car, Catalano said. He said he did not immediately have further details. The officers’ names were not released. Two were municipal officers and the third was a state officer, Catalano said. FBI spokeswoman Limary Cruz told AP that the agency was collaborating with...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have fired coach Doug Pederson, less than three years after he led them to the franchise’s only Super Bowl title, two people familiar with the move told The Associated Press. Both people spoke to the AP on Monday on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t announced Pederson’s dismissal. The NFL Network was first to report the news Monday. Pederson was 42-37-1 in five seasons. He led the Eagles to two division titles and three playoff appearances before going 4-11-1 in 2020. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NEW YORK (AP) — Pulitzer-Prize winners Garry Wills, Ron Chernow, Jon Meacham and Stacy Schiff are among hundreds of historians who have signed an open letter calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office after last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. “By fomenting violence against the Congress and seeking to subvert constitutional democracy, which resulted in the killing of a Capitol police officer and the deaths of several rioters, Trump has violated his oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” the letter, released online Monday, reads in part. “He is a clear and present danger to American democracy and the national security of the United States.” The letter’s principal drafters were Sean Wilentz, Sidney Blumenthal and David Greenberg. Others endorsing it include Douglas Brinkley, David Blight, Mary Beth Norton, Rick Atkinson, Diane McWhorter and Rick Perlstein....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The insurrectionist mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol at the president’s behest last week was overwhelmingly made up of longtime Trump supporters, including Republican Party officials, GOP political donors, far-right militants, white supremacists, and adherents of the QAnon myth that the government is secretly controlled by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophile cannibals. Records show that some were heavily armed and included convicted criminals, such as a Florida man recently released from prison for attempted murder. The Associated Press reviewed social media posts, voter registrations, court files and other public records for more than 120 people either facing criminal charges related to the Jan. 6 unrest or who, going maskless amid the pandemic, were later identified through photographs and videos taken during the melee. The evidence gives lie to claims by right-wing pundits and Republican officials such as Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., that the violence was perpetrated by...
    The Tennessee Titans honored six first responders who were on the scene moments before an RV exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas Day. Brenna Hosey, Tyler Luellen, Michael Sipos, Amanda Topping, James Wells and Sgt. Timothy Miller were the "Honorary 12th Titans" for the game against the Baltimore Ravens and also plunged a sword into the field to mark the countdown to the kickoff of the wild-card playoff game. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The Metro Nashville Police Department posted pictures and video from the pregame festivities at Nissan Stadium. RAVENS EDGE TITANS IN AFC WILD CARD PLAYOFFS "While we can never thank these officers enough for their heroic acts, it is an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to honor them at the game on Sunday," Titans president and CEO Burke Nihill said in a statement days before the game. The bombing occurred on Christmas Day....
    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Gunmen have killed at least six rangers in Virunga National Park, the latest attack in the part of eastern Congo that is home to some of the world’s last mountain gorillas, officials said Sunday. The violence took place on Sunday in Nyamitwitwi, located in the Rutshuru area of the park, said Olivier Mukisya, spokesman for the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature. “We confirm that a group of armed men attacked our positions,” Mukisya told The Associated Press. “We have dead and wounded among our ranger colleagues.” There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though past attacks on Virunga park rangers have been blamed on several armed groups that vie for control of eastern Congo’s natural resources. Among those rebel groups is the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, known by its French acronym FDLR, an ethnic Hutu group opposed to the government of...
    As violent Trump supporters terrorized the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, members of Congress were not the only people they were looking to intimidate. These terrorists also targeted journalists and press under Donald Trump’s message of declaring the news and media an “enemy of the people.” “Murder the media,” was written on a door of the Capitol while terrorists took over and attacked a group of reporters. In one incident John Minchillo, a photographer of the Associated Press, was attacked by a mob of Trump supporters outside the Capitol building. The violent incident was captured on video and shared by another photographer on Twitter. Local photographers and reporters were present at the break of the horrific violence that took place Wednesday. Footage shared on social media depicts the consequences of words bigots like Trump use to incite violence on communities and spaces. “Please use this moment to reflect on the importance of journalism as...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — In a story published Dec. 28, 2020, about NATO and Russian jets, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Russian military activity in the alliance’s airspace increased slightly in 2020. The activity increased near the alliance’s airspace, not in it. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    PITTSBURGH (AP/KDKA) — Pittsburgh native and former Pitt Panthers star Aaron Donald is a unanimous choice for The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team. Donald and tight end Travis Kelce swept the votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. It is the sixth All-Pro selection for Donald, who has helped the Los Angeles Rams to the top-ranked defense in the NFL, and the third for Kansas City’s record-setting Kelce. Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner matches Donald with six selections. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is on his fourth All-Pro Team. For the Steelers, linebacker T.J. Watt and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick have been named first-team Associated Press All-Pro, while Cam Heyward has been named second-team Associated Press All-Pro. Congratulations to @_TJWatt & @minkfitz_21 for being named First-Team All-Pro by the Associated Press! ????: https://t.co/q3yC98kOCh pic.twitter.com/F28A0SVUMk — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 8, 2021 Congratulations to @CamHeyward...
    THOUSANDS of Trump supporters rioted at the US Capitol on January 6 in an effort to intimidate Congress leaders as they were certifying Biden’s electoral college victory. The insurrection claimed the lives of five people. Those who made it out of the building unscathed bragged about the trespass on social media. The FBI are now looking for the people responsible for the uprising. But who is Jenny Cudd and how was she involved? 8Trump supporters gathered inside the government building with little security around Credit: AFP or licensors 8Jenny Cudd recorded the riot and shared it on Facebook Live before it was taken downCredit: Facebook 8The Trump supporters trespassed into the US Capitol and wrecked the property of Congress leaders Credit: AP:Associated Press Who is Jenny Cudd from Midland Texas? Jenny Cudd, a resident of Midland, Texas was one of the Trump supporters who rioted at the US Capitol in...
    SUPPORTERS of President Donald Trump smeared their own poo in the Capitol Building during the violent breach on Wednesday, sources said. A source close to Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer told the Daily News that the unruly rioters relieved themselves inside the Capitol Building as chaos ensued and Trump fans protested the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. 13A source close to Chuck Schumer said people smeared their own poo inside the Capitol Building on WednesdayCredit: AP:Associated Press 13A man is pictured cleaning the floor of the Capitol RotundaCredit: AP:Associated Press 13Remnants of feces was spotted on the floor as brown 'foot-prints,' a source saidCredit: Alamy Live News 13Feces was smudged on walls inside the Capitol building, according to a sourceCredit: AP:Associated Press 13Police were confronted as violent scenes broke out at the Capitol on WednesdayCredit: Reuters The news outlet was told that Schumer's staffers learned about the seemingly smelly...
    An Associated Press photographer was attacked by pro-Trump protesters during the riots on Capitol Hill, because they mistakenly thought he was a member of Antifa. Vido from Wednesday shows lensman John Minchillo — who is wearing a black gas mask, helmet and black jacket and has cameras swinging from his neck — being repeatedly shoved by angry protesters who shout, “Get the f–k out of here!” At one point, Minchillo puts his hands up and pleads with the protesters, “Alright. Alright. Enough.” A few men manage to jostle Minchillo away from the police barriers in front of the steps of the Capitol building and through the crowd — and then one shoves him over a short wall. That’s when another man in a Trump cap intervenes, as the others shout, “Who is he? Who is he?” and “Are you Antifa? Are you Antifa?” Minchillo pulls out his NYPD-issued...
    More On: DC Protests 2021 Capitol Police cop who died in riots reportedly an NJ native FBI releases photo of person accused of placing two explosives amid DC riots Jet threat: Texas woman flew on private plane to join DC riots Ex-U.N. Ambassador calls Trump disappointing since election An Associated Press photographer was attacked by pro-Trump protesters during the riots on Capitol Hill, because they mistakenly thought he was a member of Antifa. Vido from Wednesday shows lensman John Minchillo — who is wearing a black gas mask, helmet and black jacket and has cameras swinging from his neck — being repeatedly shoved by angry protesters who shout, “Get the f–k out of here!” At one point, Minchillo puts his hands up and pleads with the protesters, “Alright. Alright. Enough.” A few men manage to jostle Minchillo away from the police barriers in front of the steps of...
    The Boston Marathon bomber is suing the federal government for hundreds of thousands of dollars over confiscation of a baseball cap and limited showers at the prison where he’s serving a life sentence. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 26, who was sentenced to death for the 2013 bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260 near the race’s finish line, is demanding $250,000 in the handwritten suit filed Monday. Seventeen victims lost limbs as a result of two pressure-cooker bombs exploding April 15, 2013. Tsarnaev's lawsuit accuses the government of "unlawful, unreasonable and discriminatory" treatment of him. His death sentence was overturned by an appeals court to life in prison over a question about jury selection. The decision has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. FEDERAL APPEALS COURT VACATES BOSTON MARATHON BOMBER DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV'S DEATH SENTENCE He cited the confiscation of a white baseball cap and a bandana and a limit of three showers a week...