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President Joe Biden addresses the nation at the Celebrating America concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, after his inauguration.. (Joshua Roberts/Pool photo via AP)

Biden to sign virus measures, requires mask use to travel

Jan. 21, 2021 10:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep in the deadliest coronavirus wave and facing worrisome new mutations, President Joe Biden will kick off his national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks — including a requirement that Americans...

Workers begin to remove a display of flags on the National Mall one day after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Biden revokes Trump report promoting 'patriotic education'

Jan. 21, 2021 11:54 AM EST

President Joe Biden revoked a recent Trump administration report that aimed to promote “patriotic education” in schools but that historians mocked and rejected as political propaganda. In an executive order signed on Wednesday in his first day in office, Biden disbanded Donald Trump’s...

President Joe Biden signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Time, transparency needed as Biden inherits frazzled census

Jan. 21, 2021 12:12 PM EST

Battered by criticism that the 2020 census was dangerously politicized by the Trump administration, the U.S. Census Bureau under a new Biden administration has the tall task of restoring confidence in the numbers that will be used to determine funding and political power. Picking up the pieces of a long,...

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US jobless claims decline to a still-high 900,000

Jan. 21, 2021 9:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to ongoing job cuts in a raging pandemic. The Labor Department's report Thursday underscored that President Joe Biden has inherited an economy that...

Security forces work at the site of a deadly bomb attack in a market selling used clothes, Iraq, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Twin suicide bombings hit Iraq's capital Thursday killing and wounding civilians, police and state TV said.

Twin suicide bombings rock central Baghdad, at least 32 dead

Jan. 21, 2021 8:33 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Twin suicide bombings ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding dozens, officials said. The rare suicide bombing hit the Bab al-Sharqi commercial area in central Baghdad amid heightened political tensions over planned early elections...

Former President Donald Trump looks out his window as his motorcade drives through West Palm Beach, Fla., on his way to his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach after arriving from Washington aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post via AP)

'Just move on': Republicans grapple with post-Trump future

Jan. 21, 2021 12:05 PM EST

For the first time in more than a decade, Republicans are waking up to a Washington where Democrats control the White House and Congress, adjusting to an era of diminished power, deep uncertainty and internal feuding. The shift to minority status is always difficult, prompting debates over who is to blame for...

FILE - This April 26, 2017 file photo shows the Eli Lilly & Co. corporate headquarters in Indianapolis. Drugmaker Eli Lilly said Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, its COVID-19 antibody drug can prevent illness among residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care locations. It’s the first major study to show that it may prevent disease. The drugmaker said participants who got the drug had up to a 57% lower risk of getting COVID-19. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Lilly: Drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in nursing homes

Jan. 21, 2021 10:33 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Drugmaker Eli Lilly said Thursday its antibody drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care locations. It's the first major study to show such a treatment may prevent illness in a group that has been devastated by the pandemic. ...

This booking photo provided by the Dauphin County, Pa., Prison, shows Riley June Williams. Federal authorities on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, arrested Williams, whose former romantic partner says she took a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. (Dauphin County Prison via AP)

Woman accused of helping steal Pelosi laptop freed from jail

Jan. 21, 2021 11:18 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman facing charges that she helped steal a laptop from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the attack on the U.S. Capitol will be released from jail, a federal judge decided Thursday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Carlson directed that Riley June Williams...

FILE - In this Aug.22, 1997 file photo, Pope John Paul II meditates by the grave of his former friend geneticist Jerome Lejeune, during a private visit to the Chalo-Saint-Mars cemetery near Paris. Pope Francis on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, approved the “heroic virtues” of Dr. Jerome Lejeune, who discovered the genetic basis of Down syndrome, lived from 1926-1994 and was particularly esteemed by St. John Paul II for his anti-abortion stance. (AP Photo/Arturo Mari/file)

French doctor who made Down discovery closer to sainthood

Jan. 21, 2021 10:32 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The French doctor who discovered the genetic basis of Down syndrome but spent his career advocating against abortion as a result of prenatal diagnosis has taken his first major step to possible sainthood. Pope Francis on Thursday approved the “heroic virtues” of Dr. Jerome...

Smoke rises from the Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine maker that is manufacturing the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine for the coronavirus, in Pune, India, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

5 killed in blaze at Indian producer of COVID-19 vaccine

Jan. 21, 2021 8:37 AM EST

PUNE, India (AP) — At least five people were killed in a fire that broke out Thursday at a building under construction at Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, officials said. The company said the blaze would not affect production of the COVID-19 vaccine. Murlidhar...

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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 file photo, Russian soldiers block the road on the outskirts of Gori, northwest of the capital Tbilisi, Georgia. The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 that Russia was responsible for a swathe of violations in Georgia's breakaway regions after the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

Europe's court condemns Russia over 2008 war with Georgia

Jan. 21, 2021 12:16 PM EST

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Europe's top human rights court on Thursday found Russia responsible for a swathe of violations in Georgia's breakaway regions after the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. Georgia hailed the verdict by the European Court of Human Rights as a major victory. President Salome Zurabishvili...

FILE - In this April 14, 2016 file photo, a Chinese national flag flutters against the office buildings in Shanghai, China. Twitter locked China’s U.S. Embassy account because of a tweet in support of China’s policies on Muslims and ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang, The tweet on Jan. 7, 2021 says Uygur women in Xinjiang have been emancipated and are no longer “baby making machines.” Twitter said it removed the tweet because it violates its policy on dehumanization.  (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Chinese Embassy Twitter account locked for "dehumanization"

Jan. 21, 2021 12:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter locked the account belonging to the Chinese U.S. Embassy in Washington after a tweet stated that Uighur 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...

FILE - In this Monday, June 2, 2014 file photo, European Union Ambassador to the US Joao Vale de Almeida answers questions during a newsmaker interview at the Associated Press in Washington. Britain has sparked a post-Brexit spat with the European Union on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 by declining to grant the bloc’s first-ever ambassador to the country full diplomatic status. Joao Vale de Almeida is the 27-nation EU’s envoy to the U.K., which left the bloc last year. But the British government says the EU is an international organization, rather than a country, and has not given Vale de Almeida the full rights accorded to ambassadors, including immunity from taxation and prosecution.  (AP Photo/J. David Ake, file)

UK, EU in spat over diplomatic status of bloc's ambassador

Jan. 21, 2021 12:14 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain has sparked a post-Brexit spat with the European Union by declining to grant the bloc’s first-ever ambassador to the country full diplomatic status. Joao Vale de Almeida is the 27-nation EU’s envoy to the U.K., which left the bloc last year. The EU says he should be...

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US long-term mortgage rates slip; 30-year loan at 2.77%

Jan. 21, 2021 12:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates slipped this week while remaining at record-low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate home loan eased to 2.77% from 2.79% last week. By contrast, the rate stood at 3.60% a year ago. The...

President Joe Biden signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Time, transparency needed as Biden inherits frazzled census

Jan. 21, 2021 12:12 PM EST

Battered by criticism that the 2020 census was dangerously politicized by the Trump administration, the U.S. Census Bureau under a new Biden administration has the tall task of restoring confidence in the numbers that will be used to determine funding and political power. Picking up the pieces of a long,...

Ex-mayor collapses, dies while fighting fire in Georgia town

Jan. 21, 2021 12:11 PM EST

MAXEYS, Ga. (AP) — A former mayor of a Georgia town has died while fighting a fire that destroyed his wife's business in a historic building. Maxeys Mayor Warren Gilson tells The Athens Banner-Herald that William “Bill” Winkle died Saturday. He lived with his wife, Rachel Winkle, in the rear...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 filer, an exterior view of the offices of the Vatican bank IOR in Vatican City. The Vatican’s criminal tribunal on Thursday, jan, 21, 2021 convicted the former head of the Vatican bank and his lawyer of embezzling some 57 million euros in proceeds from the sales of Holy See-owned real estate and sentenced them to nearly nine years in prison. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)

Vatican convicts ex-bank chief in property embezzlement scam

Jan. 21, 2021 12:10 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Vatican’s criminal tribunal on Thursday convicted the former head of the Vatican bank and his lawyer of embezzling millions of euros in proceeds from the sales of Holy See-owned real estate, and sentenced them to nearly nine years in prison each. The court also awarded the bank,...

Sudanese Prime MInister Abdullah Hamdok, right, bumps elbows with British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab in the Cabinet Building, in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Raab was in the Sudanese capital Thursday to discuss bilateral relations and tensions along the border with Ethiopia, Sudan's state news agency reported. (AP Photo)

UK backs Sudan economic reforms with over $50 million

Jan. 21, 2021 12:10 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Britain's foreign secretary announced Thursday that his government would offer more than $50 million to help poor Sudanese families as their government embarks upon major austerity measures to revive its battered economy, Sudan's state news agency reported. On a visit to Khartoum, Dominic...

Former Detroit mayor out of prison; crony still behind bars

Jan. 21, 2021 12:09 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump's mercy toward Kwame Kilpatrick didn't extend to the former Detroit mayor's partner in crime. Kilpatrick was released from prison Wednesday after his 28-year sentence for corruption was reduced to time served by Trump. But his pal, Bobby Ferguson, remains behind bars...

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Insider trading sentence of Vegas gambler commuted by Trump

Jan. 21, 2021 12:09 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas professional gambler, real estate mogul and philanthropist who was convicted in an insider trading case said Wednesday he's grateful his prison sentence was commuted by former President Donald Trump. William “Billy” Walters said in a statement issued through...