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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2020, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Warm Springs, Ga. President-elect Joe Biden has evoked Franklin Delano Roosevelt in promising a remaking of America unseen since the New Deal. Pledging to emulate some of the loftiest reforms in the nation’s history has left him with towering promises to keep. And Biden hopes to deliver against the backdrop of the pandemic and searing national division. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Biden has set sky-high expectations. Can he meet them?

Jan. 19, 2021 8:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back when the election was tightening and just a week away, Joe Biden went big. He flew to Warm Springs, the Georgia town whose thermal waters once brought Franklin Delano Roosevelt comfort from polio, and pledged a restitching of America's economic and policy fabric unseen since FDR's...

Clouds form over the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Joe Biden's hefty to-do list starts with a flurry of orders

Jan. 19, 2021 5:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has given himself an imposing to-do list for his earliest days as president and many promises to keep over the longer haul. Overshadowing everything at the very start is Biden's effort to win congressional approval of a $1.9 trillion plan to combat the coronavirus and the...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden, right, campaigns for Senate candidates Raphael Warnock, left, and Jon Ossoff, not pictured, in Atlanta. Sen.-elect Warnock shares more than a party with Biden: Both Democrats made faith a central part of their political identity on the campaign trail — and their victories are emboldening religious liberals. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Latest: 3 new Dem senators to be sworn in after Biden

Jan. 19, 2021 10:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Three new Democratic senators are set to be sworn into office after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday. The arrival of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia and Alex Padilla of...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

The Latest: Haines promises a government worthy of trust

Jan. 19, 2021 10:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s nominees for his administration (all times local): 10:45 a.m. President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for national intelligence director says that perhaps no greater priority on the job right now is...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo President-elect Joe Biden listens as his Secretary of State nominee Tony Blinken speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. President-elect Joe Biden’s national security Cabinet may be bare on Day One of his presidency. His nominees to head the State Department, the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security and the intelligence community are facing a series of confirmation hearings starting on inauguration eve. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Biden's national security Cabinet nominees face Senate tests

Jan. 19, 2021 6:59 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s national security Cabinet may be bare on Day One of his presidency, but an inauguration eve spurt of Senate confirmation hearings suggests that won’t be the case for long. While the nominees to head the State Department, the Pentagon, Homeland...

In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

AP-NORC poll: Virus, economy swamp other priorities for US

Jan. 19, 2021 9:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Containing the coronavirus outbreak and repairing the economic damage it has inflicted are the top priorities for Americans as Joe Biden prepares to become the 46th president of the United States, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research....

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine provides an update on the coronavirus known as COVID-19 in Harrisburg, Pa. President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP, File)

Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health secretary

Jan. 19, 2021 10:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician...

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2013, file photo Chief Justice John Roberts, right, reads the oath of office to President Barack Obama at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Roberts to swear in yet another president who opposed him

Jan. 19, 2021 12:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Someday, perhaps, John Roberts will swear in a new president who doesn’t wish someone else was chief justice of the United States. Wednesday won’t be that day. When Roberts leads President-elect Joe Biden in the oath of office, security will be unusually tight following the...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo rioters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Police command structure crumbled fast during Capitol riot

Jan. 18, 2021 10:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, many of the police officers had to decide on their own how to fight them off. There was no direction. No plan. And no top leadership. One cop ran from one side of the building to another, fighting hand-to-hand against rioters. Another decided to...

President-elect Joe Biden waves to reporters as walks out of The Queen theater Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Joe Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

Jan. 19, 2021 8:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status, a massive reversal from the Trump administration's harsh...

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Wall Street's momentum swings back as stocks, yields tick up

Jan. 19, 2021 10:54 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ticking higher on Wall Street Tuesday, recovering some of last week’s losses to pull closer to their record highs. The S&P 500 was up 0.5% in morning trading and back within 1% of its record set earlier this month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 128 points,...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Gov. Tony Evers declares a public health emergency in Madison, Wis. Evers has ordered a ban on all gatherings of more than 50 people, a dramatic move in line with federal recommendations as other states took similar action to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. Evers tweeted Monday, March 16, 2020 that he was ordering the ban, but said

The Latest: Wisconsin vaccine plan excludes grocery workers

Jan. 19, 2021 10:53 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s plan for the next phase of coronavirus vaccinations covers essential workers, including teachers, child care providers, law enforcement officers and hospital staff who aren’t on the front lines. In Wisconsin, it doesn’t include grocery store employees, as...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

The Latest: Haines promises a government worthy of trust

Jan. 19, 2021 10:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s nominees for his administration (all times local): 10:45 a.m. President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for national intelligence director says that perhaps no greater priority on the job right now is...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden, right, campaigns for Senate candidates Raphael Warnock, left, and Jon Ossoff, not pictured, in Atlanta. Sen.-elect Warnock shares more than a party with Biden: Both Democrats made faith a central part of their political identity on the campaign trail — and their victories are emboldening religious liberals. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Latest: 3 new Dem senators to be sworn in after Biden

Jan. 19, 2021 10:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Three new Democratic senators are set to be sworn into office after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday. The arrival of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia and Alex Padilla of...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2019, file photo former Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks with FOX Business Network guest anchor Jon Hilsenrath in the Fox Washington bureau in Washington. President-elect Joe Biden announced Yellen as his nominee for Treasury Secretary. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Pandemic support at center of Yellen confirmation hearing

Jan. 19, 2021 10:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee has begun its confirmation hearing for Treasury Secretary-nominee Janet Yellen with Democrats and Republicans squaring off immediately over how much more support the economy, hammered during the pandemic, requires. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, who is scheduled...

Everyone over 65 next in line for vaccine in Wisconsin

Jan. 19, 2021 10:43 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Everyone over age 65 in Wisconsin will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Monday, the state Department of Health Services said Tuesday. However, the department cautioned that how quickly they will be vaccinated depends on how much vaccine the state receives from the...

Self-described militia members jailed on riot charges

Jan. 19, 2021 10:24 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Two self-described militia members facing federal charges that they participated in the assault on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month were jailed Tuesday. Jessica Watkins and Donovan Crowl, both from Ohio, are being held at a county jail in Dayton, after being arrested Monday. Federal...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine provides an update on the coronavirus known as COVID-19 in Harrisburg, Pa. President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP, File)

Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health secretary

Jan. 19, 2021 10:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician...

FILE - This Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 file photo shows FireEye offices in Milpitas, Calif. The cybersecurity firm that discovered a cyberespionage campaign that has badly shaken U.S. government agencies and the private sector says efforts to assess the impact and boot the intruders remain in their early stages. FireEye has released a tool and a white paper to help potential victims scour their installations of Microsoft's cloud-based email and collaboration software to determine if hackers broke in and remain active.  (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Cybersecurity firm: Booting hackers a complex chore

Jan. 19, 2021 9:17 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Efforts to assess the impact of a more than seven-month-old cyberespionage campaign blamed on Russia — and boot the intruders — remain in their early stages, says the cybersecurity firm that discovered the attack. The hack has badly shaken the U.S. government and private sector....

The sign in front of the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is damaged as seen in the early morning hours at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, after protesters stormed the Capitol. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Court: Georgia lawyer boasted about storming Pelosi's office

Jan. 19, 2021 9:06 AM EST

AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) — The FBI says a Georgia attorney accused of joining the attack on the U.S. Capitol riot bragged on social media that he was among the first rioters to break into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, and said she “probably would have been torn into little pieces” if they...