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NC Rev. Barber holds major role at inauguration service

Jan. 21, 2021 4:19 AM EST

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina minister and civil rights leader holds a major role in the traditional prayer service held in conjunction with the inauguration of the new president. The Rev. William Barber of Goldsboro will deliver the homily at Thursday's interfaith Presidential Inaugural Prayer...

Nurse Brianne Stockman, left, prepares to draw some blood from study participant Lani Muller in a mobile medical unit parked in the Queens borough of New York, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. With more vaccines in the pipeline, scientists worry whether enough volunteers will join and stick with the testing needed to prove if they, too, really work. To help, researchers in more than a dozen spots around the country are rolling out mobile health clinics to better reach minority participants and people in rural areas who might not otherwise volunteer. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Mobile labs take vaccine studies to diverse neighborhoods

Jan. 21, 2021 1:41 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Lani Muller doesn’t have to visit a doctor’s office to help test an experimental COVID-19 vaccine — she just climbs into a bloodmobile-like van that parks on a busy street near her New York City neighborhood. The U.S. is rightly fixated on the chaotic rollout of the...

Fireworks explode over the Washington Monument with the Marine Corps War Memorial in the foreground, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Arlington, Va., as part of the festivities after President Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar)

Biden revokes Trump report promoting 'patriotic education'

Jan. 21, 2021 12:21 AM EST

President Joe Biden on Wednesday 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 in his first day in office, Biden disband Donald Trump’s...

The Latest: Fireworks light up sky to celebrate inauguration

Jan. 20, 2021 10:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Fireworks lit up the sky behind the Washington Monument to mark the end of Inauguration Day for President Joe Biden. Biden and first lady Jill Biden watched the end of the day’s events from a balcony...

Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

Vice President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

Jan. 20, 2021 10:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris broke the barrier that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath Wednesday to hold the nation's second-highest office. Hours after she was sworn in as the first female U.S. vice president — and...

President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Biden repudiates white supremacy, calls for racial justice

Jan. 20, 2021 7:52 PM EST

Rare for an inaugural address, President Joe Biden issued a strong repudiation of white supremacy and domestic terrorism seen on the rise under Donald Trump. In his speech Wednesday, Biden denounced the “racism, nativism, fear, demonization,” that propelled the assault on Capitol Hill by an...

Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Inauguration fashion: Purple, pearls, American designers

Jan. 20, 2021 5:54 PM EST

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris showcased American designers at their inauguration Wednesday, and Harris gave a nod to women's suffrage, Shirley Chisholm and her beloved sorority in pearls and purple. Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush also donned hues of purple. Harris has cited Chisholm, a Democrat from...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jan. 20, 2021 5:45 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Biden’s Stimulus Plan Will Bring Relief, but There’s One Flaw The New York Times Jan. 19 Joe Biden will take the oath of office as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday in the center of a city...

Bill would require African American history for teachers

Jan. 20, 2021 5:26 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont legislator has introduced a bill that would require a three-credit college course in African American history to be licensed as a teacher. Rep. Maida Townsend, D-South Burlington, introduced the bill last week and hopes that it will, at a minimum, lead to a dialogue, the...

Muslim group denounces racist graffiti

Jan. 20, 2021 4:17 PM EST

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — A national Muslim advocacy group is denouncing racist graffiti found in Rhode Island and Virginia. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Wednesday that graffiti was found recently on the Stillwater Scenic Trail in Smithfield, R.I. The organization didn't elaborate on the...