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Proud Boy organizer arrested in Florida over riot at Capitol

Jan. 21, 2021 3:19 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida men, including a self-described organizer for the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, were arrested Wednesday on charges of taking part in the siege of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, authorities said. Joseph Biggs, 37, was arrested in central Florida and faces...

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch fireworks light up the sky from the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises

Jan. 21, 2021 2:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation's historic confluence of crises. Denouncing a national “uncivil war,”...

Lady Gaga sings the national anthem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Greg Nash/Pool Photo via AP)

Hollywood on the Potomac: A-list turns out for Biden-Harris

Jan. 21, 2021 2:05 AM EST

A full-throated, supremely confident Lady Gaga belted out the national anthem at President Joe Biden's inauguration in a very Gaga way — with flamboyance, fashion and passion. The Grammy winner wore a huge dove-shaped brooch and an impressively billowing red sculpted skirt as she sang into a golden...

Office lights of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

European Central Bank faces gloomier picture for economy

Jan. 21, 2021 2:00 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is looking at a darkening picture for the economy as infections and deaths surge. With more than a trillion euros of pandemic stimulus still in the pipeline, President Christine Lagarde is expected to underline Thursday that the bank has the means keep...

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Asian shares rose Thursday on optimism over the new U.S. administration that earlier set off a rally on Wall Street. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares mostly up on optimism for stimulus from Biden

Jan. 21, 2021 1:35 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly rose Thursday on optimism over the new U.S. administration that earlier set off a rally on Wall Street. Hopes are high that President Joe Biden's administration will mean more support for the struggling U.S. economy, starting a recovery that's crucial for the export-driven...

Hundreds of Maine farms, food producers receive virus aid

Jan. 21, 2021 1:30 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hundreds of farms and other businesses in Maine are set to receive another $18 million in federal coronavirus relief aid. The money is going to reimburse farmers, food processors, food banks and pantries for expenses associated with the pandemic, the office of Democratic Gov. Janet...

People wait in their vehicles to monitor for adverse reactions to the shot, after being vaccinated at a mass COVID-19 vaccination site outside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. California has become the first state to record more than 3 million known coronavirus infections, according to a tally Monday by Johns Hopkins University.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Despite illnesses, California says virus vaccine can be used

Jan. 21, 2021 1:23 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California said it's safe to immediately begin using a batch of coronavirus vaccine doses after health officials urged a halt to injections and held a review because several people fell ill. Wednesday's decision frees up more than 300,000 doses to counties, cities and hospitals...

Piles of plush Iranian- made carpets line the floors of a shopping center in northern Iraq, hosting traders from neighbouring Iran, in the city of Dohuk, in the Kurdish-run northern region of Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. At least 24 businesses from 15 Iranian cities offer hope that the spangle of their ornate handicrafts might offer a lifeline out of poverty for Iranians whose country's economy is in tatters amid crippling sanctions. (AP Photo/Rashid Yahya)

Amid crippling sanctions, Iran traders seek lifeline in Iraq

Jan. 21, 2021 1:19 AM EST

DOHUK, Iraq (AP) — Piles of plush carpets line the floors of a northern Iraq shopping center hosting traders from neighboring Iran who hope the spangle of their ornate handicrafts might offer a lifeline out of poverty. In their own country, the economy is in tatters amid crippling U.S. sanctions. ...

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after scoring against the San Antonio Spurs with forward Draymond Green (23), forward Kent Bazemore (26) and forward Kevon Looney (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Curry, Warriors honor VP Kamala Harris in win over Spurs

Jan. 21, 2021 1:08 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors brought it on both ends in their most complete game yet. They brought it for new Vice President Kamala Harris, honoring her Oakland roots. Curry had 26 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 121-99...

In this image from video, Vice President Kamala Harris swears in Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., and Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., on the floor of the Senate Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Senate Television via AP)

Senate confirms Biden 1st Cabinet pick as Democrats control

Jan. 21, 2021 1:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three new senators were sworn into office Wednesday after President Joe Biden's inauguration, securing the majority for Democrats in the Senate and across a unified government to tackle the new president's agenda at a time of unprecedented national challenges. In a first vote, the Senate...