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Members of the state House are sworn in Honolulu on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Lawmakers opened a new legislative session in the middle of a pandemic while wearing face masks and sitting next to clear plastic shields separating their seats. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Hawaii lawmakers open new session amid coronavirus pandemic

Jan. 20, 2021 8:07 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers opened a new legislative session Wednesday, with coronavirus protections in place like masks and clear plastic shields separating their seats. Public health protocols to prevent the spread of the disease blocked the public from entering the state Capitol. That meant no open...

FILE - Harold Melton, Chief Justice for the Supreme Court of Georgia, speaks during a dedication of the state's new Nathan Deal Judicial Center Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. Judges say Georgia's court system could take years to dig out of a backlog of jury trials delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Melton told lawmakers during hearings Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 that it could take one to two years to catch up. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Georgia judges: Pandemic could backlog jury trials for years

Jan. 20, 2021 4:50 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's court system could take years to dig out of piled-up cases with jury trials delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, judges told state lawmakers Wednesday “The judges across the state are very mindful of the backlog,” state Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold...

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's fiction in his goodbye to Washington

Jan. 20, 2021 3:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his final remarks as president, Donald Trump tried to take credit for accomplishments of his predecessor and even those to come under President Joe Biden. Falsehoods suffused his farewell remarks Wednesday morning and the night before, though he was spot on with this: “We were...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jan. 20, 2021 1:26 PM EST

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Jan. 20 The Index-Journal on calls for the U.S. to heal and unite: This was being written just 24 hours before noon today, well before the sun had set Tuesday or risen today over the U.S. Capitol. Much has been done ahead of today’s events, ahead of the...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jan. 20, 2021 1:19 PM EST

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Jan. 20 The Sarasota Herald-Tribune on President Joe Biden's inauguration: Last November more than 5.6 million people in Florida voted to re-elect President Donald Trump; meanwhile, nearly 5.3 million more chose to vote for Trump’s opponent, Joe Biden. So...

People are reflected on the electronic board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday, ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration as president, ending President Donald Trump’s four-year term. Japan's benchmark lost early gains as worries grew about the surge in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Japan shares fall on pandemic worries as rest of Asia rises

Jan. 19, 2021 10:22 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday, ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration as U.S. president. Japan's benchmark lost early gains as worries grew about the surge in coronavirus cases. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost early gains to slip 0.4% in morning trading to 28,515.21. Australia's...

New Mexico state Sens. Shannon Pinto, D-Tohatchi, left;Katy Duhigg, D-Albuquerque, top; Carrie Hamblen, D-Las Cruces, bottom; and Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, right, stand for the opening of a 60-day legislative session on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Santa Fe, N.M. Fences, roadblocks, police and troops encircled the building as a precaution against federal warnings about the potential for violence. Plexiglass partitions have been installed on the floor of the House and Senate to protect legislators from coronavirus infection, and the Capitol is closed to the public to blunt the contagion. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico lawmakers look for solutions to hobbled economy

Jan. 19, 2021 9:31 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers confronted daunting challenges as they began a 60-day session Tuesday amid an unrelenting coronavirus pandemic and concerns of violence at a Statehouse guarded by troops and encircled by fencing, barricades and mobile security cameras. Proposals aimed at reviving...

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb delivers his State of the State address virtually, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indiana governor touts COVID-19 recovery in State of State

Jan. 19, 2021 8:33 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb touted Indiana as rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic and called during the annual State of the State speech Tuesday night for the Legislature to support a new regional development program to spark that recovery. Holcomb pre-recorded the speech earlier Tuesday before...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee speaks to a joint session of the legislature at the start of a special session on education, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Education in virus era dominates Tennessee special session

Jan. 19, 2021 6:35 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, responding to educational challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, directed state lawmakers Tuesday to quickly pass teacher pay raises and adopt a new reading benchmark for students to pass third grade. But the Republican governor also had harsh remarks for...

Gov. Hogan highlights virus aid, tax cuts, in budget plan

Jan. 19, 2021 4:53 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan highlighted his $1 billion virus relief proposal and tax cuts Tuesday in his annual budget proposal for the next fiscal year. Hogan outlined only highlights of his budget plan to the General Assembly during a news conference. The administration isn't...