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FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo violent rioters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol in Washington. The words of Donald Trump supporters who are accused of participating in the deadly U.S. Capitol riot may end up being used against him in his Senate impeachment trial as he faces the charge of inciting a violent insurrection.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Growing number of GOP senators oppose impeachment trial

Jan. 24, 2021 2:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of Republican senators say they oppose holding an impeachment trial, a sign of the dimming chances that former President Donald Trump will be convicted on the charge that he incited a siege of the U.S. Capitol. House Democrats, who will walk the impeachment charge of...

Democrat Jim Carpenter, left, and Republican Natalie Abbas watch the inauguration of President Joe Biden in Carpenter's apartment in Frederick, Md., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The two are local ambassadors for a program designed to bridge the nation's extraordinary political divide. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

One county, worlds apart: Bridging the political divide

Jan. 24, 2021 8:54 AM EST

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — She fired up her laptop to scour the internet for bits from right-wing websites and conspiratorial YouTube channels. The inauguration of Joe Biden was just days away, and Natalie Abbas was feverishly searching for 11th-hour interventions that could prevent the swearing-in of a...

President Joe Biden departs after attending mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden to reinstate COVID travel rules, add South Africa

Jan. 24, 2021 5:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday will formally reinstate COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders, according to two White House officials. The officials, who spoke on the...

In this Jan. 21, 2021, photo former Houston Police Officer Tam Pham walks out of the Federal Courthouse downtown in Houston after he appeared in court following his arrest Wednesday on federal charges tied to Capitol violence. Police departments across the country are reviewing the behavior of dozens of officers who were in Washington on the day of a riot at the U.S. Capitol. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)

US police weigh officer discipline after rally, Capitol riot

Jan. 24, 2021 3:14 PM EST

For two Virginia police officers who posed for a photo during the deadly U.S. Capitol insurrection, the reckoning has been swift and public: They were identified, charged with crimes and arrested. But for five Seattle officers the outcome is less clear. Their identities still secret, two are on leave and three...

President Joe Biden waves as he departs after attending Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden attends Mass at DC church where he worshipped as VP

Jan. 24, 2021 4:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden attended Mass for the first time since taking office, worshipping Sunday at the church he frequented when he was vice president. Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, picked Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, a few...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden waits to sign his first executive order in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. As one of his first acts, Biden offered a sweeping immigration overhaul that would provide a path to U.S. citizenship for the estimated 11 million people who are in the United States illegally. It would also codify provisions wiping out some of President Donald Trump's signature hard-line policies, including trying to end existing, protected legal status for many immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and crackdowns on asylum rules. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Why Biden's immigration plan may be risky for Democrats

Jan. 24, 2021 11:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is confronting the political risk that comes with grand ambition. As one of his first acts, Biden offered a sweeping immigration overhaul last week that would provide a path to U.S. citizenship for the estimated 11 million people who are in the United States illegally....

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden signs executive orders after speaking about the coronavirus in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

In first days, Biden flashes action as deep problems loom

Jan. 23, 2021 1:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inside the White House, President Joe Biden presided over a focused launch of his administration, using his first days in office to break sharply with his predecessor while signing executive orders meant as a showy display of action to address the historic challenges he inherited. But...

FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo, the Voice of America building stands in Washington. Former President Donald Trump’s hand-picked chief of U.S. international broadcasting has quit amid a burgeoning staff revolt and growing calls for his resignation. Michael Pack resigned as the chief executive office of the U.S. Agency for Global Media just minutes after President Joe Biden was inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The agency runs the Voice of America and sister networks. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

New leaders named at US-funded international broadcasters

Jan. 24, 2021 3:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Sunday installed new heads of three federally funded international broadcasters after abruptly firing Donald Trump-appointees at the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Kelu Chao, the acting CEO of the agency, made the announcement after dismissing the previous...

Georgia Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate Raphael Warnock, left, and Jon Ossoff, right, gesture toward a crowd during a campaign rally on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

New Georgia senators carry John Lewis' influence with them

Jan. 24, 2021 8:36 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Six months after his death, the late civil rights leader and longtime Georgia congressman John Lewis will retain a palpable influence in Congress: The state’s two new Democratic U.S. senators — both personal friends and admirers — promise to carry on his legacy. Sen....

FILE - In this March 30, 2020 file photo, My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a briefing about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. Lindell, is weighing a run for governor in Minnesota. If he follows through on a campaign, it could be an early test of where the Republican Party is headed in the post-Donald Trump era. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

MyPillow Guy among the Trump acolytes picking up the torch

Jan. 23, 2021 11:24 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing bogus theories about the election, he came away disappointed. Unexpectedly, Trump passed him — and his claims about...

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Announcement of Yosemite hiker's death delayed nearly a week

Jan. 24, 2021 5:58 PM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A woman who was declared missing while hiking in Yosemite National Park was found dead the same day, without a public update from the National Park Service. Authorities announced the death of 41-year-old “Alice” Yu Xie on Friday. Yosemite officials released details of...

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., thanks her volunteers and staff at her victory party in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Hyde-Smith beat Democrat Mike Espy and Libertarian Jimmy Edwards. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Transition turmoil splits Mississippi delegation

Jan. 24, 2021 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi won a 2018 special election and a 2020 regular election by making a single overarching promise — to support President Donald Trump. She stuck with Trump even as he made unfounded claims about the November election that he...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his

How Stevie Wonder's 'Happy Birthday' helped form US holiday

Jan. 24, 2021 4:51 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In the summer of 1979, Stevie Wonder called Coretta Scott King to tell her about a dream he had. “I said to her, you know, ‘I had a dream about this song. And I imagined in this dream I was doing this song. We were marching, too, with petition signs to make for Dr....

Florida air traffic tower closes after worker gets virus

Jan. 24, 2021 4:40 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The air traffic control tower of a Florida airport has been closed after a worker tested positive for the new coronavirus. The Federal Aviation Administration posted on its website that the air traffic control tower at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport was closed after...

North Carolina, Catawba tribe, ink casino revenue agreement

Jan. 24, 2021 4:33 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s governor has signed a revenue-sharing agreement with the Catawba Indian Nation that clears the way for Las Vegas-style gaming to be offered at a planned resort in Kings Mountain, officials said. Federal approval is still needed for the type of gaming agreed to...

Workers erect scaffolding at the Louisiana Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. A new phase of building repairs has started to replace mortar on the walls of the House and Senate chambers. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Analysis: New repair work, more needed at Louisiana Capitol

Jan. 24, 2021 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Capitol cost $5 million to complete nearly 90 years ago, but its ongoing repair needs total tens of millions of dollars today, little of which has been earmarked for the upkeep project to ensure the historic Art Deco building can remain the seat of government for...

IU law professor joins President Biden's Justice Department

Jan. 24, 2021 12:17 PM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Dawn Johnsen, an Indiana University law professor, has joined the U.S. Department of Justice under President Joe Biden's new administration. Johnsen was sworn in Wednesday as a senior counselor in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, The Herald-Times...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden waits to sign his first executive order in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. As one of his first acts, Biden offered a sweeping immigration overhaul that would provide a path to U.S. citizenship for the estimated 11 million people who are in the United States illegally. It would also codify provisions wiping out some of President Donald Trump's signature hard-line policies, including trying to end existing, protected legal status for many immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and crackdowns on asylum rules. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Why Biden's immigration plan may be risky for Democrats

Jan. 24, 2021 11:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is confronting the political risk that comes with grand ambition. As one of his first acts, Biden offered a sweeping immigration overhaul last week that would provide a path to U.S. citizenship for the estimated 11 million people who are in the United States illegally....

Estimated cost of Honolulu flood project doubles to $650M

Jan. 24, 2021 11:26 AM EST

HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the cost estimate for a flood prevention project in Hawaii has doubled, striking another blow to the effort. The Corps said a financial analysis on Friday has raised the cost of the Ala Wai Flood Risk Management Project to more than $650...

Savannah college gets $4.8M to train workers amid pandemic

Jan. 24, 2021 10:59 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A community college in Savannah has been awarded $4.8 million to help train more workers, including those who have lost jobs during the pandemic. U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter said in a news release that Savannah Technical College is among community colleges nationwide receiving the federal...