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Here is how you can safely participate in the inauguration

On a typical Inauguration Day, hundreds of thousands of Americans flock to Washington, DC, to catch a glimpse of the new President being sworn in. Not this year. Government leaders and health officials are telling people to stay away. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser urged people to not travel to the United States capital for the…

Washington state announces partnership with companies including Starbucks and Microsoft to boost vaccinations

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Monday a series of new efforts to help boost the state’s Covid-19 vaccinations, including partnerships with companies like Starbucks and Microsoft. Inslee revealed in a news conference the state has established a “public private partnership” between the health department and other business, health care and labor leaders, dubbed…

Ohio police chief mourns an ‘amazing police officer’ who was killed during standoff

An Ohio police officer was shot dead Monday after a suspect, facing an arrest warrant, emerged from a standoff with police and started shooting, officials said. Officer Brandon Stalker, 24, was providing perimeter security during the standoff in Toledo, Ohio, Chief of Police George Kral said. “Very sad day for the city of Toledo and…

A missing teen snowmobiler built a snow cave to survive until rescuers arrived

After going missing while on a snowmobile, a Canadian teenager managed to survive by building a snow cave to stay in until he was found. A 17-year-old in British Columbia, who has not been named, built himself a snow cave the backcountry to shelter in after being separated from his group, according to South Cariboo…

Biden administration promises equitable vaccine access to Black and brown communities

President-elect Joe Biden and his administration vow to ensure Black and brown people get equal access to the Covid-19 vaccine through mobile clinics, vaccination centers and partnerships with local communities, the chair of Biden’s Covid-19 Equity Task Force said during a Black clergy event on Monday. Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith said in Biden’s first month of…

California tops 3 million Covid-19 cases

California has become the first state in the nation to record more than 3 million Covid-19 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project. The number of cases there has tripled in just the past two months. Current data shows 3,005,830 cases and 33,623 deaths resulting from the virus that…

Volunteers remove more than 9,000 lbs of trash from Tennessee River

In an epic cleanup effort, volunteers removed more than 9,000 pounds of trash from the Tennessee River, one of the dirtiest rivers in the country. Over the course of three days earlier this month, volunteers with Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful and Johnsonville State Historic Park rid the river of 9,208 pounds of trash, using…

Trump Tower on New York’s Fifth Avenue to see security scaled down

Once a fortress, security in and around Trump Tower on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue will begin to loosen possibly as early as this week when the building’s namesake departs the White House. The police presence will be scaled down once President Donald Trump leaves office Wednesday, according to a New York Police Department official. Streets around…

All US federal prisons on temporary lockdown ahead of Biden inauguration

Federal prisons across the United States have been placed under temporary lockdown ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) announced Saturday that it is securing all institutions “in light of current events occurring around the country.” “There is no specific information that triggered this decision,” the statement said. “This action is…

Baby giraffe dies at Nashville Zoo after being stepped on by mother

The Nashville Zoo is grieving the unexpected loss of a newborn Masai giraffe. The first-time mother, Nasha, 6, gave birth to a healthy calf on Saturday following a complicated delivery, according to the zoo. But after announcing the birth, zookeepers noticed the calf was in distress. Shortly afterward, they announced the tragic loss. “We are…

Powerball jackpot hits $730 million after no winner declared Saturday

Hold on tight to your Powerball ticket. There were no top prize winners in Saturday’s drawing, and the jackpot has climbed to an estimated $730 million, a cash value of $546 million. This is only the fourth time the jackpot has crossed the $700 million mark, according to Powerball. If anyone wins the upcoming drawing…

How empty stadiums proved useful during the Covid-19 pandemic

On March 11, sports in the United States came to terms with the arrival of the coronavirus. An NBA player tested positive shortly before tipoff in Oklahoma City, forcing the game’s cancellation. Within days, every major sports league in the US had shut down. The ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to be felt in…

Muslim advocacy group warns American Muslims and Black communities to avoid state capitol buildings ahead of inauguration

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued an advisory warning American Muslims and other minority groups to avoid state capitol buildings and surrounding areas ahead of Inauguration Day. CAIR also urged Muslim houses of worship and community centers to protect themselves “due to threat of far-right, White supremacist violence” following the January 6 insurrection…

Weekend protests at state capitols stayed small amid heavy police presence

Officials were prepared this weekend for potential unrest ahead of Inauguration Day, but the small groups of protesters that gathered at state capitols across the country were dwarfed by the heavy presence of law enforcement. Demonstrations remained small and peaceful as of Sunday night, despite warnings that armed protests were being planned at all 50…

A goose became a family’s pet after being rescued as a baby

An orphaned goose named Lil’ Bob has no idea it’s a bird, says the Ohio man raising it. While driving in Mason last spring, Joe Songer came across a family of geese trying to cross the road. “We were sitting there for less than 30 seconds,” Songer told CNN affiliate WXIX. “And a guy decides…

Montana trooper rescues driver from car submerged in icy river

A Montana Highway Patrol trooper is being praised for his heroic actions after pulling a driver from her submerged vehicle in the icy Yellowstone River Thursday. Trooper Connor Wager entered the near-freezing water after responding to a rollover crash south of the town of Emigrant, the Montana Highway Patrol said on Twitter. “After arriving on…

Elon Musk donates $5 million to education group Khan Academy

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has donated $5 million to the online learning organization Khan Academy. In a YouTube video posted Monday, Khan Academy founder Salman Khan thanked Musk for the donation, which the Tesla CEO made through his Musk Foundation. “Elon, I hope you really feel good about this,” Khan said in the video. “This…

New York man arrested for alleged participation in Capitol riot

Federal agents have arrested a 26-year-old New York resident for his alleged participation in the January 6 US Capitol riot in Washington, DC, a federal law enforcement source tells CNN. The agents arrested Edward Jacob Lang of Tusten, New York, on Saturday afternoon, the source said. The FBI’s New York office announced the arrest in…

Test fire of NASA’s SLS moon rocket ends prematurely

NASA’s Space Launch System rocket ignited its four main engines Saturday on a test stand in Mississippi, but the space agency prematurely ended the test. The hot fire test was the eighth and final test of a series aimed at ensuring the rocket is prepared to launch missions to the moon. The rocket is the…

The oldest living Marine, a North Carolina woman, has died at age 107

Dorothy “Dot” Cole was the oldest living US Marine veteran when she died on January 7. She was 107 years old. Cole, who was born in 1913 and grew up in Warren, Pennsylvania, suffered a heart attack in the home they shared in North Carolina, her daughter Beth Kluttz told CNN by phone Saturday Cole…

US Postal Service removing mailboxes for security reasons ahead of inauguration

The US Postal Service has temporarily removed some mailboxes in several major cities across the country, a security measure ahead of next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Mail collection has been suspended at some mailboxes as well, according to the Postal Service. “It’s part of our normal procedures to keep our employees and customers…

Lizzie Borden house hits the market for $2 million

If you’re fascinated by unsolved 19th century murders and have $2 million burning a hole in your pocket, this could be the perfect opportunity for you. The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum in Fall River, Massachusetts is up for sale. It’s the same home where Borden’s father, Andrew, and step-mother, Abby, were murdered with…

A Spanish mountain climber has died after falling from K2

Spanish mountaineer Sergi Mingote has died while climbing K2, the world’s second highest summit, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced Saturday. “Sad death of Sergi Mingote at K2,” Sanchez tweeted. “He wanted to continue making history by being part of the first expedition to crown this mountain in the middle of winter and a tragic…

Actor Dave Bautista offers $20,000 in case of manatee scraped with word ‘TRUMP’

There is already a reward for information leading to the person or people responsible for writing “TRUMP” on a manatee in Florida, but actor Dave Bautista is taking it a step further. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” star announced an additional reward on his Twitter account on Monday. “If there’s not already a reward for…

Colorado officials resume review of ketamine program after Elijah McClain’s death

Colorado health officials will resume their review of a program allowing ketamine to be administered outside of hospital settings, an investigation initially announced after the death of Elijah McClain in police custody. The 23-year-old Black man died in August 2019 after paramedics administered the powerful anesthetic during a confrontation with police. A grand jury investigation…

Hot Pockets recalled over potential glass and plastic contamination

Those Hot Pockets in your freezer could contain something more dangerous than piping hot cheese. Nestlé Prepared Foods is recalling certain pepperoni Hot Pockets over concerns they may be contaminated with pieces of glass and hard plastic, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday. The Class I recall applies to…

‘Armed protests’ warning puts officials on alert this weekend ahead of Biden inauguration

Law enforcement and state officials are on high alert for potentially violent protests in the lead-up to Inauguration Day, with some state capitols boarded up and others temporarily closed ahead of Wednesday’s ceremony. The FBI says it has received information warning of “armed protests” in all 50 state capitols beginning Saturday and the US Capitol…

A Tennessee law firm is offering a free divorce for Valentine’s Day

For happy couples, Valentine’s Day is an excuse for romance, often celebrated with extravagant dinners and thoughtful gifts. But on February 14, unhappy couples remember all the reasons they can’t stand each other. That’s why a Tennessee law firm is giving away free divorce representation to one lucky (unlucky?) client who just can’t wait to…

If you’re trying to make sense of the Capitol riot, read these books

On January 6, the world watched as the US Capitol was attacked by pro-Trump rioters. Since then, each day has been filled with revelations about how it was plotted and carried out. Many are still trying to process the initial shock. While seeing Confederate and Trump 2020 flags draped all over the Capitol was a…

Dustin Higgs executed less than a week before Inauguration Day

Dustin John Higgs was executed in the early hours of Saturday morning becoming the 13th and last federal death row inmate to be executed since the Justice Department restarted federal executions in July 2019. He had been convicted of kidnapping and murdering three women in 1996. Higgs maintained his innocence until his death, according to…

How to serve on MLK Day while isolating at home

Caught between colliding pressures of a pandemic, political unrest and outcries for social justice, this Martin Luther King Day of Service is unlike any other. But despite the limitations of the season, this federal holiday doesn’t have to be any less impactful. Now more than ever, MLK Day of Service is enabling everyday people to…

Middle schoolers send thank you notes to US Capitol workers

A group of middle school students in Pennsylvania is sending appreciation notes to workers and officers on Capitol Hill to thank them for their service in the aftermath of the violent attack last week. The students, who attend Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr, asked their teachers if there was anything they could…

Country music legend Willie Nelson gets his Covid-19 vaccination

Country music legend Willie Nelson received the Covid-19 vaccine at a drive-through facility in Texas this week, according to a post he shared on Facebook. “Getting your COVID vaccine is Willie cool!,” said Family Hospital Systems, a locally owned system of freestanding emergency rooms and hospitals in Texas, in a Wednesday Facebook post that included…

MLK Day encourages service

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January, although Dr. King was actually born on the 15th of January 1929, 92 years ago. Mrs. Coretta Scott King and musician Stevie Wonder fought for years to make it a federal holiday. Wonder told CNN that they started with tours and marches…

Auction bids are topping $57,000 for a rare $20 banknote with Del Monte sticker on it

How can a $20 bill be worth over $57,000? Because of a printing mishap. The “Del Monte note,” a rare $20 banknote with a banana sticker on it, is currently for sale through Heritage Auctions, a Dallas-based auction house. Currency collectors are paying close attention and breaking previous bidding records with their offers, according to…

Karl-Anthony Towns has tested positive for Covid-19, as the NBA’s postponed games list grows

After already losing seven family members to Covid-19, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns has tested positive for the coronavirus. Towns made the announcement on his social media, saying he received the test prior to Friday evening’s scheduled game against the Memphis Grizzlies, which has now been postponed. “I pray every day that this nightmare of…

Teachers wait for Covid vaccines

Teacher Naseeb Gill has been through a full range of reactions since the pandemic closed down in-person learning 10 months ago. She scrambled to set up virtual lessons for her fifth-grade language arts students in the spring. By fall, she was excited about returning to the classroom, but on just her second day back she…

Police respond differently when it’s a left-wing protest, study finds

President Donald Trump’s supporters were still rampaging through the US Capitol when the question arose: If these had been Black Lives Matter demonstrators instead of overwhelmingly White, militant Trump backers, how different would the police response have been? The Black Lives Matter Global Network hit the question hard in a statement following the Capitol siege.…

The world’s top environmental organizations are still predominantly White, a new report finds

The movement for a cleaner, greener world has grown increasingly popular as the climate crisis has worsened, and organizations such as Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund, now household names, have raised millions to save species, cut down on pollution and slow the effects of climate change. But many environmental organizations are still predominantly staffed and…

For the first time in over 100 years, Virginia won’t celebrate Lee-Jackson Day

For the first time in more than 100 years, Lee-Jackson Day will not officially be celebrated in Virginia. The holiday, which was observed on the Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January, celebrated Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson as “defenders of causes.” The event typically involved Civil War-themed parades, wreath…

What we know about potential armed protests ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration

Washington, DC, and states across the country are heightening security and preparing reinforcements this week ahead of potential armed protests from Saturday up to at least Inauguration Day on Wednesday. One week after a pro-Trump mob ransacked the US Capitol, federal officials reiterated a warning in a call with law enforcement leaders across the country,…

LA County is adding more space to store bodies of Covid-19 victims

Los Angeles County, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in California, is running out of space to store the bodies of Covid-19 victims and officials are working to create more capacity. About 900 bodies are currently being held at the Los Angeles Medical Examiner Coroner’s Office, which usually has a capacity of 500, according to…

Lori Loughlin’s husband Mossimo Giannulli asks for home confinement amid Covid concerns

Attorneys for Mossimo Giannulli, the fashion designer and husband of actress Lori Loughlin, have requested that he complete his five-month sentence related to the college admissions scandal in home confinement, according to court documents filed Thursday. Giannulli has had to spend 40% of his sentence in solitary confinement because of Covid-19 concerns at the prison,…

Jacksonville Jaguars hire Urban Meyer as head coach

Urban Meyer — three-time national champion as a college football coach — will now lead the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced Thursday. Meyer, formerly the head coach at Ohio State, will become the seventh head coach in Jaguars franchise history. This will be his first time as an NFL head coach. “I’m ready to coach…

The son of Captain America’s co-creator says Capitol Hill rioters misrepresented the superhero

The son of the co-creator of comic book hero Captain America said he was “appalled” and “disgusted” when he saw Capitol Hill rioters wearing t-shirts and shields referencing the superhero. “Captain America is the absolute antithesis of Donald Trump,” Neal Kirby told CNN’s Jake Tapper in a statement Wednesday. “Where Captain America is selfless, Trump…

Queens man in custody after stabbing and possible poisoning leaves 1 dead, 3 critical

One man is in custody in a deadly incident in Queens, New York, on Thursday morning that features a bloody pair of scissors and a possible poisoning, according to law enforcement officials. The suspect’s 72-year-old father was killed and three other family members were critically injured, according to NYPD Assistant Chief Joe Kenny. The father…

New York attorney general sues NYPD over ‘brutal’ handling of George Floyd protesters

New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing the New York City Police Department and its leadership over its “excessive, brutal and unlawful” handling of George Floyd protests, James said in a news release. James also wants to install an external monitor to oversee the department’s policing tactics. The suit, filed Thursday in Manhattan federal…

Dallas is renaming a four-mile stretch of road in honor of Botham Jean

Four miles of roadway in Dallas will now bear the name of Botham Jean, the Black man who was murdered in his apartment by an off-duty police officer in 2018. The Dallas City Council voted on the name change Wednesday after the proposal was put forth by Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano, along with two…

Trinity Rodman, daughter of the NBA legend, drafted 2nd overall in pro soccer league

Trinity Rodman, a rising star on US soccer youth national teams, was selected second overall by the Washington Spirit in Wednesday’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) draft. Rodman, 18, is the daughter of NBA legend and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Dennis Rodman. “This has been my dream forever, I’ve been playing soccer…

Jacob Blake’s uncle says in opinion piece that Capitol attack is another reminder the US lives under 2 justice systems

Justin Blake, the uncle of Jacob Blake, says last week’s violent mob that breached the US Capitol reminded him Americans live “under two justice systems.” “One lets armed white insurrectionists violently attack our nation’s seat of government. Another gasses, beats, and shoots rubber bullets at people defending Black Lives,” he wrote in an Opinion piece…

Atlanta rapper YFN Lucci turns himself in and faces a murder charge

Atlanta rapper YFN Lucci turned himself in to police Wednesday and faces a murder charge in connection to a fatal shooting last month, Atlanta Police told CNN. YFN Lucci, whose real name is Rayshawn Bennett, is currently being held in Fulton County Jail, police said. Atlanta Police announced Tuesday that he was wanted on charges…

Some national veterans organizations vow to remove members charged in the Capitol riots

Some national veterans organizations have vowed to remove members who were charged in the Capitol riots, taking a stand against the violent attack last week. Current and former US military members participated in the insurrection, according to news reports and court records. A handful of veterans organizations told CNN they are actively checking their membership…

Bryan Monroe, longtime journalist and former CNNPolitics.com editor, dies at 55

Bryan Monroe, a journalism professor and former CNNPolitics.com editor who once headed the National Association of Black Journalists and helped guide the Biloxi Sun Herald to a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Hurricane Katrina, has died. He was 55. Monroe died Wednesday morning of a heart attack at his home in Bethesda, Maryland, where he…

A third of Americans don’t see systemic racism as a barrier to good health, survey says

A third of Americans don’t see systemic racism as a barrier to good health even after communities of color have been hit the hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic, researchers say. The new findings of the ongoing national survey conducted by the RAND Corporation with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation were released Wednesday. Among…

A nurse who works with Covid patients just won a $1 million lottery jackpot

We can all agree that health care workers on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic deserve all the good things in life. One North Carolina nurse now has the pocket change to treat herself to at least some of them. Terri Watkins works in the Covid unit at a long term facility in Durham.…

Yankee Stadium is expected to join Mets’ Citi Field as a Covid-19 vaccine mega site

New York’s Yankee Stadium is expected to join numerous sports and entertainment venues around the nation being used as mass Covid-19 vaccination sites in a bid to boost lagging vaccine distribution efforts. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday a “plan is in motion” to use The House that Ruth Built in the…

Police arrest second suspect in killing of Nashville nurse

A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of nurse Caitlyn Kaufman, Nashville police said. James Cowan was arrested at an apartment complex in Antioch, Tennessee, on Tuesday evening, police announced on Twitter. Kaufman, 26, was shot and killed on December 3, 2020, while driving to work on Interstate 440. Undercover…

Why I lost it on live TV

I felt raw and exposed and embarrassed all at once. I have long been taught as a woman “never let them see you cry” — not in public and especially not at work. But I did that Tuesday. I cried. I couldn’t control my tears. I couldn’t use my words. It happened not just in…

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