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People wait in line for the COVID-19 vaccine in Paterson, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Some hospitals around the U.S. are facing complaints about favoritism and line-jumping after their board members and donors received COVID-19 vaccinations or offers for inoculations. CREDIT: Seth Wenig/AP

Playing Favorites? Hospital Boards And Donors, Some In Washington, Get Vaccine Priority Offer

While millions of Americans wait for the COVID-19 vaccine, hospital board members, their trustees and donors around the country have gotten early access to the scarce drug or offers for vaccinations, raising complaints about favoritism tainting decisions about who gets inoculated and when. Continue Reading Playing Favorites? Hospital Boards And Donors, Some In Washington, Get Vaccine Priority Offer

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Bruce L. Castor Jr., a former district attorney who declined to press sexual-assault charges against Bill Cosby in 2005, is one half of former President Donald Trump's defense team for his impeachment trial next week. CREDIT: Marc Levy/AP

Donald Trump Names New Defense Team Ahead Of Senate Impeachment Trial

Former President Donald Trump has named two new attorneys to head up his impeachment defense ahead of next week’s trial in the Senate. Trump was in need of new representation following the reported departure of all five members of his defense team this weekend. Now leading the team are attorneys David Schoen and Bruce Castor Jr. — both experienced in criminal defense. Continue Reading Donald Trump Names New Defense Team Ahead Of Senate Impeachment Trial

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Travelers wear face masks in the main terminal of Denver International Airport on Dec. 31, 2020. Starting Feb. 1, travelers will be required to wear face masks on nearly all forms of public transportation. CREDIT: David Zalubowski/AP

CDC Issues Sweeping New Mask Mandate For U.S. Travelers; Extends Eviction Moratorium

The order, issued late Friday, will require masks to be worn by “all passengers on public conveyances” traveling into or within the United States, including airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares. Coverings will also be required at transportation hubs like airports, bus terminals and train or subway stations. The new guidelines take effect at 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 1. Continue Reading CDC Issues Sweeping New Mask Mandate For U.S. Travelers; Extends Eviction Moratorium

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Protesters gesture to U.S. Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber inside the Capitol on Wednesday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

‘This Is War’: Inside The Secret Chat Where Extremists Devised Their Plans After U.S. Capitol Attack

When the FBI arrested Edward “Jake” Lang on Jan. 16 for his alleged role in the U.S. Capitol attack, court documents show agents had followed a seemingly straightforward trail from his public social media to collect evidence. “THIS IS ME,” Lang wrote over one video. The chats also make clear that at least some of those involved in the Capitol insurrection, despite a sweeping crackdown by U.S. law enforcement that has resulted in more than 160 cases, appear dedicated to planning and participating in further violence. Continue Reading ‘This Is War’: Inside The Secret Chat Where Extremists Devised Their Plans After U.S. Capitol Attack

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In this March 28, 2019 photo pot products line a display case at a marijuana shop in Seattle. A proposed constitutional amendment that would prevent the legalization of marijuana in Idaho has moved forward as lawmakers in the state try to halt the increasing acceptance of the drug nationwide. CREDIT: Elaine Thompson/AP

As More States Legalize Pot, Idaho Lawmakers Move To Cement A Permanent Constitutional Ban

As legal weed becomes a reality in every corner of the U.S., Idaho is putting up a fight. State lawmakers on Friday moved forward with a proposed constitutional amendment that would bar the legalization of marijuana in Idaho in an attempt to keep the growing nationwide acceptance of the drug from seeping across its borders. Continue Reading As More States Legalize Pot, Idaho Lawmakers Move To Cement A Permanent Constitutional Ban

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Nurse Vash Deelchand inoculated Kate Bingham, chair of the U.K. government's vaccine task force, with a Novavax vaccine at the Royal Free Hospital in London in October. CREDIT: Kirsty O'Connor - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images

Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Effective, But Less So Against Variant In South Africa

The biotech company Novavax says its COVID-19 vaccine is 89% effective at preventing the illness, according to an interim analysis of a large study conducted in the U.K. The results come from a clinical trial involving more than 15,000 volunteers, of whom more than a quarter were older than 65. Continue Reading Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Effective, But Less So Against Variant In South Africa

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All new cars sold in Washington state would need to be electric by 2030 if the legislature approves a pending bill. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

Washington Lawmakers Consider Shifting All New Car Sales To Electric Only By 2030

You may be used to hearing a pushy car salesperson ask the timeless question, “What can I do to get you in this car?” But one big thing could be different in Washington state a decade from now. Proposals introduced this winter in the Washington Legislature would end sales of new gasoline-powered cars in the state by 2030. Continue Reading Washington Lawmakers Consider Shifting All New Car Sales To Electric Only By 2030

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The Rio Grande as seen from the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Mexico, in 2019. A mother and her four daughters from Honduras crossed the river nearly three years ago to seek asylum. The daughters were released from a federally funded shelter and placed with their father in Virginia. Their mother is in a shelter in Honduras.

Families Separated At Border Hope Biden Reunites Them, Bringing Deported Parents Back

The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is the latest to detail how the Trump administration’s family separation policy was a mess from the beginning. In a report out this month, the inspector general found there was little recordkeeping and no plan for how to reunite these families. Continue Reading Families Separated At Border Hope Biden Reunites Them, Bringing Deported Parents Back

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A U.S. census worker sits in the plaza of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City in September. The Census Bureau announced Wednesday that the first results of the 2020 census are expected to be released by April 30. CREDIT: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Census Numbers For Dividing Up U.S. House Seats Delayed Until April 30, Bureau Says

Disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and last-minute changes by the Trump administration, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Wednesday that the release of the first results of the 2020 census will likely be delayed by four months. The latest state population counts used to determine each state’s share of votes in the House of Representatives and the Electoral College for the next decade are now expected by April 30. Continue Reading Census Numbers For Dividing Up U.S. House Seats Delayed Until April 30, Bureau Says

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