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Biden in TX: 'Nothing partisan' about virus, storm
President Joe Biden wrapped up his visit to storm-battered Texas, Friday with calls for unity and bipartisanship as the nation looks to help Texas recover not just from the storm but also from the health and economic crisis caused by COVID. (Feb. 26)     
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House to vote on relief bill, Dems mull wage plan
A $1.9 trillion package aimed at helping the country rebuild from the pandemic seemed headed toward House passage Friday, even as Democrats searched for a way to revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage. (Feb. 26)      
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Here are the top stories for Friday, February 26th: Biden visits Texas after deep freeze ; Biden intel report releaseed on Khasoggi killing;" Senior vaccine buddies" hit DC streets; Wax celebs promote indoor dining.      
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Today in History for February 27th
Highlights of this day in history: Germany's Reichstag burns, giving the Nazis under Adolf Hitler a pretext to seize absolute power; A cease-fire ends the Persian Gulf War; Actress Elizabeth Taylor born; Children's TV host Fred Rogers dies. (Feb. 27)     
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Predominantly white colleges tackle racism, diversity, equity and inclusion
In the wake of a national reckoning on race, higher-ed leaders are "finally understanding that instead of fixing people, we need to fix institutions."       
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Billie Eilish doc follows singer's meteoric ascent
During much of Billie Eilish's meteoric ascent, filmmaker R.J. Cutler was trailing the popstar for a whole year. Now that footage is a documentary that Cutler describes as a whole feast. (Feb. 26)      
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On Texas visit, Biden warns Iran 'to be careful'
President Joe Biden tells Iran on Friday, "you can't act with impunity," adding, "be careful." The president was speaking after U.S. military airstrikes in Syria took out facilities that housed capabilities used by Iranian-backed militia groups. (Feb. 26)      
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Blinken: We recalibrated Saudi relationship
Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the US relationship with Saudi Arabia is an important one and actions taken against the kingdom will not rupture "the relationship but recalibrate it." (Feb. 26)      
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AP Explains: Saudi prince approved Khashoggi murder
Saudi Arabia's crown prince likely approved the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to a newly declassified U.S. intelligence report released Friday. (Feb 26)      
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Sydney zoo unveils first baby koala in a year
An Australian zoo has unveiled its latest addition, a baby koala. Humphrey the koala joey is the first to be born at Taronga Zoo Sydney in over a year, the zoo said. (Feb. 25)      
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NASA names DC HQ for 'Hidden Figures' engineer
NASA on Friday named its Washington headquarters after Mary W. Jackson, the space agency's first African American female engineer whose story was portrayed in the popular film "Hidden Figures." (Feb. 26)      
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Rights group demands sanctions on Saudi prince
A Saudi rights group on Friday called on the Biden administration to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia's crown prince after a newly declassified U.S. intelligence report implicated the Saudi royal in the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (Feb. 26)      
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Wax celebs join indoor diners at NYC restaurant
Brooklyn's famed Peter Luger Steak House has teamed with Madame Tussauds to have celebrity wax figures mingle with patrons, promoting the easing of coronavirus pandemic restrictions on indoor dining in New York City. (Feb. 26)      
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Calif. expects 1.1M J&J vaccines in next 3 weeks
Gov. Gavin Newsom expects California to start administering the new Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine next week. He said the Biden administration plans to send California more than 1.1 million of the single-dose shots in the next three weeks. (Feb. 26)      
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United Center to be Chicago mass vaccination site
The United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks will be used as a mass vaccination site capable of vaccinating up to 6,000 people a day. Vaccinations will take place in the arena's parking lot. (Feb. 26)      
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Today in History for February 26th
Highlights of this day in history: The 1993 bombing of New York's World Trade Center; President Ronald Reagan rebuked over Iran-Contra; France's Napoleon Bonaparte escapes exile on Elba; Singers Fats Domino and Johnny Cash born. (Feb. 26)      
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Pentagon: Strikes in Syria make clear US will act
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said Friday the U.S. military airstrikes in eastern Syria Thursday were conducted against facilities that were used by Iran-backed militia groups, in response to recent attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq. (Feb. 26)      
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CDC chief: Variants mean keep guard up on virus
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sounding the alarm that recent gains against the coronavirus may be stalling. (Feb. 26)      
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NYC school chancellor resigns citing pandemic toll
New York City's school chancellor announced Friday that he is resigning, citing the coronavirus pandemic's personal toll on his family. Richard Carranza said he has lost 11 family members and friends to the virus and needs time to grieve. (Feb. 26)      
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AP Top Stories February 26 A
Here's the latest for Friday, February 26th: Democrats to move forward on COVID-19 relief package; U.S. airstrike in Syria targets Iraqi armed group; Biden travels to Houston to survey damage; Queen Elizabeth urges people to get virus vaccine. (Feb. 26)
Big fire burns commercial yard, buses in LA County
A huge fire is burning in a commercial area of south Los Angeles County. The fire erupted in Compton before dawn Friday, consuming what appears to be stacks of pallets and spreading to rows of charter-style buses parked in a lot next door. (Feb. 26)
They met on Bumble. She claims he killed her dogs. Now she's speaking out to help others isolated amid COVID-19.
Nearly a year after the first COVID-19 lockdown orders, survivors continue to be at high risk of domestic violence.
Rescued sheep has more than 75 pounds of matted fleece removed after years in woods
Baarack was carrying around a lot of extra weight before he was rescued.
ShowBiz Minute: Lady Gaga, Queen, Prince Harry
Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, French bulldogs stolen in LA; Queen Elizabeth II says COVID-19 vaccine is quick, painless and helps others; Prince Harry raps "Fresh Prince," says he didn't walk away. (Feb. 26)
On This Day: 26 February 1962
In 1962, Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret attended the starry premiere of "West Side Story" in London. (Feb. 26)
Mass shootings hit a record high in 2020. Can COVID vaccines bring peace in 2021?
Mass shootings jumped nearly 50% in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and economic fears. Could vaccines bring more peace?
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, which requires just one shot, is on track to become third allowed for use in US
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to act quickly to authorize J&J's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine after an advisory panel meets Friday.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine set for FDA advisory committee review; Joe Biden urges unity with state governors. Latest COVID-19 updates
The FDA will hold an all-day meeting Friday to review data on Johnson & Johnson's candidate vaccine. Global deaths top 2.5M. Latest COVID-19 updates.
NBC adds sci-fi show 'Debris' to lineup
Actors Jonathan Tucker and Riann Steele team up as agents in new sci-fi drama "Debris" - investigating mysterious wreckage falling from the sky. (Feb. 26)
Conspiracy theories and lies drive rift within GOP
A faction of local, county and state Republican officials is pushing lies, misinformation and conspiracy theories that echo those that helped inspire the U.S. Capitol siege. The rhetoric exposes the GOP's struggle as it builds its base for 2022. (Feb. 26)