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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?      
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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.      
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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.       
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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)      
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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)      
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'Spider-Man' aka Tom Holland climbs into dramatic shoes for 'Cherry'
Tom Holland was hesitant about taking on a character with real life issues in 'Cherry,' but feels proud of the film's results. (Feb. 25)     
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In sickness and in health: South Dakota man with genetic kidney disease receives life-saving transplant from his wife
James Reeser was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease at 17 years old. Thanks to his wife of 25 years, he's been given the gift of a new life.       
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US targets Iranian militants in Syria
The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. (Feb. 25)
Medical oxygen scarce in Africa, Latin America
A critical shortage of medical oxygen for coronavirus patients has struck nations in Africa and Latin America, where warnings went unheeded at the start of the pandemic (Feb. 25)
Georgia prosecutor discusses election inquiry
The Georgia prosecutor investigating potential efforts by Donald Trump and others to influence last year's general election has a message for those looking on closely. (Feb. 25)
WH preps to promote blame for Khashoggi's death
State Department Spokesman Ned Price says the Biden administration will soon speak to action it will take to those responsible for the death of Jamal Khashoggi. (Feb. 25)
Former Gov. Granholm sworn in as energy secretary
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm was sworn in Thursday as the new energy secretary, with Vice President Kamala Harris administering the oath. Granholm won Senate confirmation earlier by a vote of 64-35, with 14 Republicans voting yes. (Feb. 25)
Biden marks 50M COVID shots since taking office
President Joe Biden is celebrating the administration of 50 million COVID-19 vaccine doses since he took office. Biden also noted his administration is on course to exceed his pledge to deliver 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office. (Feb. 25)
AP Explains: Early concerns over NYC COVID variant
Another mutated version of the coronavirus has popped up in New York City, and experts reacted to the news with a mixture of caution and concern. (Feb. 25)
Khashoggi report to make US-Saudi relations tense
Joe Biden had his first known conversation as president with the Saudi king at a time of tensions over the expected release of a declassified U.S. intelligence report examining any role the king's son played in the killing of a journalist. (February 25)
Car data recorder will aid in Woods crash probe
The event data recorder, sometimes known as a 'black box', will help investigators determine what happened when Tiger Woods crashed his car. (Feb. 25)
Ad campaign launches to build trust in vaccine
A public service ad campaign unveiled Thursday aims to convince Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, telling them "It's Up to You." The campaign by the Ad Council and its partners is focused on those who may be hesitant to get the shots. (Feb. 25)
House votes to pass Equality Act
The Democratic-led House has voted to pass a bill that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Joe Biden. (Feb. 25)
Texas energy CEO apologizes after blackout
The head of a major Texas energy corporation appeared before lawmakers and apologized for a blackout during a deadly winter freeze. "We could not solve the riddle of a winter storm. And for that, I'm very sorry." (Feb. 25)
Water woes linger in Mississippi
Mississippi's capital of Jackson is struggling to repair its water grid. The city is under a boil-water advisory, and city workers are delivering drinking water to older and homebound residents. (Feb. 25)
Did the polar vortex cause Niagara Falls to freeze over?
The optics make it look like Niagara Falls are frozen, but the water continues to flow.
Georgia gov. allows teachers to get virus vaccine
Gov. Brian Kemp says child care workers and K-12 school employees in Georgia can start getting COVID-19 vaccines starting March 8, an effort that aims to get students across the state back to in-person schooling every day of the week. (Feb. 25)
Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day celebrated
Collins Aerospace in Charlotte, North Carolina is celebrating its 20th anniversary of supporting Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, hosting more than 55 events in 13 countries. (Feb. 25)
Video: Police pull people from fiery Georgia crash
Police officers in Georgia pulled two people from a fiery wreck early Sunday in a dramatic scene captured on body-camera video. It shows the passenger on fire as a Fayetteville police officer puts out flames on their clothes. (Feb. 25)
Blasio: don't 'assume the worst' about new variant
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to quell fears about a new "New York variant" of the coronavirus on Thursday. De Blasio emphasized that a lot more research needed to be done before it is known whether the new variant is any more or less dangerous. (Feb. 25)
Bicameral group push for LGBTQ protections bill
Bicameral Democratic group join forces on Capitol Hill to push through a bill that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Joe Biden. (Feb. 25)
AP Top Stories February 25 P
Here are the top stories for Thursday, Feb. 25: Medical oxygen scarce in Africa, Latin America; Chief: Capitol Police prepared, but not for a riot; Caution, excitement as NYC middle schools reopen; India, Pakistan move to defuse Kashmir tensions. (Feb. 25)
WH: Biden call with Saudi King expected 'very soon'
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says President Joe Biden's call with Saudi King Salman regarding the intelligence report on journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder will happen "very soon," adding Biden is considering "a range of actions." (Feb. 25)
Ex-US gymnastics coach with Nassar ties is charged
Former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach John Geddert has been charged in Michigan with two-dozen crimes (Feb. 25)