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Amid virus surge, hospital chaplains on front line
As families are barred from visiting loved ones in hospitals to curb the spread of COVID-19, chaplains often are there to act as surrogates, holding the hands of the dying, praying with them and providing a connection with grieving loved ones. (Jan. 19)       
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New Mexico Rep. Yvette Herrell, who touted support of Cowboys for Trump on 2020 campaign trail, backpedals after US Capitol riot
Republican U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell of New Mexico had proudly touted endorsements by Couy Griffin and Cowboys for Trump as a 2020 candidate.        
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Melania Trump bids farewell in recorded message
First lady Melania Trump bids farewell to the nation in a recorded video she posted on Twitter on Monday. (Jan. 18)       
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Harris: Going into Wednesday 'ready to work'
Vice-President elect Kamala Harris says she is "going into Wednesday knowing that we're getting ready to do the work and we've got a lot of work to do." (Jan. 18)       
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Photos: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
As the preeminent voice of the civil rights movement, King's eloquence and vision for a united America made him an icon.        
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'It hurts my heart': MLK Day in DC subdued with King Memorial closed, city locked down
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was like no other from year's past in D.C. amid the threat of inauguration violence and the COVID-19 pandemic.        
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A jittery nation in days before Inauguration; gun rights caravans roll into Richmond
An FBI warning of possible armed protests at the U.S. Capitol and state capitol buildings across the nation have put the nation on edge.       
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Inauguration rehearsal staff evacuated from U.S. Capitol for 'external security threat'
As the U.S. Marine Band was rehearsing for Joe Biden's inauguration, they were evacuated from the Capitol building for an 'external security threat.'        
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They've been grappling with COVID-19 for a full year now. Here are their stories.
Residents, business owners, and frontline workers in Snohomish and King counties have been grappling with COVID-19 for a full year now.        
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Harris to hold central role in Biden's White House
Kamala Harris will make history when she becomes the nation's first female vice president — and the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office. But that's only where her boundary-breaking role begins. (Jan. 18)       
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'Where Do We Go from Here?' King's question amid the chaos of the '60s still resonates today
King emerged from a retreat to Jamaica with a new book and fresh worries about the direction of the country and the Civil Rights Movement.       
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Rep. Jim Clyburn: Our country is at a crossroads. We must urgently reclaim King's vision of America
The 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement represented a time of turbulence but also a chance for real change - just like conditions in the USA today.        
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Martin Luther King Jr.'s words of unity and truth transcend how they are often twisted
Lots of lawmakers quote Martin Luther King Jr., but few do it in context. We look at his most famous quotes and tell you what he really meant.       
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ShowBiz Minute; Spector, Milan, Timberlake
Phil Spector's death resurrects mixed reaction; Prada shows at virtual Milan Fashion Week; Justin Timberlake confirms birth of second child. (Jan. 18)       
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'The science is real': Coastal experts hope Biden will partner to combat sea level rise
Coastal officials hope Biden administration will partner to address the impacts of sea level rise        
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On This Day: 18 January 1969
In 1969, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" star Audrey Hepburn married Dr. Andrea Dotti in Switzerland. (Jan. 18)       
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Kansas couple fights COVID-19 together, leaves a legacy of true love
After battling the coronavirus together, Bert and Carol died less than two hours apart, while holding each other's hands.        
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FBI vetting National Guard for possible threats
Defense officials overseeing the monumental task of safeguarding the US Capitol during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration week are using the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard members for the potential threat of an insider attack. (Jan. 18)       
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Trump leaves a destructive presidential legacy
President Donald Trump stands with no equal in U.S. history. Facing an impeachment trial on a charge of insurrection, Trump's legacy now includes being the only president to be charged twice with a high crime or misdemeanor. (Jan. 18)       
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Biden faces unrivaled challenges as he takes oath
When President-elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office Wednesday, he'll immediately face an almost unparalleled series of challenges, raising fresh questions about how he will achieve his long-promised unity in a nation so deeply divided. (Jan. 18)       
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'We are listening to Trump': New Yorker reporter's video shows disorganized but destructive US Capitol rioters
Video taken by a New Yorker reporter inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 shows rioters rifling through documents and trying to intimidate police.        
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Kremlin critic Navalny arrested upon landing in Moscow
Russia's opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained at a Moscow airport after returning from Germany on Sunday. (Jan. 17)      
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Small group demonstrates at Michigan Capitol
A small group of gun-toting demonstrators showed up at Michigan's Capitol on Sunday, dwarfed by law enforcement on high alert after this month's deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. (Jan. 17)       
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Many soldiers, no protesters: Washington is quiet Sunday, but experts say capital should remain vigilant
After the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, there were calls to for Trump supporters to demonstrate in Washington, D.C. That didn't happen.        
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Heavy security presence at Georgia State Capitol
Police and National Guard troops are standing sentry at the Georgia State Capitol ahead of possible demonstrations planned for the leadup to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. (Jan. 17)       
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Inauguration preparations continue with security and pandemic precautions
Preparations continued for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the U.S. amid heightened security and COVID-19 precautions.        
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National Guard out in force to protect Pa. Capitol
The threat of extremist groups demonstrating at statehouses across the country prompted some governors to roll out a show of force and ramp up security on Sunday, less than two weeks after a mob overran the nation's Capitol. (Jan. 17)       
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DC-area woman delivers donuts to National Guard soldiers
A D.C.-area woman delivered donuts to National Guard soldiers helping with security ahead of Inauguration Day.        
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National Guard file through barriers at Capitol ahead of inauguration
Fencing and barricades have been erected in Washington ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20 and amid heightened security concerns.       
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