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Elephants have unforgettable day in Arizona snow
The elephants at Tucson, Arizona's Reid Park Zoo got a rare snow day on Wednesday. An elephant calf named Penzi rolled around in the snow and mud with her older sister, Nandi. (Jan. 27)       
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Rare tiger gets new hip in surgery at Illinois zoo
An endangered tiger got a new hip Wednesday in surgery at the Brookfield Zoo. Ten-year-old Malena had debilitating arthritis in her left hip, so doctors replaced the full joint with a ball and socket designed just for her. (Jan. 27)       
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Blinken: Navalny should be heard, voice for many
Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the U.S. has a deep concern over the treatment of Alexei Navalny because he is the "voice of many, many, many Russians and it should be heard." (Jan. 27)       
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Blinken on dealings with Iran, Middle East
The Biden administration on Wednesday paused or put under review a wide swath of Trump-era foreign policies as America's new top diplomat took the helm of the State Department including Iran and arms sales in the Middle East. (Jan. 27)       
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Madame Tussauds honors talkshow legend Larry King
Madame Tussauds New York has moved their Larry King wax figure to the front lobby and is inviting people to write remembrances of the broadcasting legend in a condolences book. (Jan. 27)       
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Fed keeps interest rates near zero amid pandemic
The Federal Reserve pledged on Wednesday to keep its low interest rate policies in place even well after the economy has sustained a recovery from the viral pandemic. (Jan. 27)       
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US suspending some sanctions on Yemen rebels
The Biden administration plans to exempt certain transactions involving Yemen's Houthis from sanctions resulting from former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent designation of the group as a "foreign terrorist organization." (Jan. 27)       
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Virginia gov. outlines next steps for COVID vaccine
Facing escalating criticism over the state's rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam outlined a series of policy changes and initiatives Wednesday he said would make the process smoother and more transparent. (Jan. 27)       
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Tlaib: Many hope Biden tackles systematic racism
Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib says she hopes the Biden administration does not "shy away" from correcting policies that entrench systemic racism. Tlaib is calling for recurring $2,000 stimulus checks to help Americans during the pandemic. (Jan. 27)       
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UN urges global unity to counter rise of neo-Nazis
UN chief Antonio Guterres is calling for global action against neo-Nazism, white supremacy and anti-Semitism. He spoke at a virtual Holocaust memorial ceremony marking 76 years since the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated. (Jan. 27)       
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Ambitious US efforts on climate change launched
In the most ambitious U.S. effort to stave off the worst effects of climate change, President Joe Biden is aiming to cut oil, gas and coal emissions and double energy production from offshore wind turbines through orders signed Wednesday. (Jan. 27)       
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Biden: 'Can't wait any longer' on climate crisis
President Joe Biden signed executive orders Wednesday undertaking what could be the most ambitious effort yet to cut America's oil, gas and coal emissions while looking to create jobs and stave off the worst effects of climate change. (Jan. 27)       
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Cuomo: NYC indoor dining decision by end of week
Despite declaring the holiday surge of COVID-19 over, New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo said that no decision on the reopening of indoor dining in New York City has been made. He said a decision will come by the end of the week. (Jan. 27)       
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Winter storm brings wind, rain, snow to US west
A powerful storm packing heavy rain, snow and wind pounded parts of California and western Nevada early Wednesday. A blizzard warning was issued for Lake Tahoe and much of the Sierra in California and Nevada. (Jan. 27)       
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Granholm: Renewable energy a 'massive opportunity'
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm testified before a senate committee as President Joe Biden's pick for energy secretary. She's advocating for an increase in renewable energy, which does not emit planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. (Jan. 27)       
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Kamala Harris administers oath to top U.S. diplomat
Antony Blinken, America's new top diplomat took the helm of the State Department after being sworn in ceremonially by Vice President Kamala Harris. Blinken vows to boost American leadership on the global stage. (Jan. 27)       
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He was reported dead, but the Rhode Island police kept looking for Nick Alahverdian
His former lawyer is among those who believe it is possible that the onetime DCYF critic is still alive.        
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UN pick says US will counter China's agenda
President Joe Biden's pick to be America's ambassador to the United Nations says if she's confirmed by the Senate, she'll vigorously counter China's authoritarian agenda and engage in "people-to-people diplomacy." (Jan. 27)       
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Pediatrician ID'd as suspect in hourslong SWAT standoff at Austin doctor's office, police say
Investigators think pediatrician Bharat Narumanchi shot another doctor at Children's Medical Group in Austin, Texas.       
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Michigan man admits role in plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer and will 'fully cooperate,' feds say
Michigan man Ty Garbin cut a deal under which he admits to conspiring to kidnap the governor and agrees to testify against others in the case.        
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NASA astronauts conduct spacewalk to upgrade ISS
NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover have begun a spacewalk on the International Space Station, working to install a European science platform and complete a long-term battery upgrade. (Jan. 27)       
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More Houston police charged in wake of deadly raid
Prosecutors say a second Houston police officer has been charged with murder and is among additional officers who have been indicted as part of an investigation into a Houston Police Department narcotics unit following a deadly 2019 drug raid. (Jan. 27)
Blinken: Work cut out for us, but we will succeed
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived for his first day of work on Wednesday. He reminded his department that they have their "work cut out for them" but said he was confident they will succeed by rebuilding trust and transparency. (Jan. 27)
Florida county's 'Paramedic of the Year' arrested, charged with stealing COVID-19 vaccines
The 2020 "Paramedic of the Year" in Polk County, Florida, has been arrested and charged with stealing COVID-19 vaccines meant for first responders.
Dana Point, California, where marine mammals 'live in harmony with people,' earns distinction as first Whale Heritage Site in US
Known as the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World, Dana Point, California, has been named as the first Whale Heritage Site in the U.S.
Timberlake's 'Palmer' co-star 'amazed' by his acting
Eight-year-old Ryder Allen, who acts alongside Justin Timberlake in gritty drama "Palmer," was very impressed with the singer's acting after the first scene they shot together. (Jan. 27)
Black family files lawsuit after former deputy and armed 'mob' tried to invade their home
Monica and Dameon Shepard have filed a lawsuit against a former New Hanover County deputy and 14 others for alleged attempt to forcibly enter their home.
On This Day: 27 January 2002
In 2002, Harry Potter was introduced to children in Beijing, at a special screening of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone." (Jan. 27)
AP Top Stories January 27
Here's the latest for Wednesday January 27th: Senate votes to hold Trump trial, over Republican objections; Biden says administration is buying more COVID vaccine; Chicago plans to reopen schools delayed; Alabama cleans up tornado damage.
ShowBiz Minute: Page, Disney, Fonda
Elliot Page and Emma Portner divorcing after three years; Disney updates Jungle Cruise after insensitivity criticism; Jane Fonda to receive Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award. (Jan. 27)