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California sent jobless aid to Scott Peterson, other killers

Prosecutors say California’s system for paying unemployment benefits is so dysfunctional that the state approved more than $140 million for at least 35,000 prisoners
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Riley Williams, Capitol Rioter Accused of Stealing Nancy Pelosi's Laptop, Faces 20 Years in Jail
Williams, 22, is facing multiple charges after she allegedly intended to sell the device to a friend in Russia.
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Ivanka, Eric and Don Jr Among Trumps to Share Farewell Messages: 'Thanks Dad!'
Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and advisor, wrote on social media: "The last four years have been an incredible journey ... I leave D.C. in awe of the compassion, grace and grit that exists across the nation."
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‘Silence of the Lambs’ stars Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster reunite for film’s 30th anniversary
Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster have virtually reunited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “The Silence of the Lambs.”
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In D.C., A Traditional South Indian Welcome Awaits Joe Biden And Kamala Harris
With 1,800 pieces submitted by the public, volunteers are putting together a kolam, a traditional South Indian art form used as a sign of welcome.
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Redfield defends CDC's COVID-19 vaccine rollout, warns 'worst is yet to come' in pandemic
Outgoing CDC Director Robert Redfield said that leaving his post while the coronavirus ravages the country is “hard,” but he does “feel proud” of the work the agency did.  
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These Six Republicans Will Not Attend Biden's Inauguration
The half-dozen GOP members won't be attending Joe Biden's swearing-in ceremony for various reasons.
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COVID Spread More Indoors by Talking Than Coughing, Study Suggests
Scientists also found staying 6 feet from an infected person in a poorly ventilated room was unlikely to protect others.
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Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman’s history making performance
Amanda Gorman was named the nation's First Youth Poet Laureate at 19. Now at 22, she is delivering her original composition, "The Hill We Climb" at the 59th presidential inauguration as the youngest known inaugural poet. Gorman, who has performed five commissioned poems for “CBS This Morning” in the past, tells Anthony Mason about writing a poem for this moment, her preparation for big performances and how poetry helped her overcome a speech impediment.
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DC inauguration security at Capitol includes National Guard medics trained in 'battlefield trauma,' explosives
More than 25,000 National Guard members from all 50 states, three territories and Washington, D.C., are supporting federal and district authorities at the 59th presidential inauguration Wednesday, according to the latest figures from the National Guard Bureau.
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Philip Rivers retires from NFL, finishing fifth all-time in passing yards and touchdowns
"Thank you God for allowing me to live out my childhood dream of playing quarterback in the NFL,” said Philip Rivers, 39, who played 17 seasons for the Chargers and Colts.
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Dale Moss says split with Clare Crawley is ‘not the greatest situation’
The former NFL star also shared whether he would consider being the next "Bachelor."
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At least 2 dead in building collapse after massive explosion rocks Madrid
La Sexta TV quoted government sources saying the cause may have been a gas leak, but officials could not immediately confirm, Reuters reported.
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Biden To End Trump Census Policy, Ensuring All Persons Living In U.S. Are Counted
President-elect Joe Biden is set to reverse Trump's policy of excluding unauthorized immigrants from a key count that the Constitution says must include the "whole number of persons in each state."
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Chrissy Teigen slammed for ‘tone deaf’ inauguration tweet
"It’s all privilege and really minimizes what DC is going thru," one critic said. 
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Trump's acting attorney general leaves without creating controversial special counsels
Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen is resigning Wednesday at noon, ending a tenure marked by the things that didn't happen, including no special counsels appointed despite pressure from the White House.
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‘High School Musical’ Walked So ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ Could Run
Thirty years after High School Musical's release, Disney+'s series has delivered on an impossible promise. It made musicals cool.
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Is Sean Murray’s McGee Leaving ‘NCIS’?
McGee's shooting has left viewers with plenty of questions.
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'This is your time': Obama congratulates Biden before his inauguration
Biden served as Obama’s vice president from 2009 to 2017. The two have enjoyed a friendship — albeit a complicated one at times — over the years.
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Exclusive: Kevin McCarthy Rips Biden's Push for Amnesty While Americans Struggle in Pandemic
House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy told Breitbart News exclusively on Wednesday morning that Democrat President-elect Joe Biden should drop his push to grant amnesty to every illegal alien in America and instead focus his incoming administration on getting Americans back to work with millions still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Meet the flamboyant D.C. developer who got a last-minute pardon from Trump
Douglas Jemal, convicted of wire fraud in 2007, has long ties to Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.
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Hughes has 3 points in 2nd period as Devils beat Rangers 4-3
Jack Hughes had two goals and an assist in New Jersey’s three-goal second period, Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 47 shots and the Devils beat the New York Rangers 4-3 Tuesday night.
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Tom Holland previews Disney's 'Spider-Man' ride at Avengers Campus: 'Most I've ever felt like Spider-Man'
In a new teaser video for the attraction, Holland gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the latest addition to Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park.
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No Large Protests In D.C., On Morning Of Biden's Inauguration
Some 25,000 National Guard members are in the city where insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol just two weeks ago.
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Chrissy Teigen: 'Today Our Great National F**kup Is Over, But the Shame Will Last Forever'
Chrissy Teigen, the left-wing model, kitchen and tabletop collection mogul, and wife of NBC's "The Voice" star John legend, bashed President Donald Trump as he left office and Washington on Wednesday, trashing him as an "absolute psychopath" and calling him "the greatest at being the f**king worst."
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North Carolina cities OK ban on hairstyle discrimination
Two city councils in North Carolina have unanimously passed ordinances protecting against discrimination for wearing hairstyles such as braids, dreadlocks or afros
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Joe Exotic, with limo waiting outside prison, fails to get Trump pardon
Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was not on the list of the more than 100 pardons and commutations that Trump issued early Wednesday.
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The moment Trump officially left Washington
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave to supporters as they board Air Force One to head to Florida on January 20. | Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images “Goodbye. We love you.” After four raucous years — President Donald Trump has left Washington. “Goodbye. We love you. We will be back in some form,” he told his assembled supporters at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, shortly after departing from the White House. Wednesday, Trump took the extraordinary, but not unexpected, step of skipping President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, breaking with 152 years of tradition by heading home instead of welcoming the new administration (the last president to do so was Andrew Johnson, who also had the dubious honor of being impeached). As he walked off the stage and up the plane steps, Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.” — which has become a Trump rally standard, much to the group’s chagrin — played in the background: “Young man there’s no need to feel down / I said young man pick yourself off the ground / I said young man ’cause your in a new town / There’s no need to be unhappy.” It’s yet to be seen if the “young man” is Trump or the country. there they go pic.twitter.com/F8u14NBs3n— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 20, 2021 Both Trump and the United States are in a radically new place — Trump, now out of office, is struggling to maintain hold of power and relevance in a Republican Party fractured by his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and the insurrection that campaignculminated in. As the president travels to his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida, he faces a suite of legal problems, and an uncertain political future. And the United States, is preparing for a new administration with a starkly different vision for the country:Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated in an untraditional ceremony — instead of encouraging thousands of Americans to travel for the inauguration and the traditional balls as well as other festivities, officials have actively pleaded with people not to come to Washington, DC, reflecting the seriousness of the security concerns following the insurrection, and the country’s tragically high Covid-19 death toll. Instead, buoyed by their success at pulling off a virtual convention, Democrats have worked to create a virtual experience including virtual balls which occurred last night and a primetime special with celebrity performers hosted by Tom Hanks. There are several ways to watch the inauguration and its associated events. In addition to Vox’s livestreamof the main event, you can also watch on the Biden team’s official channels as well as any of their social media channels: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch. Biden’s team has announced that the theme of the event will be “America United.” And last night he led a memorial to those lost to Covid-19. In his inaugural speech, Biden is likely to make the case for Congress to quickly pass his $1.9 trillionrelief plan which, as Vox’s Emily Stewart has reported, is “a big deal ... more than double the $800 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that Democrats passed in 2009 in the wake of the Great Recession.” It’s a complete change in both style and substance as the former occupant of the White House departs. Follow along with Vox’s coverage here.
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U.S. allies "relieved," but wary as Biden takes over
Most of America's oldest allies on the world stage are embracing the incoming Biden administration as a chance to reengage, but as CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips reports, they're under no illusion that a sudden 180 in relations is coming immediately, and they're wary that a new Trump, or even the old one, could be coming down the road.
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How Do the Musical Performers at Joe Biden's Inauguration Compare to Those at Donald Trump's?
Biden's big day will feature performances from artists like Lady Gaga and John Legend—a stark contrast from the performers who took part in Trump's inauguration four years ago.
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Elon Musk’s ‘Not A Flamethrower’ is landing people in legal trouble
The cheeky name Elon Musk gave his flamethrower hasn’t convinced cops that it’s not dangerous. The fire-shooting torches that Musk’s Boring Company sold as a lucrative publicity stunt have created legal headaches around the world for people who bought them, a new report says. The billionaire Tesla chief’s tunneling startup marketed its propane-powered flamethrower as...
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More than 1.6M passengers screened at airports nationwide over weekend
More than 1.6 million people have passed through airports nationwide over the past three days, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  On Monday, more than 878,000 passengers were screened while more than 1.5 million people were screened over Saturday and Sunday, according to the agency’s latest figures.  Checkpoint volume has steadily dropped since the holidays when Americans traveled...
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Read the Full Text of Donald Trump's Final Farewell Speech at Joint Base Andrews
"I wish the new administration great luck and great success," said the outgoing president.
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Get to know Kamala Harris's family
Harris comes from a family of immigrants whose roots and political views shaped her.
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Shep Smith breaks his silence about why he left Fox News
Shep Smith, who left Fox News in October 2019 while in the middle of a three-year contract, has remained largely silent about his departure -- until an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour that aired Tuesday.
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Stocks near records on hopes Biden will act on economy, virus
Stocks opened near record highs Wednesday ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration on hopes that a new administration will provide another dose of support for the economy.      
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Facebook Still Has 'No Plans to Lift' Suspension of Donald Trump
Tech giant Facebook reportedly still has no plans to lift Donald Trump's suspension from the site, even after he leaves the White House. 
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Jonathan Turley: Trump's final list of pardons -- the good, the bad and the ugly
I have admittedly been a critic of President Trump’s record of pardons from his first foray into presidential clemency.
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Biden grandchildren detail Obama daughters' friendship, navigating presidential life in 'Today' interview
President-elect Joe Biden's granddaughters are looking to their friends, Sasha and Malia Obama, for guidance as their grandfather assumes office.        
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How an Altadena composer came to score music for Biden inauguration festivities
Composer Peter Boyer talks about the call to write "Fanfare for Tomorrow," which will be played Wednesday by the United States Marine Band.
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President Donald Trump departs the White House
President Donald Trump departs the White House one last time before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
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Trump’s presidency ends where so much of it was spent: A Trump Organization property
On average, Trump visited one of the properties his company owns on two days of every week of his presidency.
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Tiffany Trump’s 13-carat engagement ring is worth up to $1.2M
Tiffany Trump has quite the sparkler.
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Chinese Communist Party Apparatchik Demands Progress on Taiwan 'Unification'
The Chinese government's top political adviser called on Taiwan affairs staff to produce "outstanding achievements."
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Biden's 100-day sprint to undo Trump's 4 years
Wednesday marks Joe Biden's first day as US president, but you're going to hear a lot about his first 100 days as he takes the reins, particularly when it comes to Covid.
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Trump defends his record and says "we'll be back" in farewell speech
President Trump told his family members and supporters present at Joint Base Andrews to "have a good life."
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Nearly 12,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses ruined on way to Michigan
Twenty-one shipments of the vaccine sent Sunday by a Texas-based distributor, McKesson Corporation, were deemed unusable after falling below the federal recommended range of minus 13 degrees to 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
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A Taxonomy of Donald Trump’s Facial Expressions
Of the many head-benders of the Trump era, the dialectic between absurdity and extreme gravity has been one of the hardest to manage. We have been obliged to take an unserious person very seriously indeed. It has hurt our brains. It has reminded us, again and again, that the 45th president of the United States is simultaneously a reality-television star and an aspiring despot.Is it possible to separate his hammy entertainer’s chops from his raw political efficacy? Or his charisma from his incoherence? No, it is not. But we can begin an analysis. And we can start by classifying some of his major modes as an orator and a performer: the masks of Trump.ATLAS SHRUGSHe’s got the whole world in his hands. Why not just drop it and let it bounce a couple of times?GettyTOASTMASTER GENERALIn Trump’s speeches, the horrible little prose-y bits that Stephen Miller wrote were always just padding. The rambling, the ad-libs, the lurching sensation of his mind in motion: That’s what the people were there for. GettyIMPERIAL POUTClownish dismay at the nastiness of all the nasty, nasty people. With perhaps an obscenity building behind it.GettyGOLDEN BOYBasking in the regard of the world: I am adored, I am despised, I am the nucleus. gettySTAGE WHISPERERI shouldn’t say this but ... that’s exactly why I’m saying it.gettySERIOUS PERSONPretending to consult notes. This is what “presidential” looks like: bored. gettyHISTORY MANThe glower of the autocrat, the strongman scowl. Off camera, you can hear the tap-tap of the sculptor’s chisel.gettyWHITE POWERA curiously zestless, heavy-bodied gesture, this slouchingly raised fist nonetheless gets the point across.gettyMERRY PRANKSTERHe never laughs, Trump. Too risky. The joke he is perpetrating is so enormous that if he allowed himself to laugh he might burst.getty
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