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White House offers and Biden accepts the use of Blair House for the night before inauguration

The White House has offered President-elect Joe Biden use of Blair House for the night before the inauguration and he has accepted, a State Department spokesperson told Fox News. 
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Notorious Chinese-Canadian alleged drug kingpin arrested in Amsterdam
A Chinese-born alleged drug kingpin accused of presiding over a multi-billion dollar narcotics operation has been arrested by Dutch authorities.
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Liddell helps No. 15 Ohio State beat No. 10 Wisconsin 74-62
Ohio State is capitalizing on the lack of fans at Big Ten games this season to take down one ranked opponent after another on the road.
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Arizona GOP censures Flake, Ducey and McCain, signaling a fractured party in a key swing state
The Arizona Republican Party sent a clear signal Saturday that its leadership remains loyal to former President Donald Trump when it voted to publicly punish Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain, all of whom opposed Trump's efforts to overturn President Joe Biden's victory, or in the case of Flake and McCain, endorsed the Democrat before the election.
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Rangers’ Alexis Lafreniere learns big lesson facing Sidney Crosby
It was simply unavoidable for Alexis Lafreniere to be compared to Penguins star Sidney Crosby on his journey to becoming the first-overall pick in the NHL more than three months ago. Crosby, the No. 1 pick in 2005, was the first player to be named Player of the Year in the Canadian Hockey League twice....
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Chinese-Canadian alleged drug kingpin, accused of running one of the world's biggest methamphetamine cartels, is arrested in Amsterdam
A Chinese-born alleged drug kingpin accused of presiding over a multi-billion dollar narcotics operation has been arrested by Dutch authorities.
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University of Michigan pauses all athletics for two weeks after confirmed cases of COVID-19 variant
The University of Michigan is pausing all athletics for two weeks due to confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7. COVID-19 variant.       
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The GOP Found Their Backbone in Liz Cheney. Trumpists Want to Cancel Her.
Chip Somodevilla/GettyI have often said that today’s Republican Party is full of perverse incentives—chief among them are who gets blamed, who gets punished, and who gets rewarded for their actions. I mean, Donald Trump incited an insurrection in an attempt to overthrow a democratic election just a couple weeks ago, yet the few brave Republicans who tried to hold him accountable are much more likely to suffer real-world consequences—particularly at the hands of their own party.Case in point: Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney. In the brief days after she came out for impeachment, Cheney has garnered a Q-adjacent primary challenger, censure from the Carbon County Republican Party of Wyoming, Twitter and cable news attacks from the likes of Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, and serious attempts to oust her from her House leadership position by the “Freedom Caucus.” That’s a heckuva way to thank her for what was (let’s be honest) a profile in courage—especially at a time when Republican politicians were reportedly worried not only about their political futures, but also their personal safety. Yet, in rebuking Trump for his obvious sins, Cheney pulled no punches, writing, “There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Teen fatally shot in car in Bowie, Md., police say
The 17-year-old male died at a hospital in Anne Arundel, according to Bowie police.
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Knicks Go gets to the lead and stays there to win Pegasus
Knicks Go went to the lead right out of the gate and dared the other 11 runners in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational to catch him.
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How Hank Aaron rewarded a childhood plea to stay up late
The negotiations were simple: I begged. “No,” they said. I pleaded. “Nope,” they replied. I bargained: Let me stay up until 9 o’clock, and I’ll go to bed a half-hour earlier tomorrow. Swear to God! “A half-hour tonight in exchange for a half-hour tomorrow. You’ll shake on it?” my father asked, overruling the far more...
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Mitch Albom: Matthew Stafford leaving Detroit Lions was inevitable, but still depressing
When your best and most dedicated player suggests maybe parting company would be the best thing, you ought to be worried about your team.        
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CDC reviewing new data that suggests coronavirus variant identified in UK could be more deadly
Scientists at the US Centers for Disease Control and Protection are speaking with UK health officials to learn more about British data that suggests a new coronavirus variant could be more deadly.
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Gillespie, Moore lead No. 3 Villanova past Providence 71-56
A bright light coming from a sunny window delayed the start of the second half. When the game finally resumed, Villanova’s offense shone on the court — neither a dark curtain nor Providence could blot out the Wildcats.
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Texas court greenlights Sandy Hook defamation suits against Alex Jones
Defamation lawsuits filed against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones by the parents of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre can now move forward following a ruling by the Texas Supreme Court.  The high court on Friday rejected Jones’ request to dismiss the four legal actions, the Austin American-Statesman reported.  The families sued Jones in...
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Nelson-Ododa leads No. 3 UConn over Georgetown 72-41
UConn sat leading scorer Paige Bueckers on Saturday to rest her injured ankle and the Huskies still won by 31 points.
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Kyle Rittenhouse must avoid white supremacists, guns, booze: judge
Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teen charged with fatally shooting two people during protests in Wisconsin last year, has to stay away from white supremacists, guns and booze, a judge has ruled. The decision comes after Rittenhouse, who is free on $2 million bail, was spotted drinking at a bar in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, and posed...
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Butler's 22 lead No. 2 Baylor past Oklahoma State 81-66
Baylor's depth and experience eventually overwhelmed an Oklahoma State team that was missing star freshman Cade Cunningham due to COVID-19 protocols.
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NFL playoff picks: Packers, Chiefs going to Super Bowl
Here are predictions for Sunday’s NFL championship games: PACKERS (-3.5) over Buccaneers; Over 51.5 The “got there early” Bucs fans who anticipated Tom Brady’s choice of Tampa Bay as his optimal home (with no state income tax long a powerful incentive, one key to richly paid league stars) had sustained faith in Brady’s ability to...
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USA Basketball eyeing 60 players in Olympic pool
USA Basketball is casting a wider-than-usual net in its roster selection for this summer's rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, two people with knowledge of the situation said Saturday.
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Californian dies hours after getting COVID-19 vaccine, prompting probe
A California resident who was vaccinated against COVID-19 died just hours later — and authorities are trying to find out why. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office announced the death and the investigation Saturday in a Facebook post, but gave few details. The county, which is in the greater Sacramento area, was “recently notified” of the...
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Joe Biden’s far-left ‘unity’ will divide us: Goodwin
The joke survives the test of time and, under the circumstances, deserves repeating. As the late journalist Mickey Carroll told it, a suburban town with a population 90 percent Irish and 10 percent Jewish held a mayoral election involving two candidates — one Irish and one Jewish.  The Irish candidate won with — wouldn’t you...
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Arizona Republicans Censure Party Leaders At Odds With Trump
State GOP members passed resolutions at a meeting on Saturday to condemn three party leaders who they said failed to support President Trump: Gov. Doug Ducey, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain.
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Democrats Attempt to Purge Civil Servant from Job over Prior Work for Nunes, Trump Administration
Democrats are attempting to purge an intelligence professional from a career civil service position, because of prior work for Nunes and the Trump administration.
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CNN Host Destroys Rep. Cawthorn With Simple Question About Election ‘Fraud’
ScreenshotTwo weeks after riling up a crowd of Trump supporters with claims of election fraud ahead of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn tried to rehabilitate his stance on the presidential election on Saturday night—only to have his entire argument fall apart in spectacular fashion.Pressed by CNN’s Pamela Brown to explain what evidence had motivated him to contest the election results in the first place, Cawthorn visibly struggled to string together a coherent argument.“The things that I was not objecting to the election on behalf of was things like Dominion voting machines changing ballots, or these U-Haul trucks pulling up filled with ballots for Joe Biden as president. The thing I was objecting for is things like, like I said in the state of Wisconsin, particularly in the town of Madison … there was an appointed official in that town who actually went against the will of the state legislature and created ballot drop boxes, which is basically ballot harvesting that was happening in the parks,” he said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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NYC nursing home refused to give rehab patients COVID-19 vaccine: pol
A Queens nursing home in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak withheld potentially lifesaving vaccines from rehab patients, leaving a city councilman’s 96-year-old mother and others to catch the contagion. Dry Harbor Nursing Home in Middle Village — where 44 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since Dec. 22 — vaccinated its long-term residents shortly...
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Wall Street Journal: Trump pressured DOJ to file case with Supreme Court to overturn election results
Former President Donald Trump pushed the Department of Justice to directly ask the Supreme Court to invalidate President Joe Biden's election win, people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal.
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33 missing children rescued during human trafficking probe in California
Authorities rescued nearly three dozen missing kids in Southern California during a human trafficking investigation, the FBI said. Of the 33 children rescued as part of “Operation Lost Angels,” eight were being sexually exploited when authorities swooped in to save them, according to the feds. Two of the kids had been previously rescued during the...
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Portland police hunt for suspect wanted for suspicious package left outside of museum
The Portland Police Department in Maine have released photos of a suspect who placed a suspicious package in front of the Portland Museum of Art Saturday.
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Viral Bernie Sanders inauguration photo almost didn’t happen, photographer reveals
“My lens was originally on somebody else, but out of my other eye I saw him fiddling with his hands and I just very quickly went back to him," said Getty Images photographer Brendan Smialowski. 
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Man Threatened to Assassinate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Officials Say
Garret Miller, who was among those who stormed the Capitol, also threatened the officer who fatally shot a Trump supporter, saying he would “hug his neck with a nice rope,” prosecutors said.
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FAA employee and Snapchat live-streamer among two facing new charges in connection with Capitol riot
The Justice Department has unveiled new criminal charges against two alleged Capitol rioters.
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Arizona Republicans censure Cindy McCain, GOP governor
Arizona Republicans voted Saturday to censure Cindy McCain and two prominent GOP members who have found themselves crosswise with former President Donald Trump.
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Police: Black teens wrongly detained at Target in California
The three teens were detained at a Target store in a grand theft investigation.
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Dwayne Johnson shows off his hair skills in an adorable post with his 2-year-old daughter
Dwayne Johnson has his role as a "girl dad" down after showing how he fixes his 2-year-old daughter's hair on Instagram.
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US reaffirms Taiwan support after China sends warplanes
China sent warplanes near the island in an apparent attempt to intimidate.
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Knicks’ next West Coast test: Undermanned Trail Blazers
The Knicks will face an undermanned opponent when they continue their four-game road trip Sunday night in Portland. The Trail Blazers still have All-Star point guard Damian Lillard and former Knick forward Carmelo Anthony, but they will be without guard CJ McCollum (broken foot) and big man Jusuf Nurkic (broken wrist) for the next several...
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California resident dies several hours after receiving COVID-19 vaccine
An individual in California who tested positive for COVID-19 in late December and was vaccinated Thursday died several hours after receiving the shot, the Placer County Sheriff's office announced Saturday. 
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UCLA gymnastics opens season with win over Arizona State
UCLA defeats Arizona State in its season opener in gymnastics, as Sara Taubman makes her college debut a memorable one.
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‘Taking Cara Babies’ sleep guru faces boycott for supporting Trump
A popular baby-sleep guru is being hit with a call to boycott her business after it was revealed she donated to former President Donald Trump’s campaign.  The online drama unfolded Tuesday, when a fellow parenting expert tweeted a screenshot of Federal Election Commission records showing “Taking Cara Babies” founder Cara Dumaplin gave just over $1,000...
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It was a sunny Saturday — and a gusty one
Some saw snowflakes on the wind in Washington.
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Justice Department considers not charging all Capitol rioters, amid concerns of flooding the courts
Officials from the Department of Justice may be considering not prosecuting every rioter who illegally breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to reporting by the Washington Post Saturday – a move that could prove controversial.
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Texas man who tweeted 'Assassinate AOC' before storming Capitol arrested
The FBI has arrested a Texas man who tweeted “Assassinate AOC” before taking part in the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol.
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Khalil Rountree's UFC 257 loss cost one bettor $60,000. Yikes!
If you're going to lose $60,000 on sports betting, might as well get it out of the way quickly?        Related StoriesKhalil Rountree's UFC 257 loss cost one bettor $60,000. Yikes! - EnclosureJon Jones shares McGregor-Poirier prediction with curious kids at his front doorYes, Eminem gave Dana White a piece of his mind on SportsCenter. No, it wasn't legit. 
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UFC 257 results: Julianna Pena shakes off slow start, submits Sara McMann
Julianna Pena started slow, but when she picked up the pace, there was no stopping her.        Related StoriesUFC 257 results: Julianna Pena shakes off slow start, submits Sara McMann - EnclosureMichael Chandler soaks in first official UFC fight week on cusp of debut at UFC 257Jon Jones shares McGregor-Poirier prediction with curious kids at his front door 
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Pennsylvania Lawmaker Played Key Role in Trump’s Plot to Oust Acting Attorney General
The congressman’s involvement underlined how far the former president was willing to go to overturn the election, and Democratic lawmakers have begun calling for investigations into those efforts.
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A pandemic playbook for a new year
It has been about a year since the first reported case of Covid-19 in the United States, a day that changed our country forever. We asked eight experts how they would advise the Biden administration to tackle four key areas -- masks, testing, vaccines and schools.
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Big questions hang over Biden's pandemic strategy
• The facemask that could end the pandemic • Opinion: Why Biden will have to help Mexico • Biden is caught in an almost impossible vise
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Megyn Kelly Shifts Capitol Riot Blame to Media, Says Trump 'Hatred' Caused Erosion of Trust
"They hated him so much they checked their objectivity," Kelly said of the media's alleged animosity towards Donald Trump.
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