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As the numbers suggest a Trump acquittal, Senators explore censure and brace for impeachment trial
Senate Democrats explored how to make their impeachment case against former President Donald Trump a day after a vote suggested he will be acquitted.       
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Homeland Security worries extremists 'emboldened' by Capitol riots may cause more violence
DHS warned of a continuing threat posed by domestic extremists, cautioning that a "heightened threat environment" may persist into the spring.       
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Coronavirus pandemic, winter weather, Hank Aaron: 5 things you need to know Wednesday
The U.S. is on track to record its deadliest month in the pandemic, Hank Aaron to be laid to rest and more news you need to know Wednesday.
In 2020, Black trans people 'confronted trauma in real time.' Here's how nonprofits helped
Events of 2020 caused the mental health of Black transgender people to "tank," a feeling that's not new for the community.
At least 2 dead after SWAT standoff in Austin, Texas, authorities say
At least two people were found dead after an hours-long SWAT team standoff in central Austin, Texas, on Tuesday night, authorities say.
How Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson got that other nickname: Dewey (it's not what you might think)
Johnson is an executive producer of NBC sitcom "Young Rock." Younger actors will play him during his early years, but he will appear in each episode       
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Wisconsin pharmacist who tried to spoil 500 COVID-19 vaccine doses pleads guilty to federal tampering charges
Steven Brandenburg was charged by federal authorities with two counts of attempting to tamper with a consumer product. He also faces state charges.       
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Amanda Gorman's books don't come out for months, but they're already Amazon bestsellers
Amanda Gorman — National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history — can already add bestselling author to her resume.       
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Eli Lilly says monoclonal antibody cocktail cuts hospitalizations by 70% for high-risk COVID-19 patients
Among high-risk patients who received a placebo, 10% were hospitalized, compared to just 2% of those who received the drug cocktail – a 70% drop.       
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No stranger to controversy, Alex Rodriguez joins Baseball Hall of Fame discourse
Rodriguez, who hit 696 career home runs, will make his first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2022, facing an uphill climb.       
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Judge in George Floyd trial denies request to use 16 past incidents as evidence against former Minneapolis police officers
A judge will not allow prosecutors at trial to present 16 incidents involving the former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death.       
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Lloyd Austin III, the first Black Defense Secretary
The retired Army general was sworn in as Secretary of Defense by Vice President Harris on Jan. 25, 2021.       
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Federal judge halts Biden's 100-day deportation ban after Texas attorney general's challenge
A federal judge on Tuesday barred the U.S. government from enforcing a 100-day deportation moratorium that is a key immigration priority of President Joe Biden.      
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How to stay safe at ski resorts during COVID-19 pandemic
If you're planning a ski trip, follow these six tips to stay safe.       
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Are two masks better than one? Double masking 'just makes common sense' to help prevent COVID-19 spread, Fauci says
Double masking was in the spotlight last week during Biden's inauguration, where several high-profile officials were photographed wearing two masks.       
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'It was a horrible scene': Capitol Police have a $500M budget. Why were they unprepared at the Jan. 6 riot?
The force's former chief obtained budget increases to fund the structure and manpower to defend lawmakers, their family and staff. Where was it?       
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3 Georgia teachers died after contracting COVID-19. District officials refused to wear face masks.
In the wake of three teacher deaths from COVID-19 in Cobb County, Georgia, school board officials refused to wear face masks at a board meeting.       
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'This is historic snow': Iowa could see up to 15 inches of snow as major winter storm blankets the Midwest
A major winter storm blanketed parts of the middle of the country with snow that was forecast into late Tuesday in some areas.       
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'Like a bomb went off': 1 dead, more than a dozen trapped or hurt after tornado rips through Alabama city
A teen huddled in his family's basement died after a tornado tore through Fultondale, an Alabama city north of Birmingham, on Monday night.       
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Bills fan honors team with end-of-treatment celebration
Buffalo Bills fan Victor Neilson body-slammed a folding table in true Bills fashion to celebrate the end of chemotherapy.       
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Transit memorial, pen pals, White House doctor: News from around our 50 states
How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every state      
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Democrats have a chance to finally win the fight for voting rights that started in 1965
The Capitol siege was a vivid example of how democracies die. But they also die quietly of rigged rules, suppressed votes and unequal ballot access.       
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Coronavirus updates: Texas cases, hospitalizations remain at all-time highs; Alaska sets pace for vaccine administration; 420K US deaths
Starting Tuesday, travelers flying into the U.S. will be required to present proof of a recent negative coronavirus test. Latest virus news.       
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Everything Trump did or said to subvert the election is fair game in his impeachment trial
Including the full range of Trump's behavior in the impeachment article was smart, because the attack on the Capitol was not a spontaneous event.       
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