Feds: Capitol mob aimed to ‘assassinate’ elected officials

The FBI has been investigating whether any of the rioters had plots to kidnap members of Congress and hold them hostage, focusing particularly on the men seen carrying plastic zip tie handcuffs and pepper spray.

  A quick-thinking waitress comes to the aid of a boy with bruises at her table

  Minneapolis council to try again with plan to replace police

  Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2 million amid vaccine rollout

  Trump to leave Washington on morning of Biden’s inauguration

  Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops

  National Mall closed to public before inaugural

Continued Coverage

  Majority of Americans want Trump removed from office

  Pelosi’s nine impeachment managers hope to ‘finish the job’

  U.S. retail sales fell in December for 3rd straight month

Lottery players have chance at 2 giant jackpots

  Relentless Fla. sinkhole reopens

  Federal watchdogs open probe of response to Capitol riot

  Utah activist who filmed Capitol shooting booked into jail

He was charged with civil disorder, violent entry or disorderly conduct and entering a restricted building or grounds.

Pilot makes emergency landing on Illinois highway’s median

The pilot was not injured when he landed the single-engine plane Wednesday night onto Interstate 57′s median in Williamson County.

Russia withdraws from Open Skies Treaty after US departure

Russia announces its withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty following the U.S. exit.

Man convicted in 3 killings to be last executed under Trump

Defense attorneys won temporary stays of execution this week for Higgs and another inmate, Corey Johnson, after arguing that their recent COVID-19 infections put them at greater risk of unnecessary suffering during the lethal injections.

Pentagon says US has dropped to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan

  Officer credited with keeping rioters from Senate chambers stays silent

  Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

Dustin Diamond of ‘Saved by the Bell’ has cancer

  Biden picks familiar faces for top roles at FEMA, CIA

  Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem COVID-19 and steady economy

  At least 34 dead as Indonesia quake topples homes, buildings

A strong, shallow earthquake has shaken Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, toppling homes and buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least 15 people.

Fake US leg band gets pigeon a reprieve in Australia

A pigeon that Australia declared a biosecurity risk may get a reprieve after a U.S. bird organization declared its identifying leg band was fake.

US executes Virginia gang killer despite COVID-19 infection

The U.S. government has executed a drug trafficker for a series of slayings in Virginia in 1992, despite his recent COVID-19 infection.

Xi asks Starbucks’ Schultz to help repair US-China ties

President Xi Jinping has asked former CEO Howard Schultz of Starbucks, one of the most prominent American brands in China, to help repair U.S.-Chinese relations amid a tariff war and tension over technology and security.

Noted character actor Peter Mark Richman dies at 93

Peter Mark Richman, a character actor who appeared in hundreds of television episodes and had recurring roles on “Three’s Company” and “Beverly Hills 90210,” has died. He was 93.

  Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem virus and steady economy

The Biden plan comes as a divided nation remains caught in the grip of the pandemic’s most dangerous wave yet. So far, more than 380,000 Americans have died.

  Nurse loses job after admitting of entering US Capitol building during riot

Lori Vinson says she was fired from Ascension St. Vincent last Friday as result of her actions of entering the U.S. Capitol building last week in Washington, D.C.

Flint water probe brings charges against ex-governor, others

A new investigation of the Flint water disaster has led to charges against nine people, including former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and members of his administration.

Joanne Rogers, widow of TV’s famed Mister Rogers, dies at 92

Joanne Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers, has died. She was 92.

  Expanded vaccine rollout in US spawns a new set of problems

Up until the past few days, health care workers and nursing home patients had largely been given priority in most places around the U.S.

  Trump impeachment trial to focus on his attacks on election

The trial timeline and schedule are largely set by Senate procedures and will start as soon as the House delivers the article of impeachment.

  Stars return to inauguration, with J.Lo, Gaga set to perform

The announcement of their participation comes one day after word that Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute primetime TV special celebrating Biden’s inauguration.

Olympic swimmer released but ordered to stay away from DC

A five-time Olympic swimming medalist charged with participating in a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol was released from federal custody Thursday but ordered to stay away from Washington, D.C. until after next week’s inauguration.

Mossimo Giannulli asks to finish prison sentence at home

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli asked Thursday to serve the remainder of his five-month prison term at home.

  Most major US airlines ban guns in luggage for DC flights

Airlines and airports say they are stepping up security before next week’s presidential inauguration, with Delta and other major airlines saying they will prohibit passengers flying to the Washington area from putting guns in checked bags.

  Zello walkie-talkie app removes extremist channels

The push-to-talk walkie-talkie app made the move after it found evidence that some of its users participated in last week's riots at the Capitol.

  No evidence of child abuse surge amid pandemic, HHS leaders say

Calls to hotlines reporting suspected abuse are down compared to 2019, while calls to support centers from hard-up families seeking assistance have increased.

Most Republicans still want Donald Trump to be their 2024 candidate, poll finds

It appears most Republicans are sticking by President Trump even in the midst of his second impeachment.

  National Guard troops flooding in as Washington locks down

The FBI has warned that armed protests by violent Trump supporters were being planned in all 50 state capitals as well as in Washington for the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Three S.C. representatives file bill calling for term limits for U.S. House, Senate seats

Three South Carolina representatives filed a bill calling for term limits for those who serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

  Capitol riot: Confederate flag photo leads to man’s arrest

A Delaware man photographed carrying a Confederate battle flag during a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol was arrested Thursday after authorities used the image to help identify him, federal prosecutors said.

Feds failed to manage border policy that led to family separations, IG report says

The report from the inspector general for the Justice Department found that leadership failed to prepare to implement the policy or manage the fallout, which resulted in more than 3,000 family separations and caused lasting emotional damage to children who were taken from their parents.

  Biden taps Jaime Harrison to serve as Democratic chairman

Jaime Harrison, the failed South Carolina Senate candidate and longtime Democratic Party official, is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead the national party, according to multiple party officials.

Heartbeat abortion ban may finally pass in South Carolina

A committee in the South Carolina General Assembly is set to take the first in a series of votes on a fetal heartbeat bill.

Siegfried Fischbacher, of illusion duo Siegfried & Roy, dies

Siegfried Fischbacher, the surviving member of the magic duo Siegfried & Roy who entertained millions with illusions using rare animals, has died in Las Vegas, his longtime publicist tells The Associated Press. He was 81.

Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots grow to combined $1.39B

The next Mega Millions drawing is Friday night, when an estimated $750 million prize will be up for grabs.

NY attorney general sues NYPD over Floyd protest response

New York’s attorney general sued the New York Police Department on Thursday, calling the rough treatment of protesters against racial injustice last spring part of a longstanding pattern of abuse that stemmed from inadequate training, supervision and discipline.

Cancer patient’s wallet stolen with $5,000 chemo payment inside

Jessetta Whitfield's wallet has been recovered and a man charged with stealing it, but the money is gone.

Harold Bornstein, doctor who backed Trump’s health boasts, dies at age 73

Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, the physician who once declared that Donald Trump would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” died Jan. 8. He was 73.

Toyota to pay $180M for failing to report emissions defects

Toyota will pay $180 million to settle U.S. government allegations that it failed to report and fix pollution control defects in its vehicles for a decade.

Fans rejoice as Taco Bell is bringing back potatoes to its menu

Fast food chain Taco Bell has announced it will bring back potatoes to its menu after removing them last year.

  NY congressman tests positive for virus, latest since Capitol breach

U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat said Thursday that he has the coronavirus, making the New York Democrat the latest House member to report testing positive since dozens huddled together for protection during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Post Malone donates 10,000 Crocs to frontline workers

The new Crocs were released last month. They sold out in less than an hour.

  Hot again: 2020 sets yet another global temperature record

All the monitoring agencies agree the six warmest years on record have been the six years since 2015.

  Ex-presidential candidate Andrew Yang joins NYC mayoral race

More than two dozen people have filed with the city’s Campaign Finance Board to run in the June 22 Democratic mayoral primary, which for the first time in city history will be determined by ranked choice voting, a system that lets voters rank candidates in order of preference.

Pope Francis gets first dose of COVID vaccine

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Vatican.

  US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the virus struck.

  A $12 billion loss for 2020, Delta is cautious in early 2021

Delta on Thursday reported a quarterly loss of $755 and $12.4 billion in losses for all of 2020.

  ‘True love story’: South Georgia couple married 61 years die hours apart from COVID-19

The Glosters’ only child, Antoinette “Shawn” Linder, and her husband, Stacy, shared their story with on Wednesday.

  Ga. congresswoman says she’ll file articles of impeachment against Biden

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia said she will try to impeach President-elect Joe Biden.

  Prosecutors seek bond changes after Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly flashed ‘white power’ signs in bar

The 18-year-old is accused of killing two people during the unrest in Kenosha, Wis., last summer.

  Maryland man turns self in, faces charges in Capitol breach

According to the criminal complaint, Rodean was identified through Facebook posts and media reports that showed the mob storming the Capitol.

  WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate coronavirus pandemic origins

Scientists suspect the virus that has killed 1.9 million people since late 2019 jumped to humans from bats or other animals.

Lawmaker wants Dolly Parton statue at Tennessee Capitol

A statue of country music icon Dolly Parton could be added to the Capitol grounds in Nashville, Tennessee, if one state lawmaker gets his way.

  EXPLAINER: What is WHO team in Wuhan looking for?

The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Twitter CEO defends Trump ban, warns of dangerous precedent

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company’s ban of President Donald Trump in a philosophical Twitter thread that is his first public statement on the subject.

FAA steps up enforcement against ‘threatening or violent’ airline passengers

Under the new policy, unruly passengers will immediately face enforcement actions, instead of warnings. Penalties can includes fines and jail terms for assaulting or threatening airline crews or other passengers.

  Firefighters raise money for elderly woman who lost son’s ashes in house fire

The 76-year-old woman had a tough 2020. Her son died from COVID-19, and she lost two houses, one due to money problems and the other to fire.

Powerball jackpot hits $640M as Mega Millions grows to $750M

This is only the second time both of the national lottery games have topped $500 million.

  COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson successful in early trials

Johnson & Johnson is contracted to deliver 100 million vaccine doses to the U.S. government if it wins approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  US COVID-19 deaths hit another one-day high at over 4,300

With the country simultaneously facing a political crisis and on edge over threats of more violence from far-right extremists, the U.S. recorded 4,327 deaths on Tuesday by Johns Hopkins’ count.

  EXPLAINER: What’s next after House impeachment vote

Even though the trial won’t happen until Trump is already out of office, it could still have the effect of preventing him from running for president again.

  Olympian Keller charged with taking part in US Capitol riot

Five-time Olympic swimming medalist Klete Keller has been charged with participating in a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol after video emerged that appeared to show him among those storming the building.

  Trump impeached after Capitol riot in historic second charge

While Trump’s first impeachment in 2019 brought no Republican votes in the House, a small but significant number of leaders and lawmakers are breaking with the party to join Democrats, saying Trump violated his oath to protect and defend U.S. democracy.

Ex.-Michigan Gov. Snyder charged in Flint water crisis

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty in the Flint water crisis.

Census decision deals blow to Trump efforts on House seats

President Donald Trump two years ago ordered the Census Bureau to use administrative records to figure out who is in the country illegally after the Supreme Court blocked his administration’s effort.

Louisville pastor calls for curse on people he says ‘stole the election’

Local faith leaders gathered Wednesday to condemn the prayer and called on the members of his church to leave.

  The Latest: In video, Trump condemns deadly riot he fomented

Trump is on the verge of being impeached for a second time in a fast-moving House vote, just a week after he encouraged loyalists to “fight like hell” against election results.