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From Gaga to Garth, Miranda to Moreno: Celebs join inaugural

From Gaga to Garth, Miranda to Moreno: Celebs join inaugural

Like so much this past year, the inaugural celebration will be like no other: pared down, distanced, much of it virtual.
Fierce California winds fan fires, topple trees and trucks

Fierce California winds fan fires, topple trees and trucks

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life Tuesday by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people.
South Africa's trailblazing Black food writer dies of virus

South Africa's trailblazing Black food writer dies of virus

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's trailblazing Black food writer Dorah Sitole's latest cookbook was widely hailed in December as a moving chronicle of her journey from humble township cook to famous, well- travelled author.
Justice Dept. won't charge Sen. Burr over stock sales

Justice Dept. won't charge Sen. Burr over stock sales

WASHINGTON — Sen.
Biden marks nation's Covid grief before inauguration pomp

Biden marks nation's Covid grief before inauguration pomp

WASHINGTON — Hours from inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden paused on what might have been his triumphal entrance to Washington Tuesday evening to mark instead the national tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic with a moment of collective grief for
Thai court gives record 43-year sentence for insulting king

Thai court gives record 43-year sentence for insulting king

BANGKOK — A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country's strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy, lawyers said.
'Shameful': US virus deaths top 400K as Trump leaves office

'Shameful': US virus deaths top 400K as Trump leaves office

As President Donald Trump entered the final year of his term last January, the U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Not to worry, Trump insisted, his administration had the virus “totally under control.
US soldier arrested in plot to blow up NYC 9-11 Memorial

US soldier arrested in plot to blow up NYC 9-11 Memorial

NEW YORK — A U.S. Army soldier was arrested Tuesday in Georgia on terrorism charges after he spoke online about plots to blow up New York City's 9-11 Memorial and other landmarks and attack U.S. soldiers in the Middle East, authorities said.
Italian PM wins crucial vote in Senate with very thin margin

Italian PM wins crucial vote in Senate with very thin margin

ROME — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte squeaked through a crucial Senate confidence vote Tuesday night, allowing him to keep his wobbly coalition afloat but failing to secure the reliable support needed from lawmakers to help him effectively govern th
File details investigation into John Mulaney 'SNL' monologue

File details investigation into John Mulaney 'SNL' monologue

The U.S. Secret Service opened an investigation into comedian John Mulaney over jokes believed to be made about President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” last year, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.