House passes $1.9T pandemic relief bill, sends it to Senate

The bill passed early Saturday flushes cash to individuals, businesses and states battered by COVID-19.

Judge approves $650M Facebook privacy lawsuit settlement

  Biden surveys Texas weather damage, thanks emergency workers

  US implicates Saudi crown prince in journalist Khashoggi’s killing

  Biden says US airstrikes in Syria told Iran: ‘Be careful’

  US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

  NASA renames HQ after pioneering engineer Mary Jackson

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DNA from soda can helps solve 40-year-old killing

  GRAPHIC: Catholic school AD resigns after kids expelled for mother’s internet modeling

Explosion strikes Israeli-owned ship in Mideast amid tension

  US consumers rebound to boost spending 2.4% as income jumps

Cemetery worker buried alive in New York grave mishap

McPlant and more: Beyond Meat inks McDonald’s, Yum deals

Water near Arizona Air Force base is tainted in latest case

Luke Air Force Base announced this month that studies showed high levels of contaminants had affected drinking water for about 6,000 people in roughly 1,600 homes as well as a few neighboring businesses.

Cooper recalls 430K light truck tires due to sidewall bulges

The recall covers certain Discoverer, Evolution, Courser, Deegan, Adventurer, Hercules, Back Country, Multi-Mile, Wild Country and Big O tires in several sizes.

  CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Woman dragged by car in purse-snatching attack

The suspects had grabbed her purse, but the purse strap was crossed over her neck and shoulder.

  Prince Harry says he didn’t walk away from royal duties

During a segment on the CBS television network’s “The Late, Late Show with James Corden” that aired early Friday, Harry said he decided to step away from his work as a front-line member of the royal family to protect his wife and son — and his mental health.

  Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken in mass abduction

  Nose piercing leads to liver transplant for woman in New York

Amber Alert canceled for missing Ga. teenage girl

  EXPLAINER: What were the warnings before the Capitol riot?

  Lady Gaga offers $500K after dog walker shot, dogs stolen

At pivotal moment in Afghanistan war, Biden weighs a dilemma

  ‘It was a miracle’: Baby boy comes back to life after being pronounced dead

He has not even had his first birthday yet, and Kingston Lane is showing everybody how brave he is.

  Tiger Woods transferred to LA hospital after surgery

Tiger Woods has been moved to another Los Angeles hospital after undergoing surgery to his right leg after being badly injured in a car crash.

Sumter man charged with exposing children and adults to HIV

He was previously accused of inappropriate acts with children.

Ties with Saudis at stake as US releases findings on killing

President Joe Biden was expected to speak to Saudi King Salman as soon as Thursday for the first time since taking office more than a month ago.

Mr. Potato Head drops the mister, sort of

Hasbro clarified in a tweet that the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head characters will still exist, names and all, but the branding on the box will say “Potato Head.”

Cat that vanished 15 years ago reunited with owner

A cat that went astray about 15 years ago has been reunited, older and maybe wiser, with its owner.

  AG: Ex-US Olympics gymnastics coach dies by suicide after charges

Details about the charges against John Geddert were not immediately known

  COVID-19 bill must drop minimum wage hike, arbiter decides

The hardening opposition suggested that Biden’s first major legislative initiative could encounter unanimous GOP opposition.

US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

The airstrikes were announced by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, who said the action was authorized by President Joe Biden.

  Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds

The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year.

  Biden directive expands jobless aid to more unemployed

The federal program, known as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, made the self-employed and gig workers eligible for jobless aid for the first time.

US loosens Pfizer vaccine shipping regulations

U.S. regulators are allowing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to be shipped and stored at less-frigid temperatures, which should ease distribution and administration of one of the two vaccines authorized for emergency use in the country.

  Chief: Capitol assault much bigger than intel suggested

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman denied that law enforcement failed to take seriously warnings of violence before the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Group asks Supreme Court justices to ban use of race in college admissions

The high court could decide in the spring whether to take up the issue.

  Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades.

Game on, again: GameStop surges and no one truly knows why

It’s reminiscent of the shocking 1,625% surge for GameStop in January, when bands of smaller-pocketed and novice investors helped trigger a supernova for the stock of the struggling video game retailer.

  Understanding post-COVID syndrome

A new study suggests even in mild cases, some folks may feel symptoms months later. The condition is known as post-COVID syndrome.

House votes to expand legal safeguards for LGBTQ people

Republicans broadly oppose the legislation, echoing concerns from those who worry the bill would force people to take actions that contradict their religious beliefs.

  Biden marks 50M vaccine doses in first 5 weeks in office

On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in.

Twitter to let users charge followers to see premium posts

Twitter is branching out from advertising to find more ways to make money — both for itself and for its most prolific users, whether those are businesses, celebrities or regular people.

  Conservative gathering to feature Trump’s false fraud claims

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the Conservative Political Action Conference and a Trump ally, said discussion panels on election integrity would highlight “huge” evidence of illegal voting in Georgia, Nevada and elsewhere that ultimately swung the election for Democrat Joe Biden.

Avalanche danger high, 32 deaths confirmed this season

This avalanche season has already been historically dangerous, with 32 confirmed fatalities, all but one in the West.

  CDC launches website to help find nearby COVID-19 vaccine providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new search tool for COVID-19 vaccines.

  Black Lives Matter launches Survival Fund amid federal COVID-19 relief wait

The foundation, which grew out of the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement nearly eight years ago, said Thursday that it plans to make up to 3,000 microgrants of $1,000 each to people who it believes need it most.

  Energy executive: Texas power plants turned off in crisis

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott wants to force power plants to winterize after nearly half of the state’s generation capacity was knocked offline by subfreezing temperatures.

  Costco boosts minimum wage to $16

The wholesale chain is raising its starting rate for hourly workers at its U.S. locations to $16 an hour.

Senate confirms former Michigan Gov. Granholm as energy secretary

Granholm, who served two terms as governor in a state dominated by the auto industry, will be a key player in Biden’s vision for a green economy as the United States fights to slow climate change.

Republican wants to require national anthem in Wisconsin

The sweeping proposal from state Sen. Patrick Testin, of Stevens Point, comes after the Dallas Mavericks did not play “The Star-Spangled Banner” before home games earlier this season.

Victoria’s Secret to close dozens more stores

The move is not nearly as severe as the 241 stores the lingerie retailer closed in 2020.

  Rep. Greene posts gender sign in response to Newman’s trans pride flag

Rep. Marie Newman, who works in a neighboring office, installed a transgender pride flag outside her door.

  Anticipating 2021 boom, Q4 GDP revised up slightly to 4.1%

The economy grew at a 4.1% pace in the final three months of 2020, slightly faster than first estimated, ending a year in which the overall economy, ravaged by a global pandemic, shrank more than in any year in the past seven decades.

Garage sale bowl may be worth $500,000

The bowl was made during the Ming dynasty in China between 1403 and 1424.

Nearly 60 years later, college dropout and wife pledge $20M gift to alma mater

Philanthropist Calvin Tyler Jr., and his wife, Tina, pledged $20 million Monday to his alma mater Morgan State University, which the university said is the largest gift to any HBCU ever made by one of its former students.

  Southern exposure: Cold wreaks havoc on aging waterworks

Cities across Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi are still grappling with outages that crippled health care facilities and forced families to wait in line for potable water.

Manhattan prosecutor gets Trump tax records after long fight

It comes after the Supreme Court denied Trump’s last ditch-effort to keep the records private.

Police arrest man after Wyoming boy found dead in dumpster

Police in Cheyenne, Wyoming, say the boyfriend of a woman whose 2-year-old son was found dead in an apartment complex dumpster has been arrested.

Best Buy cuts 5,000 jobs even as sales soared during pandemic

The company said it cut the jobs because more shoppers are choosing to buy online instead of coming inside its stores.

Rarely seen Van Gogh painting exhibited ahead of auction

Sotheby’s auction house said the work, painted in 1887, has remained in the same family collection for more than 100 years — out of the public eye.

  US jobless claims at 730K, still high but fewest in 3 months

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week in a sign that layoffs may have eased, though applications for aid remain at a historically high level.

  New Zealand volunteers refloat 28 whales in rescue effort

Volunteers first managed to refloat the surviving whales on Monday evening’s high tide.

  Military begins delivering vaccines in Texas, New York

The U.S. military on Wednesday began delivering shots at coronavirus vaccination centers in Texas and New York and announced that service members will start staffing four centers in Florida and one in Philadelphia next week.

  Partially paralyzed dog who loves to ski looking for forever home

The dog's back legs are paralyzed because she was kicked off a porch at just a few months old, but her foster mom says she gets around fine with her wheelchair.

  ‘Call 911’: Assault victim gets help by posting sign on Pa. home’s window

A suspect was arrested on accusations of beating and strangling the woman when she tried to leave the house.

  Principal fixes insecure middle school student’s haircut to get him back to class

The middle school principal says he's on a mission to change the culture of his school to make it a place where problems get solved, instead of making them worse.

3 adults slain in Arkansas home; abducted baby found safe

A suspect was arrested and is being held while the homicide investigation continues. Formal charges are to be determined.

Australia passes law to make Google, Facebook pay for news

Australia's laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay for news are ready to take effect, though the laws' architect says it will take time for the digital giants to strike media deals.

  Biden nominates 3 to postal board as delays persist

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has come under heavy criticism for a series of operational changes that slowed mail before the 2020 elections.

Biden lifts Trump-era ban blocking legal immigration to US

President Joe Biden has lifted a Trump-era ban issued during the pandemic that lawyers said was blocking most legal immigration.

  LA sheriff calls Tiger Woods crash ‘purely an accident’

Authorities say Woods suffered “significant” injuries all down his right leg when his SUV crashed into a median and rolled over several times on a steep road in Los Angeles.

Country music star Trisha Yearwood tests positive for COVID-19

Country music superstar Trisha Yearwood has tested positive for COVID-19 following a positive test by a member of her and husband Garth Brooks’ team, according to a representative for the duo.

  Woman goes viral for badly timed mask tattoo

A woman's pre-pandemic tattoo takes on whole new meaning that she says is now a bit of a joke.

  Chief: Capitol police were unsure about using force Jan. 6

Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman provided new details about the law enforcement response to the Capitol riot, including extra preparations that were made for the day.

  FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

The report Wednesday confirmed that overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19.

Former aide says Cuomo kissed her, suggested strip poker

Lindsey Boylan, a former member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, offered new details about her claims against him.

UPDATE: The 4-year-old NC girl at the center of the Amber Alert, has been found and is safe

Aubrey McFarland, the four-year-old Brunswick County girl who was allegedly abducted by her father on Wednesday, has been found safe

  79-year-old man makes first snow angel

Edward Trejo had never made a snow angel before in all his 79 years. Having lived in California, there wasn't much opportunity.

  Palm Beach County, Fla., refuses to lower flags for Rush Limbaugh

Palm Beach County defied Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, refusing to lower its courthouse flags to half-staff in honor of the late conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh.

  Biden orders a review of US supply chains for vital goods

The order being signed Wednesday will include sectoral reviews to be completed within one year for defense, public health and biological preparedness, information communications technology, energy, transportation and food production.