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  ‘So blessed’: Woman donates kidney to best friend after helping her heal from son’s death

After years of not taking care of herself, following her son's death to a drunken driver, a St. Louis woman went into stage 5 kidney failure, and her best friend decided to donate.

Baseball Hall gets no new members; Schilling 16 votes shy

14-year-old boy killed in overnight tornado in Fultondale

  Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after hospital visit

  GOP largely sides against holding Trump impeachment trial

  Democrats prep Biden’s virus aid package with or without GOP

  January’s full wolf moon rises Thursday

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Let down your hair: New Army rules for hairstyles, nail color

  AP sources: Biden to pause oil and gas sales on public lands

  US surging vaccine to states amid complaints of shortages

  Capitol Police chief apologizes for failures in Jan. 6 siege

Widespread internet outages hit northeast US

  2 ‘pillars’ of Indiana family die from COVID-19 within 24 hours

  AP Exclusive: DOJ rescinds ‘zero tolerance’ immigration rule

The Justice Department has rescinded a Trump-era memo that established a “zero tolerance” enforcement policy for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, which resulted in thousands of family separations.

  Baseball gathers behind home plate to honor Hammerin’ Hank

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Hall of Famer Chipper Jones and former Braves outfielder Marquis Grissom were among those who spoke at the ceremony.

  Biden more bullish on vaccines, open to 1.5M daily shot goal

Biden added that he expects widespread availability of the vaccines for Americans by spring, with the U.S. “well on our way to herd immunity” necessary to end the pandemic by summer.

  Judge bars Biden from enforcing 100-day deportation ban

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.

  First Biden-Putin call shows both cautious on big concerns

  Foot of snow blankets parts of Midwest, disrupts travel

  ‘THIS IS ME’: Rioters flaunt involvement in Capitol siege

  UK eyes traveler quarantine as virus toll climbs

  Rate of guns seized at airport checkpoints jumped in 2020

  Biden orders end of federally run private prisons

  Yellen says Treasury focus to help nation reeling from virus

The Biden administration has emphasized the need to get its nominees approved quickly given the threats facing the country from a global pandemic and a slumping economy.

U.S. announces restoration of relations with Palestinians

U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration announced Tuesday it was restoring relations with the Palestinians and renewing aid to Palestinian refugees, a reversal of the Trump administration’s cutoff and a key element of its new support for a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict between Isr

  1st private space crew paying $55M each to fly to station

The first private space station crew was introduced Tuesday: Three men who are each paying $55 million to fly on a SpaceX rocket. They’ll be led by a former NASA astronaut now working for Axiom Space, the Houston company that arranged the trip for next January.

  Some health experts suggest double-masking to stop spread of COVID-19 variants

More experts are saying wearing two masks or masks with extra layers could be more effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and the new strains of the virus that are emerging.

Judge OKs Weinstein bankruptcy plan with $17M for victims

A Delaware judge has approved a revised Weinstein Co. bankruptcy plan that provides about $35 million for creditors, with roughly half that amount going to women who have accused disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

  Senate filibuster fight cools for now, but battles ahead

Easing off a stalemate, the Senate moved forward Tuesday with a power-sharing agreement in the evenly-split chamber after Republican leader Mitch McConnell backed off his demand that Senate Democrats preserve the procedural tool known as the filibuster.

Senate confirms Antony Blinken as 71st secretary of state

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Antony Blinken as America’s top diplomat, tasked with carrying out President Joe Biden’s commitment to reverse the Trump administration’s “America First” doctrine that weakened international alliances.

  US virus numbers drop, but race against new strains heats up

The government’s top infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said the improvement in numbers around the country appears to be the result of “natural peaking and then plateauing” after a holiday surge.

  UK passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths as outbreak still rages

The health department said 100,162 people have died after testing positive, including 1,631 new deaths reported Tuesday.

  Senate, House Dems introduce bills to raise minimum wage to $15

Democrats in the House and the Senate on Tuesday proposed legislation to move the federal minimum wage, currently $7.25, to $15 by 2025.

Disney revamping Jungle Cruise ride, addressing depictions of indigenous people

Disney Parks' Jungle Cruise rides are getting a revamp, partly aimed at respecting diversity.

  One year later: Loved ones, fans still coming to terms with Kobe Bryant’s death

Bryant, his young daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26 last year.

  US consumer confidence rebounds in January

The present situation index weakened further, likely reflecting concerns about the resurgence of COVID-19.

Texas man pleads guilty in plot to attack Trump Tower

A Texas man has pleaded guilty to a terror charge after authorities accused him of plotting attacks on the White House and Trump Tower in New York City.

US exploring new bases in Saudi Arabia amid Iran tensions

The U.S. military is exploring the possibility of using a Red Sea port in Saudi Arabia and an additional two airfields in the kingdom amid heightened tensions with Iran, the military said Tuesday.

  Elderly woman killed, 5 others hurt in Portland car rampage

A motorist repeatedly drove into people along streets and sidewalks in Portland, Oregon, on Monday, killing an elderly woman who was dragged beneath the wheels.

Epstein’s ex-girlfriend seeks dismissal of charges she faces

A British socialite charged with recruiting teenage girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse in the 1990s asked a judge Monday to dismiss the case on multiple grounds.

  Twitter permanently bans My Pillow CEO

Twitter decided to ban Mike Lindell, who founded bedding company My Pillow, due to “repeated violations” of its civic integrity policy, a spokesperson said in a statement.

  PHOTOS: Northern Jefferson Co. hit hard by overnight deadly tornado

Photos and videos began coming in overnight Tuesday after severe storms left extensive damage in Fultondale.

  Disney ticket booker alerts police to domestic violence victim; boyfriend arrested

The ticket booker said she sensed something was wrong because she heard the woman yelling “get off me” and “get away from me” at someone else while they were on a call.

  California: Criminal rings loot billions in jobless funds

California officials say hackers, identity thieves and overseas criminal rings stole an estimated $11.4 billion in unemployment benefits from California last year.

Ex-Trump spokeswoman Sanders running for Arkansas governor

The former White House press secretary, who left the job in 2019 to return to her home state, launched the bid less than a week after the end of Trump’s time in office and as the ex-president faces an impeachment trial.

No-fly list: Southwest last to ban emotional-support animals

Emotional-support animals are no longer free to roam about the cabin on Southwest Airlines.

  Pets are back: Biden’s 2 dogs settle in at White House

President Joe Biden's German shepherds Champ and Major moved in over the weekend.

  Trump impeachment goes to Senate, testing his sway over GOP

Trump is the first former president to face an impeachment trial, and it will test his grip on the Republican Party as well as the legacy of his tenure.

Janet Yellen wins Senate approval as treasury secretary

Janet Yellen has been confirmed as President Joe Biden’s treasury secretary in an overwhelming Senate vote.

  Biden more bullish on vaccines, suggests 1.5M shots per day

The goal of the order would be to use the $600 billion the federal government spends on procurement to boost domestic factories and hiring.

  Biden names Democrats to lead nuclear, pipeline agencies

President Joe Biden has named two Democrats to lead energy-related commissions that oversee nuclear power, natural gas and other energy infrastructure.

Omaha man facing charges related to U.S. Capitol riot

The FBI Omaha Field Office said Monday that agents had arrested an Omaha man on a federal warrant relating to the Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol.

  Job losses from virus 4 times as bad as ’09 financial crisis

Four times as many jobs were lost last year due to the coronavirus pandemic as during the worst part of the global financial crisis in 2009, a U.N. report said Monday.

Twitter launches crowd-sourced fact-checking project

Twitter is enlisting its users to help combat misinformation on its service by flagging and notating misleading and false tweets.

  Medication Mistakes: They can be a matter of life or death

Common errors include prescribers mixing up similar sounding prescription names, pharmacists giving the wrong medication to the wrong patient and patients misunderstanding dosing instructions.

  Biden reverses Trump ban on transgender people in military

The new order overturns a ban ordered by President Donald Trump in a tweet during his first year in office. It immediately prohibits any service member from being forced out of the military on the basis of gender identity.

  Plan for Harriet Tubman to appear on $20 bills in works, White House says

The effort to put on the $20 the image of Tubman, a former slave who helped others gain freedom, was first announced during the Obama administration in 2016.

  Biden orders COVID-19 travel restrictions, adds South Africa

President Joe Biden on Monday will formally reinstate COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders, according to two White House officials.

  Samuel L. Jackson wears Avengers-themed mask while getting COVID-19 vaccine

Jackson will have to return for his second dose in three to four weeks.

Curfew for minors in Moss Point now in effect as city works to curb violence

Authorities in Moss Point are stepping up patrols after the mayor issued a strict curfew for minors Monday in the wake of recent violence.

  Watchdog probes if DOJ officials tried to overturn election

The Justice Department’s inspector general is launching an investigation to examine whether any former or current department officials “engaged in an improper attempt” to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Supreme Court ends Trump emoluments lawsuits

The justices threw out Trump’s challenge to lower court rulings that had allowed lawsuits to go forward alleging that he violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause by accepting payments from foreign and domestic officials who stay at the Trump International Hotel.

  Teen held in Indiana killings of 5, including pregnant woman

The murders come on the heels of an unprecedented year of violence in the city, as the 2020 homicide rate reached a historic high.

  Hank Aaron’s death prompts call to change team name: Braves to Hammers

“Hammerin’ Hank” died Friday at age 86, drawing praise from all segments of society — including the current and former presidents — for his Hall of Fame career and providing inspiration to Black Americans by overcoming intense racism in his pursuit of baseball’s home run record.

  Google Maps to display COVID-19 vaccination sites

Google Maps will soon display COVID-19 vaccination sites.

  Dominion Voting Systems sues Giuliani over election claims

Dominion Voting Systems has filed a lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani over election fraud claims he made, seeking $1.3 billion in damages.

  Amazon driver finds baby abandoned on roadside after Houston carjacking

Houston Police say the child was abandoned there after an apparent carjacking at a nearby apartment complex.

  Budweiser joins Coke, Pepsi brands in sitting out Super Bowl

The decision to not do an anthemic Budweiser ad showcases the caution with which some advertisers are approaching the first COVID-era Super Bowl.

  ‘My worst nightmare’: Mother speaks after 11-year-old son suffers heart problems due to COVID-19

The 11-year-old ended up in the cardiac intensive care unit with myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, after he caught a seemingly mild case of COVID-19.

Woman wins $60M lottery jackpot with numbers from husband’s dream

With their winnings, the couple plans to buy a new house, pay off some bills, help family and travel the globe.

Reigning champion Chiefs dump Bills 38-24 in AFC title game

Defending champions Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC championship.

Road warriors: Bucs win 31-26 at Green Bay, reach Super Bowl

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are advancing to Super Bowl, beating Green Bay Packers 31-26 in NFC championship game.

  White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief

Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

  Mexico’s president says he’s tested positive for COVID-19

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and that the symptoms are mild.

  AP source: Lawmakers threatened ahead of impeachment trial

Federal law enforcement officials are examining a number of threats aimed at members of Congress as the second trial of former President Donald Trump nears.

  2 in 5 Americans live where COVID-19 strains hospital ICUs

Straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients, hundreds of the nation’s intensive care units are running out of space and supplies and competing to hire temporary traveling nurses at soaring rates.

  US passes 25 million confirmed cases of COVID-19

The United States has surpassed 25 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

  Biden to reinstate COVID travel rules, add South Africa

Two White House officials say President Joe Biden on Monday will formally reinstate COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders.

Jimmie Rodgers, singer of ‘Honeycomb’ and other hits, dies

Jimmie Rodgers, singer of the 1957 hits “Honeycomb” and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” whose career in music and movies was disrupted by a severe head injury a decade later, has died at age 87.

  Growing number of GOP senators oppose impeachment trial

A growing number of Republican senators say they oppose holding an impeachment trial.

  Trump’s virus adviser says some saw it as ‘hoax’

Dr. Deborah Birx says when she was coordinator of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, she had to grapple with COVID-19 deniers in the White House and that someone gave the president “parallel” streams of data that conflicted with hers.