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FDA says J&J 1-dose shot prevents COVID; final decision soon

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and MATTHEW PERRONE WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine offers strong protection against severe COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final…
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Security officials cast blame for Jan. 6 failures at Capitol

By MARY CLARE JALONICK WASHINGTON (AP) — Testifying publicly for the first time about the Jan. 6 insurrection, former security officials are poised to cast blame on the Pentagon, the intelligence community and each other…
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US coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000

By JOHN RABY AP News - The U.S. stood Sunday at the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus. A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost was…
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Lights come back on in Texas as water woes rise in the South

By PAUL J. WEBER and JILL BLEED AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Many of the millions of Texans who lost power for days after a deadly winter blast overwhelmed the electric grid now have it back,…
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US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE Life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused its first wave of deaths, health officials are reporting. Minorities…
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100 million Americans brace for more cold, ice and snow

By PAUL J. WEBER and JILL BLEED AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Winter weather that has overwhelmed power grids unprepared for climate change and left millions without electricity in record-breaking cold kept its grip on the…
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Hospitals still ration medical N95 masks as stockpiles swell

By JASON DEAREN, JULIET LINDERMAN and MARTHA MENDOZA AP - Mike Bowen’s warehouse outside Fort Worth, Texas, was piled high with cases of medical-grade N95 face masks. His company, Prestige Ameritech, can churn out 1…
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Impeachment isn’t the final word on Capitol riot for Trump

By COLLEEN LONG WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s acquittal at his second impeachment trial may not be the final word on whether he’s to blame for the deadly Capitol riot. The next step for the former president could…
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After Democrats’ visceral presentation, Trump team on stage

By ERIC TUCKER, LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK and JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON (AP) — After a prosecution case rooted in emotive, violent images from the Capitol siege, Donald Trump’s impeachment trial shifts on Friday to defense lawyers prepared…
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Chilling video footage becomes key exhibit in Trump trial

By LISA MASCARO, ERIC TUCKER, MARY CLARE JALONICK and JILL COLVI WASHINGTON (AP) — Chilling security video of last month’s deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, including of rioters searching menacingly for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…
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