January 19th, 2021

World News

Justice Dept. won’t charge Sen. Burr over stock trades

By Eric Tucker And Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department has closed an insider trading investigation into Republican Sen. Richard Burr without criminal charges, his lawyer and another person familiar with the investigation said Tuesday. “Senator Burr is pleased that the Department of Justice has completed a thorough review of this matter and closed it without further action,” his lawyer, ... Read More »

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Rapper Bow Wow apologizes for attending packed Houston club

By The Associated Press on January 19th, 2021

HOUSTON – Rapper Bow Wow apologized after Houston’s mayor called him out for attending a crowded gathering at a city nightclub during a weekend packed with concerts as Texas continues to grapple with the coronavirus. Mayor Sylvester Turner took to Twitter on Sunday to let the Ohio rapper, whose real name is Shad Gregory Moss, ... Read More »

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3 militia members charged with plotting Capitol breach

By Dan Sewell And Ben Finley, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2021

CINCINNATI – Federal authorities presented new details on Tuesday about three self-described members of a paramilitary group who are the first to be charged with plotting the attack on the U.S. Capitol. The FBI said a Virginia man, Thomas Edward Caldwell, appeared to be a leader of the effort. Caldwell and a man and woman ... Read More »

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Biden’s Bible puts him in line with inaugural tradition

By Elana Schor, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2021

WASHINGTON – Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take their oaths of office on Wednesday using Bibles that are laden with personal meaning, writing new chapters in a long-running American tradition – and one that appears nowhere in the law. The Constitution does not require the use of a specific text for swearing-in ceremonies and ... Read More »

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Natural gas terminal plans in Oregon hit snag over permit

By Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. – Plans for a major West Coast liquified natural gas pipeline and export terminal hit a snag Tuesday with federal regulators after a years-long legal battle that has united tribes, environmentalists and a coalition of residents on Oregon’s rural southern coast against the proposal. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that energy company ... Read More »

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Trump wishes new administration luck in farewell video

By Jill Colvin And Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2021

WASHINGTON – Trying to repair his tarnished legacy, President Donald Trump trumpeted his administration’s accomplishments and wished his successor luck in a farewell video as he spent his final full day in office preparing to issue a flurry of pardons in a near-deserted White House, surrounded by an extraordinary security presence outside. “This week we ... Read More »

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Biden immigration plan opposed by GOP, conservative groups

By Alan Fram, Lisa Mascaro And Bill Barrow, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2021

WASHINGTON – Republican lawmakers and conservative groups opposed President-elect Joe Biden’s forthcoming immigration plan Tuesday as massive amnesty for people in the U.S. illegally, underscoring that the measure will face an uphill fight in a Congress that Democrats control just narrowly. In a further complication, several pro-immigration groups said they would press Biden to go ... Read More »

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Trump wishes Biden luck without naming him in farewell video

By Jill Colvin And Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2021

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump offered rare, kind words to his successor in a farewell video, while failing to address him by name, as he spent his final full day in office preparing to issue a flurry of pardons in a near-deserted White House, surrounded by an extraordinary security presence outside. “This week we inaugurate ... Read More »

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Italian PM wins crucial vote in Senate but margin very thin

By Frances D'Emilio And Colleen Barry, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2021

ROME – Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte won a crucial confidence vote in the Senate late Tuesday but with a reduced majority that will make it very hard for him to govern. The vote went 156 to 140 in his favour, with 16 abstentions, mainly from a coalition ally that bolted the government last week. An ... Read More »

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Mississippi county to put up marker for lynching victims

By The Associated Press on January 19th, 2021

OXFORD, Miss. – A Mississippi county will put up a marker to remember Black men who were lynched by white mobs between 1885 and 1935. It will be near a statue that honours Confederate soldiers. Lafayette County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the memorial for seven Black men known to have been lynched in ... Read More »

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