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First lady Jill Biden greets members of the National Guard with chocolate chip cookies, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.<br>Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Jill Biden thanks Guard members with chocolate chip cookies

New first lady Jill Biden took an unannounced detour to the U.S. Capitol on Friday to deliver baskets of chocolate chip cookies to National Guard members, thanking them “for keeping me and my family safe.”


Biden orders review of domestic violent extremism threat

President Joe Biden has directed law enforcement and intelligence officials to study the threat of domestic violent extremism in the United States, an undertaking being launched weeks after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol.


California keeps key virus data out of public sight

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has from the start said his coronavirus policy decisions would be driven by data shared with the public to provide maximum transparency.

NFL giving free Super Bowl tickets to 7,500 health workers

The NFL announced Friday that 7,500 health care workers vaccinated for the coronavirus will be given free tickets to next month's Super Bowl to be played in Tampa, Florida.


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Hank Aaron, baseball's one-time home run king, dies at 86

Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth's home run record and gracefully left his mark as one of baseball's greatest all-around players, died Friday. He was 86.



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Mass. VA facility disposes of nearly 2,000 COVID vaccine doses after freezer was accidentally unplugged

The Jamaica Plain VA Medical Center was forced to dispose of nearly 2,000 doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine after the plug to the freezer was accidentally loosened by a cleaning contractor, the Boston Globe reported.



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Fort Hood’s top enlisted soldier cleared by investigation, will return to work

The investigation into the behavior of Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur "Cliff" Burgoyne III began last month after he allegedly spoke to subordinates in a manner that wasn’t appropriate of a corps-level noncommissioned officer.


Coast Guard rescues hiker who fell 50 feet down Southern Oregon cliff

A helicopter crew from the Coast Guard’s North Bend sector lowered a rescue swimmer to give the hiker immediate medical care. Because of challenging weather and difficult terrain, they waited several hours to hoist her out of the area.


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Fort Hood’s top enlisted soldier cleared by investigation, will return to work

The investigation into the behavior of Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur "Cliff" Burgoyne III began last month after he allegedly spoke to subordinates in a manner that wasn’t appropriate of a corps-level noncommissioned officer.


Coast Guard rescues hiker who fell 50 feet down Southern Oregon cliff

A helicopter crew from the Coast Guard’s North Bend sector lowered a rescue swimmer to give the hiker immediate medical care. Because of challenging weather and difficult terrain, they waited several hours to hoist her out of the area.



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