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Who wants to be almost a billionaire? Mega Millions jackpot now $970 million

Jacqueline Donahue of Hazleton, right, buys a Mega Millions lottery ticket at the Anthracite Newsstand on Public Square, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Lottery players are getting another shot at the third-largest jackpot in U.S. history

U.S. virus deaths top 400,000 as Trump leaves office

In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump holds up his face mask during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed 400,000 in the waning hours in office for Trump. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed 400,000, providing a grim coda to Donald Trump's presidency

12 National Guard members removed from inauguration duty over security concerns

National Guard members patrol near the U.S. Capitol a day before the presidential inauguration. (Washington Post photo by Joshua Lott)

dozen members of the National Guard have been removed from inauguration duty as the federal government screens troops involved for security concerns, senior U.S. defense officials said Tuesday, one day before President-elect Joe Biden is set to take...

Biden takes office Wednesday, must lead U.S. out of a 'dark winter'

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill arrive for a COVID-19 memorial, with lights placed around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President-elect Joe Biden predicted he would take office amid a “dark winter,” and the outlook is only getting bleaker


Pharmacist accused of destroying vaccine charged

In this booking photo provided by the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in Port Washington, Wis. Steven Brandenburg is shown. The Wisconsin pharmacist, accused of intentionally spoiling hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine, convinced the world was

Prosecutors have charged a Wisconsin pharmacist accused of spoiling COVID-19 vaccine with misdemeanor property damage

Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire in homeless camp

A stand-in for President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on the podium, as a stand-in for Jill Biden looks on, during a rehearsal for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

The U.S. Capitol complex temporarily locked down during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration after a fire in a homeless encampment roughly a mile away sent a plume of smoke into the air and caused security concerns

COVID lockdowns, protests, election strife led to record gun sales in 2020

Police with guns drawn watch as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

At gun shops across the country, 2020 was a year of wild spikes in sales, especially to new customers anxious about the pandemic and a summer of protests. More firearms were sold last year than in any previous year on record.

Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 U.S. states amid winter surge

In this Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, file photo, Norton, Mass., police salute as a hearse carrying colleague Detective Sgt. Stephen Desfosses briefly stops in front of the police station. Desfosses, 52, a local police officer for 32 years, died of the coronavirus Wednesday in Boston with members of his family by his side, Police Chief Brian Clark said in a statement. Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold. (Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle via AP)

Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold

Biden's inaugural address: Can one speech rally, unite the nation?

President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

President-elect Joe Biden will take the stage for his inaugural address at perhaps the most difficult starting point for a president since Franklin Roosevelt began his first term by assuring a nation scarred by the Great Depression that “we...

Trump plans flurry of pardons in final hours of presidency

In this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum in Jupiter, Fla.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

President Donald Trump is preparing to pardon or commute the sentences of more than 100 people in his final hours in office, decisions that are expected to be announced Tuesday, according to two people familiar with the discussions, who spoke on the...

Records: Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot

In this Jan. 6, 2021. file photo, Trump supporters participate in a rally in Washington.  An AP review of records finds that members of President Donald Trump’s failed campaign were key players in the Washington rally that spawned a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol last week. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

An Associated Press review of records finds that veterans of President Donald Trump’s unsuccessful campaign had key roles in the Washington rally that spawned a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol

WHO: 'Not right' to vaccinate young before old

A doctor inoculates Herri Rehfeld, 92, against the new coronavirus with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at the vaccination center at the Messe Berlin trade fair grounds on the center's opening day in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. The center is the third to open in Berlin. Three more are to open in coming weeks once shipments of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines pick up pace. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images via AP, Pool)

The head of the World Health Organization says it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in rich countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people in poorer countries

Fauci: Approval of Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca vaccines ‘weeks away’

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci wears a face mask as he waits to testify before a House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

President-elect Joe Biden’s goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans during his first 100 days in office got a seal of approval from the country’s top infectious disease expert on Sunday.

'Little old West Virginia' sets pace on vaccine rollout

A sign inside Griffith & Feil pharmacy hangs Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Kenova, W.Va. Griffith & Feil is among 250 mom-and-pop pharmacies in West Virginia helping to vaccinate residents in the quest to banish the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Raby)

West Virginia has emerged as an unlikely success in the nation’s otherwise chaotic coronavirus vaccine rollout

Tipsters, tech-savvy kids, pharmacy hopping: How Americans are landing coronavirus vaccines

Ramona Cohen, 75, waits in line at a Giant grocery store in Washington, D.C., in the hope of getting a leftover dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Jan. 15, 2021. (Photo for The Washington Post by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades).

Four days into her coronavirus vaccine hunt, Ramona Cohen struck out again.

CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant to become dominant in U.S.

In this Jan. 12, 2021, file photo, pharmacist Brian Kiefer draws saline while preparing a dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at UC Davis Health in Sacramento, Calif.  Mutations to the virus that causes COVID-19 are rapidly popping up and health officials say the pandemic could get worse unless people do more to curb cases. So far, vaccines seem to remain effective against the new variants, but the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a virus that can elude defenses could emerge. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, Pool, File)

The highly contagious variant of the coronavirus first seen in the United Kingdom will become the dominant strain in the United States within about two months, its rapid spread heightening the urgency of getting people vaccinated, the Centers for...

Biden outlines 'Day One' agenda of executive actions

President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

In his first hours as president, Joe Biden plans to take executive action to roll back some of the most controversial decisions of his predecessor and to address the raging coronavirus pandemic

Nestlé recalls 762,000 pounds of pepperoni Hot Pockets

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Nestlé Prepared Foods is recalling more than 762,000 pounds of pepperoni Hot Pockets



The prosecution of Kevin Blacker, critic of Gov. Lamont's port authority, continues

The port authority, which got Blacker arrested on a felony charge, is trying to keep him from...


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