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Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health…

President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate

Virgin Orbit just launched a rocket from a Boeing…

Virgin Orbit, the California-based satellite launch company, confirmed that its LauncherOne rocket reached space during the company’s second launch demonstration today, successfully deploying 10 payloads for NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP). Virgin Orbit’s novel launch system uses a technique called air launch, in which a rocket is launched from under the wing of a jet aircraft, rather than from a traditional launch pad on the ground. In addition to improving the payload capacity of the rocket, this technique allows the LauncherOne system to be the world’s most flexible and responsive launch service — flying on short notice and from a wide variety of locations to access any orbit.

Plastic Surgeon Dies of COVID After Lip Filler…

Dr. Payman Simoni gave lip fillers to a patient last month who called a few days later to reveal she'd tested positive for the coronavirus—and on Friday, the 50-year-old plastic surgeon died of COVID-19. The Beverly Hills doctor, who had appeared on the reality show The Doctors and was...

More National Guard forces going to Washington, DC

National Guard personnel are pouring into Washington, DC to enhance security for Wednesday's presidential inauguration. Troops from Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas and New York landed at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on Monday. (Jan. 19)

Trump To Skip Biden's Inauguration

President Donald Trump appears to be heading south to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach soon. He is apparently flying to Florida instead of attending Joe Biden's inauguration. The FAA issued temporary flight restrictions over the private club for January 20th. This indicates the president's arrival, according to Business Insider. One of Trump's final tweets confirmed suspicions that he wouldn't be at the Biden inauguration. This may be his final move in a very strange, one of a kind presidency.

The Latest: Top diplomat nominee says he’ll…

President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be America’s top diplomat says he’s ready to confront challenges posed by China, Iran, North Korea and Russia

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Garth Brooks, New Radicals Added to Biden…

Garth Brooks, New Radicals , Added to Biden Inauguration Lineup. The country music legend was revealed as part of the Biden-Harris "Parade Across America" inaugural event lineup on Monday. . This is a great day in our household, this is not a political statement, this is a statement of unity. This is history, and it is an honor to get to serve, Garth Brooks, via 'The Hollywood Reporter'. According to Brooks, Dr. Jill Biden asked him if he would perform on Inauguration Day. What I want for all of us to do is listen, Garth Brooks, via 'The Hollywood Reporter'. New Radicals will also perform during the event, coming together as a band again for the first time in 22 years. The band will perform their 1998 hit, "You Get What You Give," a song that was also used during the 2020 Biden-Harris campaign. America knows in its heart that things will get bright again with a new administration and a real plan for vaccines on the way, Gregg Alexander, Frontman of New Radicals, via 'Rolling Stone'. That’s the message of the song… this world is gonna pull through, Gregg Alexander, Frontman of New Radicals, via 'Rolling Stone'. The event will be hosted by Tony Goldwyn and feature a slew of other celebrities, such as Jon Stewart and Andra Day

Man Who Doubted Ability To Be Arrested Following…

Andrew Williams was one of the Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6th. Days later, he asked, "How are they going to arrest every single person?" in a live stream. His expression of doubt regarding the insurrection was fairly widespread among participants. Williams was arrested on January 13th, according to Business Insider. Williams' activities and participation were chronicled in photos and videos obtained by federal police. The FBI and local police force are urging everyone with info to come forward.

Dominion Voting Systems to MyPillow CEO: Stop It

The MyPillow founder is now tied up in the Dominion Voting Systems drama. Dominion has officially warned Mike Lindell that it will quite likely be suing him as Trump allies continue to falsely claim that the company's voting machines were rigged to flip votes from President Trump to Joe Biden...

Powerful winds raise wildfire threat in California

A Santa Ana wind event and a storm brewing off the coast of California fueled powerful winds and increased the wildfire threat on Jan. 18. AccuWeather's Bill Wadell had the story.

Phil Spector, Famed Music Producer and Convicted…

Phil Spector, Famed Music Producer and Convicted Murderer, Dead at 81. According to a statement made by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, . Spector died of natural causes on Saturday. In 2009, the famous music producer was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson. He was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison. Prior to his conviction, Spector produced recordings by The Beatles, Cher, the Ramones, Ike and Tina Turner and more. He was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame

Concerns grow over Eurostar rail service linking…

The head of France’s state rail company has sounded the alarm over the future of the Eurostar train service, which connects the U.K. with continental Europe

AP Top Stories January 19 A

Here's the latest for Tuesday January 19th: Biden nominees go to Senate; US coronavirus deaths approaching 400,000; California man accused of storing huge weapons cache; Melania Trump posts farewell video.

Starbucks Is Getting in the Vaccination Game

When you need COVID-19 vaccines rolled out to your citizens quickly and efficiently, who you gonna call? Starbucks, apparently. Washington state has reached out to the coffee giant for help, and Starbucks says 11 employees with expertise in labor and deployment, operations, and research and development will work full-time on...

European aviation agency: 737 Max to be cleared…

The head of the European aviation safety agency says the Boeing 737 Max will be green-lighted to resume flights in Europe next week, following nearly two years of reviews after the aircraft was involved in two deadly crashes that saw the planes grounded worldwide

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After nearly losing his life, cat now won't stop…

After nearly losing his life, cat now won't stop talking

NBA Star Buys House for George Floyd's Family

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving—the basketball player who may be out nearly $1 million after violating the NBA's mask policy—has reportedly helped the family of George Floyd in a big way. Speaking on "The Rematch" podcast about the Minnesota man whose death at the hands of police in...

Amid virus surge, hospital chaplains on front line

As families are barred from visiting loved ones in hospitals to curb the spread of COVID-19, chaplains often are there to act as surrogates, holding the hands of the dying, praying with them and providing a connection with grieving loved ones. (Jan. 19)

Phil Spector Dead At 81

Phil Spector is the music producer who created the "Wall of Sound" production technique and was convicted of murder. He died Saturday at age 81. California state prison officials said Spector died of natural causes at a hospital. Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003 in Los Angeles.

Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to…

A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the U.N. health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Have a New…

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Have a New Baby Boy. Timberlake revealed the news in a video call with Ellen DeGeneres. His name is Phineas and he's awesome. And he's so cute. And nobody's sleeping. , Justin Timberlake, via 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. But we're thrilled. We're thrilled and couldn't be happier, very grateful, Justin Timberlake, via 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. Timberlake said DeGeneres was "one of the first people outside of our immediate family that we told" about the new baby. Timberlake and Biel got married in 2012. They also have a 5-year-old son together named Silas

Biden Plan For COVID-19 Vaccine Won't Cause…

14 (UPI) -- The incoming Biden administration's plan to release more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine won't cause supply shortages, Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of the newly created COVID-19 advisory board said Thursday. Two COVID-19 vaccines, made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, have been approved for use in the United States, and both require two doses for maximum effectiveness. Through Thursday, nearly 30 million doses of the two vaccines had been distributed across the country, but fewer than 11 million have been administered, based on estimates from the U.S.

Dollar General Leads Way in Paying Workers to Get…

"We do not want our employees to have to choose between receiving a vaccine or coming to work," Dollar General said. So the company has announced it will give its workers who receive a coronavirus vaccination four hours' pay, the Washington Post reports. The company wants to remove obstacles to...

Black labs bound along a snow-covered road

A whole group of dogs could be seen on Jan. 18 dashing along a snow-covered road in southeastern North Dakota.

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Ex-Governor of Michigan Is Among 9 Officials…

Ex-Governor of Michigan, Is Among 9 Officials Charged in Flint Water Crisis. The charges involving ex-Governor Rick Snyder are the result of what has been described as "the largest criminal investigation in the history of the state of Michigan.". A switch in the supply of water directed to Flint, MI, in 2014 resulted in dangerously high levels of lead in the community's tap water. Water from the Flint River was redirected in order to cut costs. . Pure and simple, this case is about justice, truth, accountability, poisoned children, lost lives, shattered families that are still not whole .., Kym Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor, via NBC News. ... and simply giving a damn about all of humanity, Kym Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor, via NBC News. Snyder pleaded not guilty to the two misdemeanor charges. The eight other officials who worked under Snyder have been charged with crimes as serious as involuntary manslaughter. A class-action lawsuit related to the scandal resulted in a $600 million settlement for the affected residents

The Latest: Amateur clubs cleared to play in…

The French soccer federation says amateur clubs will take part in this year’s French Cup after the ministry of sports agreed to the move amid the coronavirus pandemic

Today in History for January 19th

Highlights of Today in History: Robert E. Lee born; Indira Gandhi elected prime minister of India;President Bill Clinton admits making false statements under oath;Singer Janis Joplin born; Dolly Parton is born.