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NRA files for bankruptcy, seeks to escape lawsuit

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The National Rifle Association on Friday filed for bankruptcy, a sudden development that could help the gun rights group escape a lawsuit by New York's attorney general seeking its dissolution. Gloria Tso reports.

Biden says he feels safe ahead of inauguration

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said on Friday that he feels safe, after a reporter asked him if he felt comfortable despite intelligence briefings about Inauguration Day security threats. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

Rage and turmoil: Trump's final days in office

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s last days in the White House have been marked by rage and turmoil, multiple sources said. No one in Trump’s orbit could convince him to explicitly acknowledge election defeat and use his remaining weeks in office to hold events to tout accomplishments that he and his aides are proud of. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.

'Grow up': Biden slams lawmakers who refuse masks

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While detailing his plan to ramp up vaccinations against COVID-19, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Friday said it was "shocking" to see some Republican members of Congress not wearing masks to prevent the spread of the virus and told them it was "time to grow up."

Bank earnings, Biden plan lead stocks lower

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Wall Street's main indexes finished lower on Friday, weighed down by big U.S. banks after their earnings reports and concerns about the viability of President-elect Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion economic stimulus plan. Conway G. Gittens reports.

Racing to inoculate, U.S. faces vaccine supply gap

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Scattered vaccine shortages cropped up on the front lines of the U.S. battle against the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, prompting at least one large healthcare system to cancel a slew of appointments of people hoping to be inoculated. This report produced by Emma Jehle.

Biden unveils 5-point plan to speed vaccine rollout

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Friday said he would order increased production of syringes and other supplies to ramp up vaccinations against COVID-19 and improve upon the Trump administration rollout that he has called a "dismal failure."

Watchdog to probe DOJ response to Capitol riot

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The U.S. Justice Department's internal watchdog will review how the FBI and other law enforcement agencies prepared and responded to the storming of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump's supporters, Inspector General Michael Horowitz said on Friday. This report produced by Colette Luke.

UK variant could dominate in U.S. by March, CDC

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A new, highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus first discovered in Britain could become the dominant variant in the United States by March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Friday. Freddie Joyner has more.

DOJ: No evidence of 'kill capture teams' at riot

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The top federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C. said on Friday there is no "direct evidence" to suggest that rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol had formed "kill capture teams." Yahaira Jacquez reports.

Buy bank stocks: advisor

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As JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo kick off earnings season Friday with better-than-expected profits, Mercadien Asset Management president Ken Kamen tells Reuters' Fred Katayama why investors should consider buying bank stocks even after their recent rally.

Third monthly drop for U.S. retail sales

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U.S. retail sales fell for a third straight month in December as renewed measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 triggered job losses, further evidence that the wounded economy lost considerable speed at the end of 2020. Conway G. Gittens has more.

Further 'actions' may be needed for Capitol accomplices -Pelosi

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During her weekly news conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that if it is found that members of Congress were accomplices to the insurrection at the the Capitol last week, actions may need to be taken beyond Congress.

No playbook for Trump's second impeachment trial

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Now that U.S. President Donald Trump has been impeached for a second time, the Senate will hold a very different trial than the last one as it enters uncharted territory to consider whether to bar him from future office. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

U.S. says rioters aimed to 'capture and assassinate' officials

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Federal prosecutors offered an ominous new assessment of last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters on Thursday, saying in a court filing that rioters intended “to capture and assassinate elected officials.” This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

Trump committed 'impeachable offense' -Murkowski

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Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who has already called for Trump to resign over his actions on Jan. 6, said on Wednesday "I believe that this President has committed an impeachable offense."

Casino mogul Adelson buried in Jerusalem

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U.S. casino magnate Sheldon Adelson was buried on Friday on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, a city that he fought for years to have recognized as Israel's capital. Fred Katayama reports.

French minister opposes $20 bln Carrefour offer

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Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire expressed France's stiff opposition to a possible near-$20 billion takeover of Carrefour by Canada's Alimentation Couche-Tard on Friday, driving the French retailer's shares down by 4.5%. Ciara Lee reports

Daring duo breaks Atlantic Ocean rowing record

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Imagine rowing a boat across the entire Atlantic Ocean. Two men from the Netherlands have done exactly that, and reportedly set a new speed record, in the annual Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge race. Matthew Larotonda reports.

Anne Hathaway stars in 'Locked Down' rom-com

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As the rest of the world was shutting down, Anne Hathaway found herself starting up a whole new movie project – the story of a couple on the verge of breaking up, until lockdown leaves them stuck together in London.

Car plants shut down as chips run short

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Automakers are shutting down production due to a shortage of chips, and it's partly down to the Trump administration's war on Chinese tech firms. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

UK economy pushed into reverse by Nov lockdown

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Britain's economy shrank in November for the first time since the initial COVID-19 lockdown last spring, hit by a tightening of social-distancing rules. Ciara Lee reports

Biden's inauguration rehearsal postponed - Politico

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A rehearsal for U.S President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration scheduled for Sunday has been postponed because of security concerns, Politico reported late on Thursday, citing two people with knowledge of the decision. Libby Hogan reports.

Biden's inauguration postponed - Politico

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A rehearsal for U.S President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration scheduled for Sunday has been postponed because of security concerns, Politico reported late on Thursday, citing two people with knowledge of the decision. Libby Hogan reports.

Trump administration takes final swipes at China

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The Trump administration took another swipe at China and its biggest firms on Thursday, imposing sanctions on officials and companies for alleged misdeeds in the South China Sea. It also imposed an investment ban on nine more Chinese firms for their alleged ties to the military. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.

Biden unveils $1.9 trillion relief plan

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President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion stimulus package proposal on Thursday, saying in prime-time remarks that bold investment was needed to jump-start the economy and speed up the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic. Gloria Tso reports.

Biden picks Jaime Harrison to head DNC

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President-elect Joe Biden has picked former South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison to head the Democratic National Committee, Biden's office said in a statement on Thursday. Gloria Tso has more.

D.C. locks down, states on alert, for inauguration

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[NFA] U.S. security forces are mounting a national operation to thwart any violence before President-elect Joe Biden takes office - while Democrats warned of possible political violence even after the Jan. 20 swearing-in. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.

'Thank you': Pence to Nat'l Guard at Capitol

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence thanked National Guard troops at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday for their efforts to keep what he described as a "historic" inauguration safe.

Biden to pick Jaime Harrison to head DNC -source

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President-elect Joe Biden is set to pick former U.S. Senate candidate in South Carolina Jaime Harrison to head the Democratic National Committee, a source told Reuters on Thursday. Colette Luke has more.

Michigan's ex-gov. charged in Flint water crisis

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[NFA] Michigan's former governor, former health director and seven others were charged on Thursday with crimes stemming from lead contamination of the city of Flint's water supply as prosecutors detailed the findings of a yearslong investigation. Freddie Joyner has more.

Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to perform at Biden inauguration

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Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will take the stage at U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony in Washington next week alongside others in what his transition team said would showcase a diverse America. Colette Luke has more.

Magician Siegfried Fischbacher dies at 81

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Magician Siegfried Fischbacher, who alongside Roy Horn starred in a popular, long-running Las Vegas act built around rare tigers, has died of pancreatic cancer. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.

New York AG sues NYPD for handling of protests

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New York's state attorney general on Thursday sued New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and the city's police commissioner over allegations the police used excessive force against racial justice protesters after the killing of George Floyd in May.

Ex-gov failed to protect Flint residents -MI official

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Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud announced indictments Thursday in the investigation into the crisis surrounding lead contamination of the drinking water system serving the city of Flint, charging former Governor Rick Snyder with two counts of willful neglect of duty.

The app enabling lockdown intimacy

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With couples separated by lockdowns and singles reluctant to date amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a sex-tech company has developed an app and a range of app-enabled devices to allow people in different locations to intimately connect with each other.

Andrew Yang announces candidacy for NYC mayor

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Andrew Yang announced Thursday that he is running for mayor of New York, saying he will "launch the largest basic income program in the history of the country."

Delta posts first annual loss in 11 years

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Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian expects 2021 to be “the year of recovery” after the coronavirus pandemic cut operating revenue by 64% and prompted its first annual loss in 11 years. Fred Katayama reports.

Trudeau expects Biden to re-engage U.S. on world stage

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Canada and other U.S. allies are looking to President-elect Joe Biden to re-engage on the world stage on issues like climate change and free trade, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a Reuters Next interview aired on Thursday.

EU approves mealworms for dinner

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Mealworms may soon find their way into Europe's pasta bowls and dinner dishes, after becoming the first insect approved in the region as a human food. Francesca Lynagh reports.

WHO investigative team finally arrives in Wuhan

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The much-anticipated and delayed World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus has finally arrived in Wuhan, but are warning they may not find clear answers in the weeks to come. Matthew Larotonda reports.

Andy Murray tests positive for COVID-19

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Andy Murray's place at next month's Australian Open is in doubt after it's confirmed the three-time grand slam tennis champion has tested positive for COVID-19. Adam Reed reports.