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Justice Dept. watchdog opens probe of response to riot

Justice Dept. watchdog opens probe of response to riot

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department's internal watchdog said Friday it will investigate how the department and its agencies prepared for and responded to last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Norway says Pfizer temporarily reducing European deliveries

COPENHAGEN — U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer has said it will temporarily reduce deliveries to Europe of its COVID-19 vaccine while it upgrades production capacity, Norwegian health officials said Friday.
December wholesale prices up 0.3% with sharp jump in energy

December wholesale prices up 0.3% with sharp jump in energy

WASHINGTON — U.S. wholesale prices rose 0.3% in December led by a the biggest jump in energy costs since June.
Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops

Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump’s supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing olive-drab helmets and body armour trudged purposefully up the marble stairs in a single-file line, each man
Pentagon says US has dropped to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan

Pentagon says US has dropped to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan to about 2,500 by Friday, a drawdown that appears to violate a last-minute congressional prohibition.
Deep South falls behind in coronavirus vaccine drive

Deep South falls behind in coronavirus vaccine drive

ATLANTA — The coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out unevenly across the U.S., but four states in the Deep South have had particularly dismal inoculation rates that have alarmed health experts and frustrated residents.
Bus dramatically plunges off bridge; driver, passengers hurt

Bus dramatically plunges off bridge; driver, passengers hurt

NEW YORK — An articulated bus dramatically plunged off a bridge in New York City late Thursday, leaving its front half hanging over a highway ramp, its fall broken only by the road below. The driver was seriously injured in the crash just after 11 p.
Russia follows US to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

Russia follows US to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

MOSCOW — Russia said Friday it will withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities following the U.S. exit from the pact. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the U.S.
At least 42 dead as Indonesia quake topples homes, buildings

At least 42 dead as Indonesia quake topples homes, buildings

MAMUJU, Indonesia — A strong, shallow earthquake shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island just after midnight Friday, toppling homes and buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least 42 people. More than 600 people were injured by the magnitude 6.
Stars return to inauguration, with J.Lo, Gaga set to perform

Stars return to inauguration, with J.Lo, Gaga set to perform

The A-list is back. How A-list? Try Lady Gaga and J. Lo. Inauguration officials announced on Thursday that the glittery duo would appear in person on Jan.