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Rockets Extend Winning Streak In Victory Over Washington

On Tuesday night the Houston Rockets got a chance to do something they have not been able to do this entire season and that was to have fun. They defeated the visiting Washington Wizards 107-88 at Toyota Center to improve to 7-9 and are now on a three-game winning streak.

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Astros to host Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park this weekend. Six-team, nine-game tournament features three Texas programs.

The Astros will host the ninth annual Houston Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park this weekend (Jan. 29-31). The tournament will feature six NCAA Division II universities, squaring off in nine games across the three days.

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“Unfinished Business” Astros resign LF Michael Brantley

With the departure of former Rockets superstar James Harden and the uncertainty of what is going on with the Texans organization, the Houston Astros provided some much-needed excitement to the Houston sports scene with the announcement of the resigning of outfielder Michael Brantley to a two-year contract worth $32 million.

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How one city missed warning after warning until its health system collapsed

It's waiting hours in line to buy an oxygen tank -- only to find there's none left. For some, it's rushing from hospital to hospital with a sick spouse or parent -- only to find there are no beds available. For others, it's waiting outside of hospitals for news of a loved one -- only to hear they could not be saved.

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Woman gets new wheelchair thanks to fellow athletes

A woman waiting for a new wheelchair finally got her wish thanks to some fellow athletes.

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Apple issues new warning: Keep your iPhone six inches away from your pacemaker

An important heads-up for iPhone owners: Apple is warning customers that its smartphones could interfere with medical devices, including pacemakers.

Two brothers claim Father Michael Pfleger abused them as boys, say they could no longer keep their secret

The Rev. Michael Pfleger has long been a civil rights activist and champion of Chicago’s African-American community.

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Dollhouse makeovers become full-time job for woman left out of work in pandemic

Kate Yetman picked up an old dollhouse on the side of the road thinking it would be a fun pandemic project.

After suffering through tragedies, West Side mom surprised with new car

It was an amazing day Sunday for a single mom of four from Chicago’s West Side. Iashiskala Sims suffered a miscarriage days after her car was stolen last year.

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Pause on student loan payments ‘life changing’ for some North Texans in debt

After the U.S. Department of Education announced that at the request of President Joe Biden it will extend the pause on federal student loan payments, many struggling borrowers are breathing a sigh of relief.

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Steve Harvey has his eye on daughter's boyfriend, Michael B. Jordan

Steve Harvey has given his approval of his daughter Lori's relationship with Michael B. Jordan - for now.

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Biden replaces controversial White House physician

President Joe Biden has replaced the controversial White House physician who offered misleading information about President Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis last fall.

Senate Republicans just took 2 big hits to their 2022 chances

Just days into their newfound status as the minority party, Senate Republicans suffered two body blows that could badly complicate their chances of retaking control in 2022.

Rand Paul's ridiculous answer on whether the election was 'stolen'

Even now -- after the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president, after the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, after the myriad lawsuit dismissals -- Rand Paul can't bring himself to say that the 2020 election was not, in fact, stolen.

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In the nearly 232-year history of the US Senate there have only been 11 Black senators

Congress set a new diversity record this year with its highest-ever number of women and racial minorities, including 60 Black lawmakers.

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Twitter bets on crowdsourcing to help combat misinformation

Twitter on Monday launched Birdwatch, an experiment that relies on the social network's users to provide context to tweets and to combat misinformation.

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Stimulus checks, unemployment and more: Here's the aid that's coming from Washington -- and what might be coming soon

There's lots of talk of all the federal assistance going to Americans and small businesses in need. But while some is already approved, not all of it is out the door yet -- and some of it is still just at the proposal stage.

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Frustration grows over fractured COVID-19 vaccine rollout

There’s growing frustration about the fractured COVID-19 vaccine rollout as we continue to deal with the pandemic. Thousands of shots are being given in the Philadelphia region every day, but it’s not enough.

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The new US Covid-19 test requirement for travelers: What you need to know

All air passengers 2 and older must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test result to enter the United States starting at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday, January 26.

Why the Trump impeachment trial is crucial

How does a country recover from four years of virulent acrimony? The urgent need to heal America's divisions, to "end this uncivil war," stood at the center of President Joe Biden's stirring inaugural speech. He implored Americans to "open our souls instead of hardening our hearts."

Family pleads for dog’s safe return after SUV stolen outside MOA hotel

Remy was found safe, the family reports. He was located in Brooklyn Park and is being held in Maple Grove until he can be picked up. The family thanked officials in Bloomington and Brooklyn Park for working to find Remy.

Educators allowed to get vaccinated, but limited doses lead to few getting shots

The state of Minnesota kicked off its COVID-19 vaccine community pilot program Jan. 21. Educators were in the group and allowed to sign up, but very few teachers actually got vaccinated.

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will resign amid pandemic and political turmoil

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will resign on Tuesday morning, his office said in a statement on Monday, heightening political turmoil in the country as it battles Covid-19.

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The strange but true reason why GameStop's stock keeps surging

GameStop is expected to lose money this year and next year. Sales growth is sluggish as fewer gamers need to go to stores — or even shop online — when they can download new titles directly from their consoles, PCs, phones or tablets. So why are shares of the video game retailer up more than 275% so far in 2021?

Police break up big fight at trampoline park

Dozens of teenagers were involved in a fight at a trampoline park in Hamden over the weekend. Police said they were called to the Funz Trampoline Park on Dixwell Avenue Saturday around 9 p.m.

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Coke with Coffee is (finally) here

Coke with Coffee is finally launching Monday in the United States after being available for years internationally.

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New Covid-19 case counts are falling, but variants loom. So a vaccine maker is working on another booster

First, the good news: The rates of new Covid-19 cases are dropping in 48 states. And every state improved its rate of vaccinations.

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Larry King: An appreciation of his legacy from CNN president Jeff Zucker and founder Ted Turner

Larry King, who died Saturday at the age of 87, "had a history-making career spanning radio and television," CNN president Jeff Zucker wrote in a tribute to the iconic broadcaster.

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Democratic congressman to introduce sweeping child abuse prevention bill Monday

Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia will introduce a child abuse prevention bill in the House on Monday, his office told CNN, setting up deliberations for a considerable child welfare investment as experts warn of an increasingly dire situation for at-risk kids.

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Larry King was one of pop culture's favorite newsmen

Larry King's death on Saturday was a significant loss for the media world. The longtime CNN host was an industry icon right down to his signature suspenders.

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How Colbert, Kimmel and Fallon plan to adapt to life after Trump

Late-night TV has always featured politics. Johnny Carson spent decades lampooning leaders of both parties on "The Tonight Show," and impersonating a president on "Saturday Night Live" is considered a badge of honor. Jon Stewart became one of the biggest names in TV comedy by speaking truth to those in power on "The Daily Show."

Iowa man is hopeful vaccine will help reunite him with his wife of 67 years

Marvin and Rosie Hollingshead have been married for 67 years, but they’ve known each other longer.

Snowmobiler falls through ice on Lake Fenton

At least one person fell through the ice on Lake Fenton while riding a snowmobile over the weekend. Just before 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, central dispatch was receiving several calls about a snowmobile that went through the ice on Lake Fenton.

Volatility hits Wall Street as stocks tumble across the board

It's a volatile day on Wall Street, where stocks suddenly tumbled mid-morning. Investors have a lot on their minds: President Joe Biden's stimulus plan is facing criticism from lawmakers concerned about the deficit, a deluge of corporate earnings is on tap and drug maker Merck pulled its Covid-19 vaccine plans.

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Biden lifts transgender military ban as he meets with first Black defense secretary

President Joe Biden signed an executive order to repeal a Trump-era ban on most transgender Americans joining the military on Monday alongside Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

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Biden readies moves to get checks and food aid to low-income Americans -- plus a federal pay raise

President Joe Biden is expected to sign two more executive orders on Friday -- one focused on expanding food assistance and delivering stimulus checks to very low-income Americans, and the other on raising the minimum wage to $15 for the federal workforce -- as he continues his swift efforts to overturn his predecessor's policies.

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Trump Grants Clemency to Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black in Final

The White House announced early Wednesday that President Donald Trump has granted a pardon to rapper Lil Wayne and a commutation to rapper Kodak Black, two of the raft of pardons and commutations on his final day in office.

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Amanda Gorman Calls On America To “Leave Behind A Country Better Than The One We Were Left” In Powerful Poem

Amanda Gorman, the nation’s first-ever youth poet laureate, challenged Americans Wednesday to “leave behind a country better than the one we were left” and unify together as she delivered a stirring inauguration poem.

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Start of Trump's impeachment trial remains unsettled as Pelosi won't say when she'll send over article

The timing of former President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial is still unsettled while Senate leaders haggle over how a power-sharing agreement will govern a 50-50 Senate.

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Buttigieg testifies at Senate confirmation hearing for transportation secretary post

Pete Buttigieg testified before a Senate panel considering his nomination for transportation secretary on Thursday, putting the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor on the path to becoming the first Senate-confirmed LGBTQ Cabinet secretary.

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Biden's solicitor general will play critical role in early efforts to undo Trump policies

President Joe Biden will name a powerhouse lawyer, Elizabeth Prelogar, to serve as acting solicitor general, in an acknowledgment that the office charged with representing the government before the Supreme Court will face an enormous workload both reversing Trump administration legal positions and developing a defense strategy as Biden's executive actions come under inevitable legal challenge.

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Biden sworn in as 46th president

President Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States Wednesday, ushering in a new era of calm and comity to Washington after four divisive and tumultuous years under former President Donald Trump.

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Youth poet laureate crafting 'message of joining together' for inauguration

Amanda Gorman was about halfway through writing the poem that she'll deliver at President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week when she watched in horror the deadly siege on the US Capitol.

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Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez perform at the inauguration

Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez delivered powerful performances at Wednesday's inauguration.

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Women and girls are wearing pearls and Converse to honor Vice President Harris

Wednesday's inauguration is chock-full of sobering firsts. It's beset by the Covid-19 pandemic, threats of violence and the precedent-shattering absence of the outgoing President.

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The Astros have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Pedro Báez to a two-year contract, Astros General Manager James Click announced today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

US Economy Lost 140,000 In December - All of Them Were Held By Women

A year ago, a rare thing happened to American women. For three months, they held more jobs than men in the US economy — something that had only occurred one other time in history, during a short period in 2009 and early 2010.

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Harris and Emhoff recall first date: 'It felt like we had known each other forever'

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff recalled their first date in a rare joint interview with CNN's Abby Phillip, for a CNN special report airing Sunday on the barrier-breaking vice president and her historic career.

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The world marks 2 million coronavirus deaths. The real toll is likely much higher

It's as if 10 of the world's largest commercial jets fell out of the sky, every day for an entire year. The official global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 2 million on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The tragic milestone came just over a year after the first Covid-19 death was reported in Wuhan, China.

275 cases open in Capitol riot investigation, US prosecutors say

US investigators have opened up 275 cases and charged roughly 98 individuals in connection to last week's pro-Donald Trump riot at the US Capitol, federal officials said Friday, emphasizing they are focused on rounding up the most violent offenders.