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Senate Confirms Denis McDonough To Head Veterans Affairs Department

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| As head of the VA, McDonough inherits the formidable task of overseeing the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to approximately 18 million veterans across the nation.

4 Skiers Dead In Utah Avalanche

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The Saturday avalanche was one of the most deadly in the state's history. Forecasters had warned of dangerous avalanche conditions.

Iran's Supreme Leader: U.S. Must Lift Sanctions Before Any Return To Nuclear Deal

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's remarks confirm Tehran's position that all sanctions must be lifted before Iran returns to full compliance. President Biden said the United States won't lift sanctions first.

Stimulus Debit Cards Unusable For Prison Inmates In At Least Four States

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The debit cards can't be processed in prisons so inmates can't deposit their payments. The IRS has acknowledged the problem, but hasn't offered an immediate solution.

U.S. Judge Grants Accused Rioter's Request To Vacation In Mexico

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Jenny Cudd is accused of two misdemeanors: entering a restricted building or grounds, and violent entry or disorderly conduct. She told the court she had already paid for the work-related trip.

Lawmakers In Virginia Vote To Abolish The Death Penalty

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Lawmakers in the Democratic-majority Virginia legislature voted to end the death penalty citing its high cost, the possibility of executing the innocent and its disproportionate racial impact.

Bond Set At $3 Million For Fired Columbus Police Officer Who Killed Andre Hill

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Former Officer Adam Coy pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the December killing of the unarmed Black man.

Myanmar's Coup Will Be 'Painful' For Already Struggling Economy, Analysts Warn

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Myanmar's economy is already suffering due to COVID-19. Analysts say an imposition of broad economic sanctions in response to the coup could harm the country and result in greater Chinese influence.

Pentagon Will Deploy Active Duty Troops To Support COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

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White House coronavirus adviser Andy Slavitt said part of the first contingent of more than 1,000 troops is set to begin operations in California mid-February with more vaccination missions to follow.