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Biden says he'll publicly get a COVID-19 vaccine, keep Fauci

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said on Thursday he would publicly take a coronavirus vaccine to demonstrate its safety to the public and pledged to retain the nation's top adviser on the pandemic, Anthony Fauci, when he takes office next month. Learn More


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U.S. sets single day records for cases; California readies new clamp down

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The United States set single-day records for new infections and deaths on Thursday as California's governor said he would impose some of the nation's strictest stay-at-home orders in the coming days when intensive care units are expected to reach capacity. More »


California governor issues regional lockdown plans as ICUs near capacity

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California's governor on Thursday announced plans to impose COVID-19 stay-at-home orders on a regional basis, with tougher social and economic restrictions to be triggered when intensive care units near maximum capacity at a region's hospitals. More »


U.S. Justice Department probed Kushner lawyer over alleged graft scheme: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department investigated whether a lawyer for Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, had been involved in a bribery scheme to win clemency for a man convicted of tax crimes, the New York Times said on Thursday. More »


Trump running out of time to solidify immigration agenda after U.S. election loss

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration is pushing to finalize new immigration restrictions before his term ends in January, according to three senior homeland security officials, a last-gasp effort in a policy area that was a central focus during his four years in office. More »


Biden says bipartisan coronavirus aid bill should be passed but will still need more

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden said on Thursday a bipartisan coronavirus aid bill should be passed but that he will have to ask for more once in office. More »


Trump unveils $207 million fundraising haul after election in effort to overturn result

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee have raised $207.5 million since Election Day, according to a statement on Thursday, gathering donations to pay for challenges to Democrat Joe Biden's win in the Nov. 3 poll. More »


Judge rules probable cause U.S. teenager committed crimes in Wisconsin protest shootings

(Reuters) - A judge ruled on Thursday there was probable cause that U.S. teenager Kyle Rittenhouse committed felonies in fatally shooting two protesters and wounding a third during protests in Wisconsin over the summer, clearing one of the final hurdles before trial. More »


Residents flee wildfire raging through Southern California canyon

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two firefighters were injured and residents of a rustic Southern California canyon were driven from their homes after a blaze broke out overnight at a house and tore across more than 7,000 acres of dry brush and wooded hillsides. More »


Trump spy chief labels China biggest threat to freedom since World War Two

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence official stepped up the Trump administration's harsh attacks on Beijing on Thursday by labeling China the biggest threat to democracy and freedom worldwide since World War Two and saying it was bent on global domination. More »


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