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5 things to know for January 20: Inauguration, Covid, pardons, China, soldier arrest

Gusty winds will keep it chilly for the Presidential Inauguration, while the Southwest prepares for much needed rainfall.

Trump reportedly wants a 21-gun salute for his departure. The military honor has a fascinating history

Melania Trump released a farewell video as she prepares to leave the White House, but the Trumps declined to invite the Bidens to the White House as has been done with past presidents. CNN's Kate Bennett reports.

Violence at Capitol and beyond reignites a debate over America's long-held defense of extremist speech

US Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy opens up to CNN's Barbara Starr about how close the Capitol riot came to a "disaster."

5 things to know for January 19: Inauguration, transition, Covid-19, Russia, Uganda

Russia's leading Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny is calling on his supporters to hit the streets for nationwide protests in Russia after he was detained by local police moments after returning to the country.

5 things to know for January 19: Inauguration, transition, Covid-19, Russia, Uganda

What's now mundane for much of the world is remarkable for Sweden: government-issued mandates on limited store capacity. Once lionized by anti-lockdown advocates, Sweden now has a new law granting the government power to do things the country previously refused to do. CNN's Max Foster reports. 

5 things to know for January 19: Inauguration, transition, Covid-19, Russia, Uganda

Severe winds gusting 65 to 80 mph will batter California Tuesday, raising the fire danger in the area. Meanwhile, scattered rain showers are expected in parts of the South and lake effect snow continues in the Great Lakes region.

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Sports

New York Mets fire general manager Jared Porter after he reportedly sent explicit pictures to female reporter

The New York Mets have fired general manager Jared Porter after ESPN reported that he sent unsolicited, explicit texts and photos to a female reporter in 2016 when he worked for the Chicago Cubs as the team's Director of Professional Scouting and Special Assistant.

'The sky's the limit on where this can go' -- The worlds of Fortnite and football collide

Football is invading the Fortnite world in a big way - with clubs like Man City, Juventus and AC Milan joining the likes of Pelé in entering the digital space.

Australian Open turmoil raises questions for Tokyo Games

Canadian tennis player Vasek Pospisil talks to Patrick Snell about the hard quarantine for players are having to go through due to positive tests being found on their flights over to the Australian Open.

Australian Open: 47 players In quarantine after positive Covid-19 tests on two charter flights

The 2021 Australian Open is being surrounded by controversy as more and more players are being quarantined ahead of the tournament. Players are complaining of a lack of practice time and provisions while Australians around the world are frustrated at the preference shown to tennis players over citizens.

Premier League: The art of winning a penalty sparks debate ahead of Liverpool vs. Manchester United game

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford talks about how the United team doesn't go looking for penalties, but teams defend goals and "penalties happen."

Legacy of MLK's 'I have a dream' speech becomes a nightmare for Atlanta sports team owner

When WNBA player Elizabeth Williams and her Atlanta Dream teammates decided to support Reverend Raphael Warnock in his race for the U.S. Senate, little did they know that their actions may have altered the entire American political spectrum for generations to come.

Megan Rapinoe condemns US Capitol rioters as 'White supremacy mob'

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has denounced last week's riots in the US Capitol as "a huge stain on the country."

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Entertainment

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have a new baby -- and we know his name

Justin Timberlake spoke about he and Jessica Biel's second baby together in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.

Dustin Diamond, 'Saved by the Bell' star, hospitalized with cancer

"Screech," played by Dustin Diamond from 1988 - 1994, was a fan-favorite geek on NBC's 90's teen sitcom, "Saved by the Bell."

'Home Alone 2' star tweets support for removing Trump's cameo

Actor Macaulay Culkin applauds editing out Trump's "Home Alone 2" cameo. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

Siegfried Fischbacher, illusionist of Siegfried & Roy, dead at 81

Siegfried Fischbacher, half of the popular 90's Las Vegas duo "Siegfried & Roy" is dead. Hear from him on his career and his love of magic with Larry King in 1999.

How Betty White is celebrating her 99th birthday in quarantine

In honor of Betty White's 99th birthday, here are five things you may not know about "The Golden Girls" star.

Martha Stewart's vaccine video came with a disclaimer

Dr. Leana Wen explains why caution must be taken even if you've been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Ken Jennings hosts 'Jeopardy!' and honors 'the great Alex Trebek'

The first new episode of "Jeopardy!" since the death of Alex Trebek started with interim host Ken Jennings paying tribute to the longtime host.

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Business-Consumer

Shep Smith breaks his silence about why he left Fox News

CNBC host Shepard Smith discusses his time at Fox News and why he eventually left.

Late-night hosts say goodbye to President Trump: 'The end of an error'

Late-night hosts James Corden, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel poke fun at President Donald Trump on his last night in office

Janet Yellen says Treasury should focus on workers, women and minorities

Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Treasury secretary, urges Congress to "act big" on Covid-19 relief spending during her confirmation hearing.

Yellen to urge lawmakers to 'act big' on relief spending

President-elect Joe Biden's plan for the economy includes federal aid to families and businesses suffering from effects of the coronavirus pandemic, raising the minimum wage and reversing some of the Trump administration's tax cuts.

Bulletproof vests and gas masks: Journalists prep for Inauguration Day

After numerous members of the media were assaulted in pro-Trump riots on January 6, newsrooms are stepping up security measures. Nicole Carroll says USA Today is taking many precautions to protect reporters. RTDNA executive director Dan Shelley says "this is the most perilous time for journalists in the field in the modern history of the United States," but reporters will not be deterred.

We all need to embrace the Fake Commute

During a year when a crippling pandemic plunged major world economies into recession, China has come out on top. CNN's Steven Jiang reports.

The final days of Trump's presidency inspire hour-by-hour countdowns

The Biden administration will hit the ground running by holding an on-camera press briefing on Inauguration Day, Brian Stelter reports. Eugene Daniels says the media will have to be "a lot more creative in covering this White House" because Biden won't be tweeting and "they are running a tighter ship." David Folkenflik says the Biden press operation will have to show they are "interested in transparency as a greater good for the country."

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US Politics

Top Pentagon policy official resigns at Trump's request

The Pentagon's top policy official is expected to depart his post soon, according to two sources familiar with the matter. John Rood, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon, lost support among senior national security leadership and has been asked for his resignation, one of the sources said.

Sanders spokeswoman says she misspoke after distorting Bloomberg's health record

Bernie Sanders' national press secretary Briahna Joy Gray said the questioning of the 78-year-old Democratic presidential candidate's health and requests for further medical records "were reminiscent of a smear campaign."

5 takeaways from CNN's town halls with Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar

During a CNN town hall in Nevada, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) addressed the need for gun reform and spoke about her "saddest day in Washington."

Buttigieg slams Trump: My marriage never involved sending 'hush money to a porn star'

During a CNN town hall in Nevada, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg discusses conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh's attack on Buttigieg's sexuality.

Buttigieg recalls time he tried to use three languages to help a family at a protest

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg shared a story at the CNN Town Hall in Nevada about how he tried to use his foreign language skills to help a family caught in the middle of a protest.

Donald Trump and his pardon triangle

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

Trump's pardon spree deepens crisis gripping American justice

President Trump issued a series of pardons and commutations that included former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., former New York City police chief Bernie Kerik and junk bond king Michael Milken. CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports.

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Health

Trump administration leaves Biden with 'confusing' Covid-19 vaccine numbers and states in limbo

CNN's Sara Murray reports a lack of cooperation of the Trump administration has contributed to a sense of nervousness among Joe Biden's incoming team as they take on the challenge of distributing the coronavirus vaccine.

These coronavirus variants are keeping scientists awake at night

Researchers warn South Africa's new coronavirus variant is highly contagious and spreads fast. Without widespread access to vaccines, the situation in the country could only get worse. CNN's David McKenzie reports.

More than 60% of all US Covid-19 cases were reported since Election Day. Now experts warn a variant could further fuel spread

CNN's Erica Hill reports on confusion around the amount of second doses of the coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer as the CDC warns the new Covid-19 variants could accelerate the spread of Covid-19 in the US.

Expert sees 'a ray of sunshine' in Covid-19 battle, but deaths and variant cases are growing in the US

As President-elect Biden prepares to take office amid the pandemic, CNN's John King reviews the increasing Covid-19 case count in the US compared to vaccine doses administered.

How people of color can cope with Capitol riot hypocrisy

Vice President Mike Pence was closer than initially known to the violent mob at the US Capitol, according to new reporting from the Washington Post. New video from that day shows an alternate angle of rioters chasing Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman as he led them away from the Senate chambers. CNN's Evan Perez reports.

More than 90,000 Americans could die of Covid-19 in next three weeks, CDC forecast shows

About 92,000 Americans are projected to die from the coronavirus over roughly the next three weeks, according to an ensemble forecast published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CNN's Erica Hill has more.

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Social Media-Technology

Facebook posts promoting violence still circulated even after insurrection

CNN's Sara Sidner reports on the use of social media by far-right extremists as experts fear the attack on the US Capitol may just be the beginning.

Facebook posts promoting violence still circulated even after insurrection

Posts promoting violence during inauguration week, identified by a nonprofit watchdog group, have circulated on Facebook over the past week despite a crackdown by the social media giant since the January 6 insurrection. CNN's Donie O'Sullivan reports.

Virgin Orbit launches rocket off a 747 aircraft, puts nine satellites in space

Virgin Orbit completed its first successful launch into orbit, sending its LauncherOne hurtling to space after deploying from the wing of a retrofitted Boeing 747.

Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphones are smarter and cheaper but don't come with a charger

Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy S21 lineup of phones, which feature upgraded cameras and new privacy features.

At a subdued CES, computers provide excitement

Although it was all virtual, CES 2021 still showcased some new concepts and innovations. See the highlights from General Motors, LG, and others.

Panasonic's augmented reality display aims to change the way drivers see roads

At the all-virtual CES 2021, Panasonic debuted its augmented reality HUD that aims to help drivers navigate and park.

Analysis: Will deplatforming make Trump and the far-right vanish, move -- or radicalize further?

CNN's Donie O'Sullivan reports that online extremism and conspiracy theorists are finding new homes online after being purged from Twitter and Facebook following the insurrection at the US Capitol.

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