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The top House Republican won't comply with Jan. 6 panel request to voluntarily testify

Updated January 12, 2022 at 9:29 PM ET

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., says he won't participate in the Democratic-led Jan. 6 select committee's request for him to testify.

The panel on Wednesday asked that McCarthy voluntarily provide information about events leading up to, during and after the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump supporters a little over a year ago.


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Clyde Bellecourt, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, dies of cancer at 85

Updated January 12, 2022 at 4:37 PM ET

Clyde Bellecourt, one of the most significant Native American leaders in the struggle for civil rights, died in Minneapolis on Tuesday night, his son Wolf confirmed to Minnesota Public Radio.

Bellecourt was 85 and had been battling prostate cancer.


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Boris Johnson apologizes for a BYOB party held as the U.K. was in COVID lockdown

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is apologizing for 10 Downing Street, his official residence, hosting a happy-hour party in May 2020, when the rest of the country was under a strict COVID-19 lockdown. For the first time, Johnson said he was at the party — but the admission didn't appease his rivals, who called it one more reason for him to resign.


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Grocery store shortages are back. Here are some of the reasons why

Updated January 12, 2022 at 4:37 PM ET

No, you're not imagining it. Some grocery store shelves are bare again, conjuring bad memories of spring 2020 for many.

Social media is rife with images of empty supermarket aisles and signs explaining the lack of available food and other items. Stores such as Aldi have apologized to customers for the shortages.


Americans are tuning out as omicron rages. Experts call for health messaging to adapt

Access Health CEO Jeff Fortenbacher's nonprofit tries to provide better health care by offering l0wer-cost health insurance and offering counseling and care to low-income and minority patients around Muskegon, Mich., where the rate of full vaccination in that population is at a mere 14%.


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Harry Reid lies in state at the U.S. Capitol

Updated January 12, 2022 at 4:19 PM ET

WASHINGTON — The late Sen. Harry Reid was remembered Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol as a "legendary leader," a hardscrabble Democrat who rose from poverty in a dusty Nevada mining town to deliver landmark legislation from the chamber's most powerful position.


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COVID was again the leading cause of death among U.S. law enforcement in 2021

Last year was the deadliest for active-duty law enforcement in nearly a century, with COVID-19 identified as the leading cause of death for the second year in a row.

Some 458 local, state, tribal and federal officers died in the line of duty in 2021, according to a preliminary report from the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum (NLEOMF). That makes an increase of 55% from the previous year's tally of 295 and the highest total number since 1930.


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New businesses soared to record highs in 2021. Here's a taste of one of them

America's entrepreneurial spirit remains strong during the pandemic.

That's the takeaway from new numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday, which found that a whopping 5.4 million new business applications were filed in 2021, surpassing the record set in 2020 of 4.4 million.


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Sex abuse lawsuit against Prince Andrew will continue, judge rules

Updated January 12, 2022 at 10:46 AM ET

Virginia Giuffre's lawsuit against Britain's Prince Andrew can continue, a federal judge has ruled, denying "in all respects" the Duke of York's request to dismiss the case.


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Here's what's behind the Wordle c-r-a-z-e

Updated January 12, 2022 at 9:04 AM ET

A simple word game is the newest social media and pop culture phenomenon: Wordle.

The task is to guess a five-letter word. You have six tries. After each guess, the tiles change colors to show which letters are not in the word (gray), which letters are in the word but in the wrong position (yellow) and which ones are correctly in the word and in the right position (green).


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