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COVID-19 deaths drop, but race against new strains heats up

The government’s top infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said the improvement in numbers around the country appears to be the result of “natural peaking and then plateauing” after a holiday surge, rather than an effect of the rollout of vaccines that began in mid-December.

US surpasses 25M confirmed COVID-19 cases

The U.S. accounts for roughly one of every four cases reported worldwide and one of every five deaths.

Californians struggle to get vaccine as rollout faces obstacles

More than five weeks into its vaccination program, California doesn’t have nearly the supply to meet demand and there’s growing angst among residents over the difficulty to even get in line for a shot.

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Arizona welcomes recreational pot sales

Legal sales of recreational marijuana in Arizona started on Friday, a once-unthinkable step in the former conservative stronghold that joins 14 other states that have broadly legalized pot.

 
Lucky few receive rare, ‘precious’ COVID-19 vaccine doses

With millions of Americans waiting for their chance to get the coronavirus vaccine, a lucky few are getting bumped to the front of the line as clinics scramble to get rid of extra, perishable doses at the end of the day.

Yosemite National Park remains closed after severe wind damage

Yosemite National Park will remain closed through the weekend after high winds that battered much of California knocked down two giant sequoias and caused millions of dollars in damage.

 
$731.1M Powerball win boosts struggling Maryland town

The latest jackpot-winning Powerball ticket, worth $731.1 million, was sold in a coal mining town whose biggest previous claim to fame was being the hometown of baseball Hall of Famer Lefty Grove.

Stores drop MyPillow after CEO pushes election conspiracies

The founder and CEO of MyPillow, who amplified President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud, said a backlash against his company has begun after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol this month.

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