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TOP STORIES ______________

TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT — Chilling security video of last month’s deadly insurrection at the Capitol, including of rioters searching menacingly for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence, becomes a key exhibit in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial as lawmakers prosecuting the case wrap up their opening arguments for why Trump is guilty of inciting the siege. By Lisa Mascaro, Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 1,200 words after trial resumes at noon. With TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-THE SCENE — Senators relive a day of horror; TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-HIGHLIGHTS.

Find complete coverage of the impeachment in the AP Newsroom hub.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-BIDEN — President Joe Biden’s team is styling itself on a war footing as it attacks the coronavirus pandemic. Top aides say the administration is using every “tool the federal government has to battle on every front.” To defeat the virus, Biden’s team must oversee a herculean logistical effort to put vaccinations into hundreds of millions of arms. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,450 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,020 words is also available.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-BRITAIN-VACCINATING-THE-HOMELESS — In a pandemic, homeless people face being more forgotten than they already are. But not by doctors like Dr. Anil Mehta, who is on a mission to bring the coronavirus vaccine to those hardest to reach and often most at risk of getting sick in east London. Mehta and his small team of doctors and nurses have been showing up at homeless centers in his local area, a COVID-19 hotspot, offering a free jab to dozens who might otherwise get left behind in Britain’s mass vaccination drive. By Sylvia Hui. SENT: 570 words, photos.

MYANMAR — Members of Myanmar’s myriad ethnic minorities marching behind their groups’ flags joined the large and enthusiastic protests against the junta that took over the government last week. The resistance to the coup received a major boost from abroad from Biden, who ordered new sanctions and promised more measures to come. SENT: 540 words, photos. With MYANMAR-DIPLOMATIC PRESSURE — Countries curb diplomatic ties, weigh sanctions on Myanmar; MYANMAR-DEFIANT-POLICE — In rural Myanmar, residents protect police who reject coup.

YEMEN-US-WAR — The Biden administration’s push for peace in Yemen faces a tough road ahead. The warring sides have not held substantive peace talks since 2019 and are dug in on the ground, with the Houthi rebels launching a new assault against government forces just days after Biden’s announcement. Yemenis, who have suffered six years of bloodshed, destruction and humanitarian catastrophe, say it is too early to raise hopes in the new peace bid. By Samy Magdy. SENT: 1,120 words, photos. With YEMEN-WAR-TIMELINE.

INTERNET-SHUTDOWNS — When army generals in Myanmar staged a coup last week, they briefly cut internet access in an apparent attempt to stymie protests. In Uganda, residents couldn’t use Facebook, Twitter and other social media for weeks after a recent election. And in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the internet has been down for months amid a wider conflict. Around the world, shutting down the internet has become an increasingly popular tactic of repressive and authoritarian regimes and some illiberal democracies. By Business Writer Kelvin Chan. SENT: 940 words, photos.


WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ______________________________

NATIONAL ANTHEM — Mavs’ Cuban relents on anthem after NBA reiterates policy. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

UNITED AIRLINES-ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT — United: Small electric air taxis will zip people to airports. SENT: 350 words, photos.

PEOPLE-GINA-CARANO — Gina Carano fired from “Mandalorian” after social media post. SENT: 300 words, photos.


MORE ON THE VIRUS OUTBREAK _______________________________

VIRUS OUTBREAK-CHICAGO SCHOOLS — Thousands of Chicago students are expected back in classrooms after a bitter fight with the union over COVID-19 safety protocols. SENT: 840 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE LATEST.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-VIRAL-QUESTIONS-VARIANTS — Scientists are tracking variants of the coronavirus by scanning virus samples taken from infected people. SENT: 240 words, graphic.

Find more coverage on the Virus Outbreak on the featured topic page in AP Newsroom.


WASHINGTON/POLITICS ————————————————-

BIDEN-ECONOMY — Republicans are attacking the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package as too costly, economically damaging and overtly partisan. SENT: 890 words, photos.

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT-LAWYERS — Trump is having trouble finding top-tier legal help when he might need it most. SENT: 950 words, photos.

TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-BIDEN — Biden has been studiously avoiding weighing in on Trump’s impeachment trial, instead focusing on his COVID-19 relief package, White House aides say. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-CHINA — Biden has his first call as president with Xi Jinping, pressing the Chinese leader about trade and Beijing’s crackdown on democracy activists in Hong Kong. SENT: 790 words.




NKOREA-ECONOMIC-PLAN — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered tougher legal supervision to support his development plans and eradicate various economy-related unlawful acts, state media says, as he works to salvage an economy battered by the pandemic and other challenges. SENT: 480 words, photo.

INDIA-CHINA-BORDER-STANDOFF — China and India have been pulling back frontline troops along disputed portions of their mountain border where they have been in a standoff for months, officials in both countries say. SENT: 430 words, photo.


NATIONAL _____________

ALABAMA-EXECUTION — Alabama is seeking to carry out what would be the first execution by a state in 2021, that of a 51-year-old inmate convicted of the shotgun slaying of a police detective’s sister decades ago. SENT: 530 words, photo. With DEATH-PENALTY-ALABAMA — Court stays execution of Alabama inmate.




CAR-CRASHES-WOMEN — The smaller, lighter vehicles that women more often drive, and the types of crashes they get into, may explain why they are much more likely to suffer a serious injury in a collision than men, a new study finds. By Business Writer Ken Sweet. SENT: 290 words.

FINANCIAL-MARKETS — Major Asian stock indexes were mostly higher after Biden held his first conversation with Chinese leader Xi since taking office. By Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 800 words, photos.




CHINA-MARS-FANDOM — As China’s first spacecraft to Mars orbits the red planet, the nation is falling in love with space. SENT: 940 words, photos.




OBIT-LARRY-FLYNT — Larry Flynt, who turned his raunchy Hustler magazine into an empire while fighting numerous First Amendment court battles and flaying politicians with stunts such as a Trump assassination Christmas card, has died. He was 78. SENT: 940 words, photos.

MUSIC-MORGAN-WALLEN — Country star Morgan Wallen asked fans not to downplay the racist language he was caught saying on camera and says that he accepted the punishments he faced. By Entertainment Writer Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 380 words, photo.




TOKYO-MORI — Pressure is coming from all sides in Japan for Yoshiro Mori to step down as the president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee. By Sports Writer Stephen Wade. SENT: 740 words, photos.


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