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This 2001 photo provided by Dr. Greg Skomal shows a shortfin mako shark off the coast of Massachusetts. In a study published on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, researchers found the abundance of oceanic sharks and rays has dropped more than 70% between 1970 and 2018. (Greg Skomal via AP)
Empty seas: Oceanic shark populations dropped 71% since 1970A new study in the journal Nature documents a steep decline in global shark and ray numbers in the past half century
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Customers place their carry out orders at Bucharest Grill, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Detroit. As Michigan's coronavirus rate dropped to the nation's fifth-lowest over the last two weeks, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said bars and restaurants can welcome indoor customers next week for the first time in 2 1/2 months. But they will be under a 10 p.m. curfew and will be limited to 25% of capacity, or half of what was allowed the last time she loosened their restrictions, in June. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
States lift restrictions gradually amid fears of new variantSeveral states are loosening their coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of improved infection and hospitalization numbers but are moving cautiously, in part because of the more contagious variant taking hold
The Associated Press9 hours ago
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to reporters during a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday,  Jan. 27, 2021. (Carlos Barria/Pool Photo via AP)
Biden pauses Trump policies as Blinken takes diplomatic helmThe Biden administration has paused or put under review a wide swath of Trump-era foreign policies as America's new top diplomat takes the helm of the State Department
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FILE - In a photo provided by the Kent County Sheriff, Ty Garbin is shown in a booking photo. Garbin, one of six men charged in an alleged plot to snatch Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has agreed to plead guilty to a kidnapping conspiracy, according to court document filed Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. The filing was made by prosecutors ahead of Ty Garbin's appearance in federal court in Grand Rapids. (Kent County Sheriff via AP File)
Man pleads guilty in conspiracy to kidnap Michigan governorOne of six men charged in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy
The Associated Press10 hours ago
In this image taken from NASA video, NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, center right, and Victor Glover, center left, work outside the International Space Station’s European lab on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. The duo went spacewalking Wednesday to install a high-speed data link outside the lab.  (NASA via AP)
Cable trouble dogs spacewalkers in European lab upgradesSpacewalking astronauts encountered cable trouble while attempting to make home improvements 260 miles up
The Associated Press12 hours ago
This Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 booking photo provided by the Portland Police shows Paul Rivas. Investigators have found no evidence that terrorism, politics or any bias motivated the rampage of the 64-year-old Oregon man who witnesses said repeatedly drove into people along streets and sidewalks in Portland, killing a 77-year-old woman and injuring nine other people, police said. (Portland Police via AP)
Police find no bias, terror motive in Portland road rampageInvestigators have identified the driver accused of killing a pedestrian and injuring nine other people in Portland, Oregon
The Associated Press13 hours ago
Flowers form a memorial outside the Children's Medical Group, Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021. A reported hostage situation at the Texas doctor’s office ended with two people dead, authorities said. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
Pediatrician killed in hostage situation at Austin clinicPolice in Texas say a doctor with a terminal cancer diagnosis killed a pediatrician and then himself after taking several hostages at a clinic where he did not work
The Associated Press18 hours ago
Damaged homes are seen on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 after a powerful tornado struck Fultondale, Ala. on Monday. The twister injured several as it carved a 10-mile (16 kilometer) path of destruction Monday night in the northern suburbs of Birmingham. It struck an area severely harmed by a much larger tornado a decade ago.   (Gary Cosby Jr.,/The Tuscaloosa News via AP)
Governor offers help to Alabama towns hit by killer tornadoGov. Kay Ivey is promising help to families and businesses impacted by the tornado that tore up some of Birmingham's suburbs
The Associated Press18 hours ago
A top-hatted dinosaur, shown Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, is among Mardi Gras decorations in the yard of a mansion on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Because pandemic dangers from large and widespread crowds have canceled Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans this year, thousands of people are decorating their homes as floats. (AP Photo/Janet McConnaughey)
No Mardi Gras parades, so thousands make 'house floats'You just can’t keep a good city down, especially when Mardi Gras is coming
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Vice President Kamala Harris, left, President Joe Biden, center, and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry walk off after an event on climate change and green jobs, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Virus will kill many more, WH projects as briefings resumeThe Biden administration has launched a new series of level-with-America health briefings
The Associated Press19 hours ago
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Biden to reopen 'Obamacare' markets for COVID-19 reliefPresident Joe Biden plans to reopen the HealthCare
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, Muriel Mandell, 99, leaves a New York State COVID-19 vaccination site at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center after receiving her first dose in New York. An increasing number of COVID-19 vaccination sites around the U.S. are canceling appointments because of vaccine shortages in a rollout so rife with confusion and unexplained bottlenecks. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
US boosting vaccine deliveries amid complaints of shortagesPresident Joe Biden says the U.S. is ramping up vaccine deliveries to hard-pressed states over the next three weeks and expects to provide enough doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of the summer or early fall
The Associated Press19 hours ago
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