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US NTSB team arrives in Indonesia to look into jet crash

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A team from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has arrived in Indonesia's capital to join the investigation into the crash of a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500, the head of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee said Saturday.

San Francisco: One detained after feds find chemicals to make explosives

Residents were evacuated as authorities investigated “isolated incident” on 600 block of Gilman Avenue

Morgan Hill: Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

Officers found victim inside a home on Sundance Drive, inside unresponsive with multiple stab wounds

Giants owner Johnson says he was unaware of QAnon connections in donations

Johnson donated to at least 23 politicians who voted against certifying election results last week, just hours after a violent mob with the same message broke into the U.S. Capitol Building.

Norway adjusts advice after vaccine deaths but isn’t alarmed

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian officials have adjusted their advice on who gets the COVID-19 vaccine in light of a small number of deaths in older people, leaving it up to each doctor to consider who should be vaccinated.

Pence calls to congratulate VP-elect Harris

While President-elect Joe Biden said last week that he welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to skip his inauguration, he said he would be "honored" to have Vice President Mike Pence attend. "I think it's important," he said, that, as much as possible, "the historical precedents" with respect to the peaceful transfer of power "be maintained."

COVID-19: ‘Chaos’ and logjams in California as vaccine supply promises fall through

Gov. Gavin Newsom defended his expansion of eligibility guidelines that caused mass confusion, with Bay Area residents storming health care providers for vaccinations that aren't yet available.

Federal execution on hold, would be 13th of Trump’s term

Higgs would be the 13th person executed by the U.S. government in an extraordinary spree begun last summer by Trump, a Republican and avowed exponent of capital punishment, after a 17-year hiatus at the federal level. Prior to Trump, the federal government had executed only three people since 1963.
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