BREAKING: The founder of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group and 10 others have been charged with seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
This is the first time the Justice Department has brought a seditious conspiracy charge in connection with the attack on the Capitol.
Stewart Rhodes did not enter the Capitol building on Jan. 6 but is accused of helping put into motion the violence that disrupted the certification of the 2020 presidential vote.

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13 Jan
Two new COVID-19 pills authorized by the FDA late last month that were supposed to be an important weapon against the pandemic in the U.S. are in short supply and have played little role in the fight against the omicron wave of infections.
That’s due to production not yet being at full strength, and the fact that the pill considered far superior — Pfizer’s — takes six to eight months to manufacture. Supply is expected to improve dramatically in the coming months.
But doctors are clamoring for the pills now, not just because the omicron variant is causing an explosion of cases, but because two antibody drugs that were once the go-to treatments for COVID-19 don’t work as well against the variant.
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13 Jan
When are you contagious if infected with omicron? It's not yet clear, but some early data suggests it might be sooner than with earlier variants.
Here's what we know so far about at-home tests detecting the omicron variant.
How do you know if you have a cold, the flu or COVID-19? Experts say testing is the best way to determine what you have since their symptoms can overlap.
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12 Jan
At first, it didn’t even register as a threat. Then it seemed like a temporary annoyance.

Now, inflation is delivering sticker shock to Americans at the supermarket, the gas station and more.

Here’s what’s causing it, and how long it might last.
Unleaded gas prices are up 50.8% from last year, bacon prices are up nearly 19% and renting a car will cost you 36% more on average than it did in December 2020.
Rents are also rising faster now as pricier homes have forced more would-be buyers into apartments.

Economist say higher housing costs could keep inflation elevated through this year.…
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12 Jan
BREAKING: Prices paid by U.S. consumers jumped 7% in December from a year earlier, the highest inflation rate since 1982. It's the latest evidence that rising costs for food, gas, rent and other necessities are heightening the pressures on U.S. households.
Prices have risen sharply for cars, gas, food and furniture during a rapid recovery from the pandemic recession, making it harder for households, especially lower-income families, to afford basic expenses.
Shortages and higher prices at U.S. grocery stores have also grown in recent weeks as new problems, like the omicron variant and severe weather, have compounded supply-chain problems.
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16 Dec 21
Tyler Sumlin and Jason Jarvis, bonded by their experiences as soldiers in Afghanistan, tried to sell a cache of stolen U.S. Army weapons in November 2018. They heard from contacts that their intended buyers planned to take the guns into Mexico.
The @AP’s AWOL Weapons series has shown how security weaknesses have allowed guns and explosives to disappear from the U.S. military — and sometimes, end up on America’s streets.
Sumlin and Jarvis’ case reveals another threat: How determined insiders could take advantage of known security weaknesses within the military to make fast money.
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15 Dec 21
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s group, Children’s Health Defense, has become a major source of vaccine misinformation. An investigation by @AP finds the group’s revenue and web traffic have soared since the pandemic began last year.
Kennedy’s group, which sows distrust about the safety of vaccines, has raked in money during the pandemic, according to the @AP's investigation. Revenue more than doubled in 2020, to $6.8 million, according to filings with California charity regulators.
RFK Jr.’s group has become one of the most popular alternative health sites in the world, according to Similarweb. It reached a peak of nearly 4.7 million visits per month in August, up from fewer than 150,000 monthly visits before the pandemic.
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