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Here are the top stories for Friday, January 13th: Biden signs executive orders to boost economic aid; Lloyd Austin confirmed as Defense secretary; Senate to receive article of impeachment Monday; Hank Aaron dead at 86.

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NED BARKER: This is AP Newsminute. President Joe Biden has signed two executive orders to give Americans a measure of financial relief while Congress considers his nearly $2 trillion economic package. Biden's executive actions will increase food aid, protect job seekers on unemployment, and clear a path for federal workers and contractors to get a $15 hourly minimum wage.

President Biden continues to make history with two of his cabinet picks. Lloyd Austin has become the nation's first Black Defense Secretary, after the Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm him. Janet Yellen is poised to become the first woman to head the Treasury Department after a Senate panel says yes, sending her nomination to the full Senate.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she'll send the article of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate this coming Monday, triggering the start of the former president's trial on a charge of incitement of insurrection. The Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, has rejected a GOP proposal to push the trial to mid-February.

And Hank Aaron, the Hall-of-Famer whose at-bat in 1974 put him into the record books ahead of Babe Ruth as America's home king, has died. Aaron faced racist threats as he closed in on Ruth's achievement, and he held the record for more than 30 years. Hank Aaron was 86. Ned Barker, the Associated Press, with AP Newsminute.