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Here's the latest for Tuesday, January 12th: President Trump's first remarks since Capitol siege; 15,000 National Guard troops called up for inauguration; Mississippi flies new flag without Confederate emblem; Christmas trees in Russia feed zoo animals.

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JOSEPH FREDERICK: This is "AP News Minute." President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House Tuesday the prospect of impeachment is causing tremendous anger in the nation, but he said he wants no violence. His remarks were his first to reporters since the deadly riot at the US Capitol January 6.

15,000 National Guard troops have been activated and will deploy to Washington DC to help provide security in the run up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. The number of Guard members has been growing amid escalating fears of violent protests in the wake of the Capitol attack.

A new Mississippi State flag is now flying over the state's Capitol building six months after legislators retired the last state banner in the US that included the Confederate battle emblem. The new flag has a magnolia and the phrase, "In God We Trust." Voters approved the design last year.

Hundreds of recycled Christmas trees are finding a new purpose in Russia as feed for animals at the Moscow Zoo. The trees are being collected in bins around the city. The discarded evergreens are also being shredded for fertilizer and for grip on icy sidewalks.

Joseph Frederick, the Associated Press, with "AP News Minute."