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Here's the latest for Wednesday January 27th: US terrorism alert warns of politically motivated violence; Biden aims for most ambitious US effort on climate change; Top U.S. diplomat is sworn in; Homes decorated as carnival floats, for Mardi Gras.

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JULIAN STYLES: This is AP News Minute. The Homeland Security Department has issued a national terrorism bulletin warning of the potential for lingering violence from people motivated by anti-government sentiment after President Joe Biden's election. The bulletin suggests the January 6th riot at the Capitol may embolden extremists and set the stage for additional attacks.

In the most ambitious US effort to stave off the worst effects of climate change, President Joe Biden is aiming to cut oil, gas, and coal emissions and double energy production from offshore wind turbines through executive orders Wednesday. The orders target federal subsidies for oil and other fossil fuels and halt new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters.

America's new top diplomat took the helm of the State Department on Wednesday with a vow to rebuild the ranks of the Foreign Service and rely on its expertise as the Biden administration tries to restore US global standing. Antony Blinken was sworn in ceremonially by Vice President Kamala Harris Wednesday.

With Mardi Gras events canceled in New Orleans this year, residents have come up with a new way to celebrate Carnival season. They are decorating their homes to look like the brightly colored floats that normally parade through the city.

Julian Styles, Associated Press, with AP News Minute.