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Here are the top stories for Monday, March 15th: Biden embarks on "Help is Here" tour,' Two men charged with assaulting Capitol police officer who later died; 3 pedestrians killed in San Diego; Denver residents dig out after storm.
NED BARKER: This is AP Newsminute. President Joe Biden declared that "help is here" as he kicked off his big push to highlight the benefits of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan. Biden has appointed economist Gene Sperling, who worked under Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, to oversee the rescue package.
US officials have arrested two men and charged them with using bear spray to assault Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick during the January riot at the US Capitol. Officials haven't determined the cause of death, but Sicknick died the next day. 39-year-old George Tanios of Morgantown, West Virginia, is one of the suspects. The other is 32-year-old Julian Khater of Pennsylvania.
Police in San Diego arrested this motorist after he allegedly plowed through a crowd of people on a sidewalk, killing three and injuring six others. The man has been taken into custody on suspicion of driving while impaired.
The National Weather Service says Denver experienced its fourth-biggest snowfall in history, with as much as 27 inches in some areas. As residents in Colorado and Wyoming continue to dig out following the storm, Denver's airport remained closed for a second day early Monday. Ned Barker, the Associated Press, with AP Newsminute.