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Six people are dead following a 100-car pileup in Texas. "Overwhelming evidence" proves former President Donald Trump encouraged mob violence, prosecutors say. And there's a happy ending to the Gorilla Glue hair mishap saga.
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Millions in the path of a 'damaging' ice storm
A winter storm dropped ice and snow on Thursday from central Texas through southern New Jersey, triggering widespread power outages and deadly pileups on treacherous highways. In Fort Worth, Texas, where roads were slick and icy, a 100-vehicle pileup led to at least six deaths and multiple injuries on Interstate 35 Thursday morning, police said. The incident occurred around a toll lane separated by a concrete barrier that created a "funnel type of effect," officials said. Farther south, in Austin, more than two dozen vehicles were involved in a pileup on an icy road, officials said. And more than 57,000 customers in Kentucky and 43,000 in West Virginia were without power.
The storm that's likely to affect millions could cause more damage into Friday, and bitterly cold temperatures are expected into the weekend. Keep in mind as you prepare:
Are you shoveling your snow wrong? Here's what you need to know to stay safe.
Tips for driving in snow without being a dangerous jerk.
On a tight budget? Here are some tips for affordably winter-proofing your car.
House managers chronicle Trump enflaming crowds before Capitol riot
House prosecutors rested their case Thursday in the Senate impeachment trial of Trump, ending two days of presentations during which they sought to directly connect Trump’s words and actions to the deadly mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Managers argued that Trump showed a pattern of glorifying violence against his political enemies, and they warned senators that a failure to convict him of inciting the Capitol riot would raise the risk of further unrest. The prosecutors are hoping to convince senators that Trump should be convicted on the charge that he incited the riot, but they will need 17 Republicans to side with all Democrats and independents to reach the two-thirds majority needed to find Trump guilty.
Next up, the rebuttal: Trump’s impeachment defense team will make their case on Friday to defend the former president on Friday.
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5 more charged in Capitol riots — including two seen with Proud Boys
Federal authorities Thursday continued their pursuit of organized factions within the violent mob that stormed the Capitol last month, charging five suspects with conspiracy and other offenses for their alleged roles in the deadly attack. The five suspects were arrested Thursday after being identified from photographs and social media posts during and after the siege. According to court documents, William Chrestman, pictured wielding a club, and Felicia Konold were observed associating during the day with leaders of the Proud Boys, an extremist group with ties to white nationalism. More than a half-dozen members of the group, including some of its leaders, also have been charged.
40% of COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented
About 40% of the nation’s 470,000-plus coronavirus deaths could have been prevented if the United States’ average death rate matched other industrialized nations, a new report found. Who’s to blame? While the Lancet Commission pointed a finger at Trump’s “inept and insufficient” response to COVID-19, its report said the roots of the nation’s poor health outcomes are much deeper. The commission’s co-chairs said the document underscores decades of health, economic and social policies that have accelerated the nation’s disparities.
More COVID-19 developments:
April will be “open season” for vaccinations in the U.S. and any adult will be able to get vaccinated, Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts.
U.S. death rate in decline: America reported 19,453 COVID-19 deaths in the seven-day period ending Wednesday, the first time deaths were under the 20,000 mark in more than a month.
Fully vaccinated people who meet certain criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following exposure to someone with COVID-19, the CDC says.
Why do hedge funds get such a bad rap? Here's what they are and how they became the villains of the financial world.
Biden rescinded the national emergency at U.S. southern border that allowed Trump to fund the border wall.
Instagram has shut down Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s account for sharing false claims about COVID-19 vaccines.
Duchess Meghan of Sussex won a summary judgment in her contentious lawsuit against a tabloid for invading her privacy.
Reports: Britt Reid no longer employed by Chiefs; NFL to investigate former assistant coach.
The Gorilla Glue hair mishap comes to an end
All Tessica Brown wanted was for her hair to be laid, but instead, she found herself in a scary, sticky situation. Brown went viral when she turned to social media for help after using heavy-duty Gorilla Glue spray on her hair to keep it in place after running out of Got2B glued hairspray, which she noted was a "bad, bad, bad idea." Thankfully, Brown was finally able to have the glue removed with the help of a plastic surgeon. Her circumstance may be on the extreme end of the spectrum, but it speaks to how little people understand when it comes to Black hair care and the trials Black women have to go through to find adequate products, USA TODAY’s Rasha Ali reports.
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