ABC News’ Trevor Ault traveled to South Dakota where a tribal nurse travels dozens of miles to vaccinate her community.
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[FORMER CAPITOL POLICE CHIEF STEVEN SUND]: “These criminals came prepared for war. They came with their own radio systems to coordinate the attack, and climbing gear and other equipment to defeat the Capitol’s security features. I am sickened by what I witnessed that day.” Gripping testimony Tuesday from former security officials and other witnesses to the January 6th siege on the U.S. Capitol, as two Senate committees tried to unravel where the breakdowns in planning and response occurred that allowed the unprecedented violence to unfold. A key point of contention: Whether authorities rejected calling in the National Guard ahead of a rally by Donald Trump supporters out of concerns that doing so might look bad. Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said in written testimony that he had requested National Guard troops two days before the event, but that the then-House of Representatives’ sergeant-at-arms, Paul Irving, told him he was concerned about the "optics" of having the National Guard there. Irving, however, on Tuesday appeared to refute that account:"Let me be clear: ‘Optics’ as portrayed in the media played no role whatsoever in my decisions about security. And any suggestion to the contrary is false.”If “optics” didn’t play a role in the planning stages, it did during a phone call that took place as the attack was happening, testified Robert Contee, the acting police chief in Washington, D.C. “Chief Sund was pleading for the deployment of the National Guard. And in response to that, there was not an immediate, ‘Yes, the National Guard is responding. ’ The response was more, asking about the plan. What was the plan for the National Guard? The response was more, in addition to the plan, the ‘optics’ – how this looks with boots on the ground on the Capitol. And my response to that was simply, I was just stunned.” The FBI also says it warned law enforcement agencies one day ahead of the siege that extremists were planning to commit violence.Sund told the Senate committees he did not see this report himself at the time. Irving also said he did not see the report – but said he was confident a proper plan was in place.PAUL IRVING: “We now know that we had the wrong plan.”Both Sund and Irving have since resigned from their posts. Five died in the Capitol siege. Over 200 police were injured.Senators next week plan to call witnesses from the FBI, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.
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GOOD NEWS! Many nursing facilities in the Central Valley that suffered devastating losses due to the pandemic are now seeing virtually no cases, thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine.
A Jeep Wrangler fell off Interstate Four in Orlando, Florida, in the early hours of February 22, footage captured by a security camera at a Mobil gas station shows.Local police received two 911 calls informing them of the accident, local media reported. One caller said, “There’s been a serious accident. Somebody just hopped off of I-4,” the report said.Orlando Police said, “At least one person has suffered serious injuries & was hospitalized.” The driver of the Jeep, a 33-year-old man, was in stable condition at a local hospital, the Orlando Sentinel reported.According to local media, an Orlando police spokeswoman said a Chevy Camaro driven by a 47-year-old male hit the Jeep, which then struck a Ford Escape. The Jeep then fell off the overpass onto Kaley Avenue. Credit: Hudson via Storyful
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Manila has capped the number of health workers able to go abroad but will budge in exchange for jabs
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The Tigers will be back on the practice field on Wednesday. Here’s what we’re watching for this spring.
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Former SNP minister demands release of Salmond documents and says Sturgeon must go if they show conspiracy
A former SNP minister has called for secret documents about the Alex Salmond affair to be made public and said Nicola Sturgeon should resign if they prove allegations of a conspiracy. Alex Neil, an MSP who held senior cabinet posts in Edinburgh under both Mr Salmond and Ms Sturgeon, called for transparency from both the Scottish Government and the Crown Office, which have both been criticised for withholding evidence. Mr Salmond has alleged that senior figures in the SNP, including Ms Sturgeon’s husband and her chief of staff, conspired against him by using sexual assault allegations to attempt to ruin his political career and potentially imprison him. Ms Sturgeon has said claims of a conspiracy involving not only the SNP but the prosecution service and other public bodies are ridiculous.
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Just over two weeks after being poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent in Siberia,Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny woke up from a drug-induced comaand began responding to the words of his wife Yulia.He had been evacuated here for emergency treatment - Berlin’s Charite hospital - and he was weak.He would later describe it as a period of appalling hallucinations.It was September 2020 – almost five months before his eventual return to Russia.Reuters spoke to more than a dozen people who visited Navalny or communicated with him during his time in Germany.These people gave insights into the funding of his political operations.They also recounted that he never wavered in his single-minded mission: to displace Vladimir Putin.In mid-October 2020, Navalny moved from Berlin at night, by helicopter to the village of Ibach in the Black Forest – set in a high valley.He, his wife and his son lived in an apartment guarded by armed police. That’s according to three people who visited him there.Here Navalny spent about two months to drive himself back to physical fitness with intense workouts.23-year-old Bjoern Leber became his personal trainer."He had a few problems with his co-ordination, well more than a few. At the beginning he had problems getting into the car and that was when I first realized it. So on our first fitness plans I focused in co-ordination and then strength. Because he had been lying for so long he barely had any strength and could only just manage five press ups and they were pretty shaky."The two men spent hours boxing, juggling and running in the apartment. They also used a counter-current swimming pool in the basement spa.When not exercising, Leber said Navalny worked on his MacBook, had physiotherapy, or went sightseeing."I taught him a bit of German and by the end he could count really well, from one to 20. Then I motivated him in German because he asked me to and he taught me a few Russian words. I can't remember much though. I asked him whether he thought going back to Russia was a good idea and at one point he said: If I don't try I will never know.”By early December, Navalny and his team were in Freiburg near the French border.It was here that he secretly began work on a feature length film with Putin as its target.'A Palace for Putin' would allege that Putin is the owner of a sprawling estate on Russia’s Black Sea coast.It was released on YouTube on January 19, two days after Navalny’s arrest, and has been watched at least 113 million times.The team filmed in various locations, including Dresden - outside the apartment Putin lived in in the 80s as a KGB agent.In Berlin - where Navalny visited the archives of the Stasi secret police to see Putin's identity card.And also at the Black Forest Studios – where staff were sworn to secrecy.The Kremlin has dismissed the report.[Russian President, Vladimir Putin] "I have not seen this movie, simply because of the lack of spare time. But I had a look at video-digest my assistant brought me. I want to answer your question straight away: nothing named there in the video as my property belongs to me or my close relatives, and never did. Never. " Some of Navalny’s supporters hoped he would stay out of Russia, at least for a while.Russian authorities dropped unambiguous hints that he would be jailed if he returned.But a German official confirmed to Reuters that Navalny made no request to stay.Navalny used Instagram to announce his planned return to Russia,writing “Russia is my country, Moscow is my city and I miss it.”Upon landing his arrest was swift.A couple of weeks later, a Moscow court jailed Navalny for nearly three years for parole violationsignoring a Western outcry over his treatment and nationwide protests that had attracted tens of thousands in the middle of winter.Some supporters wondered if he should have waited longer before returning.Those who got to know Navalny in Germany, meanwhile, are focused on his personal fate.Personal trainer Leber sent Navalny a text saying, "'Stay strong.'"But he only got one tick, the message wasn’t read.
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After Tiger Woods' car crash Tuesday, celebs and sports figures such as Alex Rodriguez, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cher and Magic Johnson tweeted their well wishes.
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Hyundai Motor is set to replace the batteries in some 82,000 electric vehicles over risks they could catch fire. Combined with an earlier recall, the problem looks set to cost the automaker about $900 million. The latest move mainly applies to its best-selling EV, the Kona. It was first recalled in October for a software upgrade after a series of fires. But in January one of the upgraded cars then caught fire, prompting South Korean authorities to probe whether the first recall was adequate. The unit of LG Chem which makes the batteries said Hyundai had misapplied its suggestions regarding battery management. It said the batteries themselves were not the fire risk. There have been 15 cases of fires involving the Kona EV. Most were in South Korea, but there were two in Canada and one each in Finland and Austria. Hyundai Motor shares were down close to 4 percent in afternoon trade on Wednesday (February 24).
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Dr. Cameron Webb, White House senior policy adviser for COVID-19 equity, discusses the challenges facing the country in the distribution of vaccines.
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Luka Doncic slammed the scorer's table in joy this time, rather than anger. The Dallas sensation hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining — his second go-ahead 3 in the final minute — and the Mavericks avoided a fourth-quarter collapse in a 110-107 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. The Celtics trailed by 11 points with three minutes to go before Jaylen Brown put them in front in the final minute with a short jumper.
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Texas Lt. Gov. says that people getting huge energy bills 'gambled on a very, very low rate' - but suggests they won't have to pay the full amount
Texans on variable-rate energy deals were faced with enormous bills as the wholesale price of electricity spiked 10,000% during the storms.
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Vaccine makers are testing the safety and efficacy of third doses in anticipation of new coronavirus variants.
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GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger called out Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for hanging a sign declaring binary gender across the hall from a lawmaker with a trans daughter
Greene and Rep. Marie Newman were sparring over the Equality Act, which would ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
A Chinese couple paid $155,000 in fees to have 7 children in violation of the country's 2-child policy
China ended its one-child policy in 2015, but it's still struggling with declining birth rates and an aging population.
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The anchor was called out “fatphobic” on social media
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An ex-girlfriend tipped off the FBI about an alleged US Capitol rioter after he called her a 'moron'
Richard Michetti was arraigned Tuesday in Philadelphia over his alleged participation in the January 6 insurrection.
Christopher Cantwell, known as 'The Crying Nazi,' sentenced to 41 months in prison on extortion charges
Cantwell went viral after he posted a YouTube video of himself crying and pleading with police not to hurt him.
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New York congresswoman hits out at controversial Republican over Equality Act
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Mitch McConnell: Nancy Pelosi's plan for investigating the Capitol attack is a 'bizarre partisan concept'
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’s concerned Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to establish a commission to probe the assault on the U.S. Capitol would be overly “partisan.”