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Federal prisons will be on lockdown as a security measure ahead of Biden’s Inauguration

Summary List PlacementAll federal prisons in the country will be under lockdown ahead of Wednesday's presidential inauguration, according to US authorities In a press release the US Bureau of Prisons said: "In light of current events occurring around the country, and out of an abundance of caution, the decision has been made to secure all institutions. This measure is being taken to maintain the security and orderly running of our institutions, as well as to ensure the continued safety of staff, inmates, and the public." The bureau added that the decision is not in response to anything happening inside of their facilities but is merely a precaution.  Cities and states are also bracing for more civil unrest ahead of Biden's inauguration. On January 6, supporters of President Donald Trum...

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President-elect Joe Biden plans to issue an executive order canceling the Keystone XL pipeline permit, report says

Summary List PlacementPresident-elect Joe Biden plans on canceling the controversial Keystone XL pipeline permit via executive order on his first day of office, sources told CBC News.  According to CBC, the order was part of a larger planned list of executive actions meant to reverse some of President Donald Trump's key policies. They include re-joining the Paris Climate Accord and reversing the Muslim travel ban Trump instituted in his first days in office. Biden also plans on instituting a 100-day mask-wearing mandate. "These executive actions will deliver relief to the millions of Americans that are struggling in the face of these crises," Ron Klain, Biden's incoming chief of staff, said in the memo released over the weekend seen by the AP. "President-elect Biden will take action — n...

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San Francisco: Accident investigation closes Bay Bridge lanes

OAKLAND — California Highway Patrol officers are at the scene of a crash that blocked multiple Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge lanes, authorities Sunday. Shortly after 5:20 p.m., CHP officers issued a Sig-alert closing multiple lanes of eastbound I-80 at the bridge’s center anchorage after the collision. Officers issued an additional alert around 6:20 p.m., closing two left-hand lanes within the Yerba Buena tunnel. In a tweet, the CHP’s San Francisco office said there was no estimated time of reopening. Oakland and San Francisco fire department crews responded to the scene alongside officers from the CHP’s Golden Gate and San Francisco offices. Collision and injury details, or any connection to reports of motorcycle riders going the wrong way in eastbound lanes Sunday evening, were not i...

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Utah State football gets another commitment from a Power 5 transfer

TCU offensive tackle Quazzel White (51) protects quarterback Max Duggan during an NCAA football game against Iowa State on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas. Iowa State won 37-34. | Brandon Wade, Associated PressFor the fourth time since Blake Anderson was named head football coach at Utah State in December, the Aggies have received a commitment from a player who is transferring from a Power Five school. On Sunday, TCU offensive lineman Quazzel White announced his pledge to the program via Twitter about six weeks after he announced he was entering the portal. Next Chapter pic.twitter.com/RXOS7MUQyr— Quazzy Sr. (@Quazzy1k) January 17, 2021 A native of Tacoma, Washington, the 6-foot-3, 317-pound White appeared in 21 games over three seasons for TCU after redshirting in 201...

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Baseball Bat-Wielding Far-Right Militiaman Charged Over Capitol Riot

Amy Harris/ShutterstockFederal authorities have charged Robert Gieswein as one of the rioters who stormed the Capitol in support of a pro-Trump insurrection on January 6. The Woodland Park, Colorado, resident was seen in photos wearing distinctive patches and military-style equipment on Jan. 5 and on Jan. 6 as he pushed through police barriers at the Capitol and confronted officers in the building alongside a number of rioters wanted by the FBI. He is charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding a federal officer, depredation of U.S. property. obstruction of an official proceeding, and entering a restricted building with the intent to impede official functions. at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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No matter who throws it for Rams, Sean McVay wants the football to get deeper

Sean McVay would like to see footballs sail into the wild blue yonder again. The fact that he won’t commit to the usual thrower was the headline from Thousand Oaks, on the Day After. Jared Goff ended the Rams’ fourth consecutive winning season with one of his best postseason games Saturday, even though the Packers won 32-18. Questioned insistently on Sunday, McVay would only say that the quarterback will be competing for position in 2021 like everyone else, although Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey probably shouldn’t feel threatened. This plot will thicken all spring and summer. Clearly, the Rams’ coach is intrigued with John Wolford, who was hurt Saturday. It wouldn’t be shocking if Les Snead, the high-rolling general manager, has made a call about DeShaun Watson and all other available QBs.

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Capitol Rioters Keep Outing Themselves on Social Media

GettyA fresh cohort of pro-Trump rioters involved in the January 6 sacking of the U.S. Capitol have been arrested, many of whom were largely undone by their own ill-advised social-media posts, according to a series of newly filed criminal complaints. Some uploaded selfies to Facebook that placed them at the scene, along with vivid descriptions of breaking into, and being inside of, the Capitol building during the attempted insurrection. Others implicated themselves online, then sealed the deal with the active tracking apps they had had open on their phones, which the FBI subsequently used to recreate their precise whereabouts that day. The latest round of arrests come as the Department of Justice intensifies its search for participants in the violent Capitol siege, which left a Capitol Po...

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Heavily fortified statehouses around US see small protests

By DAVID A. LIEB and ADAM GELLER Small groups of right-wing protesters — some of them carrying rifles — gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country Sunday, outnumbered by National Guard troops and police brought in to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol. As darkness fell, there were no reports of any clashes. Security was stepped up in recent days after the FBI warned of the potential for armed protests in Washington and at all 50 state capitol buildings ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Crowds of only a dozen or two demonstrated at some boarded-up, cordoned-off statehouses, while the streets in many other capital cities remained empty. Some protesters said they were there to back President Donald Trump. Othe

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INSURTECH DISRUPTORS: Here’s exactly what full-stack insurtechs are doing to beat incumbents on customer acquisition, personalization, and claims processing

Summary List Placement This is a preview of the Insurtech Disruptors research report from Business Insider Intelligence. Purchase this report. Business Insider Intelligence offers even more fintech coverage with Fintech Pro. Subscribe today to receive industry-changing finance news and analysis to your inbox. Insurtechs globally are challenging the status quo of the insurance industry. By using new technologies, including machine learning (ML) and AI, they're overhauling conventional processes of the insurance value chain to increase efficiency and enhance the customer experience. There are two types of customer-facing insurtechs: managing general agents (MGAs) that team up with licensed insurers and leverage their authorization to sell policies, and full-stack insurtechs that operate us...

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PHOTO GALLERY: Bay Area residents enjoy record breaking warm weather this weekend

SAN JOSE - JANUARY 17: Tejus Gupta, 1, plays with some bubbles at the Municipal Rose Garden on a warm day in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group) PLEASANTON, CA - JANUARY 15: Riley Richards, with Meadowlark Dairy, wears a smiley face mask as she carries ice cream cones to a customer waiting in their car in Pleasanton, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds SAN JOSE - JANUARY 17: Stephanie Segur, left, and Nikki Szudlo, center, do a cartwheel while hanging out with friends at the Municipal Rose Garden on a warm day in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. The group was celebrating Segur's birthday. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group) ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 1...

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14-year-old boy killed in Belmont Central shooting: police

A teenage boy was shot to death Jan. 17, 2021, in Belmont Central. | Adobe Stock PhotoThe teen was in the 5900 block of West Fullerton Avenue when he suffered a gunshot wound to the body, Chicago police said. A 14-year-old boy was fatally shot Sunday in Belmont Central on the Northwest Side, police said. About 6 p.m., the teen was in the 5900 block of West Fullerton Avenue when he suffered a gunshot wound to the body, Chicago police said. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t released details on the fatality. Area Five detectives are investigating. Read more on crime, and track the city’s homicides. ...read more Source:: Chicago Sun Times...

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‘We saw where we stack up and we have work to do’: Utah falls short in measuring stick meet against Oklahoma

In this Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 file photo, Utah’s Maile O’Keefe competes in the beam during the Rio Tinto Best of Utah NCAA gymnastics meet at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. Despite a standout performance by O’Keefe on Sunday, No. 3 Utah lost to No. 2 Oklahoma. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret NewsThe No. 3 Red Rocks lost to the defending national champion Sooners 197.025 to 196.550 There is a reason Utah coach Tom Farden wanted his team to face off against the 2nd-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, a powerhouse now for nearly a decade and likely for many years to come. Farden and the 3rd-ranked Red Rocks have designs on greatness, namely Pac-12 Conference championships and NCAA national titles, and the only way Farden can see those lofty goals coming true is to make his gymnasts “comfortable w

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Santa Anita horse racing consensus picks for Monday, Jan. 18

The consensus box of picks comes from handicappers Bob Mieszerski, Art Wilson, Terry Turrell and Eddie Wilson. Here are the picks for Monday Jan. 18 for horse racing at Santa Anita. Trouble viewing on mobile device? See consensus picks Enjoy the consensus horse racing picks online? Subscribe Related Articles Big Fish reels in California Cup Derby at Santa Anita Santa Anita horse racing consensus picks for Sunday, Jan. 17 Bruce Headley, who trained Kona Gold, dies at 86 Santa Anita horse racing consensus picks for Saturday, Jan. 16 Horse racing notes: Rispoli, Van Dyke suspended for riding crop violations ...read more Source:: Los Angeles Daily News...

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Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit rocket reaches space on second try

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit, with a rocket underneath the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner, prior to its takeoff and test launch of its high-altitude launch system for satellites from Mojave, California, U.S. January 17, 2021. photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing photographer Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit, with a rocket underneath the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner, prior to its takeoff and test launch of its high-altitude launch system for satellites from Mojave, California, U.S. January 17, 2021. photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing photographer Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit, with a rocket underneath the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner, prior to its takeoff and test launch of its high-altitude launch system for ...

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With police, soldiers at the ready, California’s capitol sits quiet

SACRAMENTO — Newly-erected barricades and fences surrounded the state capitol. Troops from the California National Guard, wearing camouflage and carrying rifles, stood on every corner, braced for trouble. But calls for President Trump’s supporters to show up — armed — to protest Joe Biden’s impending inauguration fizzled here Sunday. Instead, about the only Trump supporters anywhere close to the capitol Sunday afternoon were Todd Blee, a retired tile setter, and his wife, Heidi Whipple, who were walking their chihuahua mix “Romeo” along the south side of the white-domed complex. “I support my president, but I don’t want to be part of any civil unrest,” said Blee, 57, wearing a Trump hat and a black T-shirt that said, “I stand for the flag. I kneel for the cross.” About the only conflict th

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Pedestrian killed in early morning South Salt Lake accident

Adobe Stock SOUTH SALT LAKE — One woman is dead following an early morning auto-pedestrian accident Sunday in South Salt Lake. South Salt Lake Police public information officer Danielle Croyle said a vehicle traveling southbound on 900 West struck a woman who was also southbound, on foot, on or near the roadway around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Croyle said Lark Anderson, 47, died at the scene from injuries she suffered in the accident. The driver of the vehicle, who has not yet been identified, is cooperating with police and has not been cited or arrested, Croyle said. Police report the driver of the vehicle was not injured and the investigation is ongoing. Speed, Croyle said, does not appear to be a factor in the incident. ...read more Source:: Deseret News – Utah News...

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