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Trump Tower on New York’s Fifth Avenue to see security scaled down

Once a fortress, security in and around Trump Tower on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue will begin to loosen possibly as early as this week when the building’s namesake departs the White House. The police presence will be scaled down once President Donald Trump leaves office Wednesday, according to a New York Police Department official. Streets around…MORE

FBI vetting National Guard members involved in securing US Capitol

The head of the DC National Guard said Monday that the FBI is vetting troops involved in securing the US Capitol around President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration to prevent any insider threats. The enhanced screening measures come as thousands of National Guard members are patrolling the streets of the nation’s capital ahead of Inauguration Day. “What…MORE

Harris resigns from the Senate ahead of inauguration

Harris resigns from the Senate ahead of inauguration

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has formally submitted a letter of resignation for her US Senate seat to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, ending her four-year career in the chamber, a Harris aide said Monday. As Harris says goodbye to her seat, she assured Americans in an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle that her work is…MORE

Lockdown lifted at US Capitol Building after brief security scare

Lockdown lifted at US Capitol Building after brief security scare

A small fire at an apparent homeless encampment less than a mile away from the US Capitol Building on Monday prompted Capitol Police to put the building on lockdown for over an hour “out of an abundance of caution,” a reflection of the heightened state of alarm at the complex. The incident involved a tent…MORE

Trump’s 11th-hour pardons keep with tradition, even if those pardoned do not

Trump’s 11th-hour pardons keep with tradition, even if those pardoned do not

President Donald Trump’s expected batch of 100 pardons and commutations on the penultimate day of his presidency won’t be the highest of his recent predecessors. But his record of clemency could very well be the most controversial. Unlike past presidents, Trump has shown little interest in using the Justice Department’s Pardon Attorney system for assessing requests…MORE

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License’ breaks new record

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License’ breaks new record

Olivia Rodrigo’s debut single “Drivers License” has broken the Spotify record for most streams of a song in a single week. The song was streamed 65,873,080 times during the week ending on Jan. 14, according to Spotify’s global weekly Top 200 chart. Last week, Spotify announced that the song had set the platform’s record for…MORE

Fired Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones turns herself in to authorities

Fired Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones turns herself in to authorities

The former Florida data analyst who has accused state officials of covering up the extent of the pandemic has turned herself in to authorities in Leon County days after a warrant was issued for her arrest, according to a news release from Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Rebekah Jones has been charged with one…MORE

French politics kills Canadian bid to create one of the world’s top supermarket groups

French politics kills Canadian bid to create one of the world’s top supermarket groups

The French government has put an abrupt end to a $20 billion takeover of the country’s biggest retailer by Canada’s largest convenience store operator. In a joint statement on Saturday, French supermarket chain Carrefour and Couche-Tard, the owner of Circle K, said that talks about a €16.2 billion ($19.5 billion) transaction “are no longer continuing.”…MORE

Steve Martin has ‘Good news/Bad news’ about getting vaccinated

Steve Martin has ‘Good news/Bad news’ about getting vaccinated

Steve Martin is apparently a half full-half empty kind of guy. The comedic actor tweeted Sunday about receiving a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and displayed his tendency toward the middle ground. Martin started out by writing “Good news/Bad news.” “Good news: I just got vaccinated!” he wrote. “Bad news: I got it because I’m…MORE

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A year after its last season wrapped, Basketball Wives is set to return next month (VIDEO)

A year after its last season wrapped, Basketball Wives is set to return next month (VIDEO)

This season, three newcomers arrive, including Lamar Odom’s ex, Liza Morales. Nia and Noria Dorsey are also joining the cast. Returning this season are Shaunie O’Neal, Malaysia Pargo, Evelyn Lozada, Jackie Christie, Jennifer Williams, Kristen Scott, Ogom “OG” Chijindu and Feby Torres. The season will focus on the women’s attempt to rebuild the sisterhood as…

‘It Took Me Years to Figure Out Who the Real Devil Was’: Nene Leakes Opens Up to Tamar Braxton About Behind-the-Scenes Drama That Led to Her Departure

‘It Took Me Years to Figure Out Who the Real Devil Was’: Nene Leakes Opens Up to Tamar Braxton About Behind-the-Scenes Drama That Led to Her Departure

Nene Leakes disclosed during a sitdown interview with Tamar Braxton on Tamar’s “Under Construction” podcast that one of the main reasons for her ultimately leaving “Real Housewives of Atlanta” besides negotiations was the behind-the-scenes drama that occurred with production and cast members. The podcast initially aired on Jan. 12. NeNe began explaining at the 33:00…