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Violent insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump try to break through a police barrier on Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez, File)

EXPLAINER: Capitol Riot Investigation Growing 2 Years Later

More than 930 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the siege on Jan. 6, 2021, and the tally increases by the week. Hundreds more people remain at large on the second anniversary of the unprecedented assault that was fueled by lies that the 2020 election was stolen.

Pope Francis, center, sits as the coffin of late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI St. Peter's Square is carrying for a funeral mass at the Vatican, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. (AP Photo / Alessandra Tarantino)

Faithful Mourn Benedict XVI at Funeral Presided Over by Pope

Benedict XVI is considered one of the 20th century’s greatest theologians and spent his lifetime upholding church doctrine. But he will go down in history for a singular, revolutionary act that changed the future of the papacy: He retired, the first pope in six centuries to do so.

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., and members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, from left, Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., talk to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Dec. 13, 2022. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File)

McCarthy Fails for 3rd Long Day in GOP House Speaker Fight

Pressure was building as GOP party leader Kevin McCarthy lost a seventh, eighth and historic ninth round of voting, tying the number it took the last time this happened, 100 years ago, in a prolonged fight to choose a speaker in a disputed election.

Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker, is comforted by her mother Ruby Freeman, right, as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, June 21, 2022. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Biden to Award Citizens Medal to 12 on Jan. 6 Anniversary

President Joe Biden on Friday will present the nation’s second highest civilian award to 12 individuals involved in defending the Capitol during the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, and safeguarding the will of American voters in the 2020 presidential election.

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., left, and Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., right, speaks with Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., in the House chamber as the House meets for a second day to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

McCarthy Rejected for House Speaker with GOP in Disarray

For a fourth, fifth and sixth time, Republicans tried to vote McCarthy into the top job as the House plunged deeper into disarray.

A hiring sign is displayed at a restaurant in Rolling Meadows, Ill., Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. On Wednesday, the Labor Department reports on job openings and labor turnover for November. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

US Job Openings Fell Slightly in November Yet Still High

Yet the figures show there are nearly 1.8 jobs for every unemployed person, down from a peak of 2 but historically very high. Before the pandemic, there were usually more unemployed people than jobs.

A customer fills out a Mega Millions lottery ticket at a convenience store Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Northbrook, Ill. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs to $940M After No Winner

The new jackpot will remain the sixth-largest jackpot in U.S. history.

This July 9, 2019, file photo shows a sign outside of the Twitter office building in San Francisco. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu, File)

Twitter Says It Will Relax Ban on Political Advertising

Twitter banned all political advertising in 2019, reacting to growing concern about misinformation spreading on social media. The latest move appears to represent a break from that policy, which had banned ads by candidates, political parties, or elected or appointed government officials.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., emerges from a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role as the 118th Congress convenes, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Detractors in the conservative House Freedom Caucus were making demands on McCarthy for in turn for their support. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

Kevin McCarthy Fails After Marathon Votes for Speaker of the House, Vows to Stay In

Republican leader Kevin McCarthy had pledged a “battle on the floor” for as long as it takes to overcome right-flank fellow Republicans who were refusing to give him their votes. But it was not at all clear how the embattled GOP leader could rebound after becoming the first House speaker nominee in 100 years to fail to win the gavel from his fellow party members on the initial vote.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) collides with Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati. Hamlin was injured on the play. (AP Photo / Joshua A. Bickel)

Explainer: What Happened to Buffalo Bills Player Damar Hamlin?

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest after making a tackle during Monday night’s game, causing the NFL to suspend a pivotal game against the Cincinnati Bengals that quickly lost significance in the aftermath of a scary scene that unfolded in front of a national television audience.

Flags adorn the facade of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo / Richard Drew, File)

Wall Street Slips in 2023 Open After Ending Dismal Year

Investors will be closely watching moves by central banks in coming months to fight inflation with higher interest rates, all the while bracing for the recession and higher unemployment that could result from those policies.

Writer and director Frank Galati poses for a portrait on July 29, 2004, in a practice room at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore., where his play “Oedipus Complex” premiered during the summer. (AP Photo / Jeff Barnard, File)

Tony Award-Winner, Chicago Stage Champion Frank Galati Dies

 Frank Galati won twin Tonys in 1990 — best play and best director — for his adaptation and staging of Steppenwolf’s production of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” starring Gary Sinise as Tom Joad. He was also nominated for directing the 1998 celebrated musical “Ragtime.”

Mega Millions lottery playing slips are shown at a supermarket kiosk, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Surfside, Fla. The jackpot for the Tuesday drawing is estimated at $785 million. (AP Photo / Wilfredo Lee)

$785M Mega Millions Prize Is 6th Largest in US History

The jackpot is the largest since someone in California won a record $2.04 billion Powerball prize on Nov. 8. There still has not been an announced winner of that jackpot.

A video of former President Donald Trump speaking on Jan. 6, 2021, plays as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, July 21, 2022. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky, File)

Jan. 6 Panel Shutting Down After Referring Trump for Crimes

Lawmakers said they wanted to make their work public to underscore the seriousness of the attack and Trump’s multi-pronged effort to try to overturn the election.

A Tesla charges at a station in Topeka, Kan., Monday, April 5, 2021. Tesla says it sold a record 1.3 million electric vehicles in 2022. (AP Photo / Orlin Wagner, File)

Tesla Says Company Sold a Record 1.3 Million Vehicles Last Year, Falls Short of 50% Growth Pledge

The 2022 figure topped the prior record of 936,000 vehicles delivered in 2021, but it was shy of the 1.4 million needed to reach the company's 50% growth target. Sales grew 40% year over year, while production climbed 47% to 1.37 million.

Viking reenactors use flaming torches to write 2023 at the Flamborough Fire Festival, a Viking themed parade in aid of charities and local community groups, held on New Year's Eve in Flamborough near Bridlington, England, Saturday Dec. 31, 2022. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

Time Zone by Time Zone, Another New Year Sweeps Into View

Across the world, at least for a day, thoughts focused on possibilities, even elusive ones like world peace, and mustering — finally — a resolve to keep the next array of resolutions.

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street Thursday in a broad rally led by the IT and communications sectors. (AP Photo / Seth Wenig)

S&P 500 Closes Out Dismal Year With Worst Loss Since 2008

The benchmark index finished with a loss of 19.4% for 2022 — its worst loss since the financial crisis 14 years ago and a painful reversal for investors after the S&P 500 notched a gain of nearly 27% in 2021.

Former President Donald Trump arrives to speak at an event at Mar-a-Lago, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo / Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Trump’s Tax Returns Released After Long Fight with Congress

Democrats in Congress released six years of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns on Friday, the culmination of a yearslong effort to learn about the finances of a onetime business mogul who broke decades of political precedent when he refused to voluntarily release the information as he sought the White House.

A Southwest Airlines ground operations crew member waits to guide an arriving jet into a gate, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. (AP Photo / Matt York)

Southwest Airlines Schedule Returns to Relative Normalcy

Southwest Airlines returned to a relatively normal flight schedule Friday, as the focus shifts to making things right with what could be well more than a million passengers who missed family connections or flights home during the holidays, and many of whom are still missing luggage.

Brazil’s Pele is hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates after Brazil won the World Cup final against Italy, 4-1, in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, June 21, 1970. (AP Photo, File)

Pelé, Brazil’s Mighty King of ‘Beautiful Game,’ Dead at 82

Pelé, the Brazilian king of soccer who won a record three World Cups and became one of the most commanding sports figures of the last century, died Thursday. He was 82.

Ashlyn Harmon of New Orleans searches for her Southwest Airlines bags amongst hundreds of others at Midway International Airport as Southwest continues to cancel thousands of flights across the country Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, in Chicago. Harmon said her family’s initial Southwest flight was cancelled on Christmas so they rebooked on American Airlines, although Southwest still shipped their bags to Midway. “We rebooked ourselves,” she said. “I figure we can deal with refunds and all of that when we get bac

Southwest Says It Expects Normal Operations to Resume Friday

It is likely that far more than 1 million passengers have been affected. Southwest has canceled more than 13,000 flights since its meltdown began on Dec. 22. Its planes have 143 to 175 seats and were likely nearly fully booked around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

A video of former President Donald Trump is shown on a screen, as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its final meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

Jan. 6 Panel Drops Trump Subpoena as It Wraps Up Work

The House Jan. 6 committee has dropped its subpoena against former President Donald Trump as it wraps up work and prepares to dissolve next week.

A Venezuelan migrant warms her hands over a campfire outside her makeshift tent refusing to be relocated to a refugee shelter, in Matamoros, Mexico, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. (AP Photo / Fernando Llano)

Explainer: Supreme Court Keeps Title 42 — For Now. How Do the COVID Asylum Restrictions Work?

Title 42 has been used more than 2.5 million times to expel migrants since March 2020, although that number includes people who repeatedly attempted to cross the border. The case will be argued in February, and the stay will be maintained until the Supreme Court decides.

Passengers wearing masks walk through the Capital airport terminal in Beijing on Dec. 13, 2022. (AP Photo / Ng Han Guan, File)

US Will Require COVID-19 Testing for Travelers from China After Virus Surge

The increase in cases across China follows the rollback of the nation’s strict anti-virus controls. China’s “zero COVID” policies had kept the country’s infection rate low but fueled public frustration and crushed economic growth.

A traveler wades through the field of unclaimed bags at the Southwest Airlines luggage carousels at Denver International Airport, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski)

Southwest Airlines Flight Cancellations Continue to Snowball

This week, with cancellations from other major airlines ranging from none to 2%, Southwest has canceled nearly 10,000 flights as of Wednesday and warned of thousands more Thursday and Friday, according to FlightAware.

A customer fills out a Mega Millions lottery ticket at a convenience store in Northbrook, Ill., on Jan. 6, 2021. The holiday shopping season, for Mega Millions lottery ticket buyers, at least, is ramping up as officials say the estimated jackpot for the drawing the night of Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, has surpassed half a billion dollars. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

Mega Millions Jackpot Up to $640M After No Big Winner

No one won the lottery game’s top prize Tuesday night, making it 21 straight drawings without anyone matching all six numbers. The next drawing will be Friday night.