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Feds Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Agreement with Drug Stores

U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a COVID-19 briefing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarter campus in Atlanta, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer / Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Federal health officials have reached an agreement with pharmacies across the U.S. to distribute free coronavirus vaccines after they are approved and become available to the public.

Memoir by Sen. Tammy Duckworth Coming Out March 30

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth appears on "Chicago Tonight" on July 6, 2017.

Twelve, a Hachette Book Group imprint, announced the deal with Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Thursday, the 16th anniversary of the day she was shot down in a helicopter while serving in Iraq and lost both of her legs.

Texas Tops 1 Million Cases as COVID-19 Surge Engulfs the US

In this Nov. 11, 2020, file photo, Rachel Arden instructs a student on how to self-administer a rapid COVID-19 test at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer, File)

The U.S. has recorded over 240,000 deaths and about 10.3 million confirmed infections, with new cases soaring to all-time highs of well over 120,000 per day over the past week.

Veterans Day in 2020: Quiet Parades, Somber Virtual Events

Retired U.S. Army veteran Bill MacCully walks among flag-covered graves in the Veterans Cemetery of Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson)

Celebrations marking Veterans Day gave way to somber virtual gatherings Wednesday, with many of the nation’s veterans homes barring visitors to protect their residents from the surging coronavirus.

Biden Pushes Forward on Transition Despite Trump’s Blocking

President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden, attend a service at the Philadelphia Korean War Memorial at Penn’s Landing on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

President-elect Joe Biden continues to shrug off President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the election outcome, even as officials in both parties warn that the Republican president’s actions could be dangerous. 

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine is Looking 90% Effective

This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)

The announcement came less than a week after an election seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump’s handling of the scourge, which has killed more than 1.2 million people worldwide.

Report Sounds Alarm on Ongoing Decline of US Coral Reefs

In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, file photo, pieces of stag horn coral are shown growing in Nova Southeastern University’s offshore coral reef nursery in about 22 feet of water, near Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo / Wilfredo Lee, File)

A first-of-its-kind assessment of coral reefs in U.S. waters is again sounding the alarm over the continued decline of these sensitive underwater ecosystems, which scientists deem essential to the health of the world’s oceans.

‘Obamacare’ Likely to Survive, High Court Arguments Indicate

A demonstrator holds a sign in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as arguments are heard about the Affordable Care Act, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

A more conservative Supreme Court appears unwilling to do what Republicans have long desired: kill off the Affordable Care Act, including its key protection for pre-existing health conditions.

More Details Emerge on White Sox Manager La Russa’s Arrest

In this Aug. 30, 2014, file photo, former Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa stands with his Baseball Hall of Fame plaque before the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers in Chicago. (AP Photo / Matt Marton, File)

Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa blew out a tire on the grey Lexus he was driving in a collision with a curb that left the vehicle smoking when he was arrested on misdemeanor DUI charges in February, according to an affidavit filed by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

GOP Lets Trump Fight Election For Weeks Despite Biden’s Win

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives as Senate Republicans hold leadership elections, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday there’s “no reason for alarm” as President Donald Trump mounts unfounded legal challenges to President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

Fraud Claims Aimed in Part at Keeping Trump Base Loyal

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference on legal challenges to vote counting in Pennsylvania, Saturday Nov. 7, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

President Donald Trump has promised legal action in the coming days as he refused to concede his loss to President-elect Joe Biden, making an aggressive pitch for donors to help finance any court fight.

Nursing Home COVID-19 Cases Rise Four-Fold in Surge States

In this May 8, 2020, file photo registered nurses Beth Andrews, top, and Erin Beauchemin work with a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson, File)

Despite Trump administration efforts to erect a protective shield around nursing homes, coronavirus cases are surging within facilities in states hard hit by the latest onslaught of COVID-19.

Trump, Who Never Admits Defeat, Mulls How To Keep Up Fight

A supporter of President Donald Trump reacts during a rally to protest against President-elect Joe Biden's win at the state capitol on Saturday Nov. 7, 2020 in Salem, Ore. (AP Photo / Paula Bronstein)

President Donald Trump never admits defeat. But he faces a stark choice now that Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House: Concede graciously for the sake of the nation or don’t — and get evicted anyway.

Alex Trebek, Long-Running ‘Jeopardy!’ Host, Dies at 80

This May 5, 2019, file photo shows Alex Trebek gestures while presenting an award at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP, File)

Alex Trebek, who presided over the beloved quiz show “Jeopardy!” for more than 30 years with dapper charm and a touch of school-master strictness, died Sunday. He was 80. 

Biden Defeats Trump For White House, Says ‘Time To Heal’

In this June 11, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles while speaking during a roundtable on economic reopening with community members in Philadelphia. (AP Photo / Matt Slocum, File)

Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday and offered himself to the nation as a leader who “seeks not to divide, but to unify” a country gripped by a historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil.

‘This Isn’t Over!’: Trump Supporters Refuse To Accept Defeat

Supporters of President Donald Trump protest outside of the Clark County Elections Department in North Las Vegas, Nev., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo / John Locher)

Supporters of President Donald Trump protested at state capitols across the country Saturday, refusing to accept defeat and echoing Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations that the Democrats won by fraud.

Biden Win Sparks Smattering of Protests; Most Stay Peaceful

People gathered in Black Lives Matter Plaza react to the presidential race being called by CNN in Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s favor over Pres. Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

A smattering of protests broke out around the country Saturday after former Vice President Joe Biden won the presidency, with President Donald Trump and his supporters refusing to accept defeat.

What’s Next? Saturday’s Election Verdict Isn’t Last Step

A person holds a sign referring to the number of electoral votes needed to win the presidency while demonstrating outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center where votes are being counted, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Philadelphia, following Tuesday’s election. (AP Photo / Rebecca Blackwell)

Saturday’s election verdict isn’t the last step in selecting an American president. There is still a weekslong timeline during which the 538-member Electoral College picks the president. 

Harris Becomes First Black Woman, South Asian Elected VP

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

Kamala Harris made history Saturday, shattering barriers that have kept men — almost all of them white — entrenched at the highest levels of American politics for more than two centuries.

Illinois Governor Isolates After Possible COVID-19 Exposure

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks at his daily COVID-19 briefing on Oct. 30, 2020. (WTTW News)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker self-isolated Friday and was awaiting test results after learning that he may have been exposed to the coronavirus at a meeting earlier this week.

Biden on Cusp of Presidency After Gains in Pennsylvania

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden removes his face mask to speak at The Queen theater, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

Democrat Joe Biden was on the cusp of winning the presidency Friday night after he opened up narrow leads over President Donald Trump in critical battleground states.

Trump Tweets His Outrage in All Caps as Votes Are Counted

President Donald Trump speaks at the White House, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump spent a second day in the White House on Thursday stewing over election results that suggested a path to victory was slipping from his grasp, even as his campaign projected confidence.

Biden-Trump Counting Presses Ahead 2 Days After Election Day

A county election worker scans mail-in ballots at a tabulating area at the Clark County Election Department, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / John Locher)

Joe Biden’s victories in Michigan and Wisconsin put him in a commanding position, but President Trump showed no sign of giving up. It could take several more days for the vote count to conclude and a clear winner emerge.

Fed Signals Readiness to Do More for Economy as Virus Rages

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Thursday Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington about the CARES Act and the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. (Drew Angerer / Pool via AP)

The Fed announced no new actions after its latest policy meeting but left the door open to provide further assistance in the coming months. 

Biden Pushes Closer to Victory in Race For the White House

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden takes off his face mask as he arrives to speak, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

With just a handful of states still up for grabs, President Donald Trump tried to press his case in court in some key swing states. But it was unclear if any legal maneuvering over balloting would succeed in shifting the race in his favor.

Biden Wins Michigan, Wisconsin, Now on Brink of White House

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

Joe Biden has won Michigan and Wisconsin, pushing him closer to 270 Electoral College votes and narrowing President Donald Trump’s possible path to reelection.