More COVID-19 variants emerge closer to home: Here’s what to know about the ones discovered in Brazil, New York and California

Health experts are seeing red flags in coronavirus variants that were first discovered in Brazil, New York and California. Here’s what they say.

Strangers who became heroes: The amazing ways people helped each other weather the Texas storm

As snow came down and the power went out, thousands in Texas were left stranded. Here’s what some people in Austin did to help.

Biden’s COVID-19 relief plan includes a child tax credit boost popular with Democrats but a ‘nightmare’ to Republicans

Democrats’ proposal would expand the tax credit from $2,000 to $3,600 and expand eligibility to more families.

Live stimulus updates: Senate braces for marathon debate on Joe Biden’s COVID relief plan

Sen. Chuck Schumer said Democrats would be “on track” to pass the bill by March 14, when a federal boost to unemployment benefits expires.

US variant cases surpass 2,500, up from 546 a month ago; CDC reports distribution of 100M vaccine doses. Latest COVID-19 updates

Oregon reports first case of variant first identified in Brazil. Texas, Mississippi drop mask mandates. 516K U.S. deaths. Latest COVID-19 news.

COVID and school: No, we can’t open like the NFL

The NFL had a full season and some are telling schools to follow that example. But it’s much more complicated than that.

Rockets strike Iraq base housing U.S. troops ahead of Pope Francis visit

Multiple rockets struck an airbase in Iraq hosting U.S. troops on Wednesday, according to a spokesman for U.S.-led coalition forces in the country.

‘The Voice’: Kelly Clarkson hits back after Blake Shelton says she doesn’t ‘have time’ for show

Blake Shelton said Kelly Clarkson “doesn’t really have time for this” while juggling “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” He added that she “forgot her roots.”

‘Unjustified violence’: California man files civil rights lawsuit after police ordered dog to ‘bite’ eight times during 2020 arrest

A civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the city of Visalia and two officers after a 2020 arrest left a California man with multiple dog bites.

Chris D’Elia accused of sexually exploiting and soliciting pornography from teen in lawsuit

According to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, Chris D’Elia solicited scores of explicit photos and videos from at 17-year-old when he was 34.