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(Jae C. Hong | AP file photo) Romelia Navarro, 64, weeps on July 31, 2020, while hugging her husband, Antonio, in his final moments in a COVID-19 unit at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif. The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has topped 500,000 — a number so staggering that a top health researchers says it is hard to imagine an American who hasn't lost a relative or doesn't know someone who died.

Cox orders flags to be lowered as U.S. tops 500,000 virus deaths

By Heather Hollingsworth and Tammy Webber | The Associated Press | February 23, 2021, 1:48 a.m.

(Dieu Nalio Chery | AP file photo)  Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a Marriott hotel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Dec. 19, 2012. Sorenson, who grew the company into the world’s largest hotel chain and later steered it through the coronavirus pandemic, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.  Sorenson was the third CEO in Marriott’s 93-year history, and the first without the Marriott surname.

Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson dies of pancreatic cancer

By Dee-Ann Durbin | The Associated Press | February 16, 2021, 10:20 p.m.

(Bekir Seyhanli | IHA via AP) Turkish police officers guard a monolith, found on an open field near Sanliurfa, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. The metal block was found by a farmer Friday in Sanliurfa province with old Turkic script that reads "Look at the sky, see the moon." The monolith, about 10 feet high, was discovered near UNESCO World Heritage site Gobeklitepe with its megalithic structures dating back to 10th millennium B.C. Turkish media reported Sunday that gendarmes were looking through CCTV footage and investigating vehicles that may have transported the monolith. Other mysterious monoliths have popped up and some have disappeared in numerous countries since 2020.

Monoliths are still happening — this time in Turkey

By Daniel Victor | The New York Times | February 8, 2021, 7:20 p.m.

(J. Scott Applewhite | AP) Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., walks with fellow House Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, following a meeting called by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Democrats are demanding that the GOP leadership remove her from committee assignments because of her history of using social media to endorse outlandish conspiracy theories and violent, racist views.

Democrat-led House kicks Marjorie Taylor Greene off committees

By Alan Fram and Brian Slodysko | The Associated Press | February 5, 2021, 2:36 a.m.

(John Locher | AP file photo)  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at the the Amazon re:MARS convention in Las Vegas on June 6, 2019.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, will step down as CEO

By Joseph Pisani | The Associated Press | February 3, 2021, 2:20 a.m.

(Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File) Actress Evan Rachel Wood attends the premiere of "Kajillionaire" during the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 25, 2020, in Park City, Utah. Marilyn Manson was dropped by his record label Monday after Wood, his ex-fiancé, accused him of sexual and other physical abuse. Wood, a star of HBO's “Westworld,” wrote on Instagram Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, that Manson “horrifically abused me for years” and “left me brainwashed into submission.”

Marilyn Manson denies Evan Rachel Wood’s abuse allegations

By Andrew Dalton | The Associated Press | February 2, 2021, 4:41 a.m.

FILE - In this April 18, 2020, file photo, a sign on a door warns people to wear face coverings at the Kayenta Health Center on the Navajo reservation in Kayenta, Ariz. Across the nation, Native American tribes are working to protect their oldest members from the coronavirus. The effort is about more than protecting lives. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Navajo Nation reports 135 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

By The Associated Press | February 1, 2021, 6:50 p.m.

(Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP) Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, photographed on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, is among a group of Senate Republicans calling on President Joe Biden to meet them at the negotiating table on a coronavirus aid bill.

Romney among GOP lawmakers urging Biden to meet with them on virus relief

By Aamer Madhani | The Associated Press | January 31, 2021, 11:57 p.m.

(Jae C. Hong | AP file photo) In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, two nurses put a ventilator on a patient in a COVID-19 unit at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif. U.S. hospital intensive care units in many parts of the country are straining under record numbers of COVID-19 patients.

Two in 5 Americans live where COVID-19 strains hospital ICUs

By Carla K. Johnson and Nicky Forster | The Associated Press | January 24, 2021, 7:42 p.m.

(J. Scott Applewhite | AP file photo)  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, is joined by Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., center, and Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., with Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.

Trump impeachment trial will begin in February

By Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro | The Associated Press | January 23, 2021, 2:29 a.m.

(Carolyn Kaster | AP file photo)  A sign on a door warns people to wear face coverings at the Kayenta Health Center on the Navajo reservation in Kayenta, Ariz., on April 18, 2020.

Navajo Nation keeps stay-at-home order, lifts weekend lockdowns

By The Associated Press | January 23, 2021, 1:45 a.m.

(Photo courtesy of the city of St. George) St. George City Councilwoman Michele Randall was appointed the city's first female mayor on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

St. George appoints first female mayor

By The Associated Press | January 22, 2021, 3:08 a.m.

(Manuel Balce Ceneta | AP) President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.

Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others including one Utahn

By Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire | The Associated Press | January 20, 2021, 3:34 p.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Couy Griffin from New Mexico rides his horse down State Street in Salt Lake City, Thursday, April 16, 2020. Griffin was arrested Jan. 17, 2021 on charges of illegally entering the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Trump supporter who rode his horse through SLC charged with entering U.S. Capitol illegally

By The Associated Press | January 19, 2021, 5:13 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)  Former U.S. Attorney for Utah Brett Tolman, photographed in 2018, who has been advising the White House on pardons and commutations, has monetized his clemency work, collecting tens of thousands of dollars, and possibly more, in recent weeks to lobby the White House for clemency for the son of a former Arkansas senator; the founder of the notorious online drug marketplace Silk Road; and a New York City socialite who pleaded guilty in a fraud scheme.

Former U.S. attorney for Utah among Trump allies getting paid by people who want a pardon

By Michael S. Schmidt and Kenneth P. Vogel | The New York Times | January 18, 2021, 7:54 p.m.

(Winslow Townson | The Associated Press) An armed protester stands in front of the statehouse on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Concord, N.H.

Protests start small at newly fortified U.S. statehouses

By David A. Lieb and Adam Geller | The Associated Press | January 17, 2021, 8:30 p.m.

(Jae C. Hong | AP file photo, pool) In this May 29, 2009, file photo, music producer Phil Spector sits in a courtroom for his sentencing in Los Angeles. Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who was later convicted of murder, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at age 81.

Phil Spector, famed music producer convicted of murder, dies at 81

By Christopher Weber and Linda Deutsch | The Associated Press | January 17, 2021, 8:24 p.m.

(Jose Luis Magana | AP file photo)  National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2020, at the National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Md., on Feb. 29, 2020. The National Rifle Association announced Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, it has filed for bankruptcy and will seek to incorporate the nation’s most politically influential gun-rights group in Texas instead of New York.

NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas

By Paul J. Weber and Michael R. Sisak | The Associated Press | January 16, 2021, 2:51 a.m.

(J. Scott Applewhite | AP file photo)  Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, departs after the Republican Conference held leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020.

GOP senators, including Mitt Romney, in spotlight as second impeachment trial looms

By Matthew Daly | The Associated Press | January 15, 2021, 2:31 a.m.

(Victor J. Blue | The New York Times) Pall bearers with the coffin of Jesse Taken Alive, a Lakota member of the Standing Rock Tribe who died of COVID-19, at Kesling Funeral Home in Mobridge, S.D., on Dec. 26, 2020. The coronavirus has killed American Indians at especially high rates, robbing tribes of precious bonds and repositories of language and tradition.

Tribal elders are dying of COVID-19, causing a cultural crisis for American Indians

By Jack Healy | The New York Times | January 14, 2021, 5:40 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo) Signs remind residents and visitors to wear masks in Navajo Mountain on Aug. 25, 2020.

Navajo Nation reports 169 more coronavirus cases, 5 deaths

By The Associated Press | January 14, 2021, 2:44 a.m.

(Alex Brandon | The Associated Press) President Donald Trump tours a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Alamo, Texas. On Tuesday, the U.S. House rushed ahead toward impeaching the president.

House passes resolution urging Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to oust Trump

By Lisa Mascaro, Zeke Miller and Mary Clare Jalonick | The Associated Press | January 13, 2021, 4:54 a.m.

(J. Scott Applewhite | AP file photo) Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., read the final certification of Electoral College votes cast in November's presidential election during a joint session of Congress after working through the night, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Pence and Trump met late Monday for the first time since last week's Capitol attack, a senior administration official said.

House speeding to impeach Trump for Capitol ‘insurrection’

By Lisa Mascaro, Bill Barrow and Mary Clare Jalonick | The Associated Press | January 12, 2021, 4:19 a.m.

(Ashley Landis | AP file photo) In December, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick yells from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood, Calif. Belichick said on Monday night that he will not receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom after all.

Patriots coach won’t get Presidential Medal of Freedom after all

By Jimmy Golen | The Associated Press | January 12, 2021, 1:54 a.m.

(J. Scott Applewhite | The Associated Press) Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference on the day after violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Pelosi says the House will move to impeach the president.

Pelosi says House will impeach Trump, pushes Vice President Mike Pence to oust him

By Darlene Superville, Alan Fram and Mary Clare Jalonick | The Associated Press | January 11, 2021, 2:41 p.m.