Rioters mass on the U.S. Capitol steps on Jan. 6.
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Ostensibly protesting an election they may have thought was stolen, their actions fed a larger set of goals that American militants are seizing upon to take more extreme action.
The new SARS-CoV-2 variant’s increased transmissibility is believed to come from a change in the spike protein, visible here in yellow under an electron microscope.
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The new variant has been estimated to be 50% more transmissible. It's already been detected in at least 20 US states.
The FBI says armed protests are planned at all 50 state capitols ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
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Far-right activists and white supremacists may choose to create what they call their "1776 moment" closer to home.
B117, the SARS CoV-2 variant that was first detected in the U.K., has been found to be 30%-80% more transmissible.
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A biologist who studies the evolution of diseases explains what's different about the two new virus strains that have been found recently, and what that means for vaccine effectiveness.
Known white supremacists have been identified among the Trump supporters at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
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Extremist groups like the Proud Boys get white supremacy into headlines. But all white people benefit from white supremacy, whether they know it or not.
Trump addresses a crowd in Dalton, Georgia, on Jan. 4, the night before the state’s U.S. Senate runoff.
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The president's language sounded less presidential and more inflammatory in the weeks leading up to the riots.
The United States has 955 streets named after Martin Luther King Jr..
US cities began naming streets in Black neighborhoods for Martin Luther King Jr. after his 1968 assassination. Researchers studying these areas 50 years later found entrenched deprivation.
A pulse oximeter measures a person’s blood oxygen saturation level and heart rate.
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Low oxygen levels can be a sign that a patient is in danger. A device that measures oxygen levels has been shown to miss low oxygen levels in Black people much more often than in white people.
By mid-January, only about a quarter of the COVID-19 vaccines distributed for U.S. nursing homes through the federal program had reached people’s arms.
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West Virginia's success holds some important lessons for other states and the rest of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Twitter’s suspension of Donald Trump’s account took away his preferred means of communicating with millions of his followers.
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Banning extremists from social media platforms can reduce hate speech, but the deplatforming process has to be handled with care – and it can have unintended consequences.
Father Coughlin’s bully pulpit.
Broadcasters silenced Father Charles Coughlin in 1938, just as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook have shut down pro-Trump incitements to violence in 2021.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preaching from his pulpit in 1960 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
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The church has played a vital role in America's civil rights struggle. It was the spiritual home to MLK, to the generations that shaped the vision of the late civil rights leader, and now to Sen. Raphael Warnock.
Protesters who claimed to be members of the far-right Proud Boys gather with other Trump supporters outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
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Mimicking other groups and making false claims of responsibility are popular deception tactics used in terrorism.
Less than a third of biographical entries on Wikipedia are about women.
Wikipedia's coverage on women is less comprehensive, and its volunteer editor base is mostly male. What can be done to change the numbers?
Tennessee warblers (
Leiothlypis peregrina) breed in northern Canada and spend winters in Central and South America.
Cities are danger zones for migrating birds, but there are ways to help feathered visitors pass through more safely
Before hundreds of angry Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, thousands took part in a nearby rally.
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It's unclear whether Women for America First, the 'social welfare group' that obtained a permit for the pro-Trump rally that let to a siege on the Capitol, could be held liable.
Images taken by the media of the Capitol storming could help law enforcement identify participants.
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Journalists say that if they are forced to turn over to law enforcement any news information they have gathered, it will erode the trust of sources and the public – and place them in danger.
Trump’s tweets depict himself as the lone savior of America.
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Trump's hero's journey was etched for all to see in his favorite medium.
If too many Americans refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine, achieving population immunity will be difficult.
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Two in five Americans say they don't want a COVID-19 vaccine, which is a problem. Finding out what Americans do want from a vaccine might help.
Jean McCarthy helps a first-grade student at South Boston Catholic Academy on Sept. 10, 2020.
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When a community reopens its schools and COVID-19 rates increase, other factors – not the reopening of schools – may still be to blame, new research finds.