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Biden takes the helm as president: ‘Democracy has prevailed’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that "democracy has prevailed" and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation's historic confluence of crises. Biden took the oath at a U.S. Capitol ...

Biden to review Trump’s changes to national monuments

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By BRADY McCOMBS and PATRICK WHITTLE Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday he plans to review the Trump administration's downsizing of two sprawling national monuments in the American Southwest, including one on lands considered sacred to Native Americans ...

Drive-through food pantry operating in Shadyside

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SHADYSIDE — For those in need, the Shadyside Food Pantry is operating a drive-through food distribution to help people stay safe from COVID-19. Nancy Moore, treasurer of the Shadyside Council of Churches that runs the pantry, said people can drive through the Lincoln Avenue Methodist ...

Netflix’s big 4Q lifts video service above 200M subscribers

Business

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Netflix’s video streaming service has surpassed 200 million subscribers for the first time as its expanding line-up of TV series and movies continues to captivate people stuck at home during the ongoing battle against the pandemic. The subscriber milestone ...

Bridgeport having issues with waterline connection

Community

BRIDGEPORT — The village of Bridgeport continues to work to complete its new waterline connection to the city of Martins Ferry. Charles Husted, president of the village water board, provided an update on the project to village council during a Tuesday evening meeting held via ...

St. C. approves new utility position

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — After some debate and a lengthy executive session in a prior meeting, City Council voted 5-2 to expand the job title of billing clerk Anita Robinson — with a significant increase in pay. Council members Beth Oprisch, Terra Butler, Perry Basile, Mike Smith and Mark ...

U.S. rejects Ford, Mazda requests to avoid Takata recalls

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DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s highway safety agency has rejected a request from Ford and Mazda to avoid recalling about 3 million vehicles with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday the ammonium nitrate ...

Federal court strikes down major Trump climate rollback

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a last-minute slap at President Donald Trump, a federal appeals court struck down one of his administration’s most momentous climate rollbacks on Tuesday, saying officials acted illegally in issuing a new rule that eased federal regulation of air pollution from power ...

Ohio going ‘offensive’ on COVID

Coronavirus

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Plans are proceeding statewide to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to those Ohioans most at risk in the pandemic. “Today is an exciting day for us, as we begin vaccinating the elderly members of our state,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a press conference Tuesday, adding ...

Biden marks nation’s tragic loss

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours from inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden paused on what might have been his triumphal entrance to Washington Tuesday evening to mark instead the national tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic with a moment of collective grief for Americans lost. His arrival ...

‘Shameful’: U.S. virus deaths top 400K as Trump leaves office

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As President Donald Trump entered the final year of his term last January, the U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Not to worry, Trump insisted, his administration had the virus “totally under control.” Now, in his final hours in office, after a year of presidential ...

Inaugural event to celebrate resiliency of Black Americans

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DETROIT (AP) — The resiliency, culture and heroism of Black Americans and the African diaspora will be the central theme of a virtual event set today that will celebrate the nation’s diversity on the eve of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is ...

Monroe to hold COVID vaccine clinic Friday

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WOODSFIELD — Monroe County will hold a COVID-19 vaccination drive-through clinic later this month for individuals included in Phases 1A and 1B iof the state’s rollout. The Monroe County Health Department announced its next clinic for inoculations using the Moderna vaccine is set for 1 ...

Biden picks Chopra, Gensler for financial oversight roles

Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden chose Rohit Chopra to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tapping a progressive ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren to helm an agency whose creation she championed. Chopra, now a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, helped ...

Retired K-9 crosses the rainbow bridge

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MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry Police Department is mourning a loss after receiving the news that retired K-9 Ecko died Sunday. Ecko was 11. Officer John Holmes, Ecko’s owner and former handler, said Ecko passed away peacefully in his arms after a tough battle with cancer. The ...

Canada urges Biden not to cancel pipeline

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TORONTO (AP) — Top officials in Canada want a chance to make the case for a long disputed oil pipeline to be built amid reports President-elect Joe Biden will cancel Keystone XL. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Monday he will seek legal damages if reports are true that Biden plans to ...

Veterans banners flying again in St. C.

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Main Street once again features images of the area’s finest, with banners depicting veterans hanging from lamp posts and in storefronts for the second year. Kirke Porterfield of the St. Clairsville Noon Rotary Club, who spearheaded the project, said the banners went up ...

Online registration available for coronavirus vaccines

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A registration page for vaccines is available on the Belmont County Health Department’s website, allowing Belmont County residents in group 1B to sign up to be inoculated against COVID-19 beginning this week. But Belmont County Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Sproul ...

Harrison working to align county, state COVID death numbers

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CADIZ -- Harrison County Health Department is working to ensure that the number of COVID-related deaths in the county is recorded correctly by the state. Officials said the discrepancy between the number of deaths reported by the county and the number reported by the state at ...