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Some migrant children in HHS care left in buses without access to showers or beds

Some unaccompanied migrant children, waiting to be reunited with family in the United States, were stuck in parked buses -- at least one for more than three days -- with no access to showers or places to sleep, according to an immigrant advocate.

Former Gaetz associate strikes deal to plead guilty and cooperate with prosecutors

An indicted close confidant of Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz has struck a deal with federal prosecutors to greatly reduce his criminal case and plans to help investigators in their sprawling investigation that includes a sex trafficking probe.

At least 10 Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers in violent confrontations in West Bank, as Gaza rocket fire enters fifth day

At least 10 Palestinians were killed Friday by Israeli forces during violent clashes in towns and cities across the West Bank, the Gaza-based Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement, as sirens continued to blare all day across southern Israel, indicating another day of ceaseless rocket fire from Gaza.

Senior GOP senator on House Republicans downplaying Capitol attack: 'I'm offended by that'

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Friday that she is "offended" by some House Republicans who are whitewashing the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, pushing back on the revisionism by some in the party who have tried to shield the pro-Trump mob from blame over the deadly insurrection during the certification of President Joe Biden's electoral victory.

Biden administration gives House panel documents related to Trump hotel

The General Services Administration has provided House Democrats with documents related to former President Donald Trump's Washington hotel, in the second case this week where the Biden administration gave the House information that the Trump administration had blocked it from obtaining.

How should parents with children younger than 12 use the CDC's new mask guidelines? Dr. Wen explains

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's newly loosened masking and physical distancing guidelines for people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 doesn't include children under age 12.

South Carolina sheriff's office releases footage showing the in-custody death of a mentally ill Black man

Newly released footage showing how a Black man died as deputies forcibly removed him from a South Carolina jail cell is the latest case to raise questions about law enforcement's use of force during encounters with the mentally ill.

Whatever happened to Jared Kushner's peace plan?

David A. Andelman writes that the escalation of tensions between Israelis and Palestinians this week raises the question of if the peace plan that former President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brokered over a year ago has actually worked.

Ex-Green Beret sentenced to over 15 years for conspiring to provide US intel to Russians

A former Army Green Beret was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison for conspiring with Russian agents to provide them with US defense intelligence, the Justice Department announced Friday.

Israel launches more strikes on Gaza as fears of a ground invasion grow

The Israeli military directed heavy artillery fire and dozens of airstrikes into Gaza overnight into Friday, as fears grew that a ground invasion of the territory could be launched to quell rocket fire from Palestinian militants.

On kids and masks, I'm following my gut

The new guidance from the CDC and medical experts appears to mean that masking up our kids will be a largely situational endeavor, and that it will mostly be up to parents to decide, writes S.E. Cupp. 'That's fine with me, to be honest...the time will come, I'm certain, when masks are mostly a thing of the past. But until then, we'll just have to continue to play it safe with our kids.'

David Axelrod: I'm sharing my father's story to help end a stigma

For 30 years, writes David Axelrod, he didn't talk publicly about his father's death by suicide, worrying that it would somehow sully his memory; "that people would interpret it as weakness or a defect of character. I loved and admired him and didn't want his life to be defined by how it ended." He came to see that was wrong: "Depression is an illness, just like cancer or heart disease."

Reopening plans for offices are complicated by new CDC mask guidelines

The CDC's announcement that fully-vaccinated individuals don't need to wear a mask in most situations was a big step toward a return to normalcy, but it might have complicated employers' return-to-work plans.

New CDC mask guidance could be a big boost for Disney parks

Disney's parks division, one of the company's foundations since the opening of Disneyland in 1955, is trying to rebound after a challenging year that brought extended closures and significant layoffs. However, the unit received news Thursday that could give Disney's parks a much-needed boost.

Army bases offering vaccine incentives but no military-wide policy for now

At least three Army bases are now offering incentives for soldiers to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, including additional days off, gym access and reduced movement restrictions.

CDC facing formidable challenges in convincing conservatives to get Covid-19 vaccines

Public health experts at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are facing challenges -- even struggling -- as they try to figure out how to convince hesitant Republicans to take the Covid-19 vaccine, federal officials familiar with the situation told CNN.

Federal judge orders DOJ to set up media access to Capitol riot video after CNN and other outlets sued

A federal judge ruled on Friday that the Justice Department must create a digital "drop box" where media outlets can access videos used in Capitol riot court cases after 15 news outlets, including CNN, sought body camera and surveillance video that's been seen by judges but not the public.

Cheney says some GOP members voted against impeachment out of fear for their lives

Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, whose criticism of former President Donald Trump led to her ouster from House Republican leadership, said Friday that several Republican members of Congress had voted against impeaching Trump out of fear for their own lives.

Public health experts: Why we're going to keep wearing our masks

David Holtgrave and Eli Rosenberg write that the CDC's announcement on Thursday that it was safe for Covid-vaccinated persons to cast aside masks and social distancing in outdoor and indoor spaces, with few exceptions, was not well articulated by the agency.

The week in 12 headlines

This week, congressional dealmakers sought bipartisan progress on key Biden agenda items. Meanwhile, the White House continued to push its infrastructure agenda forward despite gas shortages at home and a worsening conflict in the Middle East.

Biden charts mask-free future while GOP brawls

With Rep. Liz Cheney's ouster from leadership, the war within the Republican conference came to a head this week.

The latest on the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines

The coronavirus pandemic has brought countries to a standstill. Meanwhile, vaccinations have started in some countries as cases continue to rise. Follow here for the latest.

Interim repair could speed up reopening of Memphis bridge, officials say

A design team is looking at an interim repair for the crack on the Interstate 40 bridge in Memphis until a new part can be made to replace the bridge's damaged section, the Tennessee Department of Transportation said Friday.

Walmart, Trader Joe's and Costco say vaccinated customers don't have to wear masks in stores

Shoppers who are vaccinated against Covid-19 can shop without masks in some Walmart, Sam's Club and Costco locations as well as at Trader Joe's, the companies said in separate announcements Friday.

Neera Tanden joins White House as a senior adviser after withdrawing Cabinet nomination

Neera Tanden, the new administration's only Cabinet nominee rebuffed by the Senate, has become a senior adviser to President Joe Biden, a White House official told CNN.

2020 ballots relocated in semi trucks as Arizona election audit pauses over space availability

The first semi truck full of 2020 election ballots rolled slowly through the Arizona State Fairgrounds on Friday, past the "Crazy Times Carnival" set up in the south parking lot to a warehouse where the approximately 2.1 million ballots cast by Maricopa County voters will be stored for the next week.

Most states require parental consent for Covid-19 shots for ages 12 to 15, but not all. Here's the list.

Nearly all states require some form of parental or guardian consent for vaccine providers to administer Covid-19 shots to people ages 12 to 15, a CNN analysis finds. But there are a few exceptions.

CDC mask guidance opens doors for the vaccinated, but a long road is ahead for those who are not, experts say

For Americans vaccinated against Covid-19, daily life may look increasingly different than for those who aren't inoculated yet following Thursday's mask guidance, experts said.

What's the science behind CDC's decision to say fully vaccinated people don't need masks?

A fresh batch of data from a big study of healthcare workers across the country helped prompt the CDC to say fully vaccinated people can go without masks in most circumstances, the agency said Friday.

A $26 million California lottery jackpot goes unclaimed. Winning ticket may have been washed with laundry

It looks like a $26 million dollar lottery jackpot will go unclaimed in California because no one came forward with the winning ticket.

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