Sports
January 14

TIMELINE: Novak Djokovic's bid to compete at Australian Open

Novak Djokovic's attempt to stave off deportation and be allowed to play in the Australian Open despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19 is headed for a legal hearing the day before he is scheduled to begin his title defense at a Grand Slam tournament he's won a record nine times.
Local
January 14

Panel weighs expanding use of cameras in Minnesota courts

A Minnesota court advisory committee met again Friday to examine whether to allow more video coverage of criminal trial proceedings, with some members expressing hesitation toward expanding the use of cameras in courts.
Nation
January 14

Univ. of North Dakota leader defends gender inclusion plan

The president of the University of North Dakota on Friday defended a proposal that would allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, saying the intent is to align the Grand Forks-based school with existing laws and to better protect LGBTQ students from harassment and discrimination.
Nation
January 14
Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish charged with DWI in Georgia

Tiffany Haddish was arrested Friday and charged with driving under the influence, authorities said.
Nation
January 14

Chicago students stage walkout, say COVID protocols lacking

Hundreds of Chicago students staged a walkout Friday, saying there weren't enough precautions in place to protect them from COVID-19 despite an agreement between the teachers union and school district to return to classrooms.
Nation
January 14

No charges for 151 Arizona votes vetted over fraud claims

A review of potential voter fraud cases in the 2020 general election in Arizona's second-largest county ended Friday with an announcement by prosecutors that none of the 151 cases they reviewed merited criminal charges.
Nation
January 14

Bond revoked for businessman accused of killing employee

An Oklahoma judge on Friday revoked the bond of a white local businessman accused of killing a Black man who worked for him after a prosecutor said the businessman was spotted in a bank drive-thru and visited a local Waffle House in violation of his bond conditions.
Nation
January 14
Demonstrators joined a rally to protest proposed voting bills on the steps of the Texas Capitol on July 13, 2021, in Austin, Texas.

New Texas voting law snags U.S. citizens, mail ballot requests

A sweeping new Texas voting law that Republicans muscled through the Legislature last year over dramatic protests is drawing fire again, even before some of the most contentious restrictions and changes kick in ahead of the state's first-in-the nation primary.
Business
January 14
A police officer viewed shredded boxes and packages at a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.

Thieves raiding rail cargo containers in Los Angeles

Thieves have been raiding cargo containers aboard trains nearing downtown Los Angeles for months, taking packages belonging to people across the U.S. and leaving the tracks blanketed with discarded boxes.
Nation
January 14
Trash sits out for collection in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

Garbage and recyclables pile up as omicron takes its toll

The omicron variant is sickening so many sanitation workers around the U.S. that some cities have had to delay or suspend garbage or recycling pickup, angering residents shocked that governments can't perform this most basic of functions.
Nation
January 14

Ex-White House adviser pleads guilty in $218,000 school scam

The founder of a national charter school network who once served as a White House adviser under President Barack Obama pleaded guilty Friday to a charge alleging he stole over $200,000 from the network.
Nation
January 14

Prosecutors urge 3-to-4 year prison term for Giuliani pal

A three-to-four year prison sentence is appropriate for a Florida businessman who facilitated illegal foreign campaign contributions after helping Rudy Giuliani seek damaging information on Joe Biden in Ukraine, prosecutors said Friday after defense lawyers urged their client be spared from a prison term.
Business
January 14

Scientists: Duck is 1st wild bird flu case in US in 5 years

A duck killed by a hunter in South Carolina had a contagious and dangerous bird flu that has not been detected in the wild in the U.S. in five years, officials said.
Nation
January 14

Witnesses: Man jumped onto truck hood before fatal shooting

Two witnesses told police that a man shot by an off-duty North Carolina deputy jumped onto the hood of the deputy's truck, videos released Friday show.
Local
January 14
A fire engulves the Max It Pawn shop on Lake Street and 28th Avenue on May 28, 2020.

Rochester man gets 10 years in fatal pawn shop arson

A federal judge sentenced a Rochester man Friday to 10 years in prison in connection with a fatal pawn shop arson during unrest over George Floyd's death in 2020.
Business
January 14

Biden chooses 3 for Fed board, including first Black woman

President Joe Biden will nominate three people for the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, including Sarah Bloom Raskin, a former Fed and Treasury official, for the top regulatory slot and Lisa Cook, who would be the first Black woman to serve on the Fed's board.
Politics
January 14

Court puts hold on GOP inspection of county voting machines

An inspection of voting machines in a heavily Republican county in Pennsylvania as part of a GOP "investigation" into the 2020 presidential election was moments away from starting Friday until the state Supreme Court put it on hold.
Nation
January 14

Alabama man convicted of killing 3 in SW Illinois in 2019

An Alabama man was convicted Friday of killing three people in southwestern Illinois during a multistate crime spree.
Business
January 14

Biden nominates 3 for Fed board, including first Black woman

President Joe Biden on Friday announced the nominations of three people for the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, including Sarah Bloom Raskin, a former Fed and Treasury official, for the top regulatory slot and Lisa Cook, who would be the first Black woman to serve on the Fed's board.
Nation
January 14

FACT FOCUS: Posts mislead on nonprofit vaccine rules

Critics of vaccine requirements are misrepresenting policy changes taken by Make-A-Wish Foundation and a Ronald McDonald House Charities facility to protect the children and families they serve from coronavirus.