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Insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump swarm the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Law

Proud Boys member pleads guilty for role in Capitol riot

Matthew Greene, 34, has pleaded guilty in federal court to two criminal charges: conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding, related to the Capitol siege on Jan. 6, 2021.

The James Webb Space Telescope's primary mirror is illuminated inside a darkened clean room. The entire telescope is now packed inside a rocket, awaiting launch. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center hide caption

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Why some astronomers once feared NASA's James Webb Space Telescope would never launch

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Asia

Japan's puzzling COVID lull

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Japan's puzzling COVID lull

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Don Murphy hands out free rapid COVID tests outside of Robinson Middle School in Lowell, Massachusetts. Gabrielle Emanuel/WBUR hide caption

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As omicron surges, these states and cities are focused on giving out free COVID tests

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Employees of Nomi Health check in a long line of people seeking COVID-19 tests Tuesday in North Miami, Fla. The omicron variant has unleashed a fresh round of fear and uncertainty for travelers, shoppers and partygoers across the U.S. Marta Lavandier/AP hide caption

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Omicron will cause more infections but lower hospital rates, analysis shows

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Insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump swarm the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Proud Boys member pleads guilty for role in Capitol riot

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The House select committee sent a letter to Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, requesting information and an interview about his discussions with President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 and with other Trump administration officials in the weeks leading up to the attack on the Capitol. Greg Nash/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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The House Jan. 6 panel wants to talk to Trump ally Rep. Jim Jordan

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