President Joe Biden delivered his second State of the Union address to standing ovations from some and heckling from others. And desperation grows amid earthquake rescue efforts in Turkey and Syria.
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Biden's State of the Union address earns cheers and jeers
President Joe Biden delivered his second State of the Union address Tuesday night to cheers and standing ovations from Democrats and heckling from Republicans. Biden stressed bipartisanship, his economic plan and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, among other accomplishments. But there were other moments - both combative and comforting - that also stood out. Here's what you may have missed.
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Deaths in Turkey, Syria earthquake surpass 11,000
The search for survivors grew more desperate, the homeless problem more acute and the casualty count rose sharply Wednesday as rescue crews labored amid the rubble of Monday's earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. The death toll of 11,600-plus, the largest worldwide for an earthquake event in more than a decade, is expected to rise. "The size and scale of the destruction our team has witnessed is difficult to describe," said Dale Buckner, CEO of Virginia-based Global Guardian. "Some infrastructure will never be replaced. The damage is so widespread it will be uninhabitable for years to come." Latest updates.
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Hunter Biden laptop story enflames House lawmakers
The House hearing Wednesday into Twitter's brief suppression of a story about Hunter Biden's laptop outlined the queasiness of former executives to block it and provided a bare-knuckle arena for partisan lawmakers to debate allegations against President Joe Biden. After former Twitter executives said the laptop story was suppressed because of concerns about Russian meddling, Republicans argued Twitter could have tipped the 2020 election by suppressing the story. But Democrats called the hearing a "bizarre political stunt," and dismissed the basic allegations against Biden stemming from the laptop as "categorically false." Here's what happened at the hearing.
King James sits on NBA's scoring throne
LeBron James wept. The tears flowed Tuesday night after the Los Angeles Lakers star overtook Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA's all-time leading scorer. After months of anticipation, the record-breaking shot finally came - a 14-foot turnaround jumper with 10.9 seconds left in the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder. At that moment, James eclipsed the record of 38,387 points that stood for almost 40 years. ???? Read more about his journey to the scoring record.
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A break from the news
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