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Top eight stories for today including President-elect Joe Biden called for more federal involvement in creating vaccination sites and getting more shots in arms; The global death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic surpassed 2 million; Los Angeles health officials hope mass vaccination sites like the one opened at Dodger Stadium will turn the tide, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including President-elect Joe Biden called for more federal involvement in creating vaccination sites and getting more shots in arms; The global death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic surpassed 2 million; Los Angeles health officials hope mass vaccination sites like the one opened at Dodger Stadium will turn the tide, and more.

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National

1.) During a Friday speech, President-elect Joe Biden called for more federal involvement in creating vaccination sites, mobile clinics and getting more shots in the arms of frontline workers and people over the age of 65. 

President-elect Joe Biden receives his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine at ChristianaCare Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The vaccine is being administered by Chief Nurse Executive Ric Cuming. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

2.) As the clock ticks down to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration amid looming threats of violence, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tapped a retired general on Friday to investigate security at the U.S Capitol.

The American flag atop the U.S. Capitol continues to fly at half-staff on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2020, to honor fallen officers of the Jan. 6 insurrection. (Courthouse News photo/Brandi Buchman)

3.) A poll conducted in the days following the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol found that Donald Trump has the lowest job approval rating of his presidency, while most voters have a favorable view of Joe Biden’s conduct since the election, including his Cabinet selections and policy proposals.

Vice President Joe Biden and Presidet Donald Trump will vie for voters in November. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Regional

4.) Los Angeles health officials hope mass vaccination sites like the one opened Friday at Dodger Stadium will turn the tide in a county ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A Covid mass-vaccination site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles County. (Nathan Solis/Courthouse News)

5.) Little Rock FBI agents on Thursday arrested the man caught on video repeatedly striking a Capitol police officer with a flagpole during the violent mob attack in Washington last week.

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

6.) Days after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an effort to stop the confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s win, gun-rights groups are heading to Virginia’s capital for an annual rally that shares faces and themes with the Washington mob.

Crowds gather for the 2020 Lobby Day in Richmond, Va., to protest gun-control laws that were later signed by Democratic Governor Ralph Northam. (Photo via Virginia Citizens Defense League/Facebook)

International

7.) The death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic surpassed 2 million on Friday and the World Health Organization warned the global health crisis may get even worse as people weary of restrictions let down their guard and contagious strains of the virus spread around the globe.

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2021, file photo, closed stores on Dam street and the Royal Palace on Dam Square, rear, are seen in Amsterdam. The Dutch government this week extended by three weeks the tough lockdown in force since mid-December amid fears that coronavirus infection rates are not declining quickly enough and fears about a new, more transmissible variant of the virus. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

8.) The Dutch government offered its resignation to the king on Friday after a report detailed its role in a 2019 scandal over the mismanagement of childcare subsidies.

FILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, file photo, Prime Minister Mark Rute, center left, and Dutch King Willem-Alexander, center, pose with the ministers for the official photo of the new Dutch government on the steps of Royal Palace Noordeinde in The Hague, Netherlands. The Dutch Cabinet was meeting Friday Jan. 15, 2021, amid strong speculation that Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government will resign to take political responsibility for a scandal involving child benefit investigations.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

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