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Top eight stories for today including President Joe Biden announced a raft of new measures in an effort to boost Covid vaccine supply; Italy entered a new phase of political upheaval after the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte; Google said it will not make contributions to the 147 Republican lawmakers who voted against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including President Joe Biden announced a raft of new measures in an effort to boost Covid vaccine supply; Italy entered a new phase of political upheaval after the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte; Google said it will not make contributions to the 147 Republican lawmakers who voted against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election, and more.

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National

1.) Google said Tuesday that it will not make contributions to the 147 Republican lawmakers who voted against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. 

Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

2.) President Joe Biden announced a raft of new measures Tuesday in an effort to boost Covid vaccine supply for a nation still in the throes of a deadly pandemic that continues to produce record fatalities on a daily basis. 

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)

3.) The likelihood of Covid transmission in schools is very low and teachers should go back to work there now, according to a paper published Tuesday by top researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that is certain to add fuel to the growing controversy over school reopenings. 

Parents and children gather in front of New York's City Hall to protest the closing of public schools, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that the nation's largest school system will move to remote learning only as the city tries to tamp down a growing number of coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Regional

4.) Still carrying a massive backlog of unemployment claims, a state audit released Tuesday found many of the California Employment Development Department’s problems were self-inflicted and predicted it will continue hassling residents long after the pandemic.

The California Employment Development Department. (Nick Cahill/Courthouse News)

5.) Los Angeles County Superior Court officials asked the county health department on Tuesday to prioritize the Covid vaccinations of thousands of court employees who continue to work in courtrooms across the county.

The Stanley Mosk Courthouse of the LA County Superior Court (Courthouse News photo / Nathan Solis)

International

6.) Italy entered a new phase of political upheaval on Tuesday after a clash of personalities and objectives inside the center-left governing coalition led to the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and left a struggling nation rudderless at a time of grave national crisis.

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2019 file photo, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, left, shakes hands with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte during the swearing-in ceremony at the Quirinale Presidential Palace, in Rome. Italian Premier Conte was meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26. 2021 with his cabinet before heading to the presidential palace to offer his resignation after a key coalition ally pulled his party’s support over Conte’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)

7.) EU public authorities must accept cash as payment but can refuse coins and notes for reasons of public interest, the union’s high court ruled on Tuesday. 

The Klappergasse in Frankfurt's pub district of Alt-Sachsenhausen is deserted in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Nov.2, 2020. A four-week partial lockdown has begun all over Germany to slow down the spread of the corona virus.(Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)

8.) EU labor laws protect disabled workers from being treated differently than both nondisabled co-workers and others with disabilities, the union’s highest court ruled Tuesday. 

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. (Molly Quell/Courthouse News)

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