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Top eight stories for today including a California lawmaker wants to levy new fines against mega corporations that fail or refuse to trim their carbon imprint; President Joe Biden took an aggressive stab at tackling climate change and preserving federal lands in a suite of executive actions; The European Court of Human Rights heard arguments over whether Norway violated the religious rights of a Muslim woman whose child was forcibly adopted by Christians, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including a California lawmaker wants to levy new fines against mega corporations that fail or refuse to trim their carbon imprint; President Joe Biden took an aggressive stab at tackling climate change and preserving federal lands in a suite of executive actions; The European Court of Human Rights heard arguments over whether Norway violated the religious rights of a Muslim woman whose child was forcibly adopted by Christians, and more.

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National

1.) President Joe Biden took an aggressive stab at tackling climate change and preserving federal lands in a suite of executive actions signed Wednesday, moving quickly to reverse environmental and energy policies from the last administration.

President Joe Biden signs an executive order on climate change, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

2.) Across the U.S. Senate, a trio of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks made their case Wednesday for confirmation to roles managing the nation’s energy infrastructure, its veterans’ affairs, and its diplomatic mission at the United Nations. 

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, President Joe Biden’s nominee for the U.S. ambassador role to the United Nations, appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 27. (Screenshot via Courthouse News)

3.) Officials said during the Biden administration’s first Covid-19 briefing that the government is purchasing 200 million more doses of vaccines, but acknowledged it will be months before everyone who wants a shot can get one.

Pharmacist Brian Kiefer draws saline while preparing a dose of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine at UC Davis Health in Sacramento, Calif., on Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, Pool)

4.) Extremists opposed to the election of President Joe Biden have not gone away, prompting the Department of Homeland Security to release a terror bulletin on Wednesday that says things could turn violent.

People attend a rally in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in support of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Regional

5.) To beef up California’s fight against global warming, a Democratic lawmaker wants to levy new fines against mega corporations that fail or refuse to trim their carbon imprint.     

A truck drives into the Valero Benicia Refinery, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Benicia, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown is racing to convince lawmakers to extend the state's cap-and-trade program which puts a price on carbon emitted by polluters, including oil refineries. The program has been closely watched around the world as a market-based way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it expires in 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

6.) While a California court clerk fought to the last ditch against press access, a box on the counter in Ventura’s state court stood as a symbol of press access that used to be and may become again with a powerful ruling in defense of the First Amendment.

7.) A man who was part of group that prosecutors say planned to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer pleaded guilty Wednesday to a conspiracy charge.  

In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. The governor delivered remarks addressing Michiganders after the Michigan Attorney General, Michigan State Police, U.S. Department of Justice, and FBI announced state and federal charges against 13 members of two militia groups who were preparing to kidnap and possibly kill the governor. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

International

8.) The European Court of Human Rights heard arguments Wednesday over whether Norway violated the religious rights of a Muslim woman whose child was forcibly adopted by Christians. 

A summer sunset in Bergen, Norway. (Kelsey Jukam/Courthouse News)

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