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Top eight stories for today including the International Criminal Court opened an investigation into alleged war crimes committed in Palestinian territories; U.S. Capitol Police are increasing security after receiving word that a militia group is planning to breach the seat of the government again; The Los Angeles City Council finalized approval of an emergency ordinance providing grocery and drug store workers a $5 an hour boost in hazard pay, and more.

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Top eight stories for today including the International Criminal Court opened an investigation into alleged war crimes committed in Palestinian territories; U.S. Capitol Police are increasing security after receiving word that a militia group is planning to breach the seat of the government again; The Los Angeles City Council finalized approval of an emergency ordinance providing grocery and drug store workers a $5 an hour boost in hazard pay, and more.

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National

1.) U.S. Capitol Police are increasing security after receiving word that a certain militia group is planning to breach the seat of the government nearly two months to the day of the Jan. 6 insurrection. 

Supporters of then-President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

2.) Just before the Senate convened for a procedural vote on the Biden administration’s Covid-19 relief bill Wednesday, the president agreed to restrict eligibility for $1,400 stimulus checks included in the legislation.

President Joe Biden holds a face mask after speaking about efforts to combat COVID-19, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Washington. Vice President Kamala Harris is at left. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

3.) Two polls released Wednesday revealed most Americans are behind the $1.9 trillion stimulus package passed by the House of Representatives — without any GOP support — and now being entertained by the Senate.

Jeremiah Miller, 17, of Atlanta, leans on a large check sign for the #OneCheckIsNotEnough campaign near Georgia Senator David Perdue's office on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. The campaign said the large check is to urge politicians to support recurring direct payments in the next coronavirus relief package. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

4.) Environmental and public interest groups brought a court challenge Wednesday over last-minute rubber-stamping by the outgoing Trump administration of a dangerous pesticide used for Florida oranges.  

In this February 2017 photo provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, detector canine 'Szaboles' works in a citrus orchard in California searching for citrus greening disease, a bacteria that is spread by a tiny insect that feeds on citrus trees. (Tim R. Gottwald/USDA via AP)

Regional

5.) In a flashback to his 2018 blockbuster Senate campaign, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke has been barnstorming communities across the state while livestreaming his welfare checks with seniors, rallying donations for storm victims and delivering pallets of water from his pickup truck.

Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke delivers remarks in El Paso at the first of three Texas rallies on March 30, 2019, where he officially launched his presidential campaign. O’Rourke is the second Texas Democrat to announce a run for the White House after former Obama Cabinet official Julian Castro jumped into the race in January. (Erik De La Garza/CNS)

6.) The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to finalize approval of an emergency ordinance providing grocery and drug store workers a $5 an hour boost in hazard pay during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 photo, Joseph Lupo, an employee of the grocery chain Lidl, arranges carrots in the produce aisle at the grocery market where he works in Lake Grove, N.Y., after getting vaccinated against coronavirus earlier in the day. The German grocery chain is offering a $200 financial incentive all workers who get vaccinated against COVID-19. Lupo, a Lidl supervisor who fell ill with the virus in March, was elated to get his first vaccine dose. "I never ever want to get COVID again, or see anybody else get it," said Lupo, 59. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

7.) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he will not be resigning, as claims of unwanted sexual advances mount against an earlier controversy over misleading data about Covid-deaths at nursing homes.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at a Wednesday, March 3, press conference about mounting allegations against him for sexual harassment. (Image via Courthouse News)

International

8.) The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced Wednesday that she will open an investigation into alleged war crimes committed in Palestinian territories.

FILE- In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, the International Criminal Court, or ICC, is seen in The Hague, Netherlands. President Donald Trump has lobbed a broadside attack against the International Criminal Court. He's authorizing economic sanctions and travel restrictions against court workers directly involved in investigating American troops and intelligence officials for possible war crimes in Afghanistan without U.S. consent. The executive order Trump signed on Thursday marks his administration’s latest attack against international organizations, treaties and agreements that do not hew to its policies. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
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