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Top eight stories for today including the Biden administration warned Americans to brace for a challenging couple weeks in light of the rapidly spreading omicron variant; Chicago schools canceled all classes after teachers voted not to return to in-person learning; Attorney General Merrick Garland urged patience as the Justice Department continues its massive investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection, and more.

National

White House predicts tough winter on rising tide of omicron infections

The Biden administration warned Americans on Wednesday to brace for a challenging couple of weeks in light of the rapidly spreading omicron variant, which has recorded more than 3 million Covid-19 cases in the last week.

White House Covid-19 coordinator Jeff Zients speaks about the rapid rise of the omicron variant across the United States at a task force meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. (Screenshot via Courthouse News)

Justice head vows for Jan. 6 probe to target ‘perpetrators, at any level’

Assuring the public that the Department of Justice's investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection is far from over, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday that his office will continue to seek justice against "perpetrators, at any level."

Attorney General Merrick Garland gives an update on the Justice Department's investigation of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection on the eve of riot's first memorial, Jan. 5, 2022. (Screenshot via Courthouse News)

Pair of Pennsylvanians sentenced to month in prison for storming Capitol

Two natives of the Quaker State were sentenced to 30 days in prison Wednesday for storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, while a third Pennsylvanian pleaded guilty to entering a restricted building.

Jan 6. defendants Mitchell Paul Vukich and Nicholas J. Perretta excitedly wander the U.S. Capitol during the insurrection. (Department of Justice via Courthouse News)

Pharma firm likely to duck antitrust suits over HIV drugs

CVS and Walgreens likely waited too long to sue a pharmaceutical giant on claims it conspired to delay cheaper generic versions of life-saving HIV medications, a federal judge signaled in court Wednesday.

(Pixabay image via Courthouse News)

Regional

Chicago schools closed after teachers union votes to work remotely

Chicago Public Schools canceled all classes Wednesday morning in response to a Tuesday night vote by 73% of the members of the Chicago Teachers Union not to return to in-person teaching amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez speaks during a news conference in September 2021. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Coloradans return home after devastating Boulder County wildfires

Thousands of Coloradans who fled their homes in the wake of two wildfires on New Year's weekend are returning to inspect the damage.

The burned remains of a backyard in Louisville, Colo. following the Dec. 30 Marshall Fire. (Amanda Pampuro/Courthouse News)

11th Circuit reinstates Georgia ballot-access rules for third parties

Reversing a lower court decision in favor of the Libertarian Party, the 11th Circuit on Wednesday restored signature requirements for third-party candidates to appear on the ballot.

In this Nov. 3, 2020, file photo, a poll worker talks to a voter before they vote on a paper ballot on Election Day in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Louisiana man behind ‘separate but equal’ ruling pardoned 120 years later

With a New Orleans Public Belt Railroad engine and car behind him Wednesday morning, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards granted a posthumous pardon to the man whose civil rights demonstration led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s “separate but equal” ruling.

In 2018, a section of Press Street in the Bywater neighborhood in New Orleans where Homer Plessy attempted to board a “whites-only” train car in protest of segregation was renamed to Homer Plessy Way. (Sabrina Canfield/Courthouse News)

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