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Top Biden helps Ron Klain expected to soon leave White House

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — White House chief of staff Ron Klain is preparing to leave his job in the coming weeks. That word comes from a person familiar with Klain’s plans who spoke on condition of anonymity. Klain’s expected departure comes not long after the White House and Democrats had a better-than-expected showing in the November elections. But now that Republicans have regained a majority in the House, the White House is preparing to shift to a more defensive posture. GOP lawmakers are planning multiple investigations into the Biden administration. The White House did not return calls or emails seeking comment on Klain’s expected exit.

Time’s Up to halt operations, shift resources to legal fund

NEW YORK (AP) — Five years after it made a splashy public debut, the #MeToo-era organization Time’s Up is ceasing operations — at least in its current form. A year after pledging a “major reset” following a damaging internal report sparked by the scandal involving its leaders’ dealings with then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the group’s board chair told The Associated Press that Time’s Up will shift all remaining funds to the independently administered Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund and halt other operations. The remaining board members plan to step down. Operated by the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, the defense fund has offered legal assistance to thousands of workers.

German caution on Ukraine arms rooted in political culture

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has become one of Ukraine’s leading weapons suppliers in the 11 months since Russia’s invasion, but Chancellor Olaf Scholz also has gained a reputation for hesitating to take each new step — generating impatience among allies. Berlin’s perceived foot-dragging, most recently on the Leopard 2 tanks that Kyiv has long sought, is rooted at least partly in a post-World War II political culture of military caution, along with present-day worries about a possible escalation in the war . Germany is inching closer to a decision to deliver the tanks, but hasn’t yet committed itself. It’s a pattern that has been repeated over the months as Scholz held off pledging heavy equipment and then eventually agreed to do so.

The AP Interview: Yellen says debt standoff risks ‘calamity’

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says in an Associated Press interview that she expects Congress will ultimately vote to raise America’s debt limit. But she says demands by House Republicans for spending cuts in return for backing an increase “a very irresponsible thing to do” and risk creating a “self-imposed calamity” for the global economy. Yellen says she hasn’t yet spoken about the issue with Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy himself hasn’t spelled out the spending cuts that he says are needed to put the US government on a more sustainable financial path. The AP interview was conducted while Yellen was on a trip to Africa.

Lawyer: DOJ searched Biden home, found classified documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s personal lawyer says the Justice Department has searched the president’s home in Delaware and located six documents containing classification markings. In a statement Saturday evening, Bob Bauer says federal officials also took possession of some of Biden’s notes. Bauer says the Justice Department conducted the search at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday and that the search lasted about 13 hours.

Brazil’s army chief fired in aftermath of capital uprising

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s president has fired the army chief after the leftist leader openly said some military members allowed the Jan. 8 uprising in the capital by far-right protesters. The official website of the Brazilian armed forces said Saturday that Gen. Julio Cesar de Arruda has been removed as head of the army by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. He is being replaced by Gen. Tomás Miguel Ribeiro Paiva, who was head of the Southeast Military Command. Lula has said several times in public that there were definitely people in the army who allowed supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro to storm through government buildings and destroy public property in Brasilia on Jan. 8.

Peru closes Machu Picchu as anti-government protests grow

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru has indefinitely shut its iconic tourist site Machu Picchu in the latest sign that anti-government protests are increasingly engulfing the South American country. The Culture Ministry said Saturday that is has closed Peru’s most famous tourist attraction as well as the Inca Trail leading up to the site. The tourism minister says 417 tourists are stuck in Machu Picchu who can’t get out, more than 300 of whom are foreigners. Protesters have descended on the capital of Lima largely from remote Andean regions to demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte. Protests had largely been confined to Peru’s south since anger erupted last month of Congress impeaching President Pedro Castillo, who was Peru’s first leader with a rural Andean background.

Sundance doc looks into Brett Kavanaugh investigation

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A new documentary looks into the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “Justice,” from filmmaker Doug Liman, debuted Friday at the Sundance Film Festival to a sold-out theater surrounded by armed guards. The film, made under intense secrecy, focuses on allegations made by Kavanaugh’s Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez that were detailed in a New Yorker article in 2018. “Justice’s” surprise inclusion in the festival was announced on Thursday but it quickly became one of the most anticipated . Part of the reason for something like “Justice” to debut at Sundance is to secure a distributor.

Big waves to deliver storied Hawaii surf contest The Eddie

HONOLULU (AP) — One of the world’s most prestigious and storied surfing contests is expected to be held Sunday in Hawaii for the first time in seven years. And this year female surfers will be competing alongside the men for the first time in the 39-year history of The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. The event is a one-day contest held in Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore only when the surf is consistently large enough during the winter big wave surfing season from mid-December through mid-March. Before this year, it’s only been held nine times since the initial competition in 1984. The competition honors legendary Native Hawaiian waterman Eddie Aikau for his selflessness, courage and sacrifice.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin marries longtime love on 93rd birthday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, who was one of the first people to walk on the moon, has married his “longtime love” in a small ceremony in Los Angeles. Aldrin wrote in a Facebook post that the wedding took place on Friday, which was his 93rd birthday. The post announcing his marriage to Anca V Faur included several photos of the couple and received 53,000 Facebook “likes” and “loves” by Saturday. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Aldrin made history when they walked the lunar surface. Michael Collins was the third member of the crew.

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