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Inauguration rehearsal evacuated immediately after fire in homeless camp

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Folks evacuate from the West Entrance of the U.S. Capitol during a rehearsal the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Picture/Carolyn Kaster)

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The U.S. Capitol complicated briefly locked down throughout a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration just after a fireplace in a homeless encampment about a mile absent despatched a plume of smoke into the air and triggered protection fears in an presently jittery town.

The wrong alarm briefly interrupted Monday’s rehearsal for Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony, a quadrennial workout in which stand-ins take the roles of Biden and other VIPs and the U.S. Marine Band goes by means of its paces, including training “The Star-Spangled Banner” for Wednesday’s functionality by Lady Gaga. Rehearsal resumed not extensive afterward, accompanied by repeated passes by a helicopter patrolling the skies over the Capitol.

Law enforcement officials stated there was no

Under fire, France pledges speedier vaccination rollout

PARIS (AP) – Under fire for a glacially slow rollout of coronavirus vaccine shots, France’s government pledged Thursday to pick up the pace, offering quicker inoculation to a broader array of health care workers starting next week.

President Emmanuel Macron also intervened in what was becoming an increasingly sharp debate about the slow start of vaccinations against the virus in France. Macron used his traditional New Year’s address to the nation Thursday night to promise that he will personally ensure there is no unnecessary heel-dragging.

The French leader said he would not allow “an unjustified slowness, for bad reasons, to take root.”

Before Macron spoke, his health minister tweeted that shots would be offered from Monday to health care workers aged 50 and older.

Only a few hundred people received vaccines against the coronavirus in the days after a 78-year-old in a long-term care facility got the first shot on