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Heavily fortified statehouses around US see small protests

Small groups of right-wing protesters ??" some of them carrying rifles ??" gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country Sunday, outnumbered by National Guard troops and police brought in to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U. S. Capitol. As darkness fell, there were no reports of any clashes. Security was stepped up in recent days after the FBI warned of the potential for armed protests in Washington and at all 50 state capitol buildings ahead of Joe on...

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FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack

WASHINGTON (AP) ??" U. S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event. The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U. S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. And it underscores fears...

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Beetle keeps rivals off scent of food buried for offspring

Some beetles go to great ??" and disgusting ??" lengths for their children. They scout for a dead mouse or bird, dig a hole and bury it, pluck its fur or feathers, roll its flesh into a ball and cover it in goop ??" all to feed their future offspring. Now scientists think that goo might do more than just slow decay. It also appears to hide the scent of the decomposing bounty and boosts another odor that repels competitors. "It helps them to hide their resource from others," said Stephen who at...

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