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U.S. stock benchmarks surge Thursday morning, with gains accelerating and pushing indexes to a series of milestones, after a report on services activity came in hotter than expected. See full story.

CDC officials say people with history of allergic reactions should be monitored after receiving a COVID-19 shot

People with a history of severe allergic reactions should be monitored after receiving the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and should reconsider getting the second dose if the anaphylaxis is severe, U.S. health officials said Wednesday. See full story.

Congress confirms Biden’s victory and Trump pledges ‘orderly transition’ after pro-Trump mob storms Capitol

A joint session of Congress officially confirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November election over the objections of a wide swath of congressional Republicans. President Donald Trump said there will be an orderly transition. See full story.

Democrats win Georgia’s runoff elections, giving their party control of U.S. Senate

Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock have defeated Georgia’s two incumbent Republican U.S. senators in the state’s runoff elections, the Associated Press projects, in a development that gives their party control of the Senate. See full story.

IRS gives one shot at sending out a second $600 stimulus check — here’s what to do if you miss it

The IRS ‘Get My Payment’ tool has one phrase you don’t want to hear. See full story.

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‘The whole family seemed genuinely excited to finally find information on his biological father, after years of searching with no real leads.’ See full story.

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