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Biden marks 500,000 COVID-19 deaths

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President Biden on Monday held a moment of silence for the 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 after the US passed what he called the “truly grim, heartbreaking milestone.”

His address was largely aimed at the families that have suffered loss in his 6 p.m. televised speech from the White House. Afterward he hosted a candlelit outdoor commemoration with first lady Jill, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff.

“500,071 dead. That’s more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined. That’s more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth,” he said.

“But as we acknowledge the scale of this mass death in America, we remember each person and the life they lived. The people we knew, the people we feel like we knew.”

Biden, 78, recounted his personal experiences with grief in the 11-minute speech.

“While we’ve been fighting this pandemic for so long, we have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow and have to resist viewing each life as a statistic, or a blur, or on the news,” he said.

“For the loved ones left behind, I know all too well — I know what it’s like to not be there when it happens. I know what it is like when you are there holding their hands, looking in their eye and they slip away.”

Biden said to the family members of COVID-19 victims that “the day will come when the memory of the loved one you lost will bring a smile to your lips before a tear to your eye. It will come, I promise you. My prayer for you, though, is that they will come sooner rather than later. And that’s when you know you’re going to be okay.”

Biden said that “for me, the way through sorrow and grief is to find purpose.”

“This nation will smile again. This nation will know sunny days again. This nation will know joy again. And as we do, we remember each person we’ve lost,” he said.

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FDA panel OKs Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine

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FDA panel OKs Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine

A panel of expert advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday recommended that the agency approve the use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine — clearing a path for the shot to be rolled out across the country.

The FDA is likely to authorize the vaccine within the coming days. Once approved, the shot would be the third COVID-19 vaccine available in the US, after the two-dose vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna.

The FDA panelists voted unanimously that the benefits of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine outweighed any risks.

Johnson & Johnson has pledged to deliver 20 million doses by the end of March and 100 million by late June, which would give a much-needed boost to the country’s vaccine supply.

The Biden administration said earlier this week that it anticipates shipping out 3 to 4 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine next week if the FDA green-lights it for emergency use.

With Post wires

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Feds bust NY Capitol rioter who photographed congressional documents

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Christopher Moynihan has been arrested and charged after he broke into the Senate chamber and took photos of official congressional notes and documents during the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

A Capitol rioter from New York who broke into the Senate chamber and took photos of official congressional notes and documents during last month’s siege has been arrested and charged, according to federal authorities.

The suspect, Christopher Moynihan of Salt Point, was busted Thursday afternoon after two people he previously worked with told investigators they saw him in video footage of the riot, according to New York prosecutors.

In the footage, Moynihan is seen in the Senate chamber taking photos of official congressional documents that are “believed to detail the objections and votes of certain congressional members on the certification of electoral results,” an FBI agent wrote in a affidavit in support of federal charges against the suspect.

“There’s got to be something we can use against these f–king scumbags,” Moynihan is heard saying on the video as he rifles through the documents, prosecutors said.

Moynihan’s former co-workers gave the feds his cellphone number, and investigators linked it to a cell site near the Capitol on Jan. 6, according to court documents.

The suspect was hit with a number of charges by prosecutors in White Plains federal court, including disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Five people died in the riot — including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick — as a frenzied mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the building that day in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

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Man tried to bury wife alive at California beach, cops say

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Man tried to bury wife alive at California beach, cops say

A man attempted to bury his wife alive during a horrifying attack at a California beach Thursday night, cops said. 

The woman called 911 just before 9 p.m., reporting that her husband had just tried to kill her on Coronado Beach, local police said. 

The couple visited the beach earlier in the evening and got into an argument that escalated when the suspect, later identified as Jose Luis Mares III, 23, of Moreno Valley, started attacking his wife, cops said. 

He tried to throw her into the surf, and then brought her near a lifeguard tower, where he tried burying her in the sand, according to cops and local outlet KSWB-TV.

“She said there was a hole in the ground and the hole had previously been there from probably kids digging it during the day,” Detective Ryan Brennan of  the Coronado Police Department told the station. “But during the struggle, she said he threw her in that hole when he began putting sand on top of her.”

He kicked her repeatedly, and then stopped and ran away, Brennan told the outlet. 

“We don’t know what scared him away,” the police official said. “Perhaps it was someone walking by.”

The woman escaped and ran toward Ocean Boulevard, where a passerby found her on the sidewalk. Paramedics brought her to a trauma center in San Diego. 

Cops found Mares a short time later hiding in the backyard of a nearby home, authorities said. 

He was charged with attempted murder, assault causing great bodily injury, domestic violence, false imprisonment and a parole violation, police said. 

Mares was a parolee previously convicted for carjacking and burglary, the local station reported, citing the California Department of Corrections.

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