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Thousands of Texans still lack clean drinking water after the historic blackouts two weeks ago. Extreme weather is increasingly causing these kinds of disasters around the country. So some communities are keeping the power on for vulnerable people and infrastructure by installing giant batteries. NPR's Lauren Sommer has more.

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Thousands of Texans still lack clean drinking water after the historic blackouts two weeks ago. Extreme weather is increasingly causing these kinds of disasters around the country. So some communities are keeping the power on for vulnerable people and infrastructure by installing giant batteries. NPR's Lauren Sommer has more.

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The Biden administration said Monday that it will allow many Venezuelans who are already in the country illegally to remain because of the humanitarian and economic crisis in the socialist South American nation that is an adversary of the U.S.

Carrying out a promise President Biden made on the campaign trail, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas granted Temporary Protected Status to an estimated 320,000 Venezuelans.

The CDC released new guidance that allows people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to resume some pre-pandemic activities, like gathering indoors with other vaccinated people without wearing masks.

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OK. A task force directed to evaluate U.S. Capitol security failures around the January 6 insurrection has now issued its report. It is directing Capitol Police to hire hundreds of new officers, to create specialized law enforcement teams for emergencies and to install a retractable fencing system. After a bipartisan briefing on the report, House Representative Pramila Jayapal said security was neglected and must be addressed.

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