House Republicans meet, New England snow, Golden Globe nominations: 5 things to know Wednesday

Divided Republicans meet to decide fate of Cheney, Taylor Greene

When House Republicans meet Wednesday, it will ostensibly be to decide the fate of Liz Cheney and Marjorie Taylor Greene, controversial figures representing the two wings of an increasingly fractured party. Cheney, the GOP Conference chair from Wyoming and third most powerful House Republican, faces scorching backlash from loyalists to former President Donald Trump who argue she should no longer be part of leadership, given her vote to impeach Trump over the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Greene, the pro-Trump freshman from Georgia, has drawn furor for her continued claims the election was stolen from Trump and recently unearthed social media posts that showed her “liking” calls for violence against prominent Democrats, describing school shootings as staged and conspiracy theories about space lasers causing deadly wildfires. Experts say the results of the closed-door gathering could reveal a lot more about the direction of a party openly warring with itself. To this point, Republicans have remained mostly mum while Democrats called for Greene to be censured, removed from her committee and even ousted from Congress. 

More snow forecast for New England

Northern New England will be digging out from under piles of snow on Wednesday as the worst of the sprawling winter storm that dumped heavy snow on the region finally eases up. But not without some more weather misery: According to the National Weather Service, a foot or more could be on the ground in New England by the time the snow finally tapers off in the northernmost states by Wednesday evening. In New York City, the snowstorm – the city’s biggest in five years, since the historic blizzard of 2016 – shut down public transport, canceled flights and closed coronavirus vaccination sites.  In Pennsylvania, authorities said a 67-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease who was believed to have wandered away from her home was found dead of hypothermia Monday. About 60 miles north in Plains Township, three people died in a shooting after an argument over snow removal. Authorities said a married couple were found shot to death in the street Monday, and the body of the suspected shooter was later found inside a nearby residence.

WHO team visits Wuhan virus lab at center of speculation

World Health Organization (WHO) investigators on Wednesday visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The research center has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus, with one member saying they’d intended to press key staff on critical issues. The WHO team’s visit was a highlight of their mission to gather data and search for clues as to where the virus originated and how it spread. The team of experts has over the past six days visited hospitals, research institutes and a wet market linked to many of the first cases. In the U.S., the Biden administration said Tuesday it will begin distributing COVID-19 vaccine doses directly to retail pharmacies in an effort to expedite vaccinations across the nation. White House official Jeff Zients said the program will start with about 1 million doses sent to 6,500 pharmacies beginning next week. The number of pharmacies could expand to reach 40,000 as the supply grows, he said.

Golden Globe nominations: Who’s in the running?

Awards season continues Wednesday with nominations for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards, chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to honor the best in film and TV. The nominations will be unveiled online at 8 a.m. ET. Just a few of the movies that could draw accolades include “Nomadland,” “News of the World” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7” in the drama category, and “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” “Hamilton,” and “The Prom” in the comedy/musical category. The awards ceremony will be held Feb. 28 in Beverly Hills, California. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host.

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Colleges wrap up football recruiting efforts on national signing day

This year’s recruiting effort for college football, like most everything else, has been made more complicated because of COVID-19, but the show must go on. On Wednesday, even though the season has been over for less than a month, schools will be wrapping up their rosters with national signing day. Many of the top recruits signed or committed back in December, but there’s still plenty of big-time talents on the market set to decide their future, and since this year’s COVID-19 allowances have given schools the ability to go beyond the normal allotted 85 scholarships, expect roster management to be a key issue in the college football world throughout the year.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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