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Lithium in a California lake could help U.S. gain energy autonomy

The ingredient crucial to electric car batteries is found in the brine of the Salton Sea, a once-busy recreation spot that fell into decay from toxic runoff.
A geothermal power station along the coast of the Salton Sea near Calipatria, Calif., on Dec. 15, 2021.
A geothermal power station along the coast of the Salton Sea near Calipatria, Calif., on Dec. 15, 2021.
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Illinois man dies after jumping into frozen pond to save his granddaughter

When Ma’Lyiah White fell through the ice, Carlos Serafin didn't think twice about risking his own life, loved ones said. Ma’Lyiah, 10, remains in critical condition in a hospital.
Carlos Serafin, 31, left, and Bill Croy, 47, with their granddaughters, Ma’Lyiah White, 10, and Bailey Croy, 8.
Carlos Serafin, 31, left, and Bill Croy, 47, with their granddaughters, Ma’Lyiah White, 10, and Bailey Croy, 8.
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He dedicated years of his life to QAnon. One day made him question it all.

Unlike so many fellow conspiracy theorists, Justin would ultimately crawl out of the dark place his own mind had taken him. His first steps began at the U.S. Capitol.
Photo illustration of Justin at the Capitol, then-President Donald Trump, the Capitol Riot, an American flag, repeating "Q"'s, the Constitution and a rioter holding a sign that says "We the people take back our country."
Photo illustration of Justin at the Capitol, then-President Donald Trump, the Capitol Riot, an American flag, repeating "Q"'s, the Constitution and a rioter holding a sign that says "We the people take back our country."

Map: See if the CDC recommends indoor mask use in your county

Nationwide, 99.8 percent of counties are included in the indoor mask guidance.
Image: CDC Mask recommendations
Image: CDC Mask recommendations

Tracking coronavirus case surges in the United States

New coronavirus cases are rising across the country. Not all upticks are the same.

Map: Track the Covid hot spots across the U.S.

NBC News is following Covid-19 case numbers in states and territories in the United States. The data will be updated daily.
3h ago

Ex-New York police officer indicted in machete death of his 78-year-old mother

Osvaldo Diaz, 46, allegedly attacked Maria Diaz "to the point of near-decapitation,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said.
New York Police Department officers.
New York Police Department officers.

Jim Obergefell, namesake of landmark Supreme Court case, to run for Ohio House

The lead plaintiff in 2015’s Obergefell v. Hodges case, which led to the legalization of same-sex marriage across the U.S., is seeking to challenge an incumbent Republican. 
Jim Obergefell
Jim Obergefell

Dr. Fauci says it’s too soon to tell whether omicron will end the pandemic

"It is an open question as to whether or not omicron is going to be the live virus vaccination that everyone is hoping for," Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday.
People wait in line for a Covid-19 test at testing site in San Francisco on Jan. 10, 2022.
People wait in line for a Covid-19 test at testing site in San Francisco on Jan. 10, 2022.
4h ago

Los Angeles nurse, 70, attacked at bus stop dies at hospital where she served for 38 years

Police arrested Kerry Bell, 48, after the Jan. 13. attack on Sandra Shells near Union Station.
Los Angeles Is Now Worst-Hit U.S. Metro Area For Covid-19 Cases
Los Angeles Is Now Worst-Hit U.S. Metro Area For Covid-19 Cases
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Two killed, five injured in blaze near Detroit, authorities say

Eleven adults had been inside the residence when it caught on fire. One survivor told authorities he had to jump out of a second-story window to escape the blaze.
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