Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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Post-holiday COVID-19 surge hits Japan

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/07/21, 04:14 pm

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three nearby areas after the capital reported a daily record of 2,447 new cases of the coronavirus. Starting tomorrow, Japan is asking restaurants and bars to close at 8 p.m. and people to stay home and avoid crowds as infections have increased following the New Year’s holidays. The restrictions do not carry a penalty.

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Police confirm deaths in Capitol riots

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/07/21, 07:24 am

Four people died as rioters invaded the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Washington police Chief Robert Contee said. One woman was shot by Capitol Police, and three others had medical emergencies amid the chaos. Media reports identified the slain woman as Ashli Babbitt, a supporter of President Donald Trump and an Air Force veteran from Southern California.

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Biden to tap Merrick Garland for attorney general

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/06/21, 06:09 pm

Senate Republicans refused to hold hearings when President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland for a vacant Supreme Court seat in 2016. President-elect Joe Biden plans to announce on Thursday he has picked Garland to lead the Justice Department as attorney general.

What is Garland’s background? He serves as a federal appeals court judge and previously held senior positions at the Justice Department. He supervised the prosecution of Timothy McVeigh, the 1995 Oklahoma City bomber. He has served under presidents of both political parties.

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