President-elect Joe Biden urged members of Congress to press ahead with their coronavirus relief bill negotiations in a statement that warned of "dire, dire dire" consequences if they fail.

"If we don't act now, the future will be very bleak," Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Del., where he and aides are preparing to assume power next month.

Ohio's House of Representatives has approved a bill requiring fetal remains from surgical abortions to be cremated or buried. After the state Senate agrees with amendments made by the House, Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to sign it.

The American Civil Liberties Union spoke out against the bill, saying it will put a new burden on abortion providers and their patients.

In the new concert film Tripping with Nils Frahm, directed by Benoit Toulemonde, a small figure in a t-shirt and flat cap bounces around a Berlin stage — playing pianos and towering analog synthesizers, flipping switches, turning knobs and massaging keyboards in front of rapt audiences.

For 78 years, the Advertising Council has been helping Americans face national challenges. From Smokey Bear's "remember, only you can prevent forest fires," to "loose lips sink ships" during World War II and the 1990s campaign friends don't let friends drive drunk.

More recently, during the coronavirus pandemic, the nonprofit advertising group launched a #MaskUpAmerica campaign.

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In a few weeks, offshore oil drilling is set to begin in the Caribbean, just 150 miles from the Florida coast. President Trump recently signed an order extending a ban on drilling in U.S. Atlantic waters. But in the Bahamas, a small company has received permission to start exploratory drilling near one of the country's most important marine sanctuaries. NPR's Greg Allen reports from Miami.

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A wide-ranging survey shows Americans' willingness to receive a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes publicly available and confidence in its effectiveness are on the rise.

But when broken down by racial or ethnic group, Black respondents show the most reluctance, with less than half saying they will do so.

The House of Representatives approved decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level on Friday in the first time Congress has acted on the issue.

The vote was largely along party lines – 228-164. Five Republicans and the lone independent member joined Democrats to pass the bill, and six Democrats voted no.

Branded as the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, the bill removes cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances and facilitates canceling low-level federal convictions and arrests related to marijuana.

President-Elect Joe Biden has named his new economic team. What do they need to do to help Americans, and are they the team to accomplish it?

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