☀ February 25: What Capitol Police knew before riot, a new coronavirus variant and a sheep’s 77-lb fleece

[Your Morning]

Good morning! It’s Thursday, February 25, 2021. Here’s a look at your news across the nation:

1️⃣🧪 New coronavirus variant identified in New York

Illustration of changing genetic structure to new strain. (Getty Images)

2️⃣🚨 Capitol Police chief to testify before Congress amid scrutiny over riot security failings

3️⃣💵 Stimulus checks: Lawmakers consider scaling back Biden’s $1.9T virus relief bill

4️⃣🌨 More than 1 million Texans still grappling with water supply issues

📱 [Trending] this morning

Baarack from the brink: Wild sheep rescued in Australia shorn of 77 pounds of fleece

A wild and ailing sheep found in a forest in Australia, named Baarack by rescuers, has yielded a fleece weighing more than 77 pounds after being shorn for the first time in many a year.

Sheep Baarack is seen before his thick wool was shorn in Lancefield, Victoria, Australia February 5, 2021. Edgar’s Mission Inc/Handout via REUTERS

📅 What we’re watching

🔴 Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman will testify before a House panel Thursday on the Jan. 6 riot.

🔴 President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will participate in an event commemorating the 50 millionth COVID-19 vaccine shot Thursday at 2:30 p.m. EST. White House press secretary Jen Psaki will hold a briefing ahead of the event, at around 12 p.m. EST.

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