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This month is now the deadliest of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. Johns Hopkins University shows roughly 77-thousand-700 Americans have died from COVID-19 so far in January. That surpasses the previous high of just under 77-thousand-500 in December.    More winter storms are threatening to spead more misery across more of the nation today. Something called an atmospheric river storm is forecast to barrel into California with major downpours, destructive flows of debris, and heavy snow. Travel conditions are treacherous across much of the country.    A Virginia police department has fired two officers who took part in the riot at the U.S. Capitol three weeks ago. The former officers dismissed from the Rocky Mount Police Department face federal charges for unlawful entry into a restricted area. They were off-duty when they were at the Capitol.    Oregon is considering allocating COVID-19 vaccines according to race. The state's COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee has been called on to ensure that "systemically affected populations, including communities of color" get health equity. The committee's tentative vaccination list includes black, indigenous, and other people of color, with other groups to be determined later.    The crew for the first-ever privately-funded space mission is set. The crew announced Tuesday by Houston-based Axiom Space will include a former astronaut, a former Israeli fighter pilot, a Canadian philanthropist, and the second oldest person ever to fly into space. The four men will fly to the International Space Station next year for a cost of 55 million dollars per person.    More guns are being confiscated at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International than any other airport in the country. The TSA reports screeners in Atlanta took 220 guns from passengers in 2020.