Golf legend Tiger Woods hospitalized in car crash

Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY
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Tiger Woods suffered multiple leg injuries in a car crash. Top officials say they didn't get the FBI's "preparing for war" warning before the Capitol riot. And scroll down to see a rare half-male, half-female cardinal.

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'Jaws of life' used to free Tiger Woods from single-car accident

Golfer Tiger Woods was injured in a serious car crash in the Los Angeles area Tuesday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The department said in a statement that Woods "was extricated from the wreck with the 'jaws of life' by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics" before being transported to a hospital. Woods was the only person in the car. His longtime agent, Mark Steinberg, said in a statement that the golfer suffered multiple leg injuries. "He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support," Steinberg said. According to authorities, the vehicle sustained "major damage." This story is developing, so be sure to follow our sports coverage for more updates.

Tiger Woods' vehicle was tipped on its side in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Tiger Woods' vehicle was tipped on its side in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

'Colossal' breakdown: FBI warning not fully shared before Capitol riot

Top Capitol law enforcement officials said Tuesday they did not see an ominous bulletin provided by the FBI the night before the U.S. Capitol riot warning that protesters were "preparing for war." Under questioning, former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said the FBI intelligence report was received at Capitol Police headquarters the night before the riot Jan. 6, but leaders did not see it. Sund said officers had not been trained for such an attack and not all had riot gear. The contents of the FBI’s warning included language calling for protesters to "be ready to fight.” If Capitol Police leaders received the report, could they have better prepared for the siege that left five dead, including a Capitol Police officer?

Protesters enter the Capitol on Jan. 6 in Washington as Congress held a joint session to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump.
Protesters enter the Capitol on Jan. 6 in Washington as Congress held a joint session to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump.

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Ahmaud Arbery's mother files lawsuit claiming cover-up

On the anniversary of her son's violent death, Wander Cooper-Jones filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the men charged with murder in Ahmaud Arbery's death and the police and prosecutors she claims conspired to protect his killers. Defense attorneys say the men charged with killing Arbery suspected he was a burglar and committed no crimes. Arbery, 25, was fatally shot last February about 2 miles from his home in a neighborhood outside Brunswick, Georgia. His family says he was out for a jog.

Ahmaud Arbery was killed Feb. 23 outside Brunswick, Ga., in Glynn County.
Ahmaud Arbery was killed Feb. 23 outside Brunswick, Ga., in Glynn County.

Welcome to the White House

'Tis the season for Cabinet confirmations in the Senate. On Tuesday:

  • Linda Thomas-Greenfield (ambassador to the United Nations): Despite some fireworks, the Senate approved Greenfield's nomination. It's a high-profile role in what the Biden administration calls its efforts to restore America's standing as a global leader.

  • Tom Vilsack (agriculture secretary): The Senate confirmed Vilsack, returning the former Iowa governor to the role he held for eight years under President Barack Obama.

Politicians on deck:

  • Deb Haaland (interior secretary): During her confirmation hearing, the Native American congresswoman defended the president's aggressive efforts to stop drilling on public lands and her own public statements opposing fossil fuel extraction.

  • Merrick Garland (attorney general): All five witnesses at Garland's confirmation hearing praised the judge and former federal prosecutor, signaling his likely bipartisan confirmation next week.

  • Xavier Becerra (Health and Human Services secretary): The Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions began its hearing for California Attorney General Becerra.

Real quick

It's a female bird. It's a male bird. It's ... a rare cardinal

Longtime birder Jamie Hill knew he'd come across something rare. The Waterford, Pennsylvania, man saw a northern cardinal that appeared to be male on its right side and female on its left Saturday. "It was one of the experiences of a lifetime," Hill said. Known as a bilateral gynandromorph, the rare cardinal "behaved totally normal," Hill said. In theory, he said, the bird could mate with either a female or male cardinal, depending on which of its hormones were active during mating season.

A northern cardinal, photographed Feb. 20 in the Grand Valley area of Warren County, Pa., is a rare bilateral gynandromorph that displays male characteristics on the right half of its body and female characteristics on the left.
A northern cardinal, photographed Feb. 20 in the Grand Valley area of Warren County, Pa., is a rare bilateral gynandromorph that displays male characteristics on the right half of its body and female characteristics on the left.

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