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U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. Photo: Carlos Osorio / AP

Rep. John Conyers of Michigan will not resign, his attorney announced at a press conference in Detroit today. "That decision sure as hell isn't up to [Nancy] Pelosi," he said. "She is jumping on the bandwagon now."

Why it matters: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for Conyers' resignation just moments before the press conference started, which comes after several women, including two of his former staffers, accused him of sexual harassment.

More from Conyers' attorney: "At the end of the day, I will suspect that Nancy Pelosi is going to have to explain what is the discernible difference between Al Franken and John Conyers," he said. "And again, he is not going to be pressured by Nancy Pelosi or anyone else. The decision will be made by Congressman Conyers as to what his next course of action is. That will not be today, that will not be tomorrow."

Go deeper: Conyers had previously stepped down from his his position as ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee while an ethics investigation takes place. And he admitted to paying a settlement to a former staffer, but denied the allegations.

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Updated 8 hours ago - Sports

The potential GOAT of chess faces intriguing challenger

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi began on Friday, 1,094 days after Carlsen won his fourth consecutive title.

Why it matters: During the long, COVID-fueled layoff, chess entered a new era, and with the championship finally here, the age-old game is ready for its close-up.

Department of Interior proposes raising cost of drilling on public lands

A horizontal drilling rig and a pump jack sit on federal land in Lea County, New Mexico. Photo: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Oil and gas companies should pay more to drill on federal lands and waters, the Department of the Interior argued in a report released Friday, saying that the current rates were "outdated."

Driving the news: The Department of Interior report said that the federal government's oil and gas leasing and permitting program "fails to provide a fair return to taxpayers, even before factoring in the resulting climate-related costs that must be borne by taxpayers."

10 hours ago - Health

U.S. to restrict air travel from 8 countries over new COVID variant concerns

A COVID-19 vaccine is administered. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The U.S. will impose new air travel restrictions in response to the Omicron variant, a new COVID strain first detected in South Africa, President Biden announced Friday.

The big picture: Air travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi will be restricted starting on Monday.