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Girl holds up hand-lettered sign in front of Planned Parenthood. Photo: Andy Katz / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine reveals that abortions in the U.S. are safe, but "state laws and regulations can interfere," NPR reports. Co-chair of the committee who authored the report, Ned Calonge, said that 90% of abortions take place "in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy," and complications are "rare."

Why it matters: Different states have different regulations, which the report says can "create barriers to safe and effective care." For example, NPR reports that 27 states require a 24-hour waiting period to have an abortion, but CEO of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists told NPR that delays "can actually worsen the safety" of the woman.

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Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.