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Tom Stromme / The Bismarck Tribune via AP

The Army Corps of Engineers has told Congress that it intends to allow the complete construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline as early as tomorrow, per the AP.

The final part of the project is a stretch underneath Lake Oahe in North Dakota, which had been opposed by the Standing Rock Sioux, who feared that their reservation's drinking water may be polluted by the pipeline. Their protests against the pipeline's environmental impact drew thousands of protestors to North Dakota and led to the Obama administration's decision to terminate construction.

Fired up, ready to go: Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline, has already drilled entry and exit holes for the Oahe crossing and filled the pipeline leading up to the lake with oil.

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New coronavirus cases fall by 20%

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

New coronavirus infections continued their sharp decline over the past week, and are now back down to pre-Thanksgiving levels.

The big picture: Given the U.S.’ experience over the past year, it can be hard to trust anything that looks like good news, without fearing that another shoe is about to drop. But the U.S. really is doing something right lately. Cases are way down, vaccinations are way up, and that’s going to save a lot of lives.

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California surpasses 50,000 COVID-19 deaths

A man prepares a funeral arrangement in in Los Angeles, California, Feb. 12. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

California's death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 50,000 on Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: It's the first state to record more than 50,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

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Facebook bans Myanmar military

A protester holds a placard with a three-finger salute in front of a military tank parked aside the street in front of the Central Bank building during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Facebook said on Wednesday it would ban the rest of the Myanmar military from its platform.

The big picture: It comes some three weeks after the military overthrew the civilian government in a coup and detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi, causing massive protests to erupt throughout the country. Military leaders have been using internet blackouts to try to maintain power in light of the coup.