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Alex Morgan (L) celebrates with teammates including Megan Rapinoe holding the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, following their win over the Netherlands in Lyon, France. Photo: NurPhoto/Contributor via Getty Images

The U.S. women's soccer team has reached an agreement on working conditions in their gender-discrimination lawsuit, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: The agreement clears the way for the USWNT to appeal a judge's ruling last May against the world champions on equal pay returns.

What they're saying: "We are pleased that the USWNT players have fought for–and achieved–long overdue equal working conditions," said Molly Levinson, a spokesperson for the players.

  • "We now intend to file our appeal to the court's decision, which does not account for the central fact in this case that women players have been paid at lesser rates than men who do the same job."

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The incoming administration is planning extraordinary steps to protect its most prized commodity, Joe Biden, including requiring daily employee COVID tests and N95 masks at all times, according to new guidance sent to some incoming employees Tuesday.

Why it matters: The president-elect is 78 years old and therefore a high risk for the virus and its worst effects, despite having received the vaccine. While President Trump's team was nonchalant about COVID protocols — leading to several super-spreader episodes — the new rules will apply to all White House aides in "high proximity to principals."

Justice Department drops insider trading inquiry against Sen. Richard Burr

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) walking through the Senate Subway in the U.S. Capitol in December 2020. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

The Department of Justice told Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Tuesday that it will not move forward with insider trading charges against him.

Why it matters: The decision, first reported by the New York Times, effectively ends the DOJ's investigation into the senator's stock sell-off that occurred after multiple lawmakers were briefed about the coronavirus' potential economic toll. Burr subsequently stepped down as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Netflix tops 200 million global subscribers

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Netflix said that it added another 8.5 million global subscribers last quarter, bringing its total number of paid subscribers globally to more than 200 million.

The big picture: Positive fourth-quarter results show Netflix's resiliency, despite increased competition and pandemic-related production headwinds.