Calm at US state capitols as Biden sworn in

Calm prevails outside heavily fortified state capitol buildings across the US as Joe Biden is sworn in as president.

The FBI had warned of the possibility for armed demonstrations leading up to the inauguration after President Donald Trump repeatedly and falsely claimed the election was stolen from him.

Fewer than a half-dozen demonstrators show up outside the capitols in Concord, New Hampshire, and Lansing, Michigan. A lone protester wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat stands outside a chain-link fence surrounding the California Capitol in Sacramento, as dozens of police officers and National Guard troops guard every entrance.

Three protesters are outside the Nebraska Capitol in Lincoln, one waving a flag that read “Biden is not the president.”

Dump trucks, prison buses and other government vehicles are used to barricade streets around the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta, though no protesters are there.

Michigan lawmakers canceled a session scheduled for today out of caution. But in Wisconsin, legislators planned to move ahead with a committee hearing that is to be open to the public.

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