There's new hope in the COVID crisis. It appears the omicron surge is slowly starting to peak in some areas. Daily cases are down more than 20-percent in D.C. and Vermont, with New York City and New Jersey close behind. But for most of the nation, the latest wave is still soaring.        The Senate is hours away from starting debate on a new voting rights bill. President Biden again demanded action as the nation celebrated the memory of Martin Luther King Junior. He said it's important to finish his work of delivering jobs, justice, and protecting the right to vote.       The Supreme Court is returning after a long holiday weekend and first up will be a case out of Boston. Justices will hear arguments over whether a Christian flag can fly at city hall. Officials denied a Christian group, claiming their flag would violate the separation of church and state.       NASA is making a new discovery in its search for life beyond Earth. The Curiosity rover has been roaming a crater and collecting samples for almost ten years. Now, researchers say they've found carbon. And one explanation is that ancient life may have once existed on the red planet.        Cognac sales are surging, up eleven percent across the nation. Sales of the brandy made in the Cognac region of France rose by nearly 31-percent in value, which equals over four-billion-dollars. China also saw a 56-percent jump with over 34 million bottles shipped.