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Night falls on the Capitol, in Washington, Wednesday evening, Jan. 22, 2020, during in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. House prosecutors are outlining what they refer to as President Donald Trump's “corrupt scheme” to abuse power and obstruct Congress as they open six days of arguments in his impeachment trial. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

24 hours in, senators flout quaint impeachment rules

Jan. 23, 2020 6:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for the Senate's quaint rules and tradition. Almost immediately after Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled in Wednesday's session of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, bored and weary senators started openly flouting some basic guidelines in a chamber that prizes decorum. ...

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Trial highlights: Democrats roll out case as senators fidget

Jan. 23, 2020 5:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House prosecutors faced fidgeting senators as they rolled out their case against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, the trial's previous session having lasted a fatigue-inducing 13 hours. Trump was busy himself, returning from an international business conference but finding time to...

Judges from Italy, the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, many wearing their professional gowns, take part in a march in support of judicial independence in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday Jan. 11, 2020. The judges marched silently in Warsaw in a show of solidarity with Polish peers who are protesting a bill that would allow the government to fire judges who issue rulings officials don't like. (AP Photo/Vanessa Gera)

Poland to hold final vote on politicians punishing judges

Jan. 23, 2020 5:33 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's lawmakers are taking a final vote Thursday on a much-criticized law that allows politicians to fire judges who are critical of their decisions and curbs judicial independence. Proposed by Poland's ruling right-wing party that is seeking more control over the judiciary, the...

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., accompanied by the impeachment managers House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. speaks to reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The U.S. Senate was poised to hear opening arguments Wednesday in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, with Democratic House managers set to make their case that Trump abused power and should be removed from office.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Democrats face risks and limits in Trump's impeachment trial

Jan. 23, 2020 5:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The challenge is becoming increasingly clear for House Democrats prosecuting President Donald Trump's impeachment case as the Senate convenes for a second day of arguments in the landmark trial. No matter how overwhelming the evidence confronting Trump, it becomes less compelling when...

Maryland school construction bill scheduled for hearing

Jan. 23, 2020 5:08 AM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure to steer significantly more money to school construction in Maryland is scheduled for a hearing in Annapolis. The measure known as the “Built to Learn Act” is set for a hearing Thursday in the House Appropriations Committee. Under the plan, $2.2 billion in...

Court orders North Carolina to pay $102K in remapping case

Jan. 23, 2020 5:02 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The state of North Carolina must pay over $102,000 to the winning side in a recent legislative redistricting case and the outside expert who helped analyze redrawn district lines, state judges have ruled. A three-judge panel directed the bill to legislative leaders who were sued by...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, file photo, crewmen of Bradley fighting vehicles stand guard at a U.S. military base in Northeastern Syria. Iran has had its fingers in Iraq's politics for years, but the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and Iraqi militia commander outside Baghdad has added new impetus to the effort, stoking anti-Americanism that Tehran now hopes it can exploit to help realize the goal of getting U.S. troops out of the country. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

Iran uses violence, politics to try to push US out of Iraq

Jan. 23, 2020 4:39 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Iran has long sought the withdrawal of American forces from neighboring Iraq, but the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and an Iraqi militia commander in Baghdad has added new impetus to the effort, stoking anti-American feelings that Tehran hopes to exploit to help realize the goal. The...

Pavel Krasheninnikov, lawmaker and co-chair of the constitutional reform working group speaks during a session at the Russian State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliamentin Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. The Russian lower house of parliament, the State Duma, holds the first of three readings and a vote on a draft bill on constitutional proposals put forward by the Kremlin. The package of constitutional amendments is widely seen as an attempt to secure President Vladimir Putin's grip on power well after his current term ends in 2024. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Putin's constitutional proposals OK'd in first Duma reading

Jan. 23, 2020 4:18 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's parliament has approved a package of constitutional amendments in a first reading Thursday, in a move widely seen as an attempt by President Vladimir Putin to stay in on power past the end of his term in 2024. Putin submitted the amendments to the State Duma, Russia's lower house of...

In this Jan. 21, 2020, photo, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Wiener has authored a bill that would require investor-owned utilities to reimburse customers and local governments for some costs associated with the blackouts. The bill will go before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California could make utilities pay for some blackout costs

Jan. 23, 2020 1:25 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians left in the dark by electric companies that shut off their power to prevent wildfires could get paid for things like lost wages or spoiled food under a bill being considered in the state Legislature. In a state plagued by catastrophic blazes started by strong winds...

Trade council to help New Hampshire exporters

Jan. 23, 2020 1:00 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has issued an executive order creating a state-level trade council following the U.S. Senate ratification of the United States-Mexico Canada Agreement. “The new trade council will allow us to quickly help New Hampshire exporters take full...