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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., departs the chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, after the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress ended for the day. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump team wrapping up trial defense as senators mull Bolton

Jan. 28, 2020 11:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team prepared to wrap up arguments in his impeachment trial Tuesday as Senate Republicans wrestled with whether to allow witnesses, including John Bolton who appears poised to contradict a key Trump claim. The arguments from defense lawyers have jostled for...

Ratepayers fight back against utility's proposed rate hike

Jan. 28, 2020 11:19 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dozens of customers are fighting back against a proposed rate increase for a water and sewer utility in South Carolina. Two public hearings are being held this week to discuss a request by Blue Granite Water Company to increase rates for water services by about 45% and sewer...

Mobile network phone masts are visible in front of St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.The Chinese tech firm Huawei has been designated a

In snub to US, Britain will allow Huawei in 5G networks

Jan. 28, 2020 11:19 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain decided Tuesday to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei to supply new high-speed network equipment, ignoring the U.S. government's warnings that it would sever intelligence cooperation if the company was not banned. Britain's decision is the first by a major U.S. ally in Europe, and...

Trump taps ex-Tennessee House speaker for US utility board

Jan. 28, 2020 11:18 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated a former Tennessee House speaker to serve on the board of directors of the nation's largest public utility. In a news release Tuesday, Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander praised the nomination of Beth Harwell to the Tennessee Valley Authority...

FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump welcomes visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in Washington. Trump is holding back-to-back meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief challenger ahead of the unveiling of the U.S. administration's much-anticipated plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The meetings come just a month before Netanyahu and Benny Gantz are set to face off in national elections for the third time in less than a year.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Trump to unveil his Middle East peace plan amid skepticism

Jan. 28, 2020 11:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to unveil his administration’s much-anticipated Middle East peace plan in the latest American venture to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Odds of it taking shape are long, given that the Palestinians, effectively cut off by the Trump...

Indiana measure looks to limit marriage for those under 18

Jan. 28, 2020 10:51 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers could make it more difficult for anyone younger than 18 to get married. The bill is advancing after a House committee heard from women who were 15 or 16 when their parents forced them to marry men who had raped or molested them and then faced more abuse before being...

Appeals court throws out Arizona ballot harvesting law

Jan. 28, 2020 10:24 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a 2016 Arizona law that bars anyone but a family member or caregiver from returning early ballots for another person violates the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution. The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also found that Arizona's...

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., arrives for a re-enactment of her swearing-in, Monday Jan. 6, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Bill advances that could aid Collins challenge to Loeffler

Jan. 28, 2020 10:02 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — An effort to require party primary elections for a Georgia U.S. Senate seat now held by Kelly Loeffler is advancing. The House Government Affairs Committee voted Tuesday to advance House Bill 757, which would set up May Republican and Democratic primaries. The bill would next go to the full...

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a television news interview during a break in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Warren offers infectious-disease plan amid China outbreak

Jan. 28, 2020 9:47 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has announced a plan to prevent, contain and treat infectious diseases as a new viral illness spreads in China. The Massachusetts senator on Tuesday unveiled a plan that includes fully funding the federal Centers for Disease Control...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jan. 28, 2020 9:00 AM EST

The Jefferson News-Tribune, Jan. 26 Every year there's a few bills in the Missouri Legislature that, while they likely won't pass, they sure create a buzz. One such bill this year is sponsored by Rep. Bill Baker, R-Neosho. The bill targets "drag queen story hours" — library events in which drag queens read...