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Trump lawyers argue Democrats just want to overturn election

Jan. 25, 2020 3:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyers plunged into his impeachment trial defense Saturday by accusing Democrats of striving to overturn the 2016 election, arguing that investigations of Trump's dealings with Ukraine have not been a fact-finding mission but a politically motivated effort to...

This undated image released by the House Judiciary Committee from documents provided by Lev Parnas to the committee in the impeachment probe against President Donald Trump, shows a photo of Lev Parnas with Rudy Giuliani. Parnas, a close associate of Trump's personal lawyer Giuliani is claiming Trump was directly involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. Trump on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, repeated denials that he is acquainted with Parnas, despite numerous photos that have emerged of the two men together.(House Judiciary Committee via AP)

In recording Trump asks how long Ukraine can resist Russians

Jan. 25, 2020 4:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump inquired how long Ukraine would be able to resist Russian aggression without U.S. assistance during a 2018 meeting with donors that included the indicted associates of his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. “How long would they last in a fight with...

In this image from video, White House counsel Pat Cipollone walks to the podium to begin the presentation of the case by the defense during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's impeachment defense and the facts

Jan. 25, 2020 2:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyers opened his Senate impeachment defense Saturday with the false assertion that Democrats tried to shut the president's team out of the congressional inquiry that preceded the charges. Actually, Democrats invited Trump to participate and he declined....

Shoppers wearing face masks pay for their groceries at a supermarket in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. The virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan, already on lockdown, banned most vehicle use downtown and Hong Kong said it would close schools for two weeks as authorities scrambled Saturday to stop the spread of an illness that is known to have infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41, according to officials.  (Chinatopix via AP)

Xi calls situation grave as China scrambles to contain virus

Jan. 25, 2020 6:47 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's leader on Saturday called the accelerating spread of a new virus a grave situation, as cities from the outbreak's epicenter in central China to Hong Kong scrambled to contain an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41. President Xi Jinping's remarks, reported...

Gen. Frank McKenzie, center front, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East, walks as he visits a military outpost in Syria, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. McKenzie made the unannounced visit to Syria, traveling to five different military outposts to meet with troops, hear from commanders and talk with the leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces. (AP Photo/Lolita Baldor)

General: US committed to Syria fight; Missions up against IS

Jan. 25, 2020 6:05 PM EST

GREEN VILLAGE MILITARY OUTPOST (AP) — U.S. troops at military outposts ín eastern Syria asked variations of the same question to their top commander Saturday: What is our future here? What are the goals we need to think about? Gen. Frank McKenzie, the U.S Middle East commander, knows the future is not...

Smugglers allegedly cut a roughly 18-inch (1.2-meter) opening in the steel-pole of a border wall, since repaired, a breach that the U.S. Border Patrol said led to the

Border Patrol allows replanting after bulldozing garden

Jan. 25, 2020 6:03 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Border Patrol, reacting to a breach it discovered in a steel-pole border wall believed to be used by smugglers, gave activists no warning this month when it bulldozed the U.S. side of a cross-border garden on an iconic bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. On Saturday, after a public...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a visit to an anti-narcotics police base in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Pompeo lashes out at journalist; NPR defends its reporter

Jan. 25, 2020 5:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out in anger Saturday at an NPR reporter who accused him of shouting expletives at her after she asked him in an interview about Ukraine. In a direct and personal attack, America's chief diplomat said the journalist had “lied” to him and...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump points as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally, in Toledo, Ohio. As the Democratic primary intensifies ahead of the first voting contests, President Donald Trump and his allies have issued a series of favorable comments about Democrat Bernie Sanders. It's a strategy aimed at trying to take advantage of Democratic divisions and trying to attract some Sanders' supporters to Trump's campaign if the senator is not his party's nominee. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Trump defends Sanders, stoking Democratic divisions

Jan. 25, 2020 11:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As tensions between Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren rose earlier this month, Sanders found himself with an unusual ally: President Donald Trump. During a raucous campaign rally in which Trump critiqued some of his Democratic challengers, the...

FILE - In this Monday, March 4, 2013 file photo, Cardinal Robert Sarah, of Guinea, walks in St. Peter's Square after attending a cardinals' meeting, at the Vatican. Retired Pope Benedict XVI wrote the book,

Cardinal at center of 2 Popes storm doubles down on celibacy

Jan. 25, 2020 1:01 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican cardinal at the center of a storm over a book about celibacy and the Catholic priesthood is denouncing the “brutality” of criticism directed at him and his collaborator, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. In an interview with Italian daily newspaper Il Foglio published...

In this picture taken Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, a Christ statue overlooks El Alto, a city adjoining the capital city La Paz, Bolivia. Ancestral indigenous practices became more visible during the presidency of Evo Morales, who recognized the Andean earth deity Pachamama. While Bolivians are divided on former President Morales' legacy, the interim President Jeanine AƱez wants to make the Bible front and center in public life. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Bolivia religious debate: The Bible vs Andean earth deity

Jan. 24, 2020 9:16 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Hoisting a large leather Bible above her head, Bolivia’s new interim president delivered an emphatic message hours after Evo Morales fled under pressure, the end of a nearly 14-year presidency that celebrated the country’s indigenous religious beliefs like never before....

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Canada hospital says it has confirmed case of deadly virus

Jan. 25, 2020 7:16 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — A Toronto hospital said Saturday it has a confirmed case of the deadly virus from China, Canada's first. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre said it is “caring for a patient who has a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.” Officials said the...

Fortified White Sox say they're ready to contend again

Jan. 25, 2020 7:04 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox and their long-frustrated fans say they're primed and pumped for the team to contend in 2020. The White Sox haven’t made the playoffs since 2008 and have endured seven straight losing seasons, but there was an optimistic buzz at the team's sold-out fan convention...

Locals work to clean up mud and debris around houses destroyed by a landslide after heavy rains in Vila Ideal neighborhood, Ibirite municipality, Minas Gerias state, Brazil, Saturday, Jan.25, 2020. Heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in southeast Brazil, killing at least 30 people, authorities said Saturday. (AP Photo/Alexandre Mota-Futura Press)

Heavy rains in Brazil cause flooding, landslides; 30 killed

Jan. 25, 2020 7:02 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two days of heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in southeast Brazil that have killed at least 30 people, authorities said Saturday. Civil Defense officials said 17 people are listed as missing and 2,600 were evacuated from their houses in Minas Gerais state, which has been...

Athletic Bilbao's Inaki Williams, left, and Real Madrid's Luka Modric fight for the ball during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday Dec. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Spanish league president condemns racism, fan street clashes

Jan. 25, 2020 6:59 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish football was marred by a player being racially abused during a league game on Saturday, along with street clashes between rival fans outside stadiums before two matches. The league president said the incidents had done “serious damage to Spanish football.”...

FILE - In this May 2, 2019, file photo, the DraftKings logo is displayed at the sports betting company headquarters in Boston. Sports gambling giant DraftKings won't give a former

Ex-'Bachelor' contestant stripped of $1M fantasy sports win

Jan. 25, 2020 6:59 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Sports gambling giant DraftKings won't give a former "Bachelor” contestant the $1 million prize for winning an online fantasy football contest after she and her husband were accused of cheating. Jade Roper-Tolbert, who appeared in “The Bachelor” and "Bachelor in Paradise"...

Shoppers wearing face masks pay for their groceries at a supermarket in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. The virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan, already on lockdown, banned most vehicle use downtown and Hong Kong said it would close schools for two weeks as authorities scrambled Saturday to stop the spread of an illness that is known to have infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41, according to officials.  (Chinatopix via AP)

Xi calls situation grave as China scrambles to contain virus

Jan. 25, 2020 6:47 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's leader on Saturday called the accelerating spread of a new virus a grave situation, as cities from the outbreak's epicenter in central China to Hong Kong scrambled to contain an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41. President Xi Jinping's remarks, reported...

Margo Lion, Broadway producer of "Hairspray," dead at 75

Jan. 25, 2020 6:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway producer Margo Lion, who helped bring the Tony Award-winning musicals “Jelly's Last Jam” and “Hairspray” to the stage and also worked on Tony Kushner's two-part classic “Angels in America,” has died at age 75. Her son, Matthew Nemeth, told...

FILE - In this June 30, 1994, file photo, Rep. Fortney

Pete Stark, congressman who reshaped health care, dies at 88

Jan. 25, 2020 6:22 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former California Rep. Fortney “Pete” Stark Jr., an influential Democrat whose legislative work helped reshape America's health care system, has died. He was 88. Stark's family said he died Friday at his home in Maryland. They did not disclose a cause of death. During his...

Director Bryan Fogel, left, and Hatice Cengiz pose for a portrait to promote the film

Khashoggi documentary 'The Dissident' lands at Sundance

Jan. 25, 2020 6:14 PM EST

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A searing documentary about the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi made its anticipated debut at the Sundance Film Festival, unveiling a detailed investigation into the Saudi Arabia regime and the companies and governments that do business with it. Bryan...

Smugglers allegedly cut a roughly 18-inch (1.2-meter) opening in the steel-pole of a border wall, since repaired, a breach that the U.S. Border Patrol said led to the

Border Patrol allows replanting after bulldozing garden

Jan. 25, 2020 6:03 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Border Patrol, reacting to a breach it discovered in a steel-pole border wall believed to be used by smugglers, gave activists no warning this month when it bulldozed the U.S. side of a cross-border garden on an iconic bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. On Saturday, after a public...