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Passengers wear protective face masks on the subway in Hong Kong, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. China closed off a city of more than 11 million people Thursday, halting transportation and warning against public gatherings, to try to stop the spread of a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries in the Lunar New Year travel rush. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

10 Things to Know for Today

Jan. 23, 2020 6:24 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. DEMOCRATS FACE RISKS AND LIMITS IN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL No matter how overwhelming the evidence confronting Trump, it becomes less compelling to both the Senate and a deeply divided America when presented again...

In this undated photo released from the Rural Fire Service, a C-130 Hercules plane called

Firefighting plane crashes in Australia, killing 3 Americans

Jan. 23, 2020 6:21 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Three American crew members were killed Thursday when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia, officials said. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the crash deaths in the state's Snowy Monaro region, which came as...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah stand with President Vladimir Putin at Netanyahu official residence in Jerusalem on January 23,2020 . Putin, will be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp. Presidents , prime ministers and royalty from around the world who arrived in Israel for the two-day World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. (Heidi Levine/Pool photo via AP)

World leaders rally in Jerusalem against anti-Semitism

Jan. 23, 2020 6:16 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Dozens of world leaders descended upon Jerusalem on Thursday for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating rising modern-day anti-Semitism — a politically charged event that has been clouded by rival national interpretations of the genocide....

Afghan officials: Taliban kill officer; bomb kills 2 troops

Jan. 23, 2020 5:18 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban ambushed and killed an Afghan intelligence official in southern Helmand province as he was walking home from work while a roadside bombing in the country's north killed a military commander and his bodyguard, officials said Thursday. The attacks were the latest...

FILE - In this Sept. 2017 file photo, a flag is waved outside the White House, in Washington. The Trump administration is coming out with new visa restrictions aimed at restricting a practice known as “birth tourism.

US to impose visa restrictions for pregnant women

Jan. 23, 2020 5:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is coming out Thursday with new visa restrictions aimed at restricting “birth tourism," in which women travel to the U.S. to give birth so their children can have a coveted U.S. passport. Visa applicants deemed by consular officers to be coming to the U.S....

Sajid Javid, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, pictured during the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.  (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

US talks up trade deal with post-Brexit Britain this year

Jan. 23, 2020 4:45 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The U.S. is talking up the prospects of tying up a trade deal with Britain this year and thinks it should be pretty straightforward to accomplish given how similar the two economies are. At a press briefing at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, U.S....

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. The U.S. Africa Command, signaling concern over the Pentagon's potential cuts, has emphasized the Somalia-based al-Shabab as a threat to the U.S. homeland, in intent if not yet in capability _ and warning that neither China nor Russia is doing much to counter Africa's extremist groups. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

AP Explains: Why US troop cuts in Africa would cause alarm

Jan. 23, 2020 4:44 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Even as destroyed U.S. military aircraft smoldered from an al-Shabab attack that killed three Americans this month in Kenya, the al-Qaida-linked group issued a taunting message to African troops: The U.S. will abandon you just as it did the Kurds. Islamic extremists are already...

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...

CiCi Bellis of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic in their second round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

2 years, 4 operations later, CiCi Bellis back on Slam stage

Jan. 23, 2020 3:52 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — As one final backhand off her seeded Australian Open opponent's racket sailed long, CiCi Bellis looked like someone who couldn't contain her excitement, jumping and yelling. When she headed to the locker room moments later, the 20-year-old American shook her left fist, then put...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2019 file photo, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the talks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  United Nations experts Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 called for an

What we know, and don't, about the alleged Bezos phone hack

Jan. 23, 2020 3:01 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — U.N. human rights experts are asking Washington to investigate a suspected Saudi hack that may have siphoned data from the personal smartphone of Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and owner of The Washington Post. But the forensic evidence they cite comes from an incomplete study of Bezos's phone,...