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A Japanese chartered plane carrying evacuees from Wuhan, China, landed at Haneda international airport in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Cases of new virus in China top its total for SARS

Jan. 29, 2020 6:01 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China, with 5,974 cases of a new virus, has more infections than it did in with SARS, though the death toll is still lower. China had 5,327 cases of SARS in the 2002-2003 outbreak. China reported another large jump in cases Wednesday and a rise in the death toll to 132. That compares to 348...

In this image from video, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

GOP lacks votes to block Bolton as Trump impeachment witness

Jan. 29, 2020 6:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is shifting to questions from senators, a pivotal juncture as Republicans lack the votes to block witnesses and face a potential setback in their hope of ending the trial with a quick acquittal. After Trump's defense team rested Tuesday with a...

In this image from video, presiding officer Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Question time: What's next in Trump's impeachment trial

Jan. 29, 2020 12:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With opening arguments wrapped up in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, senators will now get a chance to ask questions. But the normally loquacious politicians will still have to keep silent, as their questions can only be submitted in writing. The question-and-answer...

FILE - This Jan. 26, 2020, file photo, shows the view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Yeriho. As President Donald Trump presented a Mideast plan favorable to Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, Jan. 28, announced plans to move ahead with the potentially explosive annexation of large parts of the occupied West Bank, including dozens of Jewish settlements. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Israel headed for clash with ICC over West Bank settlements

Jan. 29, 2020 2:49 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Emboldened by a supportive White House, Israel appears to be barreling toward a showdown with the international community over its half-century-old settlement enterprise in the West Bank. With the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court poised to launch a war crimes probe of...

This undated photo provided by Group 3 Aviation shows helicopter pilot Ara Zobayan, who was at the controls of the helicopter that crashed in Southern California, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, killing all nine aboard including former Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Location is not provided. (Group 3 Aviation via AP)

Kobe Bryant helicopter lacked recommended safety device

Jan. 28, 2020 10:37 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant didn’t have a recommended warning system to alert the pilot he was too close to land but it’s not clear it would have averted the crash that killed nine because the pilot may have lost control as the aircraft plunged into a fog-shrouded...

Syrians drive through the city of al-Mastouma, in Idlib province, as they flee a government offensive, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Syrian government forces have been on the offensive for more than a month in the northwestern Idlib province, the last rebel stronghold in the country. But in recent days, the government captured more than a dozen villages in the area as the insurgents' defenses began to crumble. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Syrian troops capture key town in rebel-held Idlib province

Jan. 29, 2020 5:36 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces captured one of the largest and most strategic rebel-held towns in the country's northwest, the Syrian military and opposition activists said Wednesday, part of a Russian-backed military assault that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people fleeing to...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Wednesday May, 30, 2018, a member of the Army stand guard at the entrance of the headquarters of a new five-nation West African counter terror force, in Mali. As extremist violence grows across Africa, the United States is considering reducing its military presence on the continent, a move that worries its international partners who are working to strengthen the fight in the tumultuous Sahel region. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed, File)

U.S. ponders cutting military forces in Africa; allies worry

Jan. 29, 2020 5:04 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — As extremist violence grows across Africa, the United States is considering reducing its military presence on the continent, a move that worries its international partners who are working to strengthen the fight in the tumultuous Sahel region. The timing is especially critical in the...

In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 photo, Rev. David Kennedy stands outside the Echo Theater holding a photo of his great uncle's lynching, in Laurens, S.C. Kennedy has fought for civil rights in South Carolina for decades. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)

Pastor's fight against KKK becomes movie that may aid battle

Jan. 29, 2020 2:08 AM EST

LAURENS, S.C. (AP) — Not many years ago in a small, rural South Carolina town stood The Redneck Shop — a racist emporium and Ku Klux Klan museum housed in an old theater, where white supremacist neo-Nazis gave heil-Hitler salutes and flaunted swastikas and Rebel flags. That building, once the...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, image from video posted on Douyin, a popular Chinese social media platform, Wei Zikai's family plays badminton in the living room of their home in Wuhan, China. Chinese around the country confined to their apartments either by choice or by order are making the best of the situation as cities remain in lockdown in a desperate bid to contain a new, dangerous virus. (Douyin user Wei Zikai via AP)

Confined at home, Chinese get creative to beat boredom

Jan. 29, 2020 4:09 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Chinese around the country confined to their apartments either by choice or by order are making the best of the situation as cities remain in lockdown in a desperate bid to contain a new, dangerous virus. A couple from Shantou, a coastal city in Guangdong province, recreated a childhood...

FILE - This Feb. 1, 1993 file photo shows Pop superstar Michael Jackson performing during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Regardless of your musical tastes, it seems the Super Bowl halftime show has gone there. From the sublime (Tony Bennett) to the ridiculous ( Janet Jackson's ``uncovering''), and from Michael Jackson's moonwalks to U2's majestic remembrance of the 911 victims, the halftime presentations have drawn nearly as much attention as the NFL championship game itself. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

From marching bands to The Boss to Lady Gaga at halftime

Jan. 29, 2020 3:39 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Regardless of your musical tastes, it seems the Super Bowl halftime show has gone there. From marching bands to New Orleans jazz, from Latin and Caribbean vibes to Motown. From classic rock to country, pop to hip hop and rap. From the sublime (Tony Bennett) to the ridiculous (Janet Jackson's...

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In this Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 photo, a man wearing a face mask rides in a nearly empty subway train in Beijing. Fears of a virus outbreak have kept many indoors and at home in China's capital. Cultural landmarks such as the Great Wall and Forbidden City have closed their doors to visitors, nearly deserted shopping malls have reduced their operating hours, and restaurants that remain open draw just a handful of customers. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

AP Photos: Beijing hunkers down amid virus outbreak

Jan. 29, 2020 6:32 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — In a normal year, the city of Beijing springs to life in the closing days of the annual weeklong Lunar New Year holiday as families leave home for shopping, dining and to visit tourist attractions. But this is not a normal year. Fears of a virus outbreak have kept many indoors and at home in...

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., center, joined by fellow House Democratic impeachment managers, from left, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Schiff, Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)

10 Things to Know for Today

Jan. 29, 2020 6:32 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHETHER TO CALL WITNESSES ROILS TRUMP'S TRIAL The impeachment trial is shifting to questions from senators, a pivotal juncture as Republicans lack the votes for now to block witnesses — potentially...

An airplane, background, carrying U.S. citizens being evacuated from Wuhan, China, makes a refueling stop at the north terminal at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska Tuesday evening, Jan. 28, 2020. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Americans pass health test after being evacuated from China

Jan. 29, 2020 6:29 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A plane evacuating more than 200 Americans from a Chinese city at the center of a virus outbreak continued Wednesday on to southern California after everyone aboard passed a health screening test in Anchorage, where the aircraft had stopped to refuel. All 201 passengers had already...

Police seek dad, baby after 3 women killed in South Florida

Jan. 29, 2020 6:26 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued an Amber Alert on Wednesday for a father and baby who've been missing since three women were found shot to death. Miami-Dade officers have been searching for 49-year-old Ernesto Caballeiro since three women were found killed in a home on 187th...

Residents clean up their flood-damaged house in Central Tapanuli, North Sumatra, Indonesia Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Landslides and floods from torrential rains in Indonesia' Sumatra island leave a scores of people dead and displaced thousands, the country's disaster agency said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Damai Mendrofa)

Floods, landslide in western Indonesia leave 7 dead

Jan. 29, 2020 6:25 AM EST

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Landslides and floods from torrential rains on Indonesia's Sumatra island killed at least seven people and displaced thousands, the disaster agency said Wednesday. Large areas of Central Tapanuli district in North Sumatra province were inundated with up to 2.5 meters (6 feet) of...

Nurse who took painkillers from patients gets 4 years

Jan. 29, 2020 6:19 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A nurse has been given four years in prison for fraudulently obtaining painkillers from her patients in eastern Iowa. Katie Boll, 31, from Manchester, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. She'd pleaded guilty to tampering with a consumer product resulting...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, a poster warning about coronavirus is seen as passengers wear masks in a departure lobby at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea. British Airways and Asian budget carriers Lion Air and Seoul Air are suspending all flights to China as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 people. British Airways said Wednesday it is immediately suspending all flights to and from mainland China after the U.K. government warned against unnecessary travel to the country. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

China's women's Olympic soccer team quarantined in Australia

Jan. 29, 2020 6:15 AM EST

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — China's national women's soccer team has been quarantined in Australia ahead of an Olympic qualifying tournament as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 people. Health officials in Queensland state said on Wednesday that 32 people,...

The directors of the Berlinale film festival Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek present the program of the Berlinale in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Jan.29, 2020. The 70th International Film Festival begins on Feb.20.  (Britta Pedersen/dpa via AP)

Berlin film fest to zoom in on inner turmoil, outer chaos

Jan. 29, 2020 6:14 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — This year's Berlin International Film Festival will have a decidedly dark focus, with many of its headline movies reflecting the inner turmoil of characters and the troubled backdrop of the chaotic world around them. The festival's new artistic director, Carlo Chatrian, said Wednesday that...

FILE- In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo, Rohingya refugee children attend a UNICEF run school in Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh. Authorities in Bangladesh in partnership with the United Nations will expand educational programs for hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya children living in refugee camps who are currently receiving only basic lessons, officials said Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

Bangladesh to improve schools for Rohingya refugee children

Jan. 29, 2020 6:14 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh in partnership with the United Nations will expand educational programs for hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya children living in refugee camps who are currently receiving only basic lessons, officials said Wednesday. The children, who fled with...

In this Sunday, Jan. 28, 2020 photo, Ibrahim Elbadawi, Sudan's interim minister of finance, speaks in an interview in Khartoum, Sudan. Sudan is moving forward with an ambitious economic plan that will slash subsidies and replace them with direct cash payments to the poor, Elbadawi said. (AP Photo)

Sudan to tackle fuel subsidies as economy hangs on the edge

Jan. 29, 2020 6:05 AM EST

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan hopes to cut fuel subsidies over the course of 18 months, starting as early as March, and replace them with direct cash payments to the poor, the country’s finance minister said Wednesday, laying out a timetable for sweeping economic reforms sought by international...