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Impeachment trial heads to historic end in frenetic week

By HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial heads toward a historic conclusion this week, with senators all-but-certain to acquit him on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after narrowly rejecting Democratic demands to summon ...

Dems kick off Iowa caucuses amid worry over beating Trump

By STEVE PEOPLES, THOMAS BEAUMONT and ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democratic campaign that has cost more than $1 billion, dashed the ambitions of veteran politicians, forced conversations about race, gender and identity and prompted fierce debate over health ...

Iowa in Focus: Democrats open 2020 with hope, anxiety

By The Associated Press undefined Hopeful but also afraid. Uncertain but still focused. Iowa's Democrats will arrive at their 2020 kickoff caucuses on Monday with a mix of emotions and one urgent mission: voting President Donald Trump out of office in November. For months, Associated Press ...

Klobuchar: Not aware of questionable evidence in teen’s case

By ROBIN McDOWELL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Sunday that she was not aware of questionable evidence and police tactics used to send a young black teen to prison for life when she was a top Minneapolis prosecutor. But much of what The Associated Press found ...

Bernie Ebbers, ex-CEO convicted in WorldCom scandal, dies

By MALLIKA SEN Associated Press The former chief of WorldCom, convicted in one of the largest corporate accounting scandals in U.S. history, died just over a month after his early release from prison. Bernard Ebbers was 78. The Canadian-born former telecommunications executive died Sunday in ...

GOP doesn’t have votes to block witnesses, McConnell says

By ERIC TUCKER, ZEKE MILLER and LISA MASCARO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders do not yet have the votes to block Democrats' demand for more witnesses at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded to fellow GOP senators ...

Budget deficit to break $1 trillion despite strong economy

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An annual congressional report says the U.S. budget deficit is likely to burst through the symbolic $1 trillion barrier this year despite a healthy economy. Tuesday's Congressional Budget Office report follows a burst of new spending last ...

Coroner: 4 of 8 boat dock fire victims were children

By JAY REEVES Associated Press SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — Roughly two dozen people lived on Dock B at Jackson County Park Marina, and none was rich or famous. They were middle-class adults and children, not yachters, folks who liked having a Tennessee River bywater for their backyard. A fire ...

Sanders’ Social Security ‘adjustments’ undercut Biden attack

By BRIAN SLODYSKO and BILL BARROW Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As a congressman in the 1990s, Bernie Sanders expressed an openness to making "adjustments" to the tax and benefit structure of Social Security. He also praised an overhaul of the social safety net program signed into ...

Kobe Bryant’s body, other crash victims identified

By BRIAN MELLEY, DAVID KOENIG and BERNARD CONDON Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bodies of Kobe Bryant and three other people killed when a helicopter smashed into a foggy Los Angeles-hillside have been identified, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Tuesday. Fingerprints ...