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Thu. 12:55 p.m.: Trump’s impeachment trial underway with reading of charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump today, with House Democrats reading the formal charges in the chamber ahead of the swearing in of all 100 senators as jurors for only the third trial to remove a president in U.S. history. "Hear ye, ...

Thu. 9:51 a.m.: Australia firefighters save world’s only rare dinosaur trees

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said today. Firefighters winched from helicopters to reach the cluster of fewer than 200 Wollemi Pines in a ...

Thu. 9:29 a.m.: Putin cements power as Russian lawmakers approve his new PM

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers today quickly approved the appointment of a new prime minister, a day after President Vladimir Putin kicked off an unexpected reshuffle of his inner circle that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024. Mikhail Mishustin, the chief of ...

Thu. 9:17 a.m.: Iraq’s top cleric recovering from surgery after accident

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric is recovering from surgery for a fractured bone following an accident in his home, officials said today. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who turns 90 later this year and whose opinion is often sought during troubled times, fractured a thigh ...

Thu. 9:04 a.m.: Ukraine opens probe of possible surveillance of ambassador

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police say they have opened an investigation into the possibility that the former U.S. ambassador came under illegal surveillance before she was recalled from her post. The announcement today came two days after Democratic lawmakers in the United States ...

Thu. 8:51 a.m.: AP Explains: New rules could muddle results of Iowa caucuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, the Iowa Democratic Party will report three sets of results from the party's presidential caucuses. And there is no guarantee that all three will show the same winner. Each set of results represents a different stage of the caucus. The new rules were ...

Thu. 8:44 a.m.: Not easy being green: North Carolina dog births unique puppy

CANTON, N.C. (AP) — The Avengers may have gained a canine sidekick after a North Carolina family's dog gave birth to a bright green puppy named "Hulk." Gypsy, a white shepherd owned by Haywood County resident Shana Stamey, delivered eight puppies Friday morning. Gypsy's three-hour labor ...

Wed. 9:48 a.m.: Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. lead field into rock hall

NEW YORK (AP) — Posthumous inductees Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G. will lead a new class into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, joined by Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails and T-Rex. The inductees were announced this morning. The annual induction ceremony will take ...

Wed. 9:45 a.m.: Nissan adds nearly 308K vehicles to Takata recall saga

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling nearly 308,000 vehicles in the U.S. to replace dangerous Takata air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel. The Nissan front passenger inflators are among 10 million from 14 different automakers that Takata is recalling. It's the last recall that ...

Wed. 9:09 a.m.: World shares slip on jitters over China-US trade deal

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mostly lower today as conflicting reports raised concerns over the likely outcome of a trade deal to be signed by the U.S. and China. Britain's FTSE 100 edged 0.1 percent higher to 7,632, while the CAC 40 in Paris was down 0.2 percent at 6,028. In Germany, ...

Wed. 8:59 a.m.: Delay over, House to send articles of impeachment to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is set to vote today to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for a landmark trial on whether the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are grounds for his removal. Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans a morning ...

Wed. 8:51 a.m.: Helmet trouble strikes 2nd all-female spacewalk

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two NASA astronauts ventured out this morning on a second all-female spacewalk to finish upgrades to the International Space Station's power grid, but quickly ran into a helmet problem. It was the second pairing of Jessica Meir and Christina Koch outside the ...

Wed. 8:46 a.m.: Key takeaways from Democratic presidential debate in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some key takeaways from Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, the final forum before the Iowa caucuses: CIVILITY AND SUBSTANCE OVER FIGHTING AND FRICTION After the United States' killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Democrats were bracing for ...

Tues. 2:55 p.m.: GM chooses site for battery plant

LORDSTOWN - General Motors has a purchase agreement in place for 158 acres of land in Lordstown for a $2.3 billion battery-cell manufacturing plant the automaker wants to build in partnership with South Korea's LG Chem. The land is on Tod Avenue between Salt Springs and Hallock Young roads, ...

Tues. 2 p.m.: High court won’t give Hill a new trial

The U.S. Supreme Court denied one of Danny Lee Hill's petitions, meaning there is just one more issue left for the federal courts to decide. Hill's attorneys asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's decision refusing to grant him a new trial, but the court decided Monday to deny the ...

Tue. 9:32 a.m.: EU launches Iran nuclear deal dispute action

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain, France and Germany have launched action under the Iran nuclear agreement paving the way for possible sanctions in response to Tehran's attempts to roll back parts of the deal, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said today. The three countries, which ...

Tue. 9:07 a.m.: Iran announces arrests over downing of plane that killed 176

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's judiciary said today arrests have been made for the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed all 176 people on board just after takeoff from Tehran last week. The announcement came amid an upswell of anger and protests by Iranians in recent ...

Tue. 9:02 a.m.: Hay tainted by toxic beetles kills 14 horses in Wisconsin

MAUSTON, Wis. (AP) — Hay tainted by a toxic beetle is blamed for the deaths of 14 horses and illnesses to dozens of others on a Wisconsin ranch. Steady rain and flooding this past summer left the hay in fields at Red Ridge Riding Stable in Mauston unusable. So, the owners, Cindy ...