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Warren built a vaunted Iowa team early. Now she's counting on it for a comeback

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NEWTON, Iowa -- Matthew Cox arrived at an Elizabeth Warren event here unsure of who he would support in the state's upcoming caucuses, indicating he was still deciding among four Democratic presidential candidates: Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang and Warren.

That made him a prime target for Liv Ellis.

Ellis, a young clipboard-...Read more

Impeachment cellphone ban gives Senate pages a workout

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's impeachment trial may be requiring senators to stay seated hour after agonizing hour, but there's one group getting more exercise than they've seen in years: Senate pages.

The blue-jacket-clad teens have been running all over the Senate floor, relaying messages between senators and staff, fetching water ...Read more

Does Tom Steyer have real momentum or just a ton of money?

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Rachel Minus is not impressed by the Democratic presidential candidates. They're just recycling tired talking points for African American voters like her, she said -- with one curious exception.

The South Carolina millennial is all in for Tom Steyer, a Bay Area billionaire who's been caricatured by critics as the definition ...Read more

House and White House impeachment legal teams offer stark contrast on facts and style

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WASHINGTON -- After a Senate trial opening so contentious after nearly 13 hours that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. felt compelled to tell both sides to cool it, a weary Rep. Adam B. Schiff was perhaps stating the obvious early Wednesday when he admitted, "You're going to have tempers flare."

But when lawmakers reconvened later for the first...Read more

View from the gallery: Senators seek comfort and novelty during Trump trial

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WASHINGTON -- Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton was among the first senators spotted ordering milk to the Senate chamber for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial Wednesday, and he took small sips to wash down what looked like a Hershey's chocolate bar.

This was the second day of the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history, and the 100...Read more

Auschwitz was liberated 75 years ago. But politics are complicating the celebration

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KRAKOW, Poland -- In 1939, Poland was home to more Jews than any other nation in Europe. Partitioned by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that year, Poland lost a fifth of its population in World War II; 90% of Polish Jews were killed in the Holocaust. Israel was established as a Jewish homeland in 1948, out of the ashes of that global ...Read more

Seattle-area man with China coronavirus had close contact with at least 16 people, officials say

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SEATTLE -- A Snohomish County man who was diagnosed Monday with the newly discovered Wuhan coronavirus after a trip to China had close contact with at least 16 people after arriving at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Jan. 15, health officials said Wednesday afternoon.

The man has the United States' first confirmed case of the mysterious...Read more

PG&E makes breakthrough bankruptcy deal, but Gov. Newsom slams California utility again

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- PG&E Corp. made a landmark agreement with its bondholders Wednesday that wards off a hostile takeover attempt, but the utility encountered fresh headwinds from California Gov. Gavin Newsom over its plans to exit bankruptcy.

After months of squabbling with the hedge funds that hold billions in bond debt, PG&E said it ...Read more

1 dead, 5 critically wounded in downtown Seattle shooting

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SEATTLE -- One person was killed and five people were critically wounded in a shooting near Third Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle on Wednesday, according to Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best.

Police were asking people to stay out of the area after the shooting, which occurred shortly after 5 p.m. The suspect fled the area and was ...Read more

Violent clashes between protesters and police return to Beirut

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BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Violent clashes between protesters and anti-riot police have returned to Beirut, even after Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab pledged to work with his newly formed government to restore the public's confidence.

Protesters have taken to Lebanon's streets on a regular basis since Oct. 17, demanding the departure of the ...Read more

Trump's comments undercut military's messages on brain injuries

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's comment Wednesday that U.S. troops suffering concussion-like symptoms had "not very serious" injuries clashed with a yearslong, hard-fought U.S. military campaign to spread the message that a brain injury is not something to be minimized.

Trump was referring to at least 11 cases of troops in Iraq reporting...Read more

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ICE allowed to force-feed hunger striker detained in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Immigration authorities asked a federal judge last Friday for permission to force-feed Saleem Khan, a 33-year-old Indian citizen who has been on hunger strike at Krome Detention Center since Dec. 11.

Federal court filings reveal that, since his hunger strike ...Read more

Woman on Spirit Airlines flight: Passenger put hand in my pants while I slept

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DETROIT -- The FBI is investigating a Michigan woman's claim that she was sexually assaulted aboard a Spirit Airlines flight by a man sitting next to her. The woman said the flight attendants took the alleged assault lightly -- asking her to move her seat, but not making that same request of him.

Spirit Airlines, however, said its crew did all ...Read more

New security measures after Pensacola shooting should provide more confidence, Esper says

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NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday acknowledged that a deadly shooting at this Florida military base had raised concerns about international students, but said new security measures should provide a "much higher degree of confidence."

On Dec. 6, a Saudi pilot training at NAS Pensacola as part of an ...Read more

Trump weighs plan to expand controversial ban on travel to US

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is reviewing a Homeland Security Department recommendation that he expand one of the most controversial policies of his administration by banning people from an additional seven countries from traveling to the U.S.

The department suggested the White House expand the travel restrictions to Tanzania, Belarus, ...Read more

A novel pill to treat bleeding from uterine fibroids aims for FDA approval

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PHILADELPHIA -- For millions of premenopausal women, uterine fibroids turn their monthly periods into virtual hemorrhages.

A new drug called elagolix cut blood loss by half over six months in the overwhelming majority of women who participated in two clinical trials published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Elagolix, being ...Read more

White House has no plans to seek State of the Union postponement due to impeachment

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WASHINGTON -- The White House is moving ahead with plans for President Donald Trump to deliver the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 4 and does not plan to ask House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a delay, two White House officials told McClatchy.

Officials said they do not believe the address will come in the middle ...Read more

Judge rejects delay, orders May hearing in Golden State Killer case

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Ignoring defense pleas for another year to prepare for the Golden State Killer case, a Sacramento judge Wednesday ordered a preliminary hearing for Joseph James DeAngelo to commence on May 12, more than two years after his arrest.

"This is not an easy call," Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White said after hearing ...Read more

Planned Parenthood founded to 'destroy the entire black race,' NC governor candidate says

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Speaking at a predominantly black church on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest said Planned Parenthood tried to commit genocide on African Americans through abortion, a claim often made by some conservative Christians.

He also said race and skin color are simply about genetics, much like how people have different-...Read more

NC Board of Elections asked to probe Confederate group and its political activities

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A local campaign finance watchdog filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections on Wednesday asking for an investigation of the North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans and its North Carolina Heritage political action committee.

Bob Hall asked for the probe and appropriate penalties for the NC Heritage PAC's "apparent ...Read more