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Historic Trump impeachment trial begins in Senate Thursday, January 16th, 2020

WASHINGTON, (AFP): The historic impeachment trial of Donald Trump opened Thursday in the US Senate, as lawmakers took a solemn oath to be "impartial" in deciding whether to force the 45th US president from office. For just the third time in American history, the hushed Senate chamber was..

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Warren, Sanders spar over her claim he said woman can’t win Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE, STEVE PEOPLES and DARLENE SUPERVILLE, DES MOINES, Iowa (AP): Elizabeth Warren made a vigorous case for a female president and stood behind her accusation suggesting sexism by progressive rival Bernie Sanders Tuesday night in a tense Democratic debate that raised gender as a key..

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US adds 145,000 jobs; unemployment holds at 3.5% Friday, January 10th, 2020

By JOSH BOAK, WASHINGTON (AP): U.S. employers added 145,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.5%, signaling that the job market remains strong at the start of 2020 even if hiring and wage gains have slowed somewhat more than a decade into an economic expansion. Friday’s..

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US House votes to curb Trump war power on Iran Thursday, January 9th, 2020

WASHINGTON, (AFP): US lawmakers concerned about rushing to war with Iran adopted a measure Thursday aimed at reining in President Donald Trump's ability to take military action against the Islamic republic. The resolution was introduced by Democrats after Trump's order to kill an Iranian commander..

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US, Iran step back from the brink; region still on edge Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

By ZEKE MILLER, WASHINGTON (AP): The U.S. and Iran stepped back from the brink of possible war on Wednesday as President Donald Trump signaled he would not retaliate militarily for Iran’s missile strikes on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops. No one was harmed in the strikes, but U.S. forces in the..

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Trump to address the nation amid showdown with Iran

By ZEKE MILLER and DEB RIECHMANN, WASHINGTON (AP): President Donald Trump faces one of the greatest tests of his presidency after Iran launched ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops and planned to address the nation on Wednesday. Iran’s attack was its most brazen direct assault on..

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5 dead, 60 hospitalized in Pennsylvania Turnpike crash Sunday, January 5th, 2020

By MARK SCOLFORO and CLAIRE GALOFARO, PA, (AP): Five people were killed and about 60 were injured on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Sunday morning, when a loaded bus went out of control on a hill and rolled over, setting off a chain reaction that involved three tractor-trailers and a passenger..

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1 dead, 3 hurt in ‘stabbing incident’ in downtown Austin Friday, January 3rd, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas (AP): One person was killed, three others hurt and a suspect was in custody following a “stabbing incident” Friday morning in downtown Austin, police and emergency officials said. Austin-Travis County EMS said a man in his 20s was pronounced dead and a man in his 50s was taken to..

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Armed congregants kill gunman who shot 2 at Texas church Monday, December 30th, 2019

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP): A gunman who killed two people during a Texas church service was fatally shot within seconds by armed congregants, said state officials, who hailed the state’s gun laws that allow weapons in places of worship. More than 240 people were in the West Freeway Church of..

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Remains of 6 people found after Hawaii tour helicopter crash Friday, December 27th, 2019

By CALEB JONES, HONOLULU (AP): The remains of six people have been found after a helicopter on a tour of one of the most rugged and remote coastlines in Hawaii crashed at the top of a mountain on the island of Kauai, authorities said. Officials said Friday that there are no indications of..

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Chicago police: 13 wounded in shooting at memorial party Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

CHICAGO (AP): A shooting early Sunday at a house party held in honor of someone who was killed in April left 13 people wounded, four of them critically, Chicago police said. The shooting stemmed from a dispute at the memorial party, Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said at an early morning news..

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At least 18 prisoners dead in clash at Honduras jail Saturday, December 21st, 2019

Tegucigalpa, (AFP): At least 18 inmates died and 16 were injured in overnight clashes between prisoners in Honduras after fighting erupted at a jail in the northern port town of Tela, prison officials said Saturday. The National Penitentiary Institute said 17 prisoners had died at the facility..

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Official: 2 dead, 2 hurt in shooting at municipal building Friday, December 20th, 2019

By TOM FOREMAN Jr.WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP): Two people were killed and two wounded Friday morning in a shooting at a government facility in North Carolina, according to city officials, who said they had stabilized the situation. Winston-Salem City Manager Lee Garrity said in an email that two city..

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Trump impeached on charges of abuse of power, obstruction Thursday, December 19th, 2019

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK, WASHINGTON (AP): President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors. The historic..

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President Donald Trump impeached by US House on 2 charges Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK, WASHINGTON (AP): President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday night, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and..

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House nears impeachment as Trump decries ‘vicious crusade’ Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK, WASHINGTON (AP): On the eve of almost-certain impeachment, President Donald Trump fired off a furious letter Tuesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denouncing the “vicious crusade” against him, while Democrats amassed the votes they needed and Republicans..

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6 killed in New Jersey gunbattle, including police officer Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

By DAVID PORTER, JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP): Six people, including a police officer and three bystanders, were killed in a furious gun battle Tuesday that filled the streets of Jersey City with the sound of heavy fire for hours, authorities said. The dead included the two gunmen, Jersey City Police..

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Democrats announce two impeachment charges against Trump

WASHINGTON, (AFP): Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump on Tuesday in a momentous step asserting that the US president abused his office and deserves to be removed. If the charges -- abuse of power and obstruction of Congress -- are approved by the full House of..

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