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By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 15, 2020 at 10:48 a.m.



ALCOA, Tenn. (AP) — A spokesman at the McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Tennessee says the local sheriff's office is responding to an active shooter situation that has the base on lockdown. Officer Travers Hurst says local law enforcement is sweeping the area in Alcoa, Tennessee. The base is home to the 134th Air Refueling Wing. Spokeswoman Becky Huckabee with McGhee Tyson Airport says there are no flight delays at this time.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is describing an initial trade agreement with China as “righting the wrongs of the past and delivering a future of economic justice and security for American workers, farmers and families." The president is preparing to sign a trade agreement with China on Wednesday that is expected to boost exports from U.S. farmers and manufacturers and ease trade tensions between the two countries going into November’s presidential election. For Trump, the White House ceremony gives him the opportunity to cite progress on a top economic priority on the same day that the House votes to send articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial.

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has agreed to block the Trump administration from enforcing a presidential executive order allowing state and local government officials to reject refugees from resettling in their jurisdictions. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte issued a preliminary injunction requested by three national refugee resettlement agencies that sued to challenge the executive order. President Donald Trump’s administration announced in November that resettlement agencies must get written consent from state and local officials in any jurisdiction where they want to help resettle refugees beyond June 2020. Agency leaders say the order effectively gives governors and county leaders a veto in the resettlement process.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi named House prosecutors for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on Wednesday ahead of votes to send the charges to the Senate. At the same time, new information about the president's Ukraine efforts intensified pressure for more witnesses at the trial. The seven-member prosecution team will be led by the chairmen of the House impeachment proceedings, Reps. Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee and Jerry Nadler of the Judiciary Committee. They are two of Pelosi’s top lieutenants, selected for only the third presidential impeachment in the nation’s history.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major Democratic fundraiser and former commerce secretary under President Barack Obama has endorsed Joe Biden for president. The former vice president's campaign announced the endorsement of billionaire businesswoman Penny Pritzker on Wednesday. Pritzker's support could give Biden a considerable fundraising boost. Pritzker is an heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune and played an instrumental role in Obama's rise, helping him raise money for his Senate campaign and his 2008 presidential primary campaign against Hillary Clinton. Pritzker served as Obama's commerce secretary from 2013 until he left office. Pritzker praises Biden's years of Washington experience and joins a list of Obama administration officials who have endorsed Biden.

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