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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House has voted to send two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate. The House also approved the chamber's prosecutors for what will be only the third Senate impeachment trial in American history. The nearly party-line vote on Wednesday moves Trump's impeachment from Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Democratic-run House to the Republican-majority Senate. Trump expects acquittal in the Senate, though new evidence is raising fresh questions about his Ukraine efforts.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a new trade agreement with China that's expected to boost exports from U.S. farmers and manufacturers. Trump said during a White House ceremony that the agreement is “righting the wrongs of the past." And he promoted the signing as a way of delivering economic justice for American workers. Trump said during a White House ceremony that the deal is “righting the wrongs of the past."

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 on Wednesday 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. The administration didn't immediately say whether it will appeal Messitte's decision.

ALCOA, Tenn (AP) — Tennessee's McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base is on lockdown after receiving reports of shots being fired. Tennessee National Guard Sgt. First Class William Jones calls it a developing situation. Base spokesman Travers Hurst said Blount County Sheriff's deputies are sweeping the area after receiving reports of an active shooter. He also said that a student had reported seeing someone with a gun. The Tennessee National Guard said it had no reports of injuries. The airbase in Alcoa, a suburb of Knoxville, Tennessee, is home to the 134th Air Refueling Wing.

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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