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Boy arrested after shooting that killed 4 in small Utah town

Police in Utah say a boy opened fire inside a home, killing three children and a woman. The shooting happened Friday night in Grantsville, a town of 11,000 west of Salt Lake City. Police officials say the juvenile suspect was arrested at a nearby hospital after someone drove him and a fifth shooting victim there. They say that person is in stable condition with a gunshot wound and is expected to survive. Investigators believe the victims are all related to one another. Authorities have not released any identities and say they don't yet know the motive for the shooting.


China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

BEIJING (AP) — Seventeen more people in central China have been diagnosed with a new form of viral pneumonia that has killed two patients and placed other countries on alert. In total, 62 cases of the novel coronavirus have been identified in the city of Wuhan, where the virus appears to have originated. The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission reported the new cases Sunday. Nineteen of those individuals have been discharged from the hospital, while two men in their 60s — one with severe preexisting conditions — have died from the illness. At least a half-dozen countries in Asia and three U.S. airports have started screening incoming airline passengers from central China as millions of Chinese travel for Lunar New Year holidays.


Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An unprecedented show of force by gun-rights activists is expected on Monday in Virginia. They are angry over the state's new Democratic majority leadership and its plans to enact a slew of gun restrictions. Thousands of gun activists are expected to turn out. Second Amendment groups have identified the state as a rallying point for the fight against what they see as a national erosion of gun rights. Authorities in Virginia are taking precautions since extremist groups have blanketed social media and online forums with ominous messages and hinted at potential violence.


Winter storm brings heavy snow, ice to Midwest, Northeast

CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm that dumped snow and sleet on the Midwest and Plains is creating travel headaches after airlines canceled flights and officials shut down major roads. The storm system began moving through the Plains and Midwest on Friday, leading to trouble at airports in Chicago and Kansas City. It's expected to spread to the Northeast through Saturday evening. Blizzard conditions with powerful winds have been reported in some areas. Officials in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa say blowing snow is making it nearly impossible to see in some areas. Stretches of highway in the Dakotas and Wyoming have been shut down.


ICE ups ante in standoff with NYC: 'This is not a request'

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal immigration officials are turning to a new tactic in the fight over New York City's so-called sanctuary policies. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued four subpoenas Friday for information about inmates wanted for deportation. The move came hours after the agency's acting director blamed the city's sanctuary policies for the sexual assault and killing of a 92-year-old woman in Queens. The agency sent similar requests to the city of Denver this week and says it's considering expanding the practice to other jurisdictions that refuse to share information with immigration officials.


US seeks to deport Honduran mom, sick children to Guatemala

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government says it will deport a Honduran mother and her two sick children, both of whom are currently hospitalized, to Guatemala as soon as it can get them medically cleared to travel. The family’s advocates accuse the U.S. of disregarding the health of the children, ages 1 and 6, to push forward its implementation of a plan to send planeloads of families to different countries as part of a broader crackdown on asylum. Lawyers for the mother and her two children have asked a federal judge in South Texas to order the government not to deport them.


Mexico blocks hundreds of migrants from crossing border span

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities have closed a border entry point in southern Mexico after thousands of Central American migrants tried to push across a bridge between Mexico and Guatemala. As the crowd swelled Saturday, amid shoves, Mexican officials allowed a few migrants to enter in groups of 20. But people began trickling back to Guatemala and fewer than a hundred remained on the bridge by late afternoon. Normally, migrants who want to request asylum in Mexico are allowed to cross the bridge. But many of the migrants prefer to pass through Mexico en route to the U.S., which has repeatedly asked Mexico to impede their arrival.


Buttigieg says Oval Office needs wartime veteran

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says the Oval Office benefits from the perspective of a commander in chief who has served in the military in wartime. During an interview in Iowa Saturday, Buttigieg says his service gives him a special understanding of deployed men and women. He says it sets him apart from not only his top tier rivals, but President Donald Trump. He says, “That perspective is needed especially when we’ve got a president who thinks that strength is the same as the chest-thumping of the loudmouth guy at the end of the bar."


Sanders steps up appeals to women after flap with Warren

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is stepping up his pitch to women in early-voting New Hampshire on the heels of a squabble over sexism in politics with fellow progressive and 2020 rival Elizabeth Warren. The Vermont senator attended the Seacoast Women’s March in Portsmouth on Saturday and had a message for men: He said if they think abortion rights, and “equal pay for equal work” are just women's issues, they "are dead wrong." His remarks came a day after his campaign released two television ads in New Hampshire. One ad says that, under President Donald Trump, “women’s rights are under attack.”


Discovery of unused disaster supplies angers Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — People in a southern Puerto Rico city discovered a warehouse filled with water, cots and other unused emergency supplies, then set off a social media uproar when they broke in to retrieve goods as the area struggles to recover from a strong earthquake. Anger spread in the U.S. territory Saturday after video of the event in Ponce appeared on Facebook, and Gov. Wanda Vázquez quickly fired the director of the island's emergency management agency. The governor said she had ordered an investigation after learning the emergency supplies had been piled in the warehouse since Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico in September 2017.

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