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Democrats appeal for GOP help to convict 'corrupt' Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have wrapped up a day of arguments in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, appealing to skeptical Republican senators to join them in voting to oust Trump from office to “protect our democracy.” Trump's lawyers are sitting by, waiting their turn. The president is blasting the proceedings, threatening jokingly to face off with the Democrats by coming to “sit right in the front row and stare at their corrupt faces.” The challenge before the House managers is clear: Democrats have 24 hours over three days to prosecute the charges against Trump, trying to win over not just fidgety senators but the American public.


S. Carolina elected official now backing Sanders over Biden

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A black South Carolina elected official who considers herself a conservative Democrat is switching her allegiance from Joe Biden to Bernie Sanders in the state's first-in-the-South presidential primary. Dalhi Myers told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she had viewed the former vice president as “a compromise choice.” Myers said she was switching her allegiance in part because she values what she sees as Sanders' strength in being able to go toe-to-toe with President Donald Trump in the general election. Biden has deep support in the state, especially among African American voters.


Police: 8 people shot, 1 dead in downtown Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — Police say a gunman opened fire in downtown Seattle on Wednesday night, killing one person and wounding seven others. Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said Wednesday that authorities began receiving calls at about 5 p.m. Wednesday of multiple gunshot victims. He says one person was found dead in a heavily trafficked area of downtown and that five others were taken to a Seattle hospital in critical condition. The Seattle Times reported later Wednesday evening that seven people were being treated at a hospital for gunshot wounds, according to police. Police Chief Carmen Best says what they believe is a lone suspect fled and police are searching for him. It's the third shooting in downtown Seattle in two days.


Arrest warrant issued for NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a warrant has been issued for the arrest of NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown following accusations that he and his trainer attacked another man near Brown's Florida home. Hollywood police say Brown faces charges of burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief. Officers say they responded Tuesday afternoon to a disturbance call, where the alleged victim said Brown and his trainer, Glen Holt, hit him. Holt was arrested a short time later and charged with one count of burglary with battery. Police say officers attempted to make contact with Brown but were unsuccessful.


Chinese city stops outbound flights, trains to fight virus

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say the city of Wuhan is shutting down outbound flights and trains as the country battles the spread of a new virus that has sickened hundreds of people and killed 17. The official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday that the city also asked people not to leave the city without specific reasons. The illness comes from a new coronavirus that experts say may be mutating. The World Health Organization put off deciding whether to declare the outbreak a global health emergency, asking its expert committee to continue its meeting for a second day.


New tarp covers exposed remains at New Orleans collapse site

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new tarp has been hung at a building collapse site in New Orleans to hide the partially exposed remains of a worker who was killed there in October. The body was exposed after wind blew away another tarp. City officials had said safety concerns might keep the tarp from being replaced at the unstable site. But fire chief Tim McConnell said firefighters were able to replace the tarp Wednesday. Photos of the body began circulating on social media Tuesday afternoon. That prompted city officials to ask that residents not take photos of the remains. Three people were killed when a hotel collapsed while it was under construction.


Survivor says doorbell-ringing prank led to deadly attack

TEMESCAL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A survivor says a doorbell-ringing prank led a Southern California man to ram a car full of teenagers, killing three 16-year-old boys. Three other boys were injured when their Toyota Prius was struck and slammed into a tree Sunday night in Temescal Valley, southeast of Los Angeles. Anurag Chandra was arrested nearby and could face murder charges. The driver of the Prius, 18-year-old Sergio Campusano, tells KNBC-TV that the man began chasing their car after one boy rang his doorbell at random and ran off in a game of “ding dong ditch."


New rules could bump emotional-support animals from planes

The days of passengers bringing rabbits, turtles and birds on planes as emotional-support animals could be ending. The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed that only specially trained dogs qualify as service animals, which must be allowed in the cabin at no charge. Airlines could let passengers bring other animals on board, but hefty fees would apply. Airlines have complained that some passengers try to get their pets on board for free by claiming they need them for emotional support under the current rules.


Trump to attend anti-abortion rally in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will become the first president to attend the annual anti-abortion gathering in Washington called the March for Life. Trump has made it a priority to embrace social conservatives, particularly on the issue of abortion. He has sent members of his administration to speak at the march and has spoken via a video link. He's going in person to this week's event. “See you on Friday ... Big Crowd!” Trump tweeted Wednesday as he returned to the White House after a trip to Switzerland.


Saudi crown prince's WhatsApp linked to Bezos phone hack

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two U.N. human rights experts say the cellphone of Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was hacked in what appears to be an attempt by Saudi Arabia's crown prince to "influence, if not silence" the newspaper's reporting on the kingdom. The two experts called Wednesday for an “immediate investigation” by the United States into a report commissioned by Bezos that showed the technology mogul's phone was likely hacked after receiving a video file from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's WhatsApp account in 2018 after the two exchanged phone numbers at a dinner in California. Saudi Arabia has called the allegations “absolutely illegitimate.”

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