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BEIJING (AP) — Deaths from a new viral disease that is causing mounting global concern have risen by 25 to at least 106 in China. The United States and other governments are preparing to fly their citizens out of the locked-down city at center of the outbreak. The total includes the first death in Beijing and 24 more fatalities in Hubei province, where the outbreak has been centered. Asian stock markets tumbled for a second day, dragged down by worries about the virus’s global economic impact. More than 4,500 cases are confirmed. The U.S., Japan, Mongolia, France and other governments were preparing evacuations.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation’s most prominent legal commentators, Alan Dershowitz, brought a touch of star power to the Senate trial of President Donald Trump. The Harvard Law professor argued in Trump's defense that a crime was required to impeach and remove a president and that the articles of impeachment against Trump cited no crime. Another highlight of Monday's proceedings came from former national security adviser John Bolton, though he was nowhere near the Capitol. Yet Bolton's account in an upcoming book that Trump told him he wanted to withhold security aid from Ukraine until it launched investigations into political rival Joe Biden is putting pressure on GOP senators to call witnesses at the trial.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A line of defense in President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial may sound very similar to one in the first impeachment case in American history. Back in 1868, a lawyer for President Andrew Johnson argued that Johnson couldn't be removed from office because Johnson hadn't committed a crime. Today, one of Trump's lawyers, Alan Dershowitz, offered that very argument at Trump's trial — that impeachment requires criminal-like conduct. But legal scholars dispute the idea that the Founding Fathers ever intended for impeachable offenses to require proof of a crime. Historians also are skeptical about crediting that argument with securing Johnson's narrow acquittal.
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — A federal investigator says the pilot of the helicopter that crashed outside Los Angeles, killing Kobe Bryant and eight others, told air traffic controllers in his last message that he was climbing to avoid a cloud layer before the aircraft plunged more than 1,000 feet into a hillside. The helicopter crashed Sunday morning after requesting special permission to fly through heavy fog. Jennifer Homendy of the National Transportation Safety Board says investigators went to the scene Monday to collect evidence. She says the wreckage was scattered over a large area.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post has placed a political reporter on administrative leave after she tweeted a link to a story about rape allegations against NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who was killed Sunday. Reporter Felicia Sonmez's tweet Sunday, amid widespread public mourning over Bryant's death in a helicopter crash, drew considerable backlash on social media. The Post reported that Somnez received threats of death and rape and had to move to a hotel after her home address was published online. She also received an email from Executive Editor Marty Baron saying her tweet showed “A real lack of judgment.”
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