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High-profile Iowa poll won't be released
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines Register, CNN and its polling partner have decided not to release the final installment of its presidential preference poll, fearing its results may have been compromised. The executive editor of the Iowa newspaper, Carol Hunter, posted the announcement Saturday night at the same time the results of the highly anticipated survey were supposed to be released. She says one of the poll respondents reported earlier in the day that a candidate's name had been omitted. While believed to be an isolated incident, the poll administrators could not be certain. Hunter says not releasing the Iowa Poll was a difficult decision.
The Latest: Yang says his caucus success will be a 'shock'
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says he will “shock” the nation with his performance in Monday night’s caucuses. He says one reason will be his support from Republicans, who he claims back him because he's focused on the same issues as President Donald Trump. Speaking at a rally at a downtown Des Moines hotel Saturday night, Yang told a packed ballroom that he's laser-focused on solving the same problems that Trump pointed out — but has actual solutions that people will see and feel.
STATE OF THE UNION-POLLS
Polling: Americans dissatisfied with the state of the union
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a lot confronting President Donald Trump as he's set to give his State of the Union address on Tuesday night. There's impeachment, the presidential campaign and the global virus health threat. But one thing about the Trump era has remained remarkably steady, and that's public opinion on the president. Approval of Trump has stayed persistently in negative territory, and the country is more polarized now than it has been under any other president. Polls also show Americans express significant dissatisfaction with the direction of the country and even more so with the state of politics. But Americans have largely positive views of both the economy and how Trump is handling it.
Philippines reports 1st virus death outside of China
BEIJING (AP) — The Philippines has reported the first death of a new virus outside of China where authorities delayed the opening of schools in the worst-hit province and tightened quarantine measures in another that allow only one family member to venture out to buy supplies. Philippine officials say a 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan was admitted on Jan. 25 with fever, cough and sore throat before he developed severe pneumonia. His female companion also tested positive. The Philippines joined the U.S. and others in banning entry to travelers from China. Meanwhile, China's news agency says six officials in Huanggang, neighboring the epicenter of Wuhan in Hubei province, have been fired over poor performance in handling the outbreak. The mayor complained the city lacks medical supplies.
Emails show the fallout from Trump's claims about Dorian
WASHINGTON (AP) — A flurry of newly released emails from scientists and top officials at the federal agency responsible for weather forecasting clearly illustrates the consternation and outright alarm caused by President Donald Trump’s false claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama. What the scientists and officials found even more troubling was a statement later issued by an unnamed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokesman that supported Trump’s claim and repudiated the agency’s own forecasters. The emails were released late Friday in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. They give an inside picture of the scramble to respond to the president and the turmoil it caused inside the federal agency.
Court filing points to Trump emails on Ukraine decision
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says in a court filing that two dozen emails revealing details of President Donald Trump’s decision-making regarding withholding military assistance to Ukraine are protected from a lawsuit under “presidential privilege.” What went into Trump’s decision to hold back the aid goes to the heart of his impeachment. A late Friday filing by the Justice Department revealed the existence of the 24 emails, which are being sought by the Center for Public Integrity. An attorney for the Office of Management and Budget tells the court that the emails are subject to presidential privilege. Senate Republicans have rejected Senate Democrats' demands that new evidence and new witnesses be considered during the trial.
Montana lawmaker: Socialists should be shot or jailed
BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — The Montana Republican Party on Saturday condemned a comment made by a state GOP lawmaker who said the U.S. Constitution calls for people who identify as socialists to be jailed or shot. The Billings Gazette reported that state Rep. Rodney Garcia said Friday at a state party gathering that he is worried about socialists entering the government and being “everywhere” in Billings. He stood behind his comments when asked Saturday. Spenser Merwin, the executive director of the Montana Republican Party, said in statement the party wholeheartedly condemned Garcia's comments.
Virginia: Random gunfire reported, boy found fatally shot
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia's capital city are investigating a shooting that left a 3-year-old boy dead. Richmond Police say officers were called to a location on Southlawn Avenue shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday in response to reports of random gunfire and a person being shot. Police say officers found the boy with an apparent gunshot wound. He died at a hospital. Detectives are continuing their investigation.
SEATTLE SHOOTING ARREST
Men wanted by police in Seattle shooting arrested in Nevada
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Police Department says two men who investigators say were involved in a downtown Seattle shooting that killed one person and injured seven others were arrested Saturday. The Seattle Times and the Las Vegas Review-Journal report that Marquise Tolbert, 24, and William Tolliver, 24, were booked into jail in Clark County, Nevada, jail records show. Tolbert and Tolliver were identified by police as suspects last week after the Jan. 22 shooting at Third Avenue and Pine Street. Records show both have lengthy arrest records. A third suspect injured in the shooting was located by police at Harborview Medical Center.
FUGITIVE CAUGHT-DIGITAL FOOTPRINTS
Digital footprints lead cops to Arizona fugitive in Canada
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say man who pleaded guilty to murder before fleeing Arizona over 16 years ago to avoid being sentenced has been arrested in Canada. Adan Perez Huerta pleaded guilty in 2003 to negligent homicide. But he didn't appear for sentencing in the case stemming from a 19-year-old woman’s death in a 2002 DUI car wreck in a Phoenix suburb. Chandler police say a detective searched for Huerta by checking social media posts of his relatives and associates and eventually found posts by Adan himself and determined that Huerta was in Toronto. Police there arrested Huerta, and he was extradited Thursday. Huerta’s attorney declined comment Saturday.