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WASHINGTON (AP) — Iowa Democrats are fiercely united by the goal of unseating President Donald Trump, but they were sharply divided at the state's caucuses Monday over which candidate was best equipped to do so. The results from AP VoteCast show how difficult it can be any single contender to unite an increasingly diverse coalition of voters. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders enjoys greater backing from young voters. Former Vice President Joe Biden has slightly more support from older voters. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a slight edge with women. AP VoteCast is a survey of more than 2,800 voters who said they planned to take part in the Iowa caucuses.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party says the delay in reporting caucus votes is the result of a “reporting issue” and not because of a “hack or an intrusion.” Communications director Mandy McClure said Monday night that the party “found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results.” She says the party is using photos of the results and a paper trail to “validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report." She says: “The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results."

BEIJING (AP) — China says the number of infections from a new virus has surpassed 20,000 as medical workers and patients arrived at a new hospital and President Xi Jinping said “we have launched a people's war of prevention of the epidemic.” Xi presided over a special meeting of the top Communist Party body, saying the country must race against time to curb the spread of the virus. Hong Kong reported its first death from the illness and shut almost all of its land and sea border crossings with the mainland after medical workers began a strike demanding the border be closed completely. Their union has threatened a bigger walkout Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Homeland Security official says the number of border apprehensions has dropped for the eighth straight month, following crackdowns by the Trump administration that include forcing asylum seekers back over the U.S.-Mexico border. The official says the number of encounters with border officials over the past four months was 165,000. A year earlier during the same time it was about 242,000. The official spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official results have not been released. The steep decline will almost certainly figure heavily into President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Closing arguments Monday in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial were directed more toward history than to sway the outcome, one final chance to influence public opinion and set the record ahead of his expected acquittal in the Republican-led Senate. The House Democratic prosecutors say senators — and Americans — should see that Trump's actions are not isolated but a pattern of behavior that, left unchecked, will allow him to "cheat"' in the 2020 election. The president's defense counters that the Democrats have been out to impeach Trump since the start of his presidency.

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