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Trump uses State of Union to campaign; Pelosi rips up speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Against a sharply partisan backdrop, President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared the nation was “stronger than ever before,." He delivered his State of the Union address on the eve of his likely impeachment acquittal and in the aftermath of the chaotic first votes of the race to replace him. The first president to run for reelection after being impeached, Trump received a raucously divided welcome to the House of Representatives, with some Republicans chanting “Four More Years” while Democrats stood silently.


The Latest: Sanders: Trump must think Americans are gullible

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says President Donald Trump must think the American people are “gullible” to believe his health care pledge in his State of the Union speech. Sanders spoke Tuesday, not long after Trump wrapped up his address in Washington. The Vermont senator seized on the president's vow to protect the health insurance coverage of people with preexisting conditions. Sanders said, "Really? How gullible do you think the American people are?” He noted that the Trump administration and a Republican-led Congress came within one vote of repealing the Obama administration’s health care law, which largely prevents private insurers from denying coverage for people with preexisting conditions.


In response to Trump, Democrat to focus on pocketbook issues

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is using her party's response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to say Democrats are focusing on making health care more affordable. In early excerpts of her speech provided by her party, Whitmer also says working-class voters are having trouble paying for transportation, prescription drugs and student loans. Democrats' decision to pick Whitmer show that they are focusing on the Midwest, where Trump won surprising victories in 2016 that helped carry him to the White House. It also represents an attempt to appeal to women, who have been alienated by Trump's conservatives stances and whom Democrats are trying to win over.


The Latest: DNC chair wants full accounting of Iowa problems

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez wants "absolute transparent accounting" of the technological meltdown that led to delayed results from Monday's leadoff Iowa caucuses. Perez said in a statement Tuesday that "what happened last night should never happen again." Saying it was “clear” the app used to tally caucus results failed, Perez called on the vendor to “provide absolute transparent accounting" of what happened. The Iowa Democratic Party released partial results after technological failures caused a daylong delay. The numbers show Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders leading the contest. Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar are trailing.


Mfume, Klacik win party primaries for Elijah Cummings' seat

BALTIMORE (AP) — Democrat Kweisi Mfume and Republican Kimberly Klacik have won special primaries for the Maryland congressional seat that was held by the late Elijah Cummings. The winners prevailed over a crowded field Tuesday. Twenty-four Democrats and eight Republicans were on the ballot for the Baltimore area 7th Congressional District primary. Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 4 to 1 in the district. Whoever wins in a special general election on April 28 will serve out the rest of Cummings' term and would have to stand for election again in November to win a full two-year term.


China deaths rise to 490, Japan confirms 10 cases on ship

BEIJING (AP) — Deaths from a new virus rose to 490 in mainland China while new cases on a Japanese cruise ship, in Hong Kong and elsewhere showed the increasing spread of the outbreak and renewed attention toward containing it. Ten people from the cruise ship tested positive and were taken to hospitals, while all 3,700 crew and passengers on the ship will be quarantined on board for up to 14 days. In Hong Kong, hospitals workers are striking to demand the border with mainland China be shut completely to ward off the virus, but four new cases without known travel to the mainland indicate the illness is spreading locally in the territory.


Senate so far split neatly along party lines on impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is so far cleaving neatly along party lines in advance of Wednesday's virtually certain votes to acquit President Donald Trump on two impeachment charges. A leading GOP moderate, Susan Collins of Maine, has announced she will vote to acquit Trump, leaving Utah Sen. Mitt Romney as the only potential GOP vote to convict Trump of abusing his office and stonewalling Congress. The chamber's top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, again slammed the impeachment drive of House Democrats as “the most rushed, least fair and least thorough" in history and confirmed that he will vote to acquit Trump. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer accused Republicans of sweeping Trump's misconduct under the rug.


Back on stand, Weinstein accuser declares: 'He is my rapist'

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who says Harvey Weinstein raped her was back on the witness stand Tuesday, a day after she became so upset while being questioned by the movie mogul's lawyers that the judge suspended her cross examination. Subdued and somber, the woman stared at jurors and told them she wanted them to know that Weinstein was "my rapist.” The woman is expected to be on the stand much of the day as Weinstein's lawyers continue a painstaking review of emails and other evidence they say paint the 34-year-old as manipulative. Weinstein has said any sexual encounters were consensual.


Asian shares up on China efforts despite virus worries

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are rising in morning trading on optimism that China's latest actions may help curtail some of the expected economic damage from the virus outbreak. Benchmarks in Japan, Australia, South Korea and China are all up Wednesday. The moves reflect a broad rally on Wall Street overnight. Investors welcomed a decision by China’s central bank to inject $57 billion into its markets. The move is the latest step by Beijing to soften the financial blow of the recent virus outbreak. Worries about the potential global economic impact rattled global markets in recent weeks.


Buttigieg, Sanders lead as Iowa releases partial results

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party has released partial results of its kickoff presidential caucus after a long day of delay. The early results show former Midwestern Mayor Pete Buttigieg and fiery progressive Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the opening contest in the party's 2020 primary season. The results late Tuesday followed 24 hours of chaos as technical issues marred the contest, forcing state officials to apologize and raising questions about Iowa's traditional place atop the presidential primary calendar. It's still too early to call a winner, but the results so far are not good news for former Vice President Joe Biden, who's shown in fourth place behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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