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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's impeachment trial has ended, and now President Donald Trump is barreling into his reelection fight with a united Republican Party behind him. And he's emboldened by reassuring poll numbers and chaos on the Democratic side in the race to replace him. Republican senators voted almost in lockstep to acquit Trump on Wednesday, and they relied on a variety of rationales for keeping him in office. But for Trump, there was one message in acquittal vote on the two impeachment charges, And that message seems to be that even at a time of maximum political peril, it's his Republican Party.
NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Buttigieg is clinging to a slight lead over Bernie Sanders in a new batch of votes released by the Iowa Democratic Party. The race remained too early to call Wednesday evening, two days after the state hosted its first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. Much of the political world has already shifted its attention to New Hampshire, which votes on Tuesday. Wednesday's updated results show Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar trailing. Iowa officials attributed their delay to technical problems. The chaos surrounding the reporting breakdown has undermined the impact of Iowa's election, which typically rewards winners with a surge of momentum.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former sheriff of Los Angeles County has reported to prison to begin serving a prison sentence for a corruption conviction. Lee Baca was sentenced to a three-year term for obstructing an FBI probe into corruption in the nation's largest sheriff's department. The 77-year-old had been free on bail while appealing his conviction. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his last appeal in January. Baca is being held at the Federal Correctional Institution La Tuna, near El Paso, Texas.
UNDATED (AP) — Kirk Douglas, the muscular actor with the dimpled chin who starred in "Spartacus," "Lust for Life" and dozens of other films and helped fatally weaken the Hollywood blacklist, has died at 103. Douglas was nominated three times for Oscars _ for "Champion," "The Bad and the Beautiful" and "Lust for Life." He later received an honorary award for "50 years as a creative and moral force" in the movie industry. His son Michael won Oscars as producer for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and as actor for “Wall Street.”
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jurors in the trial of a man accused of fatally stabbing a young woman on a California subway platform were shown video Wednesday of the stabbing that also injured her sister. The surveillance video from the July 2018 attack prompted gasps in the courtroom Wednesday as 18-year-old Nia Wilson's family and friends watched. John Lee Cowell is charged with killing Wilson and wounding her sister after following them onto a Bay Area Rapid Transit train. He has pleaded not guilty. Cowell was thrown out of court after he argued with a prosecutor during opening statements. His lawyer said the killing was fueled by Cowell's severe mental illness.