Trump team: Impeachment not about 'unsourced manuscripts'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team neared the end of his impeachment trial defense Tuesday, painting him and his aides as hounded by investigation and taking a dismissive swipe at an unpublished book by John Bolton that is said to contradict a key defense argument.
Pilot of Bryant helicopter tried to avoid heavy fog
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — The veteran pilot whose helicopter plunged into a Los Angeles-area hillside, killing Kobe Bryant and eight others, had tried to avoid fog so heavy that it had grounded police choppers, authorities said.
Bad timing: New virus poses threat to fragile world economy
This should be peak season for a 12-room hotel near the train station in the Chinese industrial hub of Wuhan. The Chinese New Year usually brings in plenty of travelers and delivers profits of around $3,000 a month.
Trump Mideast plan cheers Israelis, angers Palestinians
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday unveiled his long-awaited Middle East plan, which was celebrated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “vision for peace” but is likely to continue to be opposed by Palestinians who say it favors Israel and falls short of their goal of creating a viable independent state.
Bloomberg creates a parallel presidential race. Can he win?
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — When the leading Democratic presidential candidates marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by linking arms and marching through South Carolina's capital, Michael Bloomberg was nowhere near the early primary state.
New pressure on Prince Andrew to help Epstein investigation
LONDON (AP) — The pressure on Britain’s disgraced Prince Andrew increased Tuesday after the revelation by U.S. authorities that he has failed to cooperate with the FBI’s investigation into his ties with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Sandy Hook denier charged with having victim's dad's ID info
SORRENTO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who repeatedly harassed parents of shooting victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been arrested for possessing the identification of one of the parents, authorities said.
'Like I'm trapped': Africans in China lockdown see no escape
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The normally bustling supermarket in Wuhan was deserted, looking more foreign than ever. Khamis Hassan Bakari walked the aisles and saw just two other shoppers, and fear sank in.
Huey Lewis pushes past hearing pain to keep making music
NEW YORK (AP) — There’s mixed news when it comes to Huey Lewis these days. The good part is that the '80s hitmaker and his band have their first new album in 19 years and a jukebox stage musical.
US, others prepare evacuations as virus spreads from China
BEIJING (AP) — The United States and several other nations prepared Tuesday to airlift citizens out of a Chinese city at the center of a virus outbreak that has killed more than 100 people.
In #MeToo era, Kobe and other athletes often get a pass
DENVER (AP) — Folded conveniently into the narratives about his “complicated past” was the detail about Kobe Bryant that could’ve wrecked him.
Astronaut craves salsa and surf after record 11 months aloft
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After nearly 11 months in orbit, the astronaut holding the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman can't wait to dig into some salsa and chips, and swim and surf in the Gulf of Mexico.
Federer saves 7 match points in Australia; Djokovic up next
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer was not going to go gently, of course, no matter how daunting the number of match points — his opponent accumulated seven! — no matter how achy his 38-year-old legs, no matter how slow his serves, no matter how off-target his groundstrokes.
10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHY BOLTON’S ASSERTION MATTERS The former national security adviser alleges in a new book that Trump tied the suspension of security aid to Ukraine to political investigations, something the president and his lawyers insisted never happened.
Asian demand for face masks soars on fears of Chinese virus
TOKYO (AP) — Panic and pollution drive the market for protective face masks, so business is booming in Asia, where fear of the virus from China is straining supplies and helping make mask-wearing the new normal.
As US rescues some from virus in China, others left behind
BEIJING (AP) — As hundreds of Americans prepare to evacuate Wuhan, the central Chinese city at the heart of a new virus outbreak that has killed over 100, San Francisco native Doug Perez is staying behind.
What to know for year two of the Trump tax plan
It’s that time again. The IRS began accepting and processing tax returns for individuals on Monday. Last year’s filing season was an adjustment for taxpayers and industry professionals alike as it was the first under a massive overhaul of federal tax law.
IS tries to stage comeback amid rising US-Iran tensions
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group's self-styled “caliphate” across parts of Iraq and Syria seemed largely defeated last year, with the loss of its territory, the killing of its founder in a U.S.
Kobe helicopter tried to climb to avoid clouds before crash
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — The pilot of the helicopter that crashed near Los Angeles, killing former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and eight others, told air traffic controllers in his last radio message that he was climbing to avoid a cloud layer before plunging more than 1,000 feet (305 meters) into a hillside, an accident investigator said.
GOP defends Trump as Bolton book adds pressure for witnesses
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators faced mounting pressure Monday to summon John Bolton to testify at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial even as Trump's lawyers mostly brushed past extraordinary new allegations from the former national security adviser and focused instead on corruption in Ukraine and historical arguments for acquittal.
'I'm being raped': Weinstein accuser details alleged assault
NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein accuser Mimi Haleyi testified Monday that weeks after arriving in New York to work for one of his shows, she found herself fighting in vain as the once-revered showbiz honcho pushed her onto a bed and sexually assaulted her, undeterred by her kicks and pleas of, “no, please don’t do this, I don’t want it.” Haleyi was the first to testify of the two women whose allegations led to Weinstein's New York City criminal case.
NY, feds sue 'Pharma Bro' for 'scheme' to keep drug price up
NEW YORK (AP) — State and federal authorities sued imprisoned entrepreneur Martin Shkreli on Monday over tactics that shielded a profitable drug from competition after a price hike made the so-called “Pharma Bro” infamous.
California tests find illegal vapes tainted with additives
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California officials announced Monday that marijuana vape cartridges seized in illegal shops in Los Angeles contained potentially dangerous additives, including a thickening agent blamed for a national outbreak of deadly lung illnesses tied to vaping.
Gianna Bryant, 13, was going to carry on a basketball legacy
She had next. Her name was Gianna Maria Onore Bryant. The world, now and forever, knows her as Gigi. Her dad, Kobe Bryant, called her Mambacita.
Fighting sharply rises in Yemen, endangering peace efforts
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A drastic escalation in fighting between the Saudi-led military coalition and Houthi rebels in Yemen has killed and wounded hundreds of people over the past week, officials and tribal leaders said Monday.