Asian shares fall back on jitters over China-US trade deal
BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares have retreated as conflicting reports raised concerns over the likely outcome of a trade deal to be signed by the U.S. and China. Shares fell in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai but advanced in Sydney. The declines followed a mixed session on Wall Street Tuesday as investors parsed the latest indications on trade relations between the two largest economies. Traders were spooked by a report that U.S. tariffs would remain in place on Chinese goods even after a preliminary deal is signed Wednesday. Another report said the Trump administration was preparing to tighten controls on technology exports to Huawei Technologies.
Delay over, House to send articles of impeachment to Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is preparing to vote to send article of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for a landmark trial on whether the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are grounds for removal. After the midday Wednesday vote, House managers named to prosecute the case will walk the articles across the Capitol in a dramatic evening procession. The Senate is expected to transform into an impeachment court as early as Thursday. The Constitution calls for the chief justice to preside over senators, who serve as jurors, to swear an oath to deliver “impartial justice.”
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The Latest: Democratic debate ends with talk of hope for ’20
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Six Democratic presidential candidates have wrapped up their final debate before primary voting begins with talk of hope, defeating President Donald Trump and bringing a divided nation back together. Former Vice President Joe Biden said “Character is on the ballot” in 2020. Sen. Bernie Sanders said “this is the moment when we have got to think big,” while Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she has hope in America’s future despite its challenges. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she’ll be a president who finds “common ground instead of scorched earth,” while Pete Buttigieg says Democrats have a shot to “send Trumpism into the dustbin of history.”
Trump uses rally to defend Iran policy as Democrats decry it
MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Donald Trump rallied supporters Tuesday night by defending his decision to kill a top Iranian general. At the same time, the Democrats vying to replace him used their final debate before primary voting begins to argue that doing so made the country less safe. Trump fired up thousands in the battleground state of Wisconsin while the Democratic candidates squared off in Iowa ahead of that state’s Feb. 3 caucuses. One of the hopefuls, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, said he feared that Trump’s actions in Iran could lead the United States into a foreign policy quagmire of the highest level.
Texas inmate faces execution for killing wife in 2005
HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas inmate with a history of violence against women faces execution for fatally shooting his wife, who had feared she would never get out of her marriage alive. John Gardner is set to receive a lethal injection Wednesday evening for the January 2005 slaying of Tammy Gardner. Prosecutors said the couple was getting divorced when Gardner broke into his wife’s North Texas home and shot her in the head. She died two days later at a hospital. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition by his attorneys to intervene in the case. His lawyers say no other appeals are planned.
Student fatally shot at Texas high school; suspect arrested
BELLAIRE, Texas (AP) — School officials say a 16-year-old student has been shot to death at a Texas high school, and a suspect and another person police said was connected to the case were arrested hours later. Grenita Lathan, interim superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, confirmed the victim of the Tuesday afternoon shooting at Bellaire High School had died. The district later issued a statement that Wednesday classes at the school were canceled.
Australian wildfire smoke stokes health fears in cities
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Fire alarms have been sounding in high-rise buildings across downtown Sydney and Melbourne as dense smoke from distant wildfires confuse electronic sensors. Modern government office blocks in the Australian capital Canberra have been closed because the air inside is too dangerous to breathe. It’s an unprecedented dilemma for Australians that has raised fears for the long-term health consequences if prolonged exposure to choking smoke becomes the new summer norm. Similar concerns over smoke are emerging in other regions of the globe being impacted by more fires tied to climate change, including the Western U.S. Experts predict increases in heart and lung diseases as well as some cancers if climate change makes prolonged exposure to wildfire smoke an annual phenomenon.
Ex-Trump aide Michael Flynn seeks to withdraw guilty plea
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn has filed court papers to withdraw his guilty plea. He says federal prosecutors acted in “bad faith” and breached their deal with him. The request comes one week after the Justice Department changed its position on Flynn’s punishment by recommending he serve up to six months in prison for lying to the FBI during its investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Prosecutors had earlier said Flynn was entitled to avoid prison time because of his extensive cooperation.
Prosecutor: Avenatti arrested on alleged bail violation
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say California attorney Michael Avenatti has been rearrested for alleged bail violations. Prosecutors in New York late Tuesday notified a judge that federal authorities in Los Angeles have notified them that Avenatti was arrested in California for alleged violations of the conditions of his pretrial release. Avenatti is scheduled for trial next week in Manhattan federal court. That trial pertains to allegations that he extorted Nike for up to $25 million. He has pleaded not guilty. But he also faces trial later this year in Los Angeles on charges that he defrauded clients.
Dem senator says he has 51 votes to restrain Trump on Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator says he has at least 51 votes to support a bipartisan resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia says the Senate could vote as soon as next week on the measure, which is co-sponsored by two Republican senators and has support from at least two more Republicans. GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky have co-sponsored the measure, and Republicans Todd Young of Indiana and Susan Collins of Maine said Tuesday they will support it.