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The first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump to be president was sentenced Friday to two years and two months in federal prison after admitting he helped his son and others dodge $800,000 in stock market losses when he learned that a drug trial by a small pharmaceutical company had failed.

By LARRY NEUMEISTER and JIM MUSTIAN, Associated Press January 17, 2020
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Australia’s unprecedented wildfires season has so far charred 40,000 square miles of brushland, rainforests, and national parks — killing by one estimate more than a billion wild animals.

By CHRISTINA LARSON and MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press January 17, 2020
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The Trump administration on Friday took another step toward dismantling Michelle Obama's school nutrition guidelines, proposing a new rule that could lead to more pizza and fries and less fruit and a smaller variety of vegetables on school menus.

By CAROLE FELDMAN, Associated Press January 17, 2020
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Wife, VA nurse gets 25 years for killing husband with eye drops
South Carolina woman laced husband's drinks with Visine

A South Carolina woman pleaded guilty to fatally poisoning her husband by putting eye drops into his water for days. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

By Associated Press January 17, 2020
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Starbucks has a point to prove: There's more to the company than selling $4 lattes to rich people.

By DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Business Writer January 17, 2020
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy rejected his prime minister's offer to resign and asked him to stay on the job Friday after he was caught on tape saying Zelenskiy — a former sitcom star with no previous political experience — knows nothing about the economy.

By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press January 17, 2020
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Iran's supreme leader says his nation is living through “days of God.”

By JOSEPH KRAUSS, Associated Press January 17, 2020
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The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of “impartial justice” as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John Roberts presiding.

By LISA MASCARO, Associated Press January 16, 2020
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President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister.

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press January 16, 2020
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The Senate opens its historic proceedings against President Donald Trump on Thursday with a formal reading of the charges by House prosecutors, followed by the arrival at the Capitol of Chief Justice John Roberts, who will swear in all 100 senators as jurors for only the third impeachment trial in U.S. history.

By LISA MASCARO, Associated Press January 16, 2020
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Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday.

By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press January 16, 2020
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The U.S. House voted Wednesday to send two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate and approve House prosecutors for only the third impeachment trial in American history.

By LISA MASCARO, Associated Press January 15, 2020
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Iran's top diplomat acknowledged Wednesday that Iranians “were lied to" for days after the Islamic Republic accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner. The admission came as new surveillance footage purported to show two surface-to-air missiles 20 seconds apart shred the airplane and kill all 176 people aboard.

By Associated Press January 15, 2020
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As the British royal family wrestles with the future roles of Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, it could look to Europe for examples of how princes and princesses have tried, with varying degrees of success, to carve out careers away from the pomp and ceremony of their families’ traditional duties.

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press January 15, 2020
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The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said they see no end to the way man-made climate change keeps shattering records.

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer January 15, 2020
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi named House prosecutors for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on Wednesday ahead of votes to send the charges to the Senate, even as new information about the president's Ukraine efforts intensified pressure for more witnesses.

By LISA MASCARO, Associated Press January 15, 2020
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The National Security Agency has discovered a major security flaw in Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that could let hackers intercept seemingly secure communications.

By MATT O'BRIEN AP Technology Writer January 14, 2020
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A volcano near the Philippine capital spewed lava into the sky and trembled constantly Tuesday, possibly portending a bigger and more dangerous eruption, as tens of thousands of people fled villages darkened and blanketed by heavy ash.

By JOEAL CALUPITAN and JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press January 14, 2020
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A U.S. cybersecurity company says Russian military agents have successfully hacked the Ukrainian gas company at the center of the scandal that led to President Donald Trump's impeachment.

By FRANK BAJAK, AP Technology Writer January 14, 2020
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The House is preparing to vote Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate to start the historic trial.

By LISA MASCARO, ALAN FRAM, MARY CLARE JALONICK and LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press January 14, 2020
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In this era of bottomless mimosas, craft beers and ever-present happy hours, it’s striking to recall that 100 years ago the United States imposed a nationwide ban on the production and sale of all types of alcohol.

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer January 14, 2020
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The Trump administration is dropping its designation of China as a currency manipulator in advance of the signing Wednesday of a Phase 1 U.S.-China trade agreement.

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer January 13, 2020
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Britain’s pragmatic queen brokered a deal Monday to secure the future of the monarchy, charting a course for Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, that allows them to live part time in Canada while still remaining firmly tied to the House of Windsor.

By DANICA KIRKA, JILL LAWLESS and FRANK AUGSTEIN Associated Press January 13, 2020
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A subtle design feature of the AR-15 rifle has raised a technical legal question that is derailing cases against people who are charged with illegally buying and selling the gun's parts or building the weapon.

By JAKE BLEIBERG and STEFANIE DAZIO AP January 13, 2020
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American troops were informed of an impending missile barrage hours before their air base in Iraq was struck by Iran, U.S. military officials said Monday, days after the attack that marked a major escalation between the longtime foes.

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and ALI ABDUL-HASSAN Associated Press January 13, 2020

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