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  • Sen. Mitt Romney speaks to reporters upon arriving to the U.S. Capitol for the Senate impeachment trial on Jan. 28, 2020. (Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images)

    Impeachment Trial: GOP Doesn’t Have the Votes to Block New Witnesses, McConnell Concedes

    Republican leaders do not yet have the votes to block Democrats from summoning John Bolton or other witnesses at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded to fellow GOP senators late Tuesday. It could be a major hurdle for Trump’s hopes to end the trial with a quick acquittal. McConnell gave the news to senators, according to a Republican familiar with a closed-door meeting of GOP senators and granted anonymity to discuss it. McConnell convened the […]

  • Flowers, candles, balloons and other memorabilia take up space on XBox Plaza as fans gather to mourn the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on January 27, 2020. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

    Thousands Gather at ‘The House That Kobe Built’ to Shed Tears, Recall Great Times

    Fans call it The House that Kobe Built, and since Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash mourners by the thousands have gathered daily outside the arena where the Los Angeles Lakers’ legend made basketball history. Admirers, including some from as far away as China, continued to crowd the plaza leading to the Staples Center for a third day Tuesday as arena officials opened adjacent Chick Hearn Court to pedestrian traffic to allow the placement of still more memorials of […]

  • Gianna and Kobe Bryant (left top), Payton and Sarah Chester (right top) Christina Mauser, Alyssa Altobelli, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli and Ara Zabayan (left to right bottom) are seen in this collage of the Jan. 26, 2020 victims.

    Helicopter Carrying Kobe Bryant Didn’t Have Recommended Warning System to Alert Pilot, Officials Say

    The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant didn’t have a recommended warning system to alert the pilot he was too close to land but it’s not clear it would have averted the crash that killed nine because the pilot may have lost control as the aircraft plunged into a fog-shrouded mountain, federal investigators said Tuesday. Pilot Ara Zobayan had been climbing out of the clouds when the aircraft banked left and began a sudden and terrifying 1,200-foot (366-meter) descent that lasted nearly […]

  • The High Desert State Prison is seen in an undated photo from Google Maps.

    Two California Inmates Kill a Third Inmate in Lassen County Prison

    Two inmates killed a third inmate at a state prison in northeast California, officials said Tuesday. Prison employees said they saw Jose R. Castillo and Victor M. Zapien attack Richard Prieto in an exercise yard at High Desert State Prison in Susanville Monday afternoon. Correctional officers stopped the assault by firing a warning shot and chemical agents but Prieto was pronounced dead soon thereafter of puncture wounds to his chest, back, head and neck, state corrections officials said. Two inmate-made […]

  • Passengers from overseas arrive at Tokyo's Haneda International Airport on Jan. 28, 2020, after Japan sent a plane to Wuhan to evacuate citizens from the epicenter of the deadly virus outbreak.(Credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images)

    Foreigners Staying in Virus-Stricken Wuhan, China Now Trapped in Quarantine Zone

    As the U.S. evacuates some Americans out of the Chinese city hardest-hit by a viral outbreak, many like Doug Perez are opting to stay. It’s not that he’s unconcerned. Perez and his girlfriend have hunkered down in their apartment for days. They’ve argued. They’ve fretted over missed food deliveries. They’ve dubbed their Labrador, Chubby, “Apocalypse Dog,” venturing out for short walks on deserted streets only after fitting him with a mask. But Perez won’t leave because his girlfriend, who is […]

  • Paul Allen Perez appears in an undated photo released by the Yolo County Sheriff's Office.

    NorCal Man Accused of Killing 5 of His Infant Children Pleads Not Guilty

    A man accused of killing five of his infant children decades ago pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday. Paul Allen Perez, 57, a convicted sex offender with a 20-year criminal history, was charged in the deaths of the children born between 1992 and 2001, authorities announced Monday, the same day he was to be released from a state prison in Delano on unrelated charges. Perez was charged with five counts of premeditated murder with special circumstances of lying in […]

  • A homeless man sleeps on the sidewalk near San Francisco City Hall on Dec. 5, 2019, in San Francisco, California. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Top San Francisco City Official Charged With Corruption in FBI Probe

    A top San Francisco public official and go-to bureaucrat to mayors over two decades was charged with public corruption Tuesday, upending City Hall as elected leaders scrambled to reassure the public that bribery and kickbacks would not be tolerated. The complaint unsealed against San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru and longtime restaurateur Nick Bovis focuses on an aborted attempt in 2018 to bribe a San Francisco airport commissioner for retail space. It also alleges other schemes in which Nuru […]

  • Teens practice team-building exercises at a juvenile hall operated by the Sacramento County Probation Department. (Credit: Jazmine Ulloa/ LA Times)

    Offenders Under Age 20 Would Be Tried as Juveniles Under California Proposal

    A California state senator wants people 19 and younger accused of crimes to be tried as juveniles. California’s current law says people ages 16 and 17 can only be tried as adults in certain circumstances. Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Democrat from Berkeley, announced a bill on Tuesday that would raise the age at which people are automatically tried as adults to 20. Skinner said brain science research shows the part of the brain that inhibits impulses and enables organized, planned […]

  • Wolfgang Halbig is shown in a photo released by the Lake County Sheriff's Office in Florida on Jan. 27, 2020.

    Sandy Hook Denier From Florida Charged With Having Victim’s Father’s ID Info

    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. Wolfgang Halbig, 73, was arrested Monday on a charge that he was in unlawful possession of another person’s identification, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Halbig was a guest on the radio show of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. He’s been sued by the Sandy Hook families for defamation for falsely […]

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