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Washington man is 1st in US to catch new virus from China

SEATTLE  — The U.S. on Tuesday reported its first case of a new and potentially deadly virus circulating in China, saying a Washington state resident who returned last week from the outbreak’s epicenter was hospitalized near Seattle.

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Virus prompts temperature checks, extra cleaning at airports

BEIJING  — Many countries are checking the temperatures of arriving airline passengers and adopting precautionary quarantine procedures in response to a new virus that has sickened nearly 300 people and killed six in China. India, Nigeria, Japan and the United States are some of the countries where airport screening procedures were in place.

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Judge deals blow to woman charged for being topless at home

SALT LAKE CITY  — A judge refused to overturn part of Utah’s lewdness law Tuesday in a blow to a woman who’s fighting criminal charges after her stepchildren saw her topless in her own home.

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Grammys CEO says she was ousted after reporting harassment

LOS ANGELES  — The ousted Grammys CEO fired back at the Recording Academy on Tuesday, alleging that she was removed after complaining about sexual harassment and pay disparities and for calling out conflicts of interest in the nomination process for music’s most prestigious awards.

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Netflix holds its own in the streaming wars - for now

SAN FRANCISCO  — Netflix is holding its ground in the streaming wars, passing its first big test since Apple and Disney launched rival services.

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Flight from Detroit to South Korea makes emergency landing

FAIRBANKS, Alaska  — A Delta Airlines flight from Detroit to Seoul, South Korea, had to make an emergency landing Tuesday in Fairbanks after the airplane had engine trouble, Fairbanks International Airport said.

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McConnell backs off, abruptly eases some Trump trial rules

WASHINGTON  — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on Tuesday with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two late-night sessions and Democrats arguing for more witnesses to expose Trump’s “trifecta” of offenses.

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Outbreak from new virus rises to 440 in China, with 9 dead

BEIJING  — China said Wednesday that the number of cases of a new virus has risen to 440 and the death toll has risen to 9.

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Putin names new Cabinet as key members of Russian govt stay

MOSCOW  — Russian President Vladimir Putin formed his new Cabinet Tuesday, replacing many of its members but keeping his foreign, defense and finance ministers in place.

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Nipsey Hussle’s legacy takes center stage at Grammy Awards

NEW YORK  — Even before Nipsey Hussle laid down his first verse on “Higher,” DJ Khaled predicted he had a Grammy-nominated hit on his hands.

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Rocker Ozzy Osbourne announces Parkinson’s diagnosis

NEW YORK  — Rocker Ozzy Osbourne says that he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a nervous system disorder that affects movement.

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Haaland, 19, scores hat trick on dream debut for Dortmund

BERLIN  — Norwegian teenager Erling Haaland scored a second-half hat trick on a dream Bundesliga debut to help Borussia Dortmund come from two goals down and win 5-3 at Augsburg on Saturday.

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Brazilian broadcast executive gets probation in FIFA scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in Brooklyn sentenced Brazilian broadcast executive Jose Margulies to two years’ probation on Tuesday for acting as an intermediary in a scheme to exchange bribes for the media rights to South American soccer tournaments.

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Stern’s life, career to be celebrated at memorial service

NEW YORK  — David Stern’s life and career will be celebrated Tuesday at a memorial service, three weeks after the former NBA commissioner’s death.

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Democrats decry McConnell’s impeachment rules as ‘cover-up’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial quickly burst into a partisan fight Tuesday as proceedings began unfolding at the Capitol. Democrats objected strongly to rules proposed by the Republican leader for compressed a rguments and a speedy trial.

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Hillary Clinton says ‘nobody likes’ Bernie Sanders

WASHINGTON  — Hillary Clinton says “nobody likes” her former presidential rival Bernie Sanders, even as the Vermont senator remains entrenched among the front-runners in the Democratic race, with the Iowa caucus beginning in less than two weeks.

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Abused circus animals arrive at South African sanctuary

WINBURG, South Africa — Twelve tigers and five lions have been relocated to a sanctuary in South Africa after being rescued from circuses in Guatemala following years of abuse and confinement.

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Trump impeachment trial to begin with rules fight, long days

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is set to unfold at the Capitol, a contentious proceeding over whether to remove him from office for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rivals and obstructing Congress’ ensuing investigation.

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Central banks join to study possible digital currencies

FRANKFURT, Germany  — Major central banks have joined together to explore whether they should issue cryptocurrencies as the use of cash declines and more people turn to electronic forms of paying.

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The Latest: Chinese vice-premier defends globalization

DAVOS, Switzerland  — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 3:15 p.m. China vice-premier Han Zheng launched a staunch defense of economic globalization and said it would not follow the “protectionist and unilateral” leads of other countries.

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California could list common pain killer as carcinogen

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — A fight is coming to California over whether to list one of the world’s most common over-the-counter drugs as a carcinogen, echoing recent high-profile battles over things like alcohol and coffee.

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Global stocks tumble on growing concern about China virus

BEIJING  — Global stock and oil prices tumbled Tuesday as concern about the impact of a Chinese disease outbreak increased and a rating agency cut Hong Kong’s credit rating for official borrowing due to political tension.

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Trump on mission to sell US overseas as Senate trial resumes

DAVOS, Switzerland  — President Donald Trump is in Switzerland on a mission to sell the United States to the global business community just as his historic impeachment trial is to get underway Tuesday in Washington.

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Thunberg tells Davos climate awareness is only first step

DAVOS, Switzerland  — Climate activist Greta Thunberg told the world’s political and business leaders Tuesday that the global movement sparked by her school strike was only the very beginning in the fight against global warming and much more has to be done.

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Feds allow use of opioid funds to stem meth, cocaine surge

WASHINGTON  — Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation’s drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine.

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