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Stocks tick up as China virus worries abate; oil drops – (Reuters)
World stock markets bounced back on Wednesday, as swift updates from China about the spread of a new flu-like virus raised hopes the outbreak would be contained, while oil prices tumbled as a market surplus forecast outweighed supply concerns.

Told to behave, sides in Trump trial to make their case – (Reuters)
The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will hear opening arguments in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on Wednesday, beginning several days of argument on whether to remove Trump from office.

U.S. Supreme Court divided over public funds for religious schools – (Reuters)
U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared divided over a Montana tax credit program that could benefit private religious schools in a case that could open the door to more public funding for religious institutions.

Factbox: Here's the team arguing for Trump's removal in the Senate – (Reuters)
Starting on Wednesday, seven members of the House of Representatives will try to convince the U.S. Senate that President Donald Trump should be removed from office.

Iraq happy with U.S. troops, Trump says at talks over mission's future – (Reuters)
Iraq likes what U.S. troops are doing there, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday at talks with the Iraqi president about the future of the mission, which has been in doubt since a U.S. drone strike killed an Iranian commander in Baghdad.

Soleimani killing adds dangerous new dimension to Iraq unrest – (Reuters)
Iranian-backed Shi'ite factions have exhorted Iraqis to turn out for a "million-strong" march on Friday aimed at whipping up anti-American sentiment as the United States' struggle with Iran plays out on the streets of Baghdad.

China virus deaths hit 17, heightening global alarm – (Reuters)
Deaths from China's new virus rose to 17 on Wednesday with more than 540 cases confirmed, increasing fears of contagion from an infection suspected to originate from illegally-traded wildlife.

Trump says impeachment trial witnesses would be national security risk – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would prefer a longer impeachment trial so that current and former top administration officials could testify, but that having them appear would present national security concerns.

J&J forecasts weak annual profit, misses revenue estimates – (Reuters)
Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday forecast 2020 profit below Wall Street estimates and said increased competition for its off-patent treatments could somewhat limit growth in the top-earning pharmaceuticals unit.

S&P 500, Nasdaq hit record on IBM, waning China virus fears – (Reuters)
The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq scaled new highs on Wednesday, as an upbeat forecast from IBM added to optimism over earnings, while China's efforts to contain a virus outbreak eased worries about a wider financial fallout.

Harvey Weinstein trial begins in New York – (BBC News)
The former producer, who faces rape and sexual assault charges, appears in court on Wednesday.

Trump impeachment trial: Democrats to make opening arguments – (Al Jazeera English)
Opening arguments follow marathon day of debate over the rules of the impeachment trial against Trump.

'Sesame Street' comforts children displaced by Syrian war – (Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) — “Sesame Street” in the past year has tackled everything from foster care to substance abuse. Now its latest effort is trying to help children suffering as a result of the Syrian...

UN experts demand phone hack probe of Saudi prince – (BBC News)
The call comes after reports Mohammed bin Salman's phone was used to hack Amazon boss Jeff Bezos.

'Perilous times' for Iraq's Shia militias after Soleimani killing – (Al Jazeera English)
Death of powerful militia leader in US drone strike throws future of the Popular Mobilisation Force into uncertainty.

UN experts: Jeff Bezos phone hack shows link to Saudi prince – (Associated Press)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The phone of Amazon billionaire and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was hacked after receiving a file sent from an account used by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed...

'Naughty boy': Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77 – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — Terry Jones, a founding member of the anarchic Monty Python troupe who was hailed by colleagues as “the complete Renaissance comedian" and “a man of endless enthusiasms,” has died at...

Monty Python star Terry Jones dies aged 77 – (BBC News)
Monty Python star Terry Jones has died at the age of 77, his agent has said

Trump slams impeachment, lauds US economy at Davos forum – (Associated Press)
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at his accusers in the Senate impeachment trial on Wednesday but broke with some of his defenders as he reiterated his preference for...

Trump impeachment: What happened on day one? – (BBC News)
After nearly 13 hours of fierce debate, the US Senate adopts ground rules for the trial.


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From various sources

Day 2 of President Trump's impeachment trial in US Senate: Follow the latest updates – (News.com.au)
President Trump has branded his impeachment trial a "hoax" and said he would "love" to testify during a surprise press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Impeachment trial live updates: Trump says he ‘can live either way’ on witnesses – (The Washington Post)
The president’s comments at a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, came as House managers prepared to open a three-day presentation on the case for impeachment on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The strange properties of the infinite power tower – (Hacker News)
In this article we investigate some "unexpected" properties of the "Infinite Power Tower". [y = f(x) = {x^{{x^{{x^{{x^ mkern2mu raise4pthbox] The material collected h…

Tom Homan hits back at Biden for remark on illegal immigrants arrested for DUI: He's 'lost his mind' – (Fox News)
Former Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan said Wednesday that Joe Biden has "lost his mind," calling out the former vice president for saying that the United States should not deport illegal immigrants over a drunk-driving arr…

What the Los Angeles Earthquake Reveals About Our Weird Twitter Habits – (Crypto Coins News)
An earthquake struck Granada Hills near Los Angeles, so naturally, everyone in the area rushed to Twitter to exploit the "disaster."

Trump says he doesn't want Bolton to testify in impeachment trial - Business Insider – (Business Insider (UK))
President Trump's statement underscores why Democrats believe John Bolton's testimony is crucial: he "knows some of" Trump's thoughts.

Legal analysis of opening day of impeachment trial – (CBS News)
Republicans voted to not adopt any of the Democrats' 11 amendments to the Senate impeachment trial rules, setting up opening arguments in the case. CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman joined CBSN to break down day one of the trial.

MLB The Show 20 gameplay trailer arrives, watch it here – (Polygon)
With footage from MLB The Show 20’s closed beta, the first gameplay trailer shows off players like Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon as it focuses on defensive improvements alongside changes to modes such as Road to the Show (RTTS), Diamond Dynasty, and March to…

Willy Boly back as Wolves welcome leaders Liverpool – (FourFourTwo)

Unearth the future of agriculture at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI with the CEOs of Traptic, Farmwise and Pyka – (TechCrunch)
Farming is one of the oldest professions, but today those amber waves of grain (and soy) are a test bed for sophisticated robotic solutions to problems farmers have had for millennia. Learn about the cutting edge (sometimes literally) of agricultural robots a…

Planned Parenthood acting CEO speaks out on abortion in Davos – (CBS News)
Planned Parenthood leader Alexis McGill Johnson is defending women's health and reproductive rights while attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. CBS News reporter Kate Smith spoke to Johnson about abortion in the U.S. and how Roe vs. Wade i…

1/22: CBSN AM – (CBS News)
Senate trial resumes after tense first day; U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln is home after 10 months at sea

Delayed Moto Razr gets a new ship date: February 6 – (Ars Technica)
And preorders start next week for the $1,500 Verizon exclusive.

RuPaul SNL: "Drag Race" host will do "Saturday Night Live" for the first time in February with Justin Bieber, JJ Watt to host, too – (CBS News)
RuPaul isn't the only first-timer to take on SNL hosting duties next month

Jeff Bezos phone hack: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may be linked, say U.N. experts – (The Hindu)
They demand immediate investigation by relevant authorities; Riyadh terms the allegations ‘absurd’.

U.S. to deport mother from Honduras with two sick children to Guatemala under controversial Trump immigration policy – (CBS News)
Advocates, citing the children's recent hospitalization, mounted an unsuccessful legal challenge to stop the deportation — which took place Tuesday

Mexico sending migrants back to Honduras; Brazil prosecutors charge 16 over dam collapse – (CBS News)
Mexican authorities deported migrants to Honduras after a large group waded across a river on Mexico's southern border. Also, prosecutors in Brazil have charged 16 people with murder in last year's dam collapse that killed 270 people, and the reunited Duke an…

Royals Report: Prince Harry and Meghan threaten legal action in Canada over photos – (CBS News)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been reunited. Prince Harry and Meghan began their new lives in Canada by firing a warning shot at the paparazzi for taking photographs without their consent. BBC News royal correspondent Sarah Campbell joined CBSN with mor…

Mpianzi probe: 'We are giving input with honesty and courage' - Parktown Boys' High as Lesufi threatens legal action – (News24)
Parktown Boys' High School says it has noted that Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi would be laying charges against it in the next 48 hours.

Impeachment trial live updates: Trump says he ‘can live either way’ on witnesses – (The Washington Post)
The president’s comments at a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, came as House managers prepared to open a three-day presentation on the case for impeachment on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.


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All about Trump

Day 2 of President Trump's impeachment trial in US Senate: Follow the latest updates – (News.com.au)
President Trump has branded his impeachment trial a "hoax" and said he would "love" to testify during a surprise press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Impeachment trial live updates: Trump says he ‘can live either way’ on witnesses – (The Washington Post)
The president’s comments at a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, came as House managers prepared to open a three-day presentation on the case for impeachment on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Trump says he doesn't want Bolton to testify in impeachment trial - Business Insider – (Business Insider (UK))
President Trump's statement underscores why Democrats believe John Bolton's testimony is crucial: he "knows some of" Trump's thoughts.

U.S. to deport mother from Honduras with two sick children to Guatemala under controversial Trump immigration policy – (CBS News)
Advocates, citing the children's recent hospitalization, mounted an unsuccessful legal challenge to stop the deportation — which took place Tuesday

Impeachment trial live updates: Trump says he ‘can live either way’ on witnesses – (The Washington Post)
The president’s comments at a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, came as House managers prepared to open a three-day presentation on the case for impeachment on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Democrats to make case for Trump's removal on day 2 of trial – (CBS News)
House Democrats and President Trump's legal team spent more than 12 hours debating Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's rules for the impeachment trial. By nearly 2 a.m., Republicans managed to approve their rules largely along party lines. Antjuan Seawri…

Impeachment trial live updates: Trump says he ‘can live either way’ on witnesses – (The Washington Post)
The president’s comments at a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, came as House managers prepared to open a three-day presentation on the case for impeachment on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Former refugee taking on Ilhan Omar: Trump's 'vetting' is the right approach – (Fox News)

Told to behave, sides in Trump trial to make their case – (Reuters)
The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will hear opening arguments in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on Wednesday, beginning several days of argument on whether to remove Trump from office.

Factbox: Here's the team arguing for Trump's removal in the Senate – (Reuters)
Starting on Wednesday, seven members of the House of Representatives will try to convince the U.S. Senate that President Donald Trump should be removed from office.

Iraq happy with U.S. troops, Trump says at talks over mission's future – (Reuters)
Iraq likes what U.S. troops are doing there, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday at talks with the Iraqi president about the future of the mission, which has been in doubt since a U.S. drone strike killed an Iranian commander in Baghdad.

D.C. Attorney General sues Trump Organization and inaugural committee – (Axios)
The suit alleges the committee improperly overpaid to book space at Trump's hotel.

Trump says impeachment trial witnesses would be national security risk – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would prefer a longer impeachment trial so that current and former top administration officials could testify, but that having them appear would present national security concerns.

Impeachment trial live updates: Trump says he ‘can live either way’ on witnesses – (The Washington Post)
The president’s comments at a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, came as House managers prepared to open a three-day presentation on the case for impeachment on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Impeachment trial live updates: Trump says he ‘can live either way’ on witnesses – (The Washington Post)
The president’s comments at a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, came as House managers prepared to open a three-day presentation on the case for impeachment on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

George Conway: Donald Trump is virtually incapable of telling the truth - CNN Video – (CNN)
George Conway told CNN's Jake Tapper that President Donald Trump is a "pathological liar" and is incapable of telling the truth, even when it benefits him.

Charles Payne: 'Absolutely remarkable' reception for Trump by business leaders – (Fox News)

Trump: Chinese coronavirus 'totally under control' – (Google News)
The CDC anticipates more cases in the U.S., but officials believe the risk to the American public at large is low.

Trump returns to Washington impeachment in triumphant spirits – (News24)
President Donald Trump has flown back to his Washington impeachment trial in triumphant spirits after turning the Davos forum into a victory tour for the US economy and scoffing at his Democratic opponents.

George Conway: Republicans are afraid of hearing evidence - CNN Video – (CNN)
George Conway tells CNN's Jake Tapper the Senate has an obligation to hear evidence in President Trump's impeachment trial.


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