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Senators to be quiet, unplugged for Trump trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — No cellphones. No talking. No escape. That’s the reality during the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which will begin each day with a proclamation: “All persons are commanded to keep silence, on pain of imprisonment.” After that, 100 senators ...

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

(AP) - Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Full Coverage: Wildfires Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more ...

Trump team, House managers trade sharp views on impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal team issued a fiery response Saturday ahead of opening arguments in his impeachment trial, while House Democrats laid out their case in forceful fashion, saying the president betrayed public trust with behavior that was the “worst ...

Justices taking up bans on state money to religious schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court that seems more favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that could make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states. The justices will hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over a Montana ...

House Dems to outline case for removing Trump from office

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats were preparing to outline their case for removing President Donald Trump from office in a legal brief due Saturday, as opposing sides in the impeachment case look ahead to the opening of the historic trial in the Senate. Trump on Friday appointed several ...

Newly released texts tie Nunes aide closer to Ukraine plot

WASHINGTON (AP) — New documents released by House Democrats suggest that Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, was more deeply involved than was previously known in efforts by allies of President Donald Trump to dig up dirt in Ukraine on former Vice ...

Biden rips Sanders campaign for Social Security attacks

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden has called for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign to “disown” what he calls “doctored video” that some Sanders supporters say shows the former vice president endorsing Republican calls to cut Social Security and Medicare. “There’s a little ...

Marcus Lee pleads guilty to accomplice to murder

Marcus Jermaine Lee, 22, pleaded guilty on Friday to an amended charged of Class A felony accomplice to murder in the shooting death on Sunday of 29-year-old Dominick Stephens. Lee had previously been charged with Class AA felony conspiracy to commit murder. During a hearing on Friday, Ward ...

ND Highway 13 closed from I-29 to Wahpeton

As of 8:24 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17 The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) have CLOSED N.D. Hwy 13 from I-29 to Wahpeton due to strong winds causing blowing and drifting snow, near-zero visibility, and life-threatening driving ...

Dershowitz, Starr on Trump impeachment legal team

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal team will include former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton, according to a person familiar with the matter. The ...

Ukrainian prime minister submits resignation after tapes

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s prime minister submitted his resignation Friday, days after he was caught on tape saying President Volodymyr Zelenskiy — a former sitcom star with no previous political experience — knows nothing about the economy. The scandal comes at a fraught moment ...

Virginia AG urges justices to prevent tragic rally violence

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring urged the state Supreme Court on Friday to reject an effort by pro-gun groups to overturn a gun ban at a rally that’s expected to draw tens of thousands of activists to Richmond next week amid fears of violence. Herring argued ...

Warrants issued for two in Stephens shooting death

Update: 2:47 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 Minot Police Department As of now, the whereabouts of Michael Lamart Dennis II and Donald Lee Cooper are unknown. Cooper is described as a 27-year-old black male, 6'1" and 276 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Dennis is described as a 24-year-old male, ...

Pompeo breaks silence on alleged threats to envoy in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday broke nearly 72 hours of silence over alleged surveillance and threats to the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, saying he believed the allegations would prove to be wrong but that he had an obligation to evaluate and investigate the ...