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The Capitol is seen as defense arguments by the Republicans resume in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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January 28, 2020 - 2:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An annual congressional report says the U.S. budget deficit is likely to burst through the symbolic $1 trillion barrier this year despite a healthy economy. Tuesday's Congressional Budget Office report follows a burst of new spending last year and the repeal in December of several...
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center, visits the Department of Mathematics at King's Maths School, part of King's College London University, in London, Monday Jan. 27, 2020. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via AP)
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January 28, 2020 - 8:31 am
LONDON (AP) — A panel of immigration experts says Britain should lower the salary threshold for immigrants after Brexit and urged the government to quickly set up new migration rules once the U.K. leaves the European Union. The Conservative government asked the Migration Advisory Committee to come...
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The sun sets behind the lighted ancient Philopappu monument, right, and the Saronic golf, left, during a cloudy day in Athens, on Monday Dec. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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January 28, 2020 - 7:21 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has launched an auction for a 15-year bond, aimed at taking advantage of low interest rates and a recent sovereign credit rating upgrade. The Public Debt Management Agency is reportedly hoping to raise up to 2.5 billion euros ($2.75 billion) in the auction that will be...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo, rush-hour traffic heads east, left, and west, right, along the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia. A spokesman for Pennsylvania's governor said the state was committed to being a part of Transportation and Climate Initiative conversations. But a growing number of Northeast governors have concerns the TCI could increase gas prices, and raise doubts about how effective it would be in capping pollution. The initiative is aimed at a dozen Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and would take effect in 2022. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)
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January 27, 2020 - 5:35 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Supporters of a regional pact that would tackle transportation emissions are struggling to win over several New England governors concerned that the climate change initiative will increase gas prices. After the Transportation and Climate Initiative was announced last month, New...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2019 file photo Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago, at the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, Ill. Sandoval was charged in federal court Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, with bribery and filing a false tax return stemming from his support of the red-light camera industry when he was head of the state's powerful Transportation Committee. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, File)
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January 27, 2020 - 3:47 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed bribery and tax charges on Monday against a former Illinois state senator who led the powerful transportation committee, alleging he accepted payments in exchange for supporting the state's costly red-light camera program. The U.S. attorney's office in...
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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, left listens to Michel Barnier, the EU's Brexit negotiator, during a press conference, outside the Government Buildings in Dublin, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Ireland’s prime minister has warned Britain that Brexit is far from finished -- and the European Union will have the upper hand in upcoming negotiations on future relations between the two sides. (Damien Eagers/PA via AP)
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January 27, 2020 - 1:21 pm
LONDON (AP) — Ireland’s prime minister warned Britain on Monday that Brexit is far from finished -- and the European Union will have the stronger hand in upcoming negotiations on future relations between the two sides. Leo Varadkar said “we're only at halftime on Brexit,” as the bloc’s chief Brexit...
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Mark Reuss, President, General Motors speaks at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in Hamtramck, Mich., Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. General Motors is spending $2.2 billion to refurbish the underused factory so it can build a series of electric and self-driving vehicle. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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January 27, 2020 - 10:09 am
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is spending $2.2 billion to refurbish an underused Detroit factory so it can build a series of electric and self-driving vehicles, eventually employing 2,200 people. GM said in a statement Monday that the factory will start building the company's first electric pickup...
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Members of the Presidential Guard perform during of the changing of the guards ceremony at the tomb of the unknown soldier in central Athens, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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January 27, 2020 - 9:41 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece says it plans to issue a 15-year bond, tapping international markets for financing after the country's sovereign credit rating was upgraded. The Public Debt Management Agency, in a statement on Monday named five banks that would be involved in the auction, which is...
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In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo provided by the Anti-Poaching Special Squad, the exterior of a store suspected of selling trafficked wildlife is seen in Guangde city in central China's Anhui Province. The outbreak of a new virus linked to a wildlife market in central China is prompting renewed calls for enforcement of laws against the trade in and consumption of exotic species. (Anti-Poaching Special Squad via AP)
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January 26, 2020 - 7:51 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities temporarily banned the trade of wild animals Sunday following a viral outbreak in Wuhan, saying they will “severely investigate and punish” violators. Local authorities will “strengthen inspections and severely investigate and punish those who are found in...
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FILE - In this June 30, 1994, file photo, Rep. Fortney "Pete" Stark (D-Calif.), meets reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Stark, Jr., an influential Democrat whose legislative work helped reshape America's health care system, has died. He was 88. Stark's family said he died Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at his home in Maryland. They did not disclose a cause of death. (AP Photo/John Duricka, File)
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January 25, 2020 - 6:11 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former California Rep. Fortney “Pete” Stark, Jr., an influential Democrat whose legislative work helped reshape America's health care system, has died. He was 88. Stark's family said he died Friday at his home in Maryland. They did not disclose a cause of death. During his 40-...
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