Here are the top stories for Friday, Feb. 12th: Trump's attorney's finish their impeachment defense; CDC issues guidance for reopening schools; Biden talks COVID relief with mayors and governors; Record snow hits Russia.
NED BARKER: This is "AP News Minute". Attorneys for Donald Trump spent just three hours presenting their defense and have wrapped it up in Trump's second impeachment trial in the US Senate. They argued the former President did not incite the rally crowd that attacked the US Capitol last month and that the case isn't valid because he's no longer in office. The CDC has released its long awaited roadmap for getting students back into schools during the pandemic and says it can be done safely with mask use, social distancing and other measures.
It says vaccinating teachers is important but not a prerequisite for reopening. President Joe Biden sat down with a bipartisan group of governors and mayors as part of his push to provide hundreds of billions of dollars in financial relief to state and local governments in the face of the pandemic. Many Republicans in Congress are opposed to the price tag for cities and states, an estimated $350 billion.
You think your winter weather is bad, take a look at Russia. Record breaking snowfall has hit parts of the country with no end in sight. Ned Barker, the Associated Press, with "AP News Minute".