Wall Street unfazed by impeachment vote in Washington

All three major indexes hit record highs on Thursday as investors focus on earnings and trade.

  • Trump Lawyers Dispute Democrats’ ‘No Evidence’ Impeachment Case
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    Trump Lawyers Dispute Democrats’ ‘No Evidence’ Impeachment Case

    Donald Trump's lawyers said House Democrats failed to prove their case for impeaching the president and now are asking the Senate to take the unprecedented step of removing him from office without evidence to justify such a consequential act. They are asking you not only to overturn the results of the last election, but, as I said before, they are asking you to remove President Trump from the ballot in an election that is occurring in approximately nine months,” White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said as he opened the president's defense on Saturday. They're asking you to do something that no Senate has ever done and they're asking you to do it with no evidence.

  • Arizona case of Wuhan coronavirus is the 5th US diagnosis of the virus
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    Arizona case of Wuhan coronavirus is the 5th US diagnosis of the virus

    Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images A fifth person in the US is confirmed to have been infected with the Wuhan coronavirus. A member of the Arizona State University community who does not live in university housing was diagnosed after returning from travel in Wuhan, ABC 15 reports. An additional two people in California have been confirmed to be infected with coronavirus, joining a man in his 30s in Washington state and a woman in her 60s in Chicago.

  • California patient is 3rd US case of new virus from China
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    California patient is 3rd US case of new virus from China

    A patient in Southern California is the third person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with the new pneumonia-like virus from China, health officials said. The Centers for Disease Control confirmed a traveler from the Chinese city of Wuhan — the epicenter of the outbreak — tested positive for the virus, the Orange County Health Care Agency announced just before midnight Saturday. The first known case in California comes on the heels of diagnoses in Washington state, on Jan. 21, and Chicago, on Jan. 24.

  • Google 'When did Kobe Bryant die' and it lists day of deadly crash as 'date of assassination'
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    Google 'When did Kobe Bryant die' and it lists day of deadly crash as 'date of assassination'

    A Google search for "When did Kobe Bryant die" on Sunday night, listed Jan. 26 as the former NBA star's "date of assassination" rather than "date of death." The result, which mentions the "date of assassination" is for a Wikipedia page about Bryant's life and career. The word "assassination" did not appear on the Wikipedia page, which does have a note that it is "being heavily edited because its subject has recently died."

  • Hong Kong bars Hubei residents from entering city as coronavirus fears intensify
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    Hong Kong bars Hubei residents from entering city as coronavirus fears intensify

    Hong Kong authorities on Sunday barred residents of China's Hubei province, the center of the coronavirus outbreak, from entering the city, in response to mounting pressure to enact preventative measures to contain the spreading epidemic. The ban includes those who have been in the province in the past 14 days but excludes Hong Kong citizens. Earlier a group of protesters set alight the lobby of a newly built residential building in Hong Kong that authorities planned to use as a quarantine facility for the coronavirus outbreak.

  • China is Expanding into the Indian Ocean—Here Are Five Things the Indian Navy Can Do About It
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    China is Expanding into the Indian Ocean—Here Are Five Things the Indian Navy Can Do About It

    For decades, the Indian Navy has been the dominant regional power in the Indian Ocean, and has even boasted a carrier aviation capability that was nearly unique in Asia. But as outlined in a report by the Center for New American Security (CNAS), the growth of Chinese military power in the last two decades has dramatically eclipsed India's own attempts to modernize and expand its forces—particularly in the maritime domain. This is problematic due to New Delhi's tense relations with Beijing since a 1962 border war.

  • Military investigating video of Navy members shot through peephole
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    Military investigating video of Navy members shot through peephole

    The Navy is reportedly investigating videos found on the website Pornhub that it believes show unsuspecting Navy service members through a peephole in a bathroom.

  • Chinese Uighurs in Saudi face impossible choice
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    Chinese Uighurs in Saudi face impossible choice

    His eyes brimming with tears, a Uighur student in Saudi Arabia holds out his Chinese passport -- long past its expiry date and condemning him to an uncertain fate as the kingdom grows closer to Beijing. The Chinese mission in Saudi Arabia stopped renewing passports for the ethnic Muslim minority more than two years ago, in what campaigners call a pressure tactic exercised in many countries to force the Uighur diaspora to return home. Half a dozen Uighur families in Saudi Arabia who showed AFP their passports -- a few already expired and some approaching the date -- said they dread going back to China, where over a million Uighurs are believed to be held in internment camps.

  • LGBT Rights Group Demands Sanders Renounce Rogan Endorsement
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    LGBT Rights Group Demands Sanders Renounce Rogan Endorsement

    The Human Rights Campaign is calling on Bernie Sanders to renounce an endorsement from radio host Joe Rogan, who has made derogatory comments about African Americans and LGBTQ people. Rogan, who hosts “The Joe Rogan Experience,” one of the most downloaded podcasts, said he would “probably vote for Bernie,” adding “I believe in him. I like him a lot.

  • Mike Pompeo ‘screamed obscenities’ at female reporter and demanded she ‘find Ukraine on map’
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    Mike Pompeo ‘screamed obscenities’ at female reporter and demanded she ‘find Ukraine on map’

    US secretary of state Mike Pompeo screamed obscenities at a reporter and demanded she proved she could find Ukraine on an unmarked map, it has been alleged. National Public Radio (NPR) reporter Mary Louise Kelly interviewed the secretary for the programme “All Things Considered” on Friday. The State Department is facing questions over the treatment of Ms Yovanovitch before she was recalled as ambassador.

  • The coronavirus has reached Los Angeles, where the fourth person diagnosed in the US just arrived from China
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    The coronavirus has reached Los Angeles, where the fourth person diagnosed in the US just arrived from China

    The fourth person in the US to be diagnosed with coronavirus is in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced on Sunday. The infected person arrived from Wuhan, China, and is currently being treated at an unknown hospital in Los Angeles. The virus was first discovered in Wuhan, China — a city of over 11 million people which is currently under quarantine following the coronavirus outbreak.

  • In divided America, some voters tuning out impeachment trial
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    In divided America, some voters tuning out impeachment trial

    For all the gravity of a presidential impeachment trial, Americans don't seem to be giving it much weight. As House impeachment managers make their case to remove President Donald Trump from office, voters in several states said in interviews with The Associated Press that they're only casually following the Senate trial, or avoiding it altogether — too busy to pay close attention, bored of the legal arguments, convinced the outcome is preordained or just plain tired of the whole partisan saga. Web traffic and TV ratings tell a similar story, with public interest seeming to flag after the House voted last month to impeach a president for only the third time in U.S. history.

  • A 'messy' winter storm bringing snow and flooding may cause travel delays across Northeast
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    A 'messy' winter storm bringing snow and flooding may cause travel delays across Northeast

    Expect travel delays, heavy rain and possible flooding in the Northeast over the weekend as a slow-moving storm moves eastward from the Midwest. Rainfall up to 2 inches was expected Saturday for the northern Mid-Atlantic and southern New England, with possible flooding in portions of northern Virginia and central Maryland, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS office in Portland, Maine, issued a flood watch through Saturday night for the "messy winter storm," the office said on Twitter.

  • What's in a Moon Name?: A Guide to Lunar Labels
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    What's in a Moon Name?: A Guide to Lunar Labels

    Your guide to watching the moon... in all its forms. From Popular Mechanics

  • Public anger grows over coronavirus in Thailand, with eight cases of the illness
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    Public anger grows over coronavirus in Thailand, with eight cases of the illness

    The health minister in Thailand, the country with the most confirmed cases outside China of the new coronavirus, called an emergency meeting on Sunday with the transport and tourism ministries amid rising public discontent over the government's handling of the illness. "We can control the situation and are confident in our ability to handle the crisis," Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told reporters. The number of cases of the disease in Thailand rose on Sunday to eight.

  • To Combat the Soviets, the U.S. Almost Built Its Own "Skyfall" Nuclear Powered Missile
    The National Interest

    To Combat the Soviets, the U.S. Almost Built Its Own "Skyfall" Nuclear Powered Missile

    Key Point: Thankfully, Washington decided the weapon would not be necessary in the Cold War standoff. After days of speculation by Western analysts that a deadly accident on August 8 that briefly spiked radiation levels in northwestern Russia was tied to tests of an exotic nuclear-powered “Skyfall” nuclear-powered cruise missile, Russian sources confirmed to the New York Times the explosion of a “small nuclear reactor. While there's a tactical rationale behind Russia's development of a fast, surface-skimming cruise missile with an unlimited range as a means of bypassing American missile defenses, it strikes many analysts as an inordinately expensive, extremely technically challenging, and—ev...

  • 3 dead in protest against Gambian head Barrow: hospital
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    3 dead in protest against Gambian head Barrow: hospital

    Three people died Sunday as hundreds of people took to the streets demanding the resignation of Gambian President Adama Barrow who wants to extend his term. "I can confirm that there have been three dead," said Kebba Manneh, director of the Serrekunda hospital where victims were taken. Tension has been building in The Gambia, a tiny West African country surrounded by Senegal, over Barrow's decision to stay in office for five years after initially pledging to step down after three.

  • Death Toll Rises in Turkey Quake as Erdogan Slams Social Media
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    Death Toll Rises in Turkey Quake as Erdogan Slams Social Media

    A magnitude 6.8 earthquake in Turkey's eastern Elazig province on Friday evening killed at least 31 people and injured hundreds. By Sunday, 45 people had been rescued from the rubble of collapsed buildings. A total of 76 buildings were destroyed and 645 heavily damaged, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, or AFAD, said in a statement.

  • Sanders Takes Iowa Lead Over Buttigieg, Biden in NYT Poll
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    Sanders Takes Iowa Lead Over Buttigieg, Biden in NYT Poll

    Senator Bernie Sanders has jumped to the lead in Iowa over Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden, while support for Elizabeth Warren has slipped, according to a New York Times/Siena poll released on Saturday. The poll showed a wide margin of error, with many voters still open to switching their choice in the final days before the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses are held Feb. 3. Sanders had the support of 25% of likely caucus-goers, up six points since the previous version of the survey in October — chiefly at the expense of fellow progressive Warren.

  • A 62-year-old Chinese doctor in Wuhan 'at the front line' of the coronavirus outbreak has died after treating patients
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    A 62-year-old Chinese doctor in Wuhan 'at the front line' of the coronavirus outbreak has died after treating patients

    Chinese state media confirmed that 62-year-old doctor in Wuhan died after treating patients infected with the deadly coronavirus that has killed 41 people and infected nearly 1,300. Liang Wudong was an ENT specialist at Hubei Xinhau Hospital in Wuhan, China who retired in March 2019, and "had been at the front line" of the coronavirus outbreak, China Global Television Network reports. Local medical staff in Wuhan have been overburdened by coronavirus patients, with some doctors wearing adult diapers because they don't have time to go to the bathroom.

  • Kobe Bryant crash: Helicopter makers vow to probe deadly incident as safety record comes under scrutiny
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    Kobe Bryant crash: Helicopter makers vow to probe deadly incident as safety record comes under scrutiny

    The manufacturer of the helicopter that crashed killing Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others has vowed to investigate the incident. In a statement Lockheed Martin vowed to provide assistance to the NTSB in probing the fiery crash near Calabasas that killed the NBA legend and sent shockwaves around the globe. The Sikorsky S-76B is made by Sikorsky, a subsidiary of the firm.

  • Photos show the horrors of Auschwitz, 75 years after its liberation
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    Photos show the horrors of Auschwitz, 75 years after its liberation

    Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Auschwitz I, the first camp to undergo construction, was initially created for three reasons: to imprison enemies, to use forced labor, and to kill certain groups of people. Markus Schreiber/AP Sources: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Auschwitz‑Birkenau Memorial and State Museum Construction of the largest camp, Auschwitz II, also called Auschwitz-Birkenau, began in October 1941. Electrified barbed wire divided it into 10 different sections.

  • Georgia inmate who came close to execution in 2017 dies
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    Georgia inmate who came close to execution in 2017 dies

    A Georgia death row inmate whose planned execution was halted in September 2017 by the U.S. Supreme Court after his lawyers argued his death sentence was tainted by a juror's racial bias has died, according to the state Department of Corrections. Keith “Bo” Tharpe, 61, died of natural causes Friday, Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Joan Heath confirmed in an email Sunday. In 1991, a jury convicted Tharpe of murder in the September 1990 slaying of his sister-in-law, Jacquelyn Freeman, and sentenced him to death.

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    China testing HIV drug as treatment for new coronavirus, AbbVie says

    China is testing an HIV drug as a treatment for symptoms of the new coronavirus that is rapidly spreading, said drugmaker AbbVie Inc on Sunday. China health authorities requested the drug to help with the government's efforts to address the crisis, according to Adelle Infante, a spokeswoman for North Chicago, Illinois-based AbbVie. Health authorities around the world are racing to prevent a pandemic after more than 2,000 people were infected in China and 56 have died after contracting the virus.

  • Why Did Iran Finally Tell the Truth About Accidentally Shooting Down Flight 752?
    The National Interest

    Why Did Iran Finally Tell the Truth About Accidentally Shooting Down Flight 752?

    On Jan. 11, Iran's Armed Forces General Staff admitted that one of its surface-to-air missile systems had shot down Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 due to human error. The full acknowledgment turned heads, yet there was a reason for Iran's reversal: The country has no desire to turn itself into an international pariah, but would rather find a way to engage with the rest of the globe, limit the impact of U.S. sanctions and negotiate with the West. The frank admission goes to show that such strategic goals influence many of Iran's choices — including its volte-face on the aviation disaster.