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  ‘Too early’ for emergency declaration over coronavirus, World Health Organization says

WHO issued its evaluation after Chinese authorities moved to lock down three cities earlier in the day and canceled major events in the capital, Beijing, during the Lunar New Year holiday period to try to contain the new virus.

PBS NewsHour founder, host Jim Lehrer dies at 85

  Kindergartner left behind in Florida classroom

  LIVE: Democrats face risks and limits in Trump’s impeachment trial

US imposes visa rules for pregnant women on ‘birth tourism’

Trump to attend anti-abortion rally in Washington

Mount Vesuvius eruption turned ancient victim’s brain to glass

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Scam warning: Texts claim to be from FedEx, Amazon

Next stop, Brexit: Britain’s EU divorce bill becomes law

Annabella Sciorra: Harvey Weinstein held me down, raped me

  Doomsday Clock: It’s closer to midnight than it’s ever been

Michelle Carter, of texting suicide case, freed from jail

  1 dead, 7 wounded in downtown Seattle shooting

Russian lawmakers OK Putin’s changes expected to keep him in power

Russian lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a slew of constitutional changes seen as an attempt by President Vladimir Putin to remain in charge after his current term ends in 2024.

  Texas high school student told to cut dreadlocks in order to walk at graduation

Per school dress code, the teenager always kept his hair off his shoulders, above his earlobes and out of his eyes, but now, he isn’t allowed back until his dreadlocks are cut.

Amtrak ends policy that charged passengers with wheelchairs an extra $25,000

Amtrak initially said it would need to charge extra for taking a car out of service to accommodate all five disabled passengers.

3 US firefighters die in plane crash while battling Australian wildfires

The New South Wales premier tweeted condolences to the victims' families and to “the tight knit firefighting community.”

  China closes off large city to stop spread of deadly virus

Arrest warrant issued for NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown

  House impeachment managers appeal for GOP help to convict ‘corrupt’ Trump in opening remarks

  ‘Gramma In A Box’ uses technology to connect generations

Ex-Grammys CEO says rape allegation ‘false and outrageous’

Aerosmith drummer loses bid to rejoin band for Grammy honors

Judge deals blow to woman charged for being topless at home

Judge Kara Pettit sided with prosecutors who argued that lewdness is commonly understood to include women’s breasts in American society.

Shake Shack testing four-day work weeks for managers

Shake Shack says it has been testing out four-day work weeks.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s false account of Ukraine episode

Take a look at some of Trump's claims from the economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, and statements by others in the matter.

Trump: Travel ban expansion coming, nations aren’t yet final

President Donald Trump says the U.S. will soon be adding visa restrictions for more countries - though it’s not clear yet how many nations will be affected by his expansion of the travel ban.

Weinstein rape trial opens, marking milestone for #MeToo

New York prosecutors painted him as a sexual predator who used his movie-magnate stature to abuse women in an opening statement Wednesday, while his lawyers sought to discredit the accusers and argue the encounters were consensual.

  Dog with less than one year to live sworn in as honorary K-9

Eddie has an inoperable tumor that has left him blind in one eye. He has less than a year to life and his foster mother is trying to make sure the time he has left is full of love, so she composed a bucket list for the sick dog.

Illinois prosecutors make plan for their 1st R. Kelly trial

Illinois state prosecutors say the first of the four Chicago sexual abuse cases against R. Kelly that they’ll take to trial involves a hairdresser who alleges that Kelly tried to force himself on her during a 2003 appointment.

  What you need to know about coronavirus

The outbreak originated in China’s Wuhan province but has since spread to other parts of China. Isolated cases have been found in Japan, Thailand, South Korea and the United States.

  Pizza longer than a football field made for fundraiser for Australian firefighters

The owners of Pellegrini’s Italian in Sydney wanted to do something big to help those fighting the fires. They decided to bake a giant pizza.

Wednesday is deadline for claims in 2017 Equifax data breach

Wednesday is the deadline to seek cash payments and claim free services as part of Equifax’s $700 million settlement over a massive data breach.

  Super Bowl commercial: Mr. Peanut is dead

Mr. Peanut died to save the lives of Wesley Snipes and the guy from “Veep.”

  Iguanas tumble from the trees as South Florida gets hit with cold snap

As the temperatures fell into the 30s and 40s, the green critters began tumbling from South Florida trees.

  Watchdog files FEC complaint against pro-Sanders group

Common Cause, a watchdog group, argues that Our Revolution violated a provision by accepting donations in excess of federal limits while engaging in electoral activity.

Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77

Terry Jones, one of the founding members of the comedy troupe Monty Python, has died at the age of 77, said his agent Wednesday.

Struggling Minn. church asks older members to leave

The struggling church wants to build a new congregation with young families.

  UN experts: Jeff Bezos phone hack shows link to Saudi prince

United Nations experts have called for an “immediate investigation” by the United States into information they received that suggests that Jeff Bezos’ phone was hacked after receiving a file sent from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s WhatsApp account.

US seeks to tighten rules covering service animals on planes

The Transportation Department on Wednesday announced plans to change the rules regarding service animals.

  DC sues Trump inaugural committee, alleging abuse of funds

A lawsuit announced Wednesday by the city’s attorney general accuses them of abusing nonprofit funds to benefit Trump’s family.

Toyota adds 361K older vehicles to Takata air bag inflator recall

The vehicles date to 1997 and have older inflators that are different from Takata products that use volatile ammonium nitrate to fill air bags in a crash. Those are the devices that led to numerous deaths.

49ers’ Katie Sowers to be first female coach in Super Bowl

The offensive assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, Katie Sowers, will be the first female and first openly LQBTQ coach to participate in the big game.

  Police report: Mother admits to smothering her 3 kids in Phoenix home

New details have emerged in the case of a mother charged with killing her three children in Arizona.

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump defense misrepresents Mueller findings

The House Judiciary Committee, which produced the articles of impeachment, invited Trump or his legal team to come. He declined.

  Trump slams impeachment, lauds US economy at Davos forum

Trump called a surprise news conference Wednesday to wrap up what he says was a “tremendous two days" at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

  Utah teen accused of killing a mom and three children expected to be tried as adult

Police said they believe a teenage boy used a handgun to shoot a mother, father and three children. The mother and three kids didn’t survive.

  Good Samaritan rescues 4-year-old girl from Milwaukee school bus after driver allegedly left her

Prosecutors accuse the school bus driver of breaking company policy by not completing a walkthrough to make sure all the children were off the bus before parking it for the day.

  Iranian college student deported by CBP despite judge’s order

The 24-year-old Iranian was deported late Monday night despite being granted a hearing.

  ‘I got shot, Mama’: 9-year-old girl injured when Dallas driver opens fire in road rage incident

Police are still searching for the driver who shot into the family's SUV.

  Dog jumps up on stove, accidentally hits button, sets Utah house on fire

A police sergeant, who had just passed by the house, heard the 911 call and returned with a fire extinguisher to put the flames out.

  Trump impeachment: Senate approves trial rules, rejecting witnesses

Democrats objected strongly to rules proposed by the Republican leader for compressed arguments and a speedy trial.

  Outbreak from new virus rises to 440 in China, with 9 dead; US reports 1st case

China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. have all reported cases of coronavirus, making 440 total cases and 9 deaths.

Grammys CEO says she was ousted after reporting harassment

Deborah Dugan says she was placed on administrative leave after she called out conflicts of interest in the nomination process for music’s most prestigious awards.

  NASA asks for help naming the next Mars rover

NASA asks for votes to help it pick the name for next Mars rover.

Police: ‘Highly addictive’ Girl Scout cookies threaten Wis. Community

Police offer to take the cookies off the streets.

Derek Jeter, Larry Walker elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Derek Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous pick for the Hall of Fame while Larry Walker also earned baseball’s highest honor on Tuesday.

Honda recalls 2.4M old vehicles to replace air bag inflators

The recall covers certain Honda and Acura vehicles from the 1996 to 2003 model years.

‘Falling iguanas possible tonight,’ National Weather Service warns

It's supposed to get so cold early Tuesday that the National Weather Service has issued this warning: “Falling iguanas possible tonight.”

  Brothers help save officer during a traffic stop in Texas

Two brothers helped a San Antonio police officer during a traffic stop.

  Running a marathon may help you live longer, study says

New research indicates training and running a marathon for the first time could reverse some of the effects of aging in our bodies.

  Actor Will Smith goes undercover as Lyft driver in Miami

Smith picked up four riders in a 2020 Porsche Taycan, occasionally getting into the attitude of his movie character detective Mike Lowry and encouraging passengers to do imitation as his partner in crime.

Weinstein defense points to ‘loving emails’ as openings near

Defense attorney Damon Cheronis told a judge Tuesday that there are “dozens and dozens and dozens of loving emails to Mr. Weinstein” from his alleged victims.

Florida man accused of killing boss over political views

Mason Toney, 28, is in custody after allegedly stabbing his boss on Monday. The victim, 28-year-old William Knight was a “proud and outspoken American and pro-Donald Trump."

Super Bowl 54 may be most expensive one yet

Ticket prices to Super Bowl 54 in Miami could be the most expensive ever.

Authorities: Inmate beats child molester to death with cane inside California prison

California authorities said a convicted murderer attacked two inmates at a state prison, killing one.

  Suspected ‘Pillowcase Rapist’ arrested in Florida, police say

Police said a Florida man believed to be the notorious “Pillowcase Rapist” was taken into custody.

  Police: Mother says she killed 3 kids found in Phoenix home

A 7-month-old girl, 2-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy were found dead inside the family’s home Monday.

Sunscreen chemicals exceed safety levels in bloodstream after single use, FDA says

Experts and the FDA stress the sun's link to cancer and aging is real, so sun protection shouldn’t be abandoned.

  Trump lauds US economy in Davos, says little on climate woes

Trump addressed the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, hours before his historic impeachment trial was to reconvene in the U.S. Senate in Washington.

  Body of missing Montana 16-year-old found

The 16-year-old’s body was found only three quarters of a mile away from the I-90 rest stop between Billings and Hardin - the same place where she was last seen alive on New Year’s Day.

  Burglar spends 12 hours stealing from Oklahoma home

Barbara Love’s security system recorded for 12 hours as a woman went in and out of her home while she was away visiting her grandson.

  Ozzy Osbourne reveals he has Parkinson’s disease

His worldwide tour has been put on hold, but Ozzy Osbourne plans to continue performing. He released a new song in January and intends to resume the "No More Tours 2" schedule.

  2020 Democratic hopefuls stuck in Washington deploy surrogates for help before Iowa vote

Candidates have deployed their spouses, their children and celebrities to make their case to undecided voters and help them raise money in unorthodox ways.

  Dad uses backpack to rescue 3-year-old son from mountain lion attack

A 3-year-old boy was attacked by a mountain lion in California. His father saved him with a backpack.

Krystal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The company said in a statement that its restaurants will remain open while it restructures and pays off debt.

  Man kills coyote with bare hands after it attacks his 2-year-old son

A New Hampshire man said he suffocated a coyote that attacked his young son.

  Girl, 6, saves firefighter father, rest of family after NJ home catches fire

The fire department is collecting clothing and food donations to help the family as they try to recover from the fire.

Delta Air Lines thanks employees with bonus worth two months’ pay

Delta says the payout is a record amount for the company and the sixth straight year it has paid out more than $1 billion to workers.

  Baby boy rescued after falling 8 feet down heating vent in Oregon home

Police officers crawled under the house and pried up the floorboards to find the 10-month-old in the duct work.

  Man accused of intentionally ramming car, killing 3 teens in California

The California Highway Patrol is investigating what led up to the crash, including possible road rage and whether the suspect knew the teenagers.