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WASHINGTON (WFLA) – The U.S. Senate voted along party lines Tuesday to reject proposals to subpoena new witnesses and documents for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

Now that the rules and procedures have been approved, the trial will begin in earnest with opening arguments expected Wednesday afternoon.

The Senate spent more than 12 hours debating the rules and procedures of the impeachment trial. The debate started Tuesday afternoon but bled into the early-morning hours of Wednesday with a vote to approve the proposed resolution not happening until about 2 a.m. ET... Read More

Coronavirus reported in Washington state

SEATTLE (AP) – The U.S. has its first case of a new virus that was found only last month in China. A U.S. citizen who recently returned from a trip to central China has been diagnosed with the new virus.

The man returned to the Seattle area in the middle of last week after traveling to the Wuhan area, where the outbreak began. The man is in his 30s and is in good condition at a hospital in Everett, outside Seattle.

The virus has sparked an outbreak in Asia and stringent monitoring around the world. Late last week, U.S. health officials began screening passengers from central China at U.S. airports... Read More

Gabbard sues Hillary Clinton over Russia ‘favorite’ comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard filed a defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton on Wednesday over an interview in which Clinton appeared to call Gabbard “the favorite of the Russians.”

Gabbard, a Hawaii congresswoman, said in her lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan that Clinton’s comments in a podcast last year in which she suggested that Gabbard was being groomed by Russia to be a third-party candidate were based on either her own imagination or “extremely dubious conspiracy theories” that any reasonable person would know to be “inherently and objectively unreliable.”

During the Oct. 15 Democratic presidential debate, Gabbard criticized a TV commentator she said had called her “an asset of Russia.”... Read More

Starting a warming trend today

A chillier start to Wednesday without those heavy clouds from yesterday. And with more sunshine today the afternoon will be a little milder. There are 60s all across the extended forecast – possibly even a 70-degree day! Find out when in Sherry’s #WeatherNOW forecast. ... Read More

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

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KLAS) — Authorities say a Phoenix woman has been arrested on suspicion of killing her three children. Police have released new details on the murder case involving the death of the suspect’s three kids, a 7-month-old girl, 2-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy, that were found dead inside the family’s home on Monday.

Police say the children’s mother, 22-year-old Rachel Henry, confessed to smothering her three small children to death.

Henry was in court Tuesday, facing three counts of first-degree murder.

“She just never really showed emotion or really cared about anything. She was always crazy but she never seemed like that kind of crazy,” an old friend of Henry’s told a Phoenix reporter... Read More

WEB EXTRA Giant pizza fundraiser for Australian firefighters

This giant Margherita pizza is more than 300 feet long! It was made by volunteers and the team at Pellegrini’s restaurant near Sydney, Australia over the weekend. The pie was part of a fundraising event for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service as they battle wildfires... Read More

‘Naughty boy’: Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77

LONDON (AP) — Terry Jones, a founding member of the anarchic Monty Python troupe who was hailed by colleagues as “the complete Renaissance comedian” an d “a man of endless enthusiasms,” has died after a battle with dementia.

Jones’s family said the 77-year-old died Tuesday evening at his home in London. In a statement, his family said he died “after a long, extremely brave but always good humored battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD.”

Jones’s wife, Anna Soderstrom, and children Bill, Sally and Siri, said “we have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality, relentless intellect and extraordinary humor has given pleasure to countless millions across six decades.”

“His work with Monty Python, his books, films, television programs, poems and other work will live on forever, a fitting legacy to a true polymath,” they said... Read More