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^Tight polls, impeachment, billionaire wild cards: Uncertainty reigns in the 2020 Democratic race<

DEMOCRATS-UNCERTAINTY:LA _ As Democrats' top presidential candidates prepare to meet for the last debate before voters start weighing in, the primary contest remains one of the most unpredictable in decades _ a contest not likely to end anytime soon.

In the absence of a commanding front-runner, and with a plethora of well-funded candidates in the top tier, party activists say they have less certainty about the outcome than at any time since 1992, when Bill Clinton ultimately won in a crowded field.

"I can't remember a time when I had this many questions before the first votes," said Rebecca Katz, a Democratic strategist who worked on John Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign. "Things could play out 100 different ways."

1550 (with trims) by Janet Hook in Washington. MOVED


^Cory Booker is ending his 2020 presidential campaign<

BOOKER:PH _ Sen. Cory Booker is ending his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, he announced Monday morning, and will seek reelection to the U.S. Senate.

The announcement, just weeks before Iowa holds the first formal contest in the Democratic primary, ends a presidential bid that never caught fire, despite some strong responses at campaign events to Booker's promises of healing and unity.

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BOOKER:LA _ 950 by Evan Halper in Washington. MOVED


^'Joker' tops this year's Oscar nominations, with '1917,' 'Irishman,' 'Once Upon a Time' close behind<


Following closely behind with 10 nominations apiece, including best picture, are the World War I epic "1917," Quentin Tarantino's 1960s fantasia "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" and Martin Scorsese's gangster epic "The Irishman." Along with "Joker," the other nominees for best picture are "Ford v Ferrari," "Jojo Rabbit," "Little Women," "Marriage Story" and "Parasite," the latter of which became the first South Korean film to earn a nod for the academy's top prize.

700 by Josh Rottenberg in Los Angeles. (Moved as an entertainment story.)


^Queen Elizabeth II supports Harry and Meghan's desire to step back<


"My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family," the 93-year-old monarch's statement said. "Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family remaining a valued part of my family."

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^Trump says 'it doesn't really matter' if Soleimani was planning 'imminent' attacks on Americans<


Trump's about-face contradicts his and his administration's repeated assertions that the president only ordered the U.S. killing of Qassem Soleimani to prevent the Iranian Quds Force general from carrying out "imminent" attacks on American troops and diplomats in the Middle East.

550 by Chris Sommerfeldt. MOVED


^Saudis removing 21 cadets in US after deadly attack at Pensacola base<

AIRSTATION-SHOOTING:BLO _ Saudi Arabia is removing 21 cadets from military training in the U.S. after an investigation into the shooting rampage that killed three sailors last month at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., Attorney General William Barr said.

250 by Chris Strohm in Washington. MOVED


^Trump's trade deal rouses conundrum of trusting China to deliver<

USCHINA-TRADE:BLO _ After three years of tweets and tariffs, President Donald Trump has arrived at his China moment.

With the signing Wednesday of a "phase one" deal that includes Chinese commitments to respect American intellectual property, not manipulate its currency, and a U.S. expectation for $200 billion in new purchases that should help reduce a yawning trade deficit and repair some of the damage suffered by farmers, Trump will deliver at least a partial agreement many skeptics doubted was ever possible.

But even that political victory leaves Trump confronting the same China conundrum that has plagued his predecessors.

1400 (with trims) by Shawn Donnan and Jenny Leonard in Washington. MOVED


^Prosecutors want former Congressman Chris Collins to serve years in jail<

COLLINS:CON _ Federal prosecutors want former Republican Rep. Chris Collins to spend "the top end" of a sentence guideline that ranges from almost four years to just under five years in prison for the crimes he pleaded guilty to in October: insider trading and lying to the FBI to conceal an insider trading scheme.

"There is no case that Collins cites, and no insider trading case of which the Government is aware, in which the circumstances call as clearly as they do here for a sentence that carries a sufficient term of incarceration to ensure respect for the law," Max Nicholas, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, wrote on behalf of the government.

800 by Chris Marquette in Washington. MOVED



^Warren turns back to women voters to clear path to nomination<

WARREN-WOMEN:BLO _ Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, who has seen her national lead dwindle on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, is turning back to a bloc of voters she once appeared to have locked up: Women.

She's putting high-profile women surrogates and activists on the front lines of her campaign in Iowa, giving interviews to fashion magazines and trying to broaden her coalition beyond the white, educated progressives who form the backbone of her support.

1200 (with trims) by Gregory Korte and Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Washington. MOVED


^Climate-focused Democrats hope for November reward<

ENV-DEMOCRATS-CLIMATE:CON _ House Democrats know that their "comprehensive" climate plans are unlikely to see the light of day in Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Senate and face vetoes by a president who has at times rejected the scientific consensus on global warming.

But there's a strategy afoot to solidify Democrats' election-year banner as the party of climate action and lure young, independent and even Republican voters disgruntled with the Trump administration's retreat on environmental issues, analysts say.

1150 (with trims) by Elvina Nawaguna in Washington. MOVED


^Biden leads Democratic field in poll of Iowa voters<

DEMOCRATS-IOWA-POLL:BLO _ Joe Biden is on top in Iowa, as more voters say they have "firmly decided" on their choice, according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday.

Biden is ahead with 24% support, up 5 points from the same poll in November. Bernie Sanders is in second place with 18%, virtually tied with Pete Buttigieg at 17%, and with Elizabeth Warren at 15%.

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^Michigan Republicans line up to keep Justin Amash's seat in the party<

MICH-HOUSE:CON _ Michigan Rep. Justin Amash may be making new friends in Washington, with some Democrats suggesting the Republican-turned-independent help prosecute President Donald Trump at his Senate impeachment trial.

But back in Michigan's 3rd District, Republicans _ including those who supported him or donated to him the past _ are competing to replace Amash to help the party regain a seat that has safely been in its column.

1200 (with trims) by Simone Path in Washington. MOVED



^Gigi Hadid among more than 100 New Yorkers called for jury duty at Harvey Weinstein's trial<

WEINSTEIN:NY _ Harvey Weinstein's rape and sexual assault trial is still in the jury selection phase but it's already attracting some of the world's most famous faces.

Victoria's Secret model Gigi Hadid walked into Judge James Burke's 15th-floor courtroom Monday alongside 116 other New Yorkers tapped for potential jury duty in the fallen movie producer's trial in Manhattan.

250 by Molly Crane-Newman in New York. MOVED


^Stabbing spree along Colorado Springs trails leaves several injured<

COLO-STABBINGS:GT _ Officers arrested a man accused of stabbing eight people at random early Monday near downtown Colorado Springs, police said.

Police believe the man, whose name has not yet been released, stabbed eight people in several locations along trails near Interstate 25 _ all in the span of about 40 minutes.

300 by Olivia Prentzel in Colorado Springs, Colo. MOVED


^Off-duty L.A. County sheriff's detective struck and killed while helping elderly woman cross street<

DETECTIVE-KILLED:LA _ A car struck and killed a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detective on Sunday in the Valley Village area after she helped an elderly woman cross the street, authorities said.

300 by Ruben Vives in Los Angeles. MOVED


^7 killed, 12 shot in violent weekend in Philadelphia<

PHILLY-VIOLENCE-1ST-LEDE:PH _ Seven people were killed and 12 others were wounded by gunfire in less than 48 hours in Philadelphia over the weekend, including a 15-year-old boy shot dead on Saturday and an 18-month-old boy who suffered a graze wound to the head on Sunday.

The violence spanned neighborhoods across the city and was particularly acute Sunday, when 10 people were killed or injured in less than 10 hours, according to Philadelphia Police.

550 by Chris Palmer in Philadelphia. MOVED


^He's a father of 4 and worked as a chemist. Now he's accused of murder and cannibalism<

CANNIBALISM-KILLING:DE _ Wilk Olykos Vilkas was advised of his rights. Edgar Thomas Hill was read the criminal complaint.

But it's Mark D. Latunski who faces murder charges for allegedly killing and cannibalizing a 25-year-old Grindr date on Christmas Eve.

Latunski, 50, has identified himself by several names since Dec. 28, 2019, when Kevin Bacon of Swartz Creek was found dead, naked and hanging by his ankles in Latunski's Bennington Township basement.

1350 (with trims) by Darcie Moran in Bennington Township, Mich. MOVED


^Authorities stop car after child's plea for help. It was a joke<

CALIF-KIDNAP-FALSEALARM:LA _ Alarmed California Highway Patrol officers stopped a car on State Route 99 in Sacramento over the weekend after a child held up a sign from the back seat pleading for help.

After speaking with the driver, the officers "determined that the juvenile had made it all up" as "a fun thing to do," according to the CHP's South Sacramento Division.

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^Man accused in deadly Christmas stabbing had previously been deported, new charges say<

CHRISTMAS-STABBING:PH _ A man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend in front of her children on Christmas morning has been charged with illegally reentering the country after having been deported twice, according to unsealed court documents.

Josue Osorio-Quino, 33, is facing charges of murder and other offenses in the death of Juana Us-Perez, 35, and the stabbing of her 14-year-old son.

900 by Ellie Silverman in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Woman who pressured boyfriend to kill himself will remain in prison <

SUICIDE-GIRLFRIEND:NY _ The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will not hear an appeal by the Massachusetts woman who sent her teenage boyfriend multiple text messages urging him to kill himself.

Michelle Carter, who's serving a 15-month sentence for her role in the 2014 death of her boyfriend, was seeking to have her conviction for involuntary manslaughter overturned after losing an earlier appeal in the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

250 by Nelson Oliveira. MOVED


^2 teen hunters in Pa. charged with animal cruelty after attack on wounded deer posted online<

HUNTERS-CHARGES:PH _ Deer hunters aim to kill, not wound. Sometimes, they have to track a deer after it's shot, following a blood trail so they can put the animal down for good.

But two Jefferson County teens who wounded a whitetail deer while rifle hunting in November took out their phones instead, and filmed themselves kicking the dying animal in the head. The teens pulled off one of the buck's antlers and stood on its legs. They were laughing through most of the graphic video.

450 by Jason Nark in Philadelphia. MOVED




NEWSBRIEFS:MCT _ Nation and world news briefs.

Moving later


^For decades, this city was a haven for refugees. Then residents tried to ban them<

BISMARCK-REFUGEES:LA _ For decades, Bismarck, N.D., a conservative, predominantly white capital city, has played host to refugees from around the world.

Immigrants greet shoppers at Walmart, process beef at the Cloverdale Foods plant, run the register at Arbys, clean the Holiday Inn and drive for Uber.

Nobody used to pay them much mind.

Things started to change with the 2016 election of President Donald Trump, who has suggested that many refugees are criminals and has extolled his belief in putting "America first" by drastically reducing the number allowed to enter the United States.

The rhetoric has trickled down from Washington into smaller, quieter parts of the nation, as citizens and local politicians embrace it and places such as Bismarck start to reassess their relationship with the newcomers.

1900 by Jaweed Kaleem in Bismarck, N.D. MOVED


^Can this church be saved? Split on LGBTQ issues, United Methodists consider divorce<

RELIG-METHODISTS-LGBTQ:SD _ Sexual issues lead to many divorces. That includes the threatened split in the United Methodist Church. Divided on same-sex marriage and the status of LGBTQ believers, the nation's third largest Christian denomination _ after Catholicism and the Southern Baptist Convention _ may soon break up.

While this debate has simmered since the church's 1972 declaration that homosexual acts are "incompatible with Christian teaching," it recently gained new urgency. On Jan. 3, a committee representing progressive, traditionalist and centrist church leaders issued a nine-page "Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation." If approved during the church's General Conference in Minneapolis this May, the traditionalists will form a new denomination.

1550 by Peter Rowe in San Diego. MOVED




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