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^Democrats expected to wrap up their arguments for impeachment<

IMPEACHMENT:LA _ House managers are expected to wrap up their arguments in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Friday by focusing on the obstruction article, after which the White House's lawyers will get 24 hours spread over three days to make their case. By Jennifer Haberkorn in Washington.

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^Fear of ICE raids during census could hamper count of immigrants<

CENSUS-IMMIGRANTS:CON _ As census efforts ramp up this spring, outreach organizations fear that Trump administration officials may try to deport the immigrant communities they need to count.

A network of nonprofits, local governments and advocacy groups has fanned out to help the Census Bureau conduct its decennial count of America's residents. Some advocates worry the administration, after its failed push to add a citizenship question to the census, may continue on-the-ground immigration enforcement efforts in a departure from previous censuses.

A raid by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement could easily wreck months of outreach efforts, experts said.

700 by Michael Macagnone in Washington. MOVED



^Judge sets bonds totaling $110,000 for Antonio Brown<

^FBN-BROWN:FL_< If millionaire former NFL player Antonio Brown can come up with $110,000 for his bond he can be released from the Broward County Jail.

The free agent wide receiver surrendered at the jail just before 10 p.m. Thursday. He was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Hollywood on three criminal charges.

Brown, who ended up spending the night in jail, arrived with his lawyers and an entourage.

650 by Lisa J. Huriash, Brooke Baitinger and Wayne K. Roustan in Hollywood, Fla. (Moved as a sports story.) MOVED



^Saudi cleric visits Auschwitz and reaches out to Polish Jews<

AUSCHWITZ-SAUDICLERIC:BLO _ As world politics overshadows the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, arguably the most remarkable visitor to Poland isn't part of any official state delegation.

Mohammad Al-Issa, secretary general of the Mecca-based Muslim World League, visited the Nazi death camp on Thursday and was headed to the Museum of Polish Jews in Warsaw before breaking bread with local Jewish leaders for Shabbat on Friday. The four-day trip is unprecedented for such a powerful Muslim cleric.

550 by Wojciech Moskwa and Donna Abu-Nasr in Warsaw, Poland. MOVED


^Ghosn's escape from trial fuels debate over justice in Japan<

JAPAN-GHOSN-JUSTICE:BLO _ Long before fallen auto titan Carlos Ghosn fled trial in Japan and launched an attack on the country's justice system from afar, another foreign businessman found himself at the mercy of Tokyo's powerful public prosecutors.

Steven Gan, a U.S. citizen who had run a debt collection business in Japan for more than a decade, faced allegations in 2004 that he was not legally qualified to do so. When a prosecutor threatened him with more than a year of pretrial detention, the American said he quickly agreed to sign a series of confessions and apologies.

"It's not an issue of whether you are innocent or guilty, it's that they will force you to confess in order to maintain that 99% conviction rate," Gan said in a phone interview from his home in the U.S., where he returned after receiving a suspended sentence.

1150 (with trims) by Isabel Reynolds in Tokyo. MOVED



^As gray whale migration reaches its peak, scientists fear another unexplained die-off<

ENV-GRAYWHALES:LA _ As California gray whales wind their way south along North America's Pacific coast _ from their feeding grounds in the Arctic to their spring destination in the secluded lagoons of Mexico's Baja Peninsula _ researchers from Alaska to Mexico are watching, worried about another year of unexplained die-offs.

So far, at least three whales have died on the southbound journey, according to a spokesman at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And there are unconfirmed reports of strandings in Mexico.

Necropsies suggest two of the confirmed whales were "thin," while a third, a juvenile, seemed to be of average body condition, said NOAA's Michael Milstein.

1000 (with trims) by Susanne Rust and Rosanna Xia in Carmel, Calif. MOVED




NEWSBRIEFS:MCT _ Nation and world news briefs.

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^Blankets, canned tuna and faith in God _ how fleeing Venezuelans survive<

VENEZUELA-MIGRANTS-JOURNEY:LA _ The rich were the first to leave. They wired their savings abroad and hopped on international flights.

The middle class departed next. They went on buses, sometimes riding for days across several countries.

The poor remained.

They stayed as the economy collapsed, food got scarcer, medicine shortages turned deadly and the electricity cut out for days at a time. But finally they too began to exit Venezuela.

They simply walked out.

The departure of the caminantes, or walkers, began slowly in 2017 with young men hoping to find jobs and send money home.

Now women and children, the sick and the elderly also are taking their chances.

The most popular way out is through the Colombian border city of C cuta. Then comes one of the most difficult parts of the trip: a 125-mile passage that climbs more than 9,000 feet to a long and frigid plateau.

3150 by Andrea Castillo on the road to Bucaramanga, Colombia. MOVED


^Homeless but not friendless: How a Facebook group supports people on the streets<

HOMELESS-FACEBOOK-GROUP:LA _ Evangeline Elmendorf Greene can go an entire day _ sometimes more _ without speaking to anyone in Santa Fe, N.M. When she wakes up in the cab of her truck and heads over to the Walmart to wash up, she sees families shopping together and feels alienated from their world of everyday errands and warm beds.

"I feel like a shadow in the world," Greene said.

But when she turns to the glow of her smartphone, Greene has friends at her fingertips. Some of them she has known for years, but only behind the glassy screen of her phone. They share stories of trying to sleep on cold sidewalks, swabbing down their arms and legs with baby wipes, finding cheap hacks to stay warm or cool.

A Facebook group for homeless people _ more than 1,200 members and counting _ might be unexpected.

1600 (with trims) by Emily Alpert Reyes in Los Angeles. MOVED




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