10 Things to Know for Today
The Associated Press
1. POLITICAL STAKES HIGH AS IMPEACHMENT TRIAL LOOMS
The trial, only the third such undertaking in U.S. history, is unfolding at the start of the election year, a time of deep political division in the nation.
2. 'PRESIDENT TRUMP KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WAS GOING ON'
Lev Parnas, a close associate of Rudy Giuliani, claims Trump was directly involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. When asked if Parnas was lying, Giuliani said "I'm not responding yet."
3. WHO CALLED TRUMP A 'CLOWN'
Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the U.S. president only pretends to support the Iranian people but will "push a poisonous dagger" into their backs.
4. TRUMP CAMPAIGN TRIES ROBUST OUTREACH
The president's surrogates are fanning out across the country as part of an aggressive effort to stretch his appeal beyond the base of working-class white voters who propelled him to victory in 2016.
5. ROYAL RIFT WILL SHRINK BRITISH MONARCHY
Buckingham Palace is changing with the scandal surrounding Prince Andrew, and with Prince Harry's decision to break away, leaving fewer senior royals working to support Queen Elizabeth II.
6. 'I KNEW I WAS BEING ASSAULTED'
Evelyn Yang, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, says she was sexually assaulted by an obstetrician while she was pregnant with the couple's first child.
7. WORLD'S BIGGEST YEARLY HUMAN MIGRATION BEGINS
As the Lunar New Year approaches, Beijing estimates that 3 billion trips will be made by Chinese travelers.
8. RAIL TECHNOLOGY COULD CUT TRAIN CREWS
A $15 billion automatic railroad braking system will bolster the industry's argument for just one crew member in most locomotives, raising safety concerns by labor groups.
9. MARA ON THE MOVE
The five-decade-old Asian elephant will soon leave her obsolete enclosure at an Argentine zoo to be moved to a special sanctuary in neighboring Brazil.
10. WHAT EMINEM IS ADVOCATING FOR
The Detroit rapper again drops a surprise album, releasing "Music to Be Murdered By," along with a video that calls for changes to gun laws.