Democrats big money pledges give way to reality of 2020 race

Many Democratic presidential candidates launched their campaigns last year with bold pledges to reject help from super PACs and dark money groups. But as the realities of a tough primary fight sink in, those promises are fading away.

California sues Trump administration to block water rules

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California sued the Trump administration on Thursday to block new rules that would let farmers take more water from the state's largest river systems, arguing it would push endangered populations of delta smelt, chinook salmon and steelhead trout to extinction.

Assembly passes Lyme disease brochure bill

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Wisconsin wildlife officials would have to include information on Lyme disease in state park brochures and run an annual awareness campaign about the tick-borne disease under a bill The state Assembly passed Thursday.
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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Trump apparently not a fan of 'Parasite'

President Donald Trump is apparently not a fan of "Parasite," his biggest complaint being that the movie was made in South Korea.
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Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower on renewed virus fears

Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Friday after a spike in new virus cases in South Korea refueled investor anxiety about China's disease outbreak.
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Arizona governor, GOP lawmakers end sanctuary city ban push

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican lawmakers have pulled a contentious proposal to enshrine a ban on so-called "sanctuary cities" in the state constitution.
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Trump makes unconventional pick to oversee 'deep state'

President Donald Trump has made an unconventional pick to oversee America's spy agencies: an unusually undiplomatic ambassador who has had little intelligence experience.
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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.

Trump takes aim at Dem race, Bloomberg's debate debut, even 'Parasite' as Best Picture

Relishing in Democrats' jumbled primary in the wake of a fractious debate, President Donald Trump offered stinging criticism of his rivals as he sought to take advantage of the moment.

Police say 2 killed, 3 injured in Idaho shooting

Idaho police say at least two people were killed and three were injured in a shooting at an apartment complex for senior citizens in Caldwell.

Intel officials say Russia boosting Trump candidacy

Intelligence officials have warned lawmakers that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election campaign to help President Donald Trump get reelected,three officialsfamiliar with the closed-door briefing said Thursday.

16 cruise ship evacuees being moved to US hospitals

Eleven Americans who were brought to the U.S. from a quarantined cruise ship have been moved to hospitals, because delayed Japanese test results showed they had the new virus that caused an outbreak in China, officials said Thursday.

The Latest: Warren says Bloomberg NDA refusal disqualifying

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Sheriff: Customs agent kills 3 family members, then himself

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent killed three family members, including two juveniles, and then himself at his Florida home, authorities said Thursday night.

Firm wants to recover the Titanic's iconic telegraph machine

The salvage firmthat hasplucked silverware, china and gold coins from the wreckage of the Titanic now wants to recover the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Machine that transmitted the doomed ship's increasingly frantic distress calls.

Wisconsin legislator announces retirement after three terms

State Rep. Debra Kolste announced Thursday she will not seek re-election this fall.

California's solar mandate to allow homes without solar

Over the objections of environmentalists, California regulators approved a proposal Thursday to allow builders to construct homes without solar panels, a decision critics said undercuts California's seven-week-old law that all new houses have their own solar power.

Wisconsin Legislature sends $250 million tax cut to governor

Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature on Thursday sent a $250 million income tax cut to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who appears likely to veto it.

Bloomberg struggles to respond to politics of #MeToo era

Mike Bloomberg's name last appeared on a ballot a decade before #MeToo transformed cultural mores surrounding sexual harassment and the treatment of women. As he campaigns for the presidency, the 78-year-old billionaire is struggling to adjust.

Bloomberg's unusual 2020 strategy turns to Utah post-debate

New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign strategy is unprecedented, and his choice of rally location on Thursday to bounce back from an unsteady debate performance was unusual: Salt Lake City.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich acknowledges Chicago Cubs' fan Ronnie Woo Woo after a news conference outside his home Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020,

TV analyst? Spokesman? Freed ex-governor goes job hunting

Job wanted: Ex-governor and ex-con with strong speaking skills and good hair seeking employment.

EPA will regulate two toxic chemicals in drinking water

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to regulate two nonstick and stain-resistant compounds in the drinking water amid growing concerns the chemicals found in everything from pizza boxes to carpet pose a health hazard.

Alaska needs broad review of aviation safety, officials say

Alaska needs a comprehensive review effort to improve aviation safety because its fatal and non-fatal accident rates are far higher than the national average, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.

New video shows details from fatal shootout at kosher deli

Newly released video from a fatal shootout at a kosher grocery store in Jersey City shows the moment one of the shooters exited the van…