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1 Powerful Quakes Strike The Caribbean

Powerful Quakes Strike The Caribbean A series of strong earthquakes is shaking up the Caribbean. A powerful 7.7 magnitude quake struck about 73-miles northwest of Jamaica yesterday afternoon – with several smaller – though still powerful temblors following. The initial quake was felt across Cuba and even as far as Miami, Florida. Since then, a number of small earthquakes have shaken the area, including a 6.1-magnitude quake that hit about 35-miles southeast of the Cayman Islands. The good news? The tsunami threat from an earthquake in the Caribbean has passed. The amazing news? There have been no reports of damage or injuries.

2 Trump's Lawyers Rest Their Case In Impeachment Trial

President Trump's lawyers have rested their case in the Senate impeachment trial. White House counsel Pat Cipollone argued that the House Democratic case against Trump falls far short of constitutional standards for impeachment. He noted, “I think we've made our case." Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said the House impeachment of President Trump should have come with a warning – "Danger, danger, danger." Sekulow accused House Democrats of lowering the bar of standards for impeachable offenses. Over parts of three days, Trump’s lawyers insisted that the President did nothing wrong in his dealings with Ukraine and they accused Democrats of overreaching. Meanwhile, a majority of registered voters think witnesses should be allowed to testify in the President’s impeachment trial. A Quinnipiac University poll shows 75% of Americans believe witnesses should be involved. That includes nearly all Democrats and almost half of Republicans. But, there's a split when it comes to the Senate removing Trump from office.

3 Americans Evacuated From Wuhan, China

About 240 Americans have evacuated the area in China where the coronavirus outbreak is centralized. The U.S. State Department chartered the flight from Wuhan, which reportedly arrived in California overnight. On board? About three dozen U.S. diplomats and their families. The State Department allowed other Americans citizens to join the flight if there was room, giving priority to those most in danger of contracting the respiratory illness. Meanwhile, the coronavirus continues to claim lives in China. Health officials in China confirm that more than six-thousand people have been infected with the disease, and at last check, 132 have died - and more than 100 have recovered. So far, five cases have been confirmed in the U.S. and dozens of other people are being monitored for possible infections.

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