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JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day's other news: Delayed results from Monday's presidential caucuses

in Iowa keep trickling in, and Pete Buttigieg is holding on to his narrow lead; 86 percent

of precincts have reported, and the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has more than

26 percent support.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is running second in the caucuses just behind him with

25 percent, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joe Biden running

third and fourth.

Biden said today he is counting on New Hampshire's primary next Tuesday, but he acknowledged

that -- quote -- "We took a gut punch in Iowa."

The last 24 hours have seen the most cases yet in the coronavirus outbreak in China.

The death toll there topped 550 today with more than 27,000 cases.

In the U.S., officials confirmed a 12th case.

And, in Geneva, the head of the World Health Organization appealed for $675 million to

fight the virus.

TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS, Director General, World Health Organization: This is not a time

for panic. It's a time for rational, evidence-based action and investment, while we still have

a window of opportunity to bring this outbreak under control.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Meanwhile, nearly 3,700 people are quarantined on a cruise ship at Yokohama,

Japan, for two weeks. Some 3,600 others are being screened on a cruise liner in Hong Kong;

350 Americans were flown from China to California today to be quarantined, and officials confirmed

a 12th case in the U.S.

There's word that 130 Salvadorans were killed in after being deported from the U.S. between

2012 and 2017. Human Rights Watch says that it also found at least 70 cases of sexual

assault or other violence. The Trump administration has taken a number of steps to bar Central

Americans from seeking refuge in the United States.

Israeli forces today killed a Palestinian teenager, the first death amid protests over

a U.S. peace plan. The 17-year-old was shot in the West Bank city of Hebron. Israel said

that troops fired at a demonstrator who threw a firebomb.

Earlier, Israeli planes struck Hamas militants in Gaza, after rockets were fired into Israel.

In Turkey, dozens of rescuers searching for survivors of an avalanche were themselves

killed in a second deadly snow-slide. The overall toll has reached 38. It happened on

a mountain road near Turkey's eastern border with Iran. Soldiers and residents climbed

to the site to dig victims out of the snow.

They included the local emergency operations chief.

OSMAN UCAR, Emergency Worker (through translator): We wanted to move the minibus to rescue the

last two people, thinking they could be under the minibus or near it. As we worked to pave

a path, we were trying to direct the excavator to help, and then we heard a noise. And then

I was half-buried under snow. I managed to get out on my own.

JUDY WOODRUFF: At least 53 emergency workers were injured, and officials said some are

still trapped.

The top U.S. military commander in the Middle East traveled to Iraq today, amid calls for

American forces to withdraw. Marine General Frank McKenzie arrived as news accounts said

the Iraqis have cut cooperation with the U.S. coalition. That follows the U.S. killing of

Iranian General Qasem Soleimani outside Baghdad.

The clock began running today on the last remaining arms deal between the U.S. and Russia.

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty expires one year from now. It limits long-range nuclear

warheads. The U.S. withdrew from a treaty on medium-range weapons last year, and has

also begun deploying low-yield nuclear missiles.

The governor of California has pardoned the late civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, who

was jailed for homosexual activity in 1953. Rustin died in 1987. And the state law that

he was convicted under is no longer on the books. Governor Gavin Newsom says that he

also wants to pardon others who were prosecuted under the statute.

In economic news, the U.S. trade deficit fell last year for the first time in six years,

due largely to the ongoing tariff war with China.

And, today, Wall Street shot higher on strong earnings reports. The Dow Jones industrial

average gained 483 points to finish at 29290. The Nasdaq rose 40 points to a record close,

a new one, and the S&P 500 added 37, also hitting a new high.

Still to come on the "NewsHour": response from the White House and a leading lawmaker

on the impeachment trial; analysis of the Senate's vote to acquit the president of high

crimes and misdemeanors; and Australia burning -- the fires today and

the fires to come.

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