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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EST

February 10, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s embattled lieutenant governor is urging authorities to investigate sexual assault allegations made against him, but he is not heeding calls to resign and it’s unclear what comes next for the once-rising star of the state Democratic Party. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on Saturday issued a statement repeating his strong denials that he had ever sexually assaulted anyone. One state lawmaker has called for impeachment proceedings to begin, but there’s little sign of a broad appetite for that.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has agreed to increase the amount of money it contributes to offset the cost of the U.S. military presence on its soil in a new deal with Washington. South Korea says it will pay $924 million this year, up from the $830 million it paid last year. Last year’s contribution covered roughly 40 percent of the cost of the deployment of 28,500 U.S. soldiers stationed in the country as deterrent to North Korea. President Donald Trump had been pushing for South Korea to pay more.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is expected to join the 2020 race for president on Sunday. She’d become the most prominent candidate from the Midwest as the party tries to win back voters in a region that helped fuel Donald Trump’s 2016 victory. Klobuchar says she’ll make a “big announcement” about her 2020 plans during an event in Minneapolis. She’d face stiff challenges in a field that includes better-known candidates with the ability to raise huge amounts of money.

ARE, Sweden (AP) — Lindsey Vonn won the bronze medal in the world championship downhill Sunday in the final race of her career. It’s a medal that brings Vonn full circle: the American’s two silvers at the 2007 worlds on the same course in Are were the first two major championship medals of her career.

HONOLULU (AP) — Residents of the Pacific Northwest put away umbrellas they often carry this time of year to grab skis, sleds or even just laundry baskets and go play in the snow. Some areas in the region more accustomed to winter rain received more than a foot of snow and meteorologists say more is on the way. Hundreds of flights were canceled in Seattle and Portland, and heavy snow drifts closed major highways in eastern Washington. A Hawaii storm has prompted concern about severe surf and wind.

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