10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. WHETHER TO CALL WITNESSES ROILS TRUMP’S TRIAL

The impeachment trial is shifting to questions from senators, a pivotal juncture as Republicans lack the votes for now to block witnesses — potentially scuttling plans for a quick acquittal.

2. CASES OF NEW VIRUS TOP TOTAL FOR SARS

China, with 5,974 cases of new virus, has more infections than it did during the SARS outbreak, but the death toll is still lower.

3. WHAT MIGHT NOT HAVE SAVED KOBE BRYANT HELICOPTER

The aircraft carrying the retired NBA superstar didn’t have a recommended warning system to alert the pilot he was too close to land, but it’s not clear it would have averted the crash, authorities say.

4. ISRAELI CABINET POSTPONES VOTE ON WEST BANK ANNEXATION

The declaration by an Israeli minister comes despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to act quickly after the U.S. released a peace plan rejected by the Palestinians.

5. TRUMP TO SIGN BIG TRADE DEAL

Trade experts say the impact of the new agreement with Canada and Mexico will be modest, but it dials down tensions that have contributed to slowing economic growth globally.

6. ‘A BUILDING OF LOVE’

A South Carolina minister plans to convert a building once owned by the Ku Klux Klan into a shrine of reconciliation.

7. ALLIES FEAR CHANGES TO AFRICAN POLICY

As extremist violence increases across Africa, the U.S. is considering reducing its military presence on the continent.

8. WEINSTEIN FACING MORE ACCUSERS

Two one-time aspiring actresses, Tarale Wulff and Dawn Dunning, are next up as witnesses at the sexual assault trial of the disgraced Hollywood mogul.

9. NO FISH STORY

Britain and the European Union are parting ways this week and one of the first issues to address is what will happen to the fishing grounds they shared.

10. ’THE WORLD’S BIGGEST STAGE’

Eclectic acts and controversy during the Super Bowl halftime show have drawn nearly as much attention as the NFL championship game itself.

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