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White House: Ukraine aid held up in part over election probe

Oct. 17, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House acknowledged Thursday that it held up military aid to Ukraine as President Donald Trump pushed the country's new leader to investigate the Democratic National Committee in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a central question in the House impeachment inquiry . Acting...

US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy

Oct. 17, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the European Union said Thursday that President Donald Trump directed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he disagreed with the directive. Gordon Sondland's closed-door testimony to House impeachment...

The Latest: Police in Barcelona clash with Spanish unionists

Oct. 17, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Catalonia (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Police in Barcelona have briefly charged against radical far-right protesters opposing Catalan independence from Spain. A few hundred supporters of Spanish unity were gathering Thursday in a northern neighborhood of the...

Cummings, powerful congressman leading Trump probe, has died

Oct. 17, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was 68....

Ex-lawmaker pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds

Oct. 17, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland state lawmaker pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge that she illegally used campaign funds for her personal benefit. Tawanna Gaines faces a sentence of up to 20 years following her plea to one count of wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang is scheduled to...

AMLO lauds departure of oil union chief, who defends record

Oct. 17, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president on Thursday celebrated the resignation of the head of the country's oil workers union, who ruled the organization for nearly three decades with an iron fist before quitting following repeated scandals over alleged corruption. Carlos Romero Deschamps issued a public...

The Latest: House committees set more impeachment interviews

Oct. 17, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the testimony by U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland to House committees investigation impeachment (all times local): 1 p.m. Three House committees investigating impeachment have tentatively scheduled at least eight closed-door interviews next week, including one with Bill...

Democrat Kind says impeachment should be 'last resort'

Oct. 17, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says he supports investigating President Donald Trump but impeachment and removal from office should be a "last resort." Kind made the comments Thursday in an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio. Kind says the House is right to investigate a...

Diplomat says politicization of foreign policy disturbed him

Oct. 17, 2019 3:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top State Department aide testified in the impeachment inquiry that the Trump administration's politicization of foreign policy contributed to his resignation, while the Senate GOP leader briefed colleagues on a possible Christmas impeachment trial. The day's events, interrupted...

The Latest: Schiff says he'll release interview transcripts

Oct. 16, 2019 11:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the impeachment inquiry (all times local): 7:20 p.m. The lead House impeachment investigator says he will release transcripts of the closed-door interviews lawmakers have conducted with current and former administration officials. California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff says...