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Sondland confirms call with Trump a day after Ukraine call

Nov. 20, 2019 9:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ambassador Gordon Sondland confirmed for House impeachment investigators Wednesday he spoke with President Donald Trump on a cellphone from a busy Kyiv restaurant the day after the president prodded Ukraine’s leader to investigate political rival Joe Biden. Sondland, the most...

‘I now recall’: What to watch in Trump impeachment hearings

Nov. 20, 2019 5:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Exactly what is Gordon Sondland’s story? Certainly it’s full of international mystery, which House impeachment investigators are sorting through as they probe President Donald Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. But the intrigue is largely due to...

Australian bank Westpac faces massive fine for breaches

Nov. 20, 2019 5:33 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Major Australian bank Westpac is facing a potentially massive fine after being accused of 23 million breaches of the anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing act. The financial crime regulator AUSTRAC said Wednesday it was pursuing Westpac, one of Australia’s four...

Time and again, Sondland’s Ukraine tale differs from others

Nov. 20, 2019 12:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The witnesses who have testified publicly and privately in the House impeachment inquiry so far have generally told a consistent tale. Then there’s Gordon Sondland. The U.S. ambassador to the European Union has said he cannot recall many of the episodes involving him that other...

The Latest: House panel wraps up 5-hour hearing

Nov. 19, 2019 10:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the public impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine (all times local): 8:30 p.m. The House Intelligence Committee has concluded a five-hour hearing with two former Trump administration officials. Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special...

Republicans assail security aide who reported Trump call

Nov. 19, 2019 9:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A career Army officer on Donald Trump’s National Security Council testified Tuesday he was duty-bound to object to the president’s clearly “improper” phone call seeking Ukrainian investigations of U.S. Democrats. Republicans answered him with doubts about his...

Impeachment hearings takeaways: Firsthand witnesses appear

Nov. 19, 2019 8:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were attacks on the credibility of a witness in uniform, and hand-wringing by another witness on all that he knows now that he says he didn’t know then. Vice President Mike Pence was name-dropped, and lawmakers heard expressions of concern about the July phone call between...

New Mexico may form hate-crimes unit after Texas massacre

Nov. 19, 2019 7:23 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top prosecutor urged lawmakers Tuesday to fund a new investigative unit to guard against hate crimes and bolster cybersecurity in response to the August mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and other emerging threats that might qualify as terrorism....

About that call: What to watch at Trump impeachment hearings

Nov. 19, 2019 9:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They heard the July 25 phone call for themselves. And now, Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and adviser Jennifer Williams are telling Americans and the world about its content and their concerns as the lead witnesses in perhaps the most consequential week of the impeachment hearings...

Warren unveils a plan to combat white nationalist crime

Nov. 19, 2019 9:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren has released a proposal to combat white nationalism that includes making prosecuting crimes committed by hate groups a top priority for the departments of Justice and Homeland Security. The Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate promises to use both...