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Closest witnesses kicking off big Trump impeachment week

Nov. 18, 2019 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine witnesses. Five hearings. Three days. The Trump impeachment inquiry is charging into a crucial week as Americans hear from some of the most important witnesses closest to the White House in back-to-back-to-back live sessions. Among them, Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the wealthy donor...

AP Exclusive: US officials knew of Ukraine’s Trump anxiety

Nov. 18, 2019 5:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. State Department officials were informed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was feeling pressure from the Trump administration to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden even before the July phone call that has led to impeachment hearings in Washington, two people with...

Trump suggests he may give written testimony in House probe

Nov. 18, 2019 9:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Monday he might be willing to offer written testimony in the House impeachment inquiry over whether he pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate Joe Biden and his son while withholding aid to the country. In a pair of tweets, Trump says he will...

NSC aide Vindman ready to speak out publicly on Trump

Nov. 18, 2019 4:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The decorated soldier and White House aide who saw it as his "sacred duty" to speak out against President Donald Trump’s Ukraine pressure campaign is about to get his chance to tell his story publicly. But when Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman appears before the House impeachment panel...

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

Nov. 18, 2019 5:29 PM 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...

Buttigieg visits Morehouse in effort to build black support

Nov. 18, 2019 4:27 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Pete Buttigieg will speak at historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta on Monday as he tries to expand his appeal among black voters who are critical to winning the Democratic presidential primary. The 37-year-old white mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is gaining momentum in the...

Warren’s ‘Medicare for All’ plan reignites health care clash

Nov. 18, 2019 4:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to gradually move the country to a government-funded health care system has further inflamed the debate over “Medicare for All,” likely ensuring the issue will play a significant role in this week’s Democratic presidential debate....

US angers Palestinians with reversal on Israeli settlements

Nov. 18, 2019 5:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday softened the U.S. position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the effort to gain Palestinian statehood. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. is repudiating...

The Latest: State Department’s Holmes to testify publicly

Nov. 18, 2019 4:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local): 4:35 p.m. A State Department official who overheard a phone call between President Donald Trump and diplomat Gordon Sondland over the summer will testify publicly in Thursday’s impeachment...

US cancels civil nuclear cooperation waiver for Iran

Nov. 18, 2019 3:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday he is canceling one of four sanctions waivers that had allowed foreign companies to work with Iran's civilian nuclear program without U.S. penalties. Pompeo also warned Iran’s leadership not to crack down on protests that recent fuel price...

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Correction: Prescription Drugs story

Nov. 18, 2019 5:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 18 about the White House push for prescription drug legislation, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of the executive director of Families USA. The correct spelling is Frederick, not Frederic. A corrected version of the story is below: Drug cost legislation gets...

AP Exclusive: US officials knew of Ukraine’s Trump anxiety

Nov. 18, 2019 5:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. State Department officials were informed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was feeling pressure from the Trump administration to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden even before the July phone call that has led to impeachment hearings in Washington, two people with...

Closest witnesses kicking off big Trump impeachment week

Nov. 18, 2019 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine witnesses. Five hearings. Three days. The Trump impeachment inquiry is charging into a crucial week as Americans hear from some of the most important witnesses closest to the White House in back-to-back-to-back live sessions. Among them, Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the wealthy donor...

Native American shield returned to New Mexico from France

Nov. 18, 2019 5:29 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A ceremonial Native American shield has been welcomed back to New Mexico by tribal leaders, in the culmination of a yearslong international campaign to reclaim the sacred object that held a place in a cycle of ceremonies until it vanished from a mesa-top indigenous village in the...

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

Nov. 18, 2019 5:29 PM 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...

Chief justice orders delay in House fight for Trump records

Nov. 18, 2019 5:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is ordering an indefinite delay in the House of Representatives’ demand for President Donald Trump’s financial records to give the Supreme Court time to figure out how to handle the high-stakes dispute. Roberts’ order Monday contains no hint...

Indiana mayor indicted over alleged bribe for contract

Nov. 18, 2019 5:23 PM EST

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana mayor was arrested Monday after being indicted for allegedly taking a $5,000 bribe in exchange for a public contract. The theft of government funds charge unsealed Monday alleges Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler accepted the bribe from an unidentified company in exchange for...

US failing to stop China from stealing research, report says

Nov. 18, 2019 5:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States government has failed to stop China from stealing intellectual property from American universities and lacks a comprehensive strategy for dealing with the threat, a congressional report concluded Monday. The report says the FBI should be more effective and consistent in...

US angers Palestinians with reversal on Israeli settlements

Nov. 18, 2019 5:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday softened the U.S. position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the effort to gain Palestinian statehood. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. is repudiating...

‘Wall of water’: Lawsuits detail deadly Navy collision

Nov. 18, 2019 5:04 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Survivors and descendants of those killed when a container ship collided with a U.S. Navy destroyer off Japan’s coast are suing the ship’s Japanese charterer, according to a lawsuit filed Monday that details the survivors’ scramble for safety as water rushed in. In...