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Takeaways from Day 2 of House impeachment public hearings

Nov. 15, 2019 5:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Day Two of public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump featured a career diplomat with a soft voice and a powerful story. Marie Yovanovitch said she felt threatened by the president as she detailed the story of being abruptly recalled from her post as U.S....

Diplomat says he overheard Trump call about ‘investigations’

Nov. 15, 2019 7:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department official David Holmes told impeachment investigators Friday that he overheard a conversation with President Donald Trump asking a diplomat about “investigations” in Ukraine, according those familiar with Holmes’ closed-door deposition. Trump was...

The Latest: Barr: Democrats drowning agencies with subpoenas

Nov. 15, 2019 7:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and House impeachment hearings (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Attorney General William Barr says congressional Democrats are drowning government agencies with an “avalanche of subpoenas” in order to “incapacitate” the...

Roger Stone guilty of witness tampering, lying to Congress

Nov. 15, 2019 4:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — He was proud of his reputation as a practitioner of political dirty tricks and frequently boasted about the extent of his contacts and the depth of his insider information. Now Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, faces a prison sentence for a collection of...

Ousted ambassador ‘shocked’ at Trump; he assails her anew

Nov. 15, 2019 7:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In chilling detail, ousted U.S. Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch described to Trump impeachment investigators Friday how she felt threatened upon learning that President Donald Trump had promised Ukraine’s leader she was “going to go through some things.”...

Amid cheers and a tweet, ‘Masha’ has her impeachment moment

Nov. 15, 2019 6:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The box of white tissues stood by, two seats to Maria Yovanovitch’s right, as she told the world about being “shocked, appalled, devastated” that the president had badmouthed her after firing her as ambassador to Ukraine. But Yovanovitch stayed a picture of...

AP sources: Epstein jail guards had been offered plea deal

Nov. 15, 2019 7:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors offered a plea deal to two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein on the night of his death, but the officers have declined the offer, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The existence of the plea offer signals the Justice...

Only GOP woman at impeachment hearing gets outsized role

Nov. 15, 2019 8:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It didn’t take long at Friday’s impeachment hearing before Rep. Elise Stefanik, the House Intelligence Committee’s only Republican woman, was gaveled down by the panel’s Democratic chairman. Republicans kept the 35-year-old Harvard graduate from upstate New...

Conflicting White House accounts of 1st Trump-Zelenskiy call

Nov. 15, 2019 8:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump released the rough transcript Friday of a congratulatory phone call he had with the incoming president of Ukraine, holding it out as evidence he did nothing wrong. Instead, the memorandum shows how White House descriptions of Trump’s communications with...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump twists ex-ambassador’s record

Nov. 15, 2019 4:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Friday that a U.S. diplomat was responsible for Somalia’s descent into chaos decades ago, distorting her record. Democrats branded his tweet witness intimidation. Trump’s attack on Marie Yovanovitch came as she testified to the House...

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Clashes in Bolivia challenge interim government; 5 dead

Nov. 15, 2019 8:50 PM EST

SACABA, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian security forces clashed with supporters of former President Evo Morales in a central town Friday, leaving at least five people dead, dozens more injured and escalating the challenge to the country’s interim government to restore stability. Hospital director...

Trump intervenes in military justice cases, grants pardons

Nov. 15, 2019 8:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pardoned a former U.S. Army commando set to stand trial next year in the killing of a suspected Afghan bomb-maker and a former Army lieutenant convicted of murder for ordering his men to fire upon three Afghans, killing two, the White House announced late...

North Korea’s Kim attends military air show, lauds pilots

Nov. 15, 2019 8:28 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday said leader Kim Jong Un attended a flight demonstration of military aircraft at an airfield on the country’s eastern coast where he instructed combat pilots to acquire “great idea and tactics” against enemies “armed to the...

Conflicting White House accounts of 1st Trump-Zelenskiy call

Nov. 15, 2019 8:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump released the rough transcript Friday of a congratulatory phone call he had with the incoming president of Ukraine, holding it out as evidence he did nothing wrong. Instead, the memorandum shows how White House descriptions of Trump’s communications with...

The Latest: Southern California school shooter dies

Nov. 15, 2019 7:56 PM EST

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting at a Southern California high school in which two students were killed (all times local): 5 p.m. A 16-year-old boy who shot five fellow students — killing two — before turning the gun on himself at a Southern California high school has...

Romney backs paying college athletes to help poor players

Nov. 15, 2019 7:40 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said Friday his support for allowing college athletes to profit from their name and image isn’t driven by a desire to help a star quarterback score endorsement deals, but to help poor athletes get extra money to help their families. “We have in many...

Ousted ambassador ‘shocked’ at Trump; he assails her anew

Nov. 15, 2019 7:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In chilling detail, ousted U.S. Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch described to Trump impeachment investigators Friday how she felt threatened upon learning that President Donald Trump had promised Ukraine’s leader she was “going to go through some things.”...

Talks on Pennsylvania’s minimum wage heat up before deadline

Nov. 15, 2019 7:25 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Discussions on raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 are heating up, in part to get Gov. Tom Wolf to abandon an effort to extend overtime pay eligibility to tens of thousands of additional workers. Negotiators are up against a Thursday deadline,...

North Carolina lawmakers redraw state’s congressional map

Nov. 15, 2019 7:19 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A replacement map for North Carolina’s congressional districts was finalized Friday, with its lines redrawn to address alleged extreme partisan bias and endangering reelection prospects for two Republicans next year. The GOP-controlled General Assembly enacted boundaries for...

The Latest: Barr: Democrats drowning agencies with subpoenas

Nov. 15, 2019 7:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and House impeachment hearings (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Attorney General William Barr says congressional Democrats are drowning government agencies with an “avalanche of subpoenas” in order to “incapacitate” the...