In riveting testimony, a former national security official testified Thursday that a U.S. ambassador clearly carried out a "domestic political errand" for Donald Trump on Ukraine, undercutting a main line of the president's defense in the impeachment inquiry.
Fiona Hill told House investigators she came to realize Ambassador Gordon Sondland wasn't simply operating outside official diplomatic channels, as some assumed, but carrying out instructions from Trump,
"He was being involved in a domestic political errand. And we were being involved in national security policy," she said after a blistering back-and-forth during questioning from Republicans at the House hearing.
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Democratic presidential candidates clashed Wednesday in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning coalition to take on President Donald Trump next year.
The faceoff came after hours of testimony in the impeachment inquiry of Trump and at a critical juncture in the Democratic race to run against him in 2020. With less than three months before the first voting contests, big questions hang over the front-runners, time is running out for lower tier candidates to make their move and new Democrats are launching improbable last-minute bids for the nomination.
But amid the turbulence, the White House hopefuls often found themselves fighting on well-trodden terrain, particularly over whether the party should embrace a sweeping "Medicare for All" program or make more modest changes to the current health care system.
School officials say ground penetrating radar has located 145 graves on the ground of a high school in Florida’s Tampa Bay area.
Hillsborough County School Board chairwoman Tamara Shamburger said Wednesday that graves are located 3-feet to 5-feet beneath portions of Tampa’s King High School.
A Utah inmate jailed for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl now faces charges for trying to hire a hitman to kill the teenager to keep her from testifying, police said.
Kristoffer Jones, an inmate at the Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane, Utah, allegedly "solicited several inmates to either kill or assist in coordinating the murder" of the victim, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
He was booked Monday on two counts of criminal solicitation of murder following a monthslong investigation, NBC News reported. Jones was being held on child sex offenses from an incident investigated in January.
Authorities said they were alerted to the alleged murder-for-hire plot through information gathered by deputies assigned to the prison's intelligence unit.
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Nevada’s first snow of the season fell on Mount Charleston, northwest of Las Vegas.
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The lawyer of one of the two American teenagers jailed in Rome over the slaying of a Carabinieri police officer says their trial has been fast-tracked and will begin early next year.
Craig Peters, representing Finnegan Lee Elder, said Thursday that the first hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 26.
Earlier this week, prosecutors requested a swift trial, a so-called "immediate trial" procedure.
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A glitch in Medicare's revamped prescription plan finder can steer unwitting seniors to coverage that costs much more than they need to pay, according to people who help with sign-ups as well as program experts.
Serving some 60 million Medicare recipients, the plan finder is the most commonly used tool on Medicare.gov and just got its first major update in a decade. The Trump administration has hailed the new version and Medicare Administrator Seema Verma says it will empower beneficiaries to take advantage of their coverage options.
But as open enrollment goes into the home stretch Thanksgiving week, critics say the new tool can create confusion by obscuring out-of-pocket costs that seniors should factor into their decisions.
The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore pleaded guilty Thursday to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges in a case involving sales of her self-published children's books.
Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty in federal court in Baltimore to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the government and tax evasion. But she pleaded not guilty to wire fraud. The pleas came a day after an 11-count indictment was unsealed.
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Criminal prosecution and convictions of polluters have fallen to quarter-century lows under the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency, deepening three years of overall enforcement declines, according to Justice Department statistics.
And while the administration says it's focusing on quality over quantity in pollution cases, using its enforcement resources to go after the biggest and worst offenders, an Associated Press analysis found little sign of that so far in court cases closed in 2019.
The criminal pollution cases initiated, and won this year, under the Trump administration, appear to be smaller one-offs, such as an Alaska fishing captain who let a reality TV show crew film his cheering crew as it dumped waste overboard into an Alaskan strait in 2017.
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President Donald Trump and his GOP allies pressed a defense Thursday that he acted appropriately in withholding military aid to Ukraine out of concern over the country's corruption and claimed the House impeachment hearings amounted to a rogue process.
The claims don't match up with known facts.
The NFL’s indefinite suspension of Cleveland Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett has been upheld by an appeals officer.
Garrett is banned for the final six regular-season games and playoffs for smashing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with a helmet last week.
Many areas in Arizona are under flash flood warnings until Thursday afternoon.
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President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California's primary ballot next spring, a unanimous state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Billionaire and former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg filed official paperwork to run for president in the 2020 Democratic primary.
A spokesman for Bloomberg explained that filing in the state of Alabama started a 15 day process to file with the FEC. “This is not an announcement and not an indication of decision,” the aide added.
For Bloomberg it’s the latest in a series of maneuvers toward a likely run for president. He’s also filed to contend in various primaries including Arkansas, Alabama and Texas.