Fiona Hill, a former top White House adviser on Russia and Europe, and David Holmes, a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, are the final witnesses testifying on week two of public hearings as part of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
The U.S. Secret Service says it is investigating a suspicious vehicle that tried to enter the White House complex on Thursday morning.
A black SUV tried to follow another vehicle that was lawfully allowed past an external checkpoint, the U.S. Secret Service said. The SUV was stopped and an individual was immediately taken into custody, the agency says.
Officers are focused on a black SUV near a checkpoint near 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Pieces of luggage were being emptied onto the ground. Piles of fabric and clothing could be seen near the checkpoint.
A federal judge has temporarily halted the first federal executions in 16 years as a lawsuit on how the government intends to carry them out continues.
U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutka said in a Wednesday evening ruling that the public is not served by "short-circuiting" legitimate judicial process.
"It is greatly served by attempting to ensure that the most serious punishment is imposed lawfully," she wrote.
With just over two months before primary voting begins, ten Democrats seeking the party's nomination for the 2020 presidential race vied for advantage at a Wednesday night debate in Atlanta.
Much of any debate drama was muted amid a week packed with public impeachment hearings, and candidates mostly stayed focused on the kitchen table issues important to voters, such as student loans and health care.
Here's how some of their claims from Atlanta stack up with the facts.
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President Donald Trump is insisting the Navy "will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher's Trident Pin" that designates him a SEAL.
Attorneys for Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher had accused the Navy of trying to remove the designation in retaliation for Trump’s decision last week to restore Gallagher’s rank.
Gallagher was acquitted of a murder charge in the stabbing death of an Islamic State militant captive, but a military jury convicted him of posing with the corpse while in Iraq in 2017. He was demoted to chief.
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China on Thursday demanded President Donald Trump veto legislation aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong and renewed a threat to take "strong countermeasures" if the bills become law.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act undermined both China's interests and those of the U.S. in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
"We urge the U.S. to grasp the situation, stop its wrongdoing before it's too late, prevent this act from becoming law (and) immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs," Geng said at a daily news briefing.
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Known for dating models and actresses, Prince Andrew earned a nickname as the "party prince." But as charities and businesses sought distance from the scandal-tainted royal, some tabloids recently dubbed him the "pariah prince."
Queen Elizabeth II's second son announced Wednesday that he would step back from public duties because of his ties to American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, saying the relationship had become a "major disruption" to the royal family's charitable work.
It was another black mark against the prince, who was born without the responsibilities of his older brother, Prince Charles, the heir to the throne. Andrew instead carved out a comfortable role as a trade envoy and charity patron with freedom to travel the world in style.
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Google is making it harder for political advertisers to target specific types of people.
The company said that as of January, advertisers will only be able to target U.S. political ads based on broad categories such as gender, age and postal code. Currently, ads can be tailored for more specific groups — for instance, using information gleaned from public voter logs, such as political affiliation.
The change will take effect in the UK in the next week, before the general election, and in the European Union before the end of 2019. It will apply everywhere else in early January.
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Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help bishops ensure that no abusive priests stayed in ministry. But almost two decades later, an Associated Press investigation of review boards across the country shows they have broadly failed to uphold these commitments. Instead, review boards appointed by bishops and operating in secrecy have routinely undermined sex abuse claims from victims, shielded accused priests and helped the church avoid payouts.
Former Vice President Joe Biden incorrectly said that he has the support of the “only African American woman ever elected to the Senate" while talking about his support from black voters during the fifth Democratic presidential debate.
That drew a response from California Sen. Kamala Harris, who became the second black female senator when she was elected in 2016.
"The other one is here,” Harris responded, before breaking into laughter. Sen. Cory Booker, who is also black, said to Biden “that’s not true."
In a blow to GOP defenses of President Donald Trump, a Defense Department official said Wednesday the Ukrainian government asked "what was going on" with U.S. military aid as early as July 25 — the very day that Trump asked Ukraine's president to investigate Democrats.
Testifying in an evening hearing, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper told lawmakers her staff recently showed her emails that she had not yet seen when she testified behind closed doors last month in the impeachment probe looking into Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump's ambassador to the European Union, was the most anticipated witness in the House impeachment inquiry and his testimony Wednesday showed why.
He made repeated references to a quid pro quo involving Ukraine and invoked the names of senior Trump administration officials who, he said, knew what was going on. He also confirmed the existence of a newly revealed telephone call with Trump one day after Trump had pressed Ukraine's leader for an investigation into a Trump political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
A police officer was fatally shot and another was wounded while responding to a home invasion on Detroit's West Side, authorities announced late Wednesday.
The officers were searching the home for a suspect when they were shot, Police Chief James Craig said.
An 18-year veteran of Detroit Police was shot in the neck with a high-powered rifle, Craig said. The officer was taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital where he died from his wounds. The second officer, a three-year-veteran, was shot in the leg and was reported in serious condition. Neither officer was immediately identified.
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The Stafford Fire Department recognized a man who saved the driver of a burning car in Connecticut earlier this month.
Firefighters said Edward Cyr performed an incredible act of bravery when he came upon a burning car on November 1.
“We kind of see a car looks like it’s on fire and as we get close to him, we notice a man inside," Cyr said.
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Gordon Sondland, the Trump-appointed ambassador to the EU, said he kept high-level Trump administration officials "in the loop" about the president’s push for Ukraine to announce investigations into his political opponents.