The Latest: Vindman says he saw Trump request as a demand

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the public impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine (all times local): 10:20 a.m. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official, says his military experience shapes how he views a phone call between President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart. Vindman said at Tuesday’s impeachment hearing that…

White House Officials to Kick Off Big Trump Impeachment Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Two top national security aides who listened to President Donald Trump’s call with Ukraine are preparing to testify in the impeachment hearings, launching a week of back-to-back sessions as Americans hear from those closest to the White House. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer at the National Security Council, and…

Pelosi invites Trump to testify as new witnesses prepare

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited President Donald Trump to testify in front of investigators in the House impeachment inquiry ahead of a week that will see several key witnesses appear publicly. Pushing back against accusations from the Republican president that the process has been stacked against him, Pelosi said Trump is welcome to…

The Latest: Trump attacks impeachment witness Yovanovitch

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and House impeachment hearings (all times local): 10:10 a.m. President Donald Trump is attacking a witness in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry while she is testifying before lawmakers. Trump tweets that “everywhere” that former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch went “turned bad.” Noting her postings in the foreign service,…

At least 3 hurt in California school shooting, gunman sought

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — At least three people were injured Thursday during a shooting at a Southern California high school and a search was underway for the gunman, authorities said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said deputies responded to Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown…

China Tests Mars Lander in International Cooperation Push

HUAILAI, China (AP) — China invited international observers to a Thursday test of its Mars lander as it pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. The demonstration of hovering, obstacle avoidance and deceleration capabilities was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the Red Planet, where the pull of gravity is about…

The Latest: Kent testifies on Burisma and Biden’s son

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump (all times local): 10:50 a.m. A top State Department official says he never saw any effort by U.S. officials to shield from scrutiny a Ukrainian natural gas company where Hunter Biden sat on the board. George Kent is testifying Wednesday in the House…