WASHINGTON (AP) _ House Democrats released new transcripts of Trump officials’ testimony Friday as they pushed their impeachment inquiry toward next week’s public hearings. Investigators in the inquiry into President Donald Trump’s actions released hundreds of pages of testimony from Fiona Hill, a former White House Russia adviser, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer assigned to the National Security Council.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Donald Trump is responding to a possible Democratic presidential bid by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Trump said Friday there is nobody he’d rather “run against than Little Michael.” Trump predicted Bloomberg might spend “a lot of money” but would fail in a presidential race. Bloomberg hasn’t made a final decision on whether to run.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Donald Trump is weighing an invitation from Russia President Putin to attend the May 9 Victory Day parade in Moscow. He says, “It is right in the middle of political season, so I’ll see if I can do it, but I would love to go if I could.” The annual parade commemorates the May 1945 allied victory over Nazi Germany.
HONG KONG (AP) _ Protesters in Hong Kong are blaming police for the death of a 22-year-old student who fell off a parking garage after police fired tear gas during pro-democracy protests, fueling the 5-month-old unrest. Chants of “Hong Kong people, revenge” and “A blood debt must be paid in blood” rang out during multiple memorial events across the city on Friday as mourners demanded truth and justice. The government expressed regret and police said they will propose an inquest.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Amtrak is reporting record ridership and revenue figures for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The government-owned passenger railroad said Friday it provided 32.5 million passenger trips. That’s an increase of about 800,000 over the previous fiscal year. Total operating revenue rose more than 3 percent to $3.3 billion with an operating loss of just under $30 million. That’s the smallest loss in the heavily subsidized railroad’s 49-year history.