WASHINGTON (AP) — Key White House officials told impeachment investigators that President Donald Trump’s deal with Ukraine was a straight-out trade: If Ukraine’s new leader wanted an Oval Office welcome he would have to open a public probe into Joe Biden and his son. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer assigned to the National Security Council, said, “There was no ambiguity.” That’s from a transcript released Friday by House Democrats leading the impeachment probe.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Bloomberg plans to focus his likely presidential run on Super Tuesday states, skipping early voting states where other candidates have spent months campaigning. Bloomberg adviser Howard Wolfson says other candidates already have a big head start in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. So Bloomberg would focus on the states that vote March 3, hoping to quickly amass delegates in California, Virginia and elsewhere. He is expected to decide on whether to run in the coming days.
BUSAN, South Korea (AP) — The AP has found that a notorious South Korean facility that kidnapped and abused children for a generation was also shipping children overseas for adoption as part of a massive profit-seeking enterprise that thrived by exploiting the thousands of people trapped within its walls. After previously exposing a cover-up at Brothers Home and a greater level of abuse than earlier known, the AP has found the facility was part of an orphanage pipeline that fed huge demand by private adoption agencies.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has dismissed a Chinese official’s assertion that his administration agreed to roll back some of the higher tariffs it’s imposed on Chinese goods. The Chinese official said Thursday that the two sides had agreed to a phased cancellation of their tariff hikes as part of an emerging agreement. Trump’s pushback suggested that negotiations haven’t progressed as far as hoped.
COLONIA LEBARON, Mexico (AP) — Should they stay or should they go? U.S. citizens living in the small Mexico farming community of La Mora south of Arizona are trying to decide whether to remain after nine women and children were slaughtered in an ambush by drug cartel gunmen. About 300 people live there, many raising cattle or cultivating pomegranates. Some predict La Mora could turn into a ghost town as residents decamp for safer places. Others hope authorities will improve security so they can maintain their way of life.