Was Trump call with Ukraine ‘perfect’? GOP has many answers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have no unified argument in the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump , in large part because they can’t agree on how best to defend the president or even if they should.
Instead, it’s every Republican for himself or herself.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney says the president’s actions toward Ukraine are “troubling.” Other Republicans say Trump’s behavior may raise concerns, but it’s not impeachable.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham calls the whole impeachment inquiry “B.S.”
The result is a mishmash of GOP commentary spilling from Capitol Hill. Strategists say that may shield lawmakers for now from risky political choices. But it leaves a disjointed defense of Trump as impeachment hearings push into the public realm this coming week.
Pot or not? Busts highlight growing confusion over hemp
NEW YORK (AP) — The CBD craze is leaving the war on drugs a bit dazed and confused.
The extract that’s been showing up in everything from candy to coffee is legally derived from hemp plants, which look and smell a lot like marijuana.
New York City police boasted this week about what seemed like a big bust: more than 100 pounds of plants that officers thought were marijuana. They also arrested the man who came to pick up the plants.
The Vermont farm that grew the plants and the Brooklyn CBD shop that ordered them insist they’re legal industrial hemp.
The shop owner says if they’re seized for too long, he could go out of business.
Since the U.S. government removed industrial hemp last year from the list of illegal drugs, a number of similar cases have cropped up.
John Bolton has book deal, publishing officials tell AP
NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that former national security adviser John Bolton has a book deal.
Bolton departed in September because of numerous foreign policy disagreements with President Donald Trump — on Iran, North Korea and more.
According to three publishing officials with knowledge of negotiations, he reached a deal over the past few weeks with Simon & Schuster. The officials weren’t authorized to discuss the deal publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Two say the deal is worth about $2 million. Bolton was represented by the Javelin literary agency, whose clients include former FBI Director James Comey and the anonymous Trump administration official whose book, “A Warning,” comes out Nov. 19.
Police outside Bolivia’s presidential palace abandon posts
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Police guards outside the presidential palace in Bolivia have left their posts, allowing anti-government protesters to walk up to the doors of the building.
President Evo Morales was not in the building when police retreated on Saturday, in a sign of growing discontent among security forces after a disputed election.
Officials in the palace in La Paz were evacuated, leaving only a military presidential guard. Protesters later left the area.
Some police in Bolivia became openly defiant toward the government on Friday, and their protests appeared to be spreading. Their demands include better working conditions and the resignation of their commander.
Morales claimed he was re-elected in the Oct. 20 vote, but the opposition alleged fraud. The dispute triggered nationwide protests, resulting in three deaths and more than 300 injuries.
Trump’s sports kick is about politics, but fans have a say
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is on a sports kick, taking in baseball, a mixed martial arts tournament and college football in recent days.
Even his re-election campaign made the most of sporting events by airing a pricey television ad during the World Series.
Presidents have long used sporting events to woo support, but it’s also a venue for fans to express their own political leanings.
Trump was booed at Game 5 of the World Series but he’s heading to friendlier turf Saturday to watch the two highest-ranked college football teams.
Louisiana State University and the University of Alabama face off in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
VIRGINIA-HOUSE SPEAKER ELECTION
Virginia Democrats’ speaker pick would be first woman in job
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s House of Delegates is poised to have the first female speaker in its 400-year history, with the chamber’s Democrats choosing a veteran legislator for the post.
Democratic delegates for the upcoming session meeting on Saturday chose Del. Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax County as their nominee.
Filler-Corn’s election as speaker on the session’s first day in January is anticipated because Democrats won this week a majority in the state House for the first time in two decades.
House Democratic Caucus members on Saturday also picked Del. Charniele Herring of Alexandria as the new majority leader, meaning she’ll be the first woman and first African American in that job.
Tuesday was the third election in a row that Virginia Democrats have made significant gains since President Donald Trump was elected.
MEXICO BORDER KILLINGS FAMILIES
Mormon families fleeing Mexico violence arrive in Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A caravan of more than a dozen vehicles holding Mormon families escaping after a violent attack in Mexico has arrived in Arizona.
The families crossed the border into the state Saturday afternoon, the Arizona Daily Star reports.
They came nearly a week after an attack Monday in which nine women and children were killed by what authorities said were people from drug cartels.
The families had lived in two hamlets in Mexico’s Sonora state: La Mora and Colonia LeBaron.
The attack occurred as the women traveled with their children to visit relatives.
Other residents of the hamlets planned to depart in the coming days.
The spread-out community traces its origins to the end of polygamy more than a century ago by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, forcing Mormon families in the U.S. with multiple wives to establish offshoots elsewhere.
Burrow, No. 1 LSU hold on for 46-41 win over No. 2 Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Joe Burrow passed for 393 yards and three touchdowns and No. 1 LSU snapped an eight-game losing streak to No. 2 Alabama with a 46-41 victory Saturday.
The Tigers (9-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 2 CFP) are no longer second fiddle in the SEC West, or maybe in the playoff rankings. And Burrow stamped himself as the Heisman Trophy front-runner with a gutty performance when he answered every challenge from ‘Bama.
The Crimson Tide (8-1, 5-1, No. 3 CFP) rallied from a 33-13 halftime deficit to three times to pull within a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The showdown lived up to its billing as a duel between two high-powered offenses and star quarterbacks with President Donald Trump attending. Tua Tagovailoa launched an 85-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith with 1:21 left after the Tigers’ own scoring march.
Justin Jefferson recovered the onside kick and LSU ran out the clock.
Burrow completed 31 of 39 passes and ran for 64 yards. Clyde Edwards Helaire ran for three touchdowns and caught a scoring pass.
Tagovailoa, 20 days removed from ankle surgery, was 21 of 40 for 418 yards and four touchdowns with an interception and a fumble.
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Last victim of Mexico border killings to be laid to rest
COLONIA LEBARON, Mexico (AP) — Family and friends are set to bury the last victim of a cartel ambush that slaughtered nine American women and children from a community of U.S.-Mexican dual citizens in a corner of northern Mexico where having gangsters in their midst has long been a fact of life.
Saturday’s burial of Christina Langford Johnson will be the third in as many days. It culminates an outpouring of grief in the closely knit community with family ties in two Mexican states and across the border in the U.S. West.
Community members say she jumped from her vehicle and waved her hands to show she was no threat to the attackers and was shot twice in the heart. Her daughter Faith Marie Johnson, 7 months old, was found unharmed in her car seat.
BISON KILL SITE
Tribe members: Noted bison kill site desecrated by coal mine
SARPY CREEK, Montana (AP) — When a coal company used a backhoe to dig up a huge bison killing ground on the Crow Indian Reservation in 2011 to make way for mining, investigators found the damage violated federal law and would cost $10 million to repair.
But documents obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with investigators show nothing happened.
There were no fines and no repairs. Westmoreland Energy is still mining as it awaits federal approval for repairs to the site where Native Americans killed bison for centuries.
A Bureau of Indian Affairs spokeswoman says a civil violation notice was issued last year but would not provide details.
Westmoreland executive Joe Micheletti says no penalty is involved.
The 2,000-year-old southeastern Montana held countless bison bones and more than 3,300 stone tools and spear points.