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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says, "We did not relish doing this, but we have no choice." The vote Wednesday capped a day of ever-deepening dispute between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump, who invoked executive privilege to block lawmakers from the full report on Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds gathered for a vigil to honor the victims of an attack that killed a teenager and wounded eight others at a suburban Denver high school. About 2,000 people packed a high school gym Wednesday night to remember 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo, who was shot and killed while trying to tackle one of the shooters at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday. The vigil dissolved as students walked out to a parking lot, holding their lighted cellphones in the air and yelling expletives at the media.
BEIJING (AP) — China has warned it will retaliate if President Donald Trump goes ahead with his threat of additional tariff hikes on Chinese imports. The Commerce Ministry said Beijing will take "necessary countermeasures" but gave no details of possible penalties. Trump says he plans to raise tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods from 10% to 25% on Friday. Negotiations on trade are scheduled later Thursday in Washington.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan Security forces have arrested the No. 2 leader of the opposition-controlled congress as President Nicolás Maduro's government begins going after foes tied to a failed attempt to stir up a military uprising last week. National Assembly Vice President Edgar Zambrano was in his car when it was surrounded by heavily armed police outside his Democratic Action party's headquarters Wednesday. The officers later towed the car away with him still inside.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is telling supporters at his campaign rally in Florida not to worry about the trade talks the U.S. will be holding with China this week. A Chinese delegation is scheduled to meet Thursday with U.S. trade officials in Washington. Ahead of the talks, the U.S. government has filed plans to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports from 10% to 25% Friday. Trump said Wednesday of the talks: "Don't worry about it. It will all work out. You know why? It always does."
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