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WASHINGTON (AP) — A 20-year military officer will testify in the House impeachment inquiry that he twice raised concerns over the Trump administration's interest in having Ukraine investigate Joe Biden. Alexander Vindman, an Army lieutenant colonel who serves on the National Security Council, will tell House investigators Tuesday that he listened to President Donald Trump's call with new Ukraine President Volodymr Zelenskiy and "did not think it was proper," according to his prepared remarks.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is turning its focus in Syria to protecting oilfields from Islamic State militants now that their leader has been killed. U.S. military efforts are also aimed at keeping Syrian and Russian forces from entering that area of eastern Syria. In remarks to reporters Monday, Pentagon chief Mark Esper emphasized that the purpose of securing Syria's oil region is to deny income to the Islamic State group. A U.S. strike over the weekend killed IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the death of the Islamic State group's leader is a moment to remember the victims of terrorism. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters Monday that the U.N. chief has "taken note" of U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state judges who rejected state legislative district maps over what they called GOP-slanted bias have upheld all the remapping that they ordered Republicans to perform. They rejected an appeal from groups that weren't satisfied with the changes. A three-judge panel declined Monday to agree to the demands of Common Cause, the state Democratic Party and Democratic voters for a third-party expert to take over redrawing about 20 state House districts.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Flames have roared up a hillside and drove celebrities like LeBron James and thousands of others from their homes. Another fire in Northern California wine country forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. High winds are battering both ends of California and threaten to turn any spark into a devastating inferno. More than 2 million people don't have electricity after Pacific Gas & Electric shut it off to prevent its equipment from igniting blazes in strong winds.