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WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying White House orders, an Army officer serving with President Donald Trump's National Security Council has testified to impeachment investigators that he twice raised concerns over Trump's push to have Ukraine investigate Democrats and Joe Biden. Alexander Vindman, a lieutenant colonel who earlier served in Iraq, told House investigators on Tuesday that he listened to Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and reported his concerns to the NSC's lead counsel.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two Southern California utilities acknowledged Tuesday that it is likely their equipment sparked wildfires that killed three people and destroyed hundreds of homes. A wildfire that erupted Monday and destroyed a dozen homes in the star-studded Brentwood area of Los Angeles probably erupted when Santa Ana winds drove a dried eucalyptus tree branch into a power line.
LONDON (AP) — Britain is set to hold an early election on Dec. 12, after a bill authorizing the vote was passed by the House of Commons. Lawmakers voted 438-20 in favor of the bill to give Prime Minister Boris Johnson the early election he craves. It will become law once it is approved by the unelected House of Lords, which does not have the power to overrule the elected Commons.
ATLANTA (AP) — The chairman of the NCAA board of governors says the association hopes to avoid a court battle against states that are attempting to pass laws aimed at dismantling NCAA rules. The NCAA board voted on Tuesday to allow athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses. But much work still needs to be done to determine how that will work within NCAA rules.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide who was a key figure in the FBI's Russia probe, is running for the U.S. House seat left vacant by Democrat Katie Hill. Hill announced her resignation Sunday amid an ethics probe into allegations she had a relationship with a congressional staff member. Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in prison in 2018 after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI during the investigation into the Trump campaign's interactions with Russia.
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