'You called me a liar,' Warren told Sanders post-Iowa debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of calling her a liar before a national television audience during a tense, post-debate exchange in which she refused to shake his outstretched hand. That's according to audio released Wednesday by CNN, which aired the debate. The two have been feuding since Monday, when Warren said that, during a private meeting in 2018, he disagreed with her that a woman could win the presidency. They clashed during Tuesday's debate in Iowa, and Warren refused to shake Sanders' hand afterward. Audio reveals Warren said, “I think you called me a liar on national TV," and Sanders responded, “Let's not do it right now."
Giuliani associate: Trump had knowledge of Ukraine pressure
WASHINGTON (AP) — A close associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer says he delivered an ultimatum in May to the incoming president of Ukraine that no senior U.S. officials would attend his inauguration and all American aid to the war-torn country would be withheld if an investigation into Joe Biden wasn't announced. Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, made several potentially explosive claims in a televised interview Wednesday. Parnas says, “President Trump knew exactly what was going on." He also says Attorney General William Barr knew about his efforts in Ukraine.
Connecticut man linked to impeachment has many legal woes
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Before emerging as a figure in the impeachment proceedings, Robert F. Hyde was known best in Connecticut as an obscure Republican candidate for Congress censured by his own party's leaders for offensive and misogynistic tweets. Hyde made headlines Tuesday when House Democrats released text messages between Hyde and Lev Parnas, a close associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. In the messages, Hyde gives Parnas updates on the location of U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. A review of court records and police reports depict a man who struggled with extensive financial and legal problems, including debt racked up at the Trump National Doral Resort in Florida.
100s of migrants advance to Guatemala from Honduras
EL CINCHADO, Guatemala (AP) — Hundreds of migrants are arriving at the Guatemala border after walking and hitching rides from San Pedro Sula, Honduras. It is a bid to form the kind of migrant caravan that reached the U.S. border in 2018. But the mostly Honduran migrants quickly divided into smaller groups heading to at least two different border crossings Wednesday. Several said they were unaware of any plan to reqroup later and would just try to make their own way while traveling with others. Attempts at forming caravans in 2019 were largely broken up by authorities in Mexico, which is under U.S. pressure to prevent them arriving at the U.S. border.
Hong Kong leader says special status can endure beyond 2047
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam says the ''one country, two systems'' framework under which the city enjoys freedoms unknown in China could continue after 2047 deadline if loyalty to Beijing is upheld. Lam’s comments Thursday at the Legislative Council appeared to be an appeal to those in the city who see Beijing as tightening its control over the semi-autonomous territory's civic, economic and political life. Hong Kong was handed over from British to Chinese rule in 1997 with a promise that it would maintain its own capitalist economy and Western-style institutions for 50 years. The city has been wracked by often violent anti-government protests since June, although they have recently diminished in scale.
Prosecutor: Texas teen mistakenly killed friend in school
HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say a 16-year-old student mistakenly shot his friend in their Houston-area high school’s ROTC room before fleeing and being arrested several hours later. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said Wednesday that based on evidence gathered so far, the Tuesday afternoon shooting at Bellaire High School was not intentional. She says both students were part of the school's ROTC program. The alleged shooter has been charged as a minor with manslaughter.
EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT-VIRGINIA
Virginia House panel advances ERA for full floor vote
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Equal Rights Amendment is continuing to advance in the Virginia Legislature, where its passage is all but certain. A House committee on Tuesday approved a resolution to ratify the gender equality measure. Advocates hope it will become the next amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 13-9 vote split along party lines, with all Democrats supporting it and all Republicans opposing it. A Senate committee already advanced a similar resolution. The resolutions are now before the full House and Senate. Even if it's ratified in Virginia, the amendment is far from being a done deal. Court battles are expected nationwide over a long-passed 1982 deadline set by Congress.
HOUSTON-FATAL DRUG RAID
Murder indictments handed down in deadly Houston drug raid
HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted two former Houston police officers for their roles in a deadly January 2019 drug raid that left a couple dead. The Wednesday indictments follow similar charges that were filed in August. Ex-officer Gerald Goines was indicted on two counts of felony murder. Goines and his former partner, Steven Bryant, were each also indicted with tampering with a government record. The Jan. 28 raid came under scrutiny after police alleged Goines lied in order to obtain a search warrant. Killed in the shooting were 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle.
Texas inmate executed for killing wife in 2005
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate has been executed for fatally shooting his wife, who had feared she would never get out of her marriage alive. John Gardner received a lethal injection Wednesday evening at the state penitentiary in Huntsville. The 64-year-old Gardner was condemned for the January 2005 slaying of Tammy Gardner. Prosecutors said the couple was getting divorced when Gardner broke into his wife’s North Texas home and shot her in the head. She died two days later at a hospital. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition by his attorneys to intervene in the case. His lawyers filed no other appeals.
US military resumes counter-Islamic State operations in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the U.S. military is resuming operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq and is working to soon restart training Iraqi forces, despite deep divisions over the American drone strike that killed an senior Iranian commander in Baghdad and the resulting missile attack by Iran on an Iraqi base. One official says some joint operations between the U.S. and Iraqi forces have already begun, but there are not yet as many as before. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss decisions not yet made public.