Harper homers, Phils split with Mets after Nola ties K mark
Bryce Harper blew kisses at a booing crowd to punctuate his home run, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 2-1 in eight innings for a doubleheader split after Aaron Nola matched a long-standing major league record with 10 straight strikeouts in the opener.
Morning Briefing Dec. 20, 2020: Congress nearing deal on $900 billion COVID relief package, Adrian couple dies in crash, sisters killed inside Detroit home
Tragedy struck an Adrian family after a mother and father were killed in a crash Thursday night. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 458,852 as of Saturday, including 11,461 deaths, state officials report. Saturday’s update includes 3,896 new cases and 187 additional deaths -- including 155 deaths that were identified during a review of records, meaning they did not occur between Friday and Saturday. The state of Michigan no longer provides updates on statewide coronavirus data on Sundays. The next data update is expected Monday afternoon.
‘It’s unfathomable’ -- Parents returning from Christmas shopping killed in Adrian collision
ADRIAN, Mich. – Tragedy struck an Adrian family when a collision killed a mother and father. “It’s so hard,” said Jeffrey Hale. His parents, 60-year-old David Hale and 57-year-old Deborah Hale, and the family dog all were killed in a collision Thursday night. “My parents were actually in Taylor, doing a little bit of Christmas shopping. On their way home, they live out in Adrian, and they were on US-223, only 5 minutes away from their home,” Jeffrey Hale said.
FBI team arrives this weekend to take part in Beirut probe
FILE - In this August 5, 2020 file photo, smoke rises from the scene of an explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)BEIRUT A team of FBI investigators is due to arrive in Lebanon this weekend to take part in the probe of Beirut's massive explosion, a senior U.S official said on Saturday after visiting the location of the blast. David Hale, U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, called for a thorough and transparent investigation. Hassan Nasrallah said the cause of the explosion is still unclear, adding that any international probe would also have to clear Israel of any responsibility in the port explosion. On Friday, the United Nations launched a $565 million appeal for Lebanon with immediate humanitarian assistance and initial recovery efforts.
Nelson 3 hitless innings wins debut, Yanks' win 5th in row
New York Yankees relief pitcher Nick Nelson throws in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in New York. He had pitched three hitless innings for his major league debut in the New York Yankees' 5-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night. Thats as good a velocity as weve seen on his fastball really in the last couple of years, Boone said. I dont think he pitched as bad as what the score was," Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke said. ... Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi was back in the lineup after a night off.
How does impeachment of a U.S. president work?
Impeachment begins in the House, the lower chamber, which debates and votes on whether to bring charges against the president via approval of an impeachment resolution, or articles of impeachment, by a simple majority of the bodys members. Clintons Senate impeachment trial, which did not end in a conviction, lasted five weeks. In 1998, when Republicans had a House majority, the chamber voted largely along party lines to impeach Clinton, a Democrat. Erin Schaff/Pool via REUTERSWHO BECOMES PRESIDENT IF TRUMP IS REMOVED? In the unlikely event the Senate convicted Trump, Vice President Mike Pence would become president for the remainder of Trumps term, which ends on Jan. 20, 2021.feeds.reuters.com
'Politically driven falsehoods': Quotes from Trump impeachment hearing
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The following are quotations from the fifth day of public hearings by the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Thursday, in an impeachment inquiry examining President Donald Trumps dealings with Ukraine. WITNESS FIONA HILL, FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR EUROPE AND RUSSIA:Some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country - and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, Ukraine did. This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.Right now, Russias security services and their proxies have geared up to repeat their interference in the 2020 election. We are running out of time to stop them. And Republicans believe we should take meddling seriously by all foreign countries, regardless of which campaign is the target.ADAM SCHIFF, DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE:In the coming days, Congress will determine what response is appropriate.feeds.reuters.com
Watch: Gordon Sondland testifies in pivotal fourth day of Trump public impeachment hearings
The fourth round of public impeachment hearings begins with Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, who is slated to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday morning. It is likely to be the most pivotal testimony yet in the House impeachment investigation into whether President Donald Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open probes into Trump's political rivals. In the call, according to Holmes, Trump asked whether Zelenskiy is "going to do the investigation." Sondland told the president that Zelenskiy is "going to do ... anything you ask him to," according to Holmes' testimony. Sondland had not disclosed his July 26 call with Trump in previous private testimony with the committee.cnbc.com
Watch: Laura Cooper and David Hale testify in pivotal fourth day of Trump public impeachment hearings
Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] The fourth round of public impeachment hearings continues with Defense Department official Laura Cooper and State Department official David Hale, who are scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday afternoon. "And they were trying to find ways to engage the President on this." Hale described in his closed-door testimony an effort by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to determine who was behind a media campaign to tarnish the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. That potential abuse of power is at the heart of the case the Democrats are building against Trump in the impeachment inquiry.cnbc.com
House puts out testimony from official who heard Trump call
WASHINGTON, DC Impeachment investigators have released closed-door testimony from a U.S. official in Ukraine who overheard a call between diplomat Gordon Sondland and President Donald Trump this summer. Transcripts were released late Monday from interviews with David Holmes, the diplomat who overheard the call, and from David Hale, the State Departments No. Holmes is scheduled to testify publicly Thursday about the call. He told lawmakers behind closed doors Friday that he overheard Sondland telling Trump that the president of Ukraine would do anything that Trump wanted, according to remarks obtained by The Associated Press. Hale is scheduled to testify publicly Wednesday.
Watch: Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison testify in the third public impeachment hearing
The third round of public impeachment hearings continues with former U.S. special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker and National Security Council official Tim Morrison testifying this afternoon. The House impeachment investigation focuses on whether President Donald Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open investigations into his political rivals. Volker said he was motivated to participate in the shadow foreign policy by a desire to improve U.S.-Ukrainian relations. Morrison during his closed-door deposition last week said that he advised lawyers on the national security council that the phone call between Trump and Zelenskiy could be "damaging" if it got out. In his testimony, Vindman said Trump ignored prepared talking points on corruption from his national security staff.cnbc.com
Top diplomat Gordon Sondland to appear for public hearing in Trump impeachment probe
Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, arrives to the Capitol for his deposition as part of the House's impeachment inquiry on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. A top Trump donor and top Trump administration diplomat could become a top witness for House Democrats Wednesday, when he testifies publicly as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland is set to appear for a public hearing Wednesday at 9 a.m. While a transcript of Sondland's closed-door testimony from mid-October has already been made public, it's far from clear what he will say in his public hearing. In the call with Sondland, Trump asked if Zelenskiy is "gonna do the investigation," Holmes testified.cnbc.com