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Three women shot dead trying to flee St. Louis home invasion: report

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Three women were fatally shot as they tried to escape in a car from an apparent home invasion in St. Louis on Friday morning, local media reported.

The women were inside a home on the city’s north side when two men burst in shortly after 3 a.m. local time, according to KSDK television, the ABC affiliate in St. Louis, citing police.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department declined to answer questions about the attack, saying more information would be released later on Friday.

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Authorities first received an emergency call that a burglary was underway at the home. Another followed minutes later: shots fired.

When police arrived, they found the three women, all in their 20s, dead inside a car parked outside the home, KSDK reported. A man who had been with the women inside the home managed to escape alive.

The victims were not initially identified, and police are looking for the attackers, KSDK reported.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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‘Unusual’: Reporters surprised as a large swath of Republicans go missing during Sondland testimony

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Reporters covering the House impeachment inquiry were mystified after most of the Republican lawmakers left the room during EU ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony.

Sondland directly implicated President Donald Trump, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the scheme to withhold military aid from Ukraine until its president agreed to announce an investigation of Joe Biden.

Almost all of the GOP minority on the House Intelligence Committee left the hearing room as each party's counsel questioned Sondland in 45-minute sessions.

"Unusual that most Rs left room during this round of Dem questions," tweeted John Parkison, of ABC News. "Only Jordan, Ratcliffe with GOP counsel Steve Castor - and now Nunes returns to dais. No lawmakers seated in viewing area either."

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‘You morons’: Republicans unleash a flood of mockery as they ask Sondland if he was involved in ‘drug deals’

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During a back-and-forth with GOP counsel Stephen Castor, US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, was asked his thoughts on previous closed-door testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton, who characterized Sondland's dealings with Ukraine by using the metaphor of a "drug deal."

The metaphor caught on with other GOP questioners, such as GOP House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Devin Nunes, causing some to wonder if he even knows that Bolton was being metaphorical. Nunes' comments prompted some pushback from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who told him that "no one thinks they're talking about a literal drug deal here. Or a drug cocktail. The import, I think, of [Bolton's] comments is quite clear, that he believed that this bargain, this quid pro quo ... was not something he wanted to be a part of."

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GOP senators lob out excuses to avoid watching impeachment hearings: ‘Took my kid to school’

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European ambassador Gordon Sondland's impeachment testimony sent shock waves through Washington D.C. on Wednesday -- but they seemingly weren't felt by Republican senators.

Per CNN's Michael Warren, multiple GOP senators said on Wednesday that they were not watching Sondland's testimony, which directly implicated President Donald Trump in a quid-pro-quo scheme with Ukraine.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), for example, said that he "took my kid to school" instead of watching Sondland, while Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he was busy "chairing my own hearing."

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