Here are today’s top headlines.

Trump stares impeachment in the face and doesn’t like what he sees

Donald Trump’s political tragedy is that he really does believe the call with Ukraine’s President was “perfect,” though it may yet doom him with the stain of impeachment.

Trump’s Ukraine phone call, annotated

CAUTION: A Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation (TELCON) is not a verbatim transcript of a discussion. The text in this document records the notes and recollections of Situation Room Duty Officers and NSC policy staff assigned to listen and memorialize the conversation in written form as the conversation takes place.

New ‘space plane’ promises UK-Australia in 4 hours

(CNN) – Flight times from London to Sydney could be 80% shorter by the 2030s, should a hypersonic rocket engine being developed in the UK get off the ground. The UK Space Agency announced Tuesday at the UK Space Conference 2019 that it would be working more closely with the Australian Space Agency in an agreement dubbed a “world-first Space Bridge.”

Abortion decriminalized in Sydney after Australian lawmakers overturn 119-year-old law

Abortion has now been decriminalized everywhere in Australia — apart from one state.

This police department’s Tesla ran low on power during a pursuit

Talk about bad timing.

China launches amphibious assault ship

China’s ability to fight island and coastal conflicts got a big boost Wednesday when the country’s navy launched its first amphibious assault ship.

These three black holes are going to crash into each other

When galaxies collide, so do the supermassive black holes at the center of each galaxy. For the first time, astronomers have observed a triple collision of galaxies, which have sent their black holes on a collision course, according to a new study.

How a ‘stock market for sneakers’ became a billion-dollar startup

Helping people buy and sell Jordans and Yeezys has turned into a billion-dollar business for one startup.

World’s longest waterslide opens in Malaysia

(CNN) – The downside to waterslides? The effort usually always exceeds the reward, at least where time’s concerned. You climb dozens of steps to reach the slide’s entry point, huffing and puffing your way to the top, only to find yourself floundering about in the exit pool mere seconds later.

Inside one of the world’s largest licensed brothels

A BBC investigation found children as young as seven at risk of being forced into prostitution.

The monster of all US conspiracy theories – BBC Reel

The Billiwhack legend, also known as the ‘Chivo Man’, is where American folktale and government conspiracy theory meet. This urban tale has haunted the town of Santa Paula for decades, after a mysterious experimental dairy closed and fell into ruin. Video by Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman.

Africa Live: US museum returns looted Egyptian gold coffin – BBC News

The latest stage of an emergency vaccination campaign has been launched in the Democratic Republic of Congo to combat a measles outbreak that has killed over 3,500 people this year. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Congolese government aim to vaccinate almost a million children across the country in just over a week.

BA owner says pilot strikes cost £121m

British Airways owner IAG has warned that its profits will be lower than expected this year, partly due to the impact of strikes by its pilots. It said the two-day strike earlier this month in a row over pay and conditions had cost it at least €137m (£121m).

Trump First Pressured Ukrainian President To Work With Giuliani In April Call: Report

Months before news of a July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pushed the decision to launch an impeachment inquiry, Trump had called the newly elected leader to pressure him to work with personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on investigations, according to a New York Times report published Wednesday.

GOP Exiles Wonder What Happened To Their Party As Republicans Rally Around Trump

President Donald Trump releases a “transcript” clearly showing him asking a foreign leader to investigate one of Trump’s political opponents. Trump’s Republican Party largely in unison claims, somehow, that the document proves Trump did nothing wrong. Leaving the party’s exiles to wonder on what planet they are living.

Donald Trump Actually Has 2 Whistleblowers To Worry About

WASHINGTON ― An intelligence community whistleblower has stunned Washington with possible evidence that President Donald Trump perverted U.S. foreign policy for his own personal gain. But there’s another whistleblower ― one with possible evidence that Trump tried to corrupt an Internal Revenue Service audit of his personal tax returns ― who has received relatively little attention.

Trump Just Threw Pence Under The Bus And Now ‘President Pelosi’ Is Trending

President Donald Trump dragged Vice President Mike Pence’s name into his growing Ukraine scandal on Wednesday. The White House released a summary of a conversation in which Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

MSNBC Cuts Into Trump’s Press Conference To Call Him Out On Lying About The Bidens

MSNBC reporter Nicolle Wallace cut into a broadcast of a press conference by President Donald Trump on Wednesday to tell viewers that “the president isn’t telling the truth.”

Road Sign Hacked To Display A Blunt Message About Trump

Someone in Seattle broke into the control box of a road sign in the city and changed the message to one that doesn’t mention President Donald Trump by name, but certainly appears to invoke him.

Ashton Kutcher Deletes ‘Snarky’ Tweet Likely About Marriage To Demi Moore

Ashton Kutcher is keeping his mouth shut when it comes to ex-wife Demi Moore ‘s upcoming memoir ― at least to some degree. Even as Moore has been talking about “Inside Out” ― including its revelations about Kutcher’s infidelity, the former couple’s threesomes, a devastating miscarriage and their eventual breakup ― Kutcher has maintained his silence.

Echo Buds are Amazon’s answer to AirPods

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Amazon’s long-rumored competitor to Apple’s AirPods are real, and they’re called Echo Buds, the company confirmed at its annual hardware event on Wednesday.

Watch Rimac crash its $2.1 million supercar into a wall

Let’s say you built a $2.1 million supercar. What’s the first thing you would do? Slam it into a wall, naturally. Multiple times. That’s exactly what Croatian automaker Rimac Automobili has been doing with its upcoming C_Two car. And now you can see it on video.

Amazon’s Alexa will soon add Samuel L. Jackson’s voice

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. What if Amazon’s Alexa could tell you the weather in a much more excited and profane way?