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Sondland faces tough questions about Trump, Ukraine - StarTribune.com
Star Tribune 1 hour ago
"I then heard President Trump ask, quote, 'So he's going to do the investigation?'. It wasn't the first time Vindman had registered his concerns over Ukraine policy. WASHINGTON - Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the most anticipated witness in the impeachment inquiry, will confront questions Wednesday about his evolving accounts of the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine and a newly revealed summertime phone call with President Donald Trump.

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A Hong Kong protester on why he won't surrender to police - Houston Chronicle
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Police allowed religious leaders onto the campus to make similar pleas. It's one of the roles of the front-line protesters, those who engage the police directly. HONG KONG (AP) - Pale and thin, a teenager wandered the nearly deserted campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University at about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

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Israel carries out "wide-scale" strikes on Iranian targets in Syria
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Jerusalem - The Israeli military said it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria on Wednesday, carrying out a "wide-scale" strike in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before. He added that Israel also holds Syria responsible for hosting the Iranians. Iran has forces based in Syria, Israel's northern neighbor, and supports Hezbollah militants in Lebanon.

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Impeachment Hearing: Takeaways From Vindman, Volker, Morrison, Williams : NPR
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"Frankly I couldn't believe what I was hearing," Vindman said. But the president was undeterred and, over the weekend, faulted Williams in another tweet. Zelenskiy did broach frozen assistance for Ukraine with Pence at a meeting in Warsaw, Williams said.

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Pete Buttigieg's Iowa Surge: 2020 Democratic Voters May Want Presidential Temperament | National Review
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While that's a tribute to the success Buttigieg has had in campaigning in Iowa and the fact that he has strengthened his organization there, there is also an argument to be made that he is uniquely situated to do well in Iowa and that he is unlikely to replicate that success once the Democratic race moves on to states where there are more minority voters and fewer moderate whites who are impressed with his military record. Former vice president Joe Biden was supposed to dominate as the only viable moderate in the race, but while he has maintained his status as the leader in national polls, his poor debate performances, mediocre fundraising totals, and dismal polling in Iowa have given credence to the idea that he's a paper tiger. Perhaps what Democrats really want is a presidential temperament.

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Carmelo Anthony takes a new outlook to his new team - Houston Chronicle
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Carmelo Anthony had accepted the possibility that his NBA career might be over. I started getting more comfortable with that,” Anthony continued. “That was a big reason why I made my decision,” Anthony added.

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Two US Soldiers Killed in Afghan Helicopter Crash | Voice of America - English
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Afghan media reported the attack occurred in the Imam Sahib district. ISLAMABAD - The U.S. military said Wednesday two of its service members were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. A Taliban spokesman said the helicopter was sent to raid an insurgent base in the area.

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New SUVs and electric vehicles highlight L.A. Auto Show - Connecticut Post
The Connecticut Post 6 hours ago
New electric vehicles, several new small SUVs, a redesigned compact car, a plug-in version of Toyota's top-selling vehicle and a futuristic electric station wagon concept car from Volkswagen are among the new models on display this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. They say the increased selection and longer range of the new vehicles will make them more popular. The German automaker, which has focused on electric vehicles after its diesel emissions-cheating scandal, says the wagon will be able to go 300 miles on a single battery charge.

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The Latest: Israeli kingmaker won't endorse a PM candidate - Houston Chronicle
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Israeli kingmaker Avigdor Lieberman has refused to endorse a candidate for prime minister, practically pushing the nation toward a new, third election this year. If Gantz fails, which is now all but guaranteed, the country enters the final 21-day period for a candidate to present a majority before new elections are called. Kingmaker Avigdor Lieberman has refused to give either the nudge for the required majority in Israel's 120-seat parliament and has urged them to join in a unity government as a way out of the stalemate.

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BT cut ties with skills company over Prince Andrew patronage : CityAM
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BT have become the latest organisation to cut ties with the Duke of York in light of questions about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. A spokesperson for BT said: “iDEA is a community interest company with its own independent governance and board. Yesterday three more firms, including banking giant Standard Chartered, joined KPMG in ending their association with the embattled prince.

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General election: Who funds our political parties? | Politics News | Sky News
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With a general election talked about for months, political parties are likely to have been planning to go to the polls for the best part of this year. However, the Tories defended taking the cash and stressed as a British citizen Mrs Chernukhin "has the right to exercise her democratic rights and donate to a political party". Who is providing the cash to fund their campaigns?

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Calling out Major League Baseball for proposal to fold Keys | Editorials | fredericknewspost.com
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In reasoning that is as puzzling as it is infuriating, Major League Baseball has listed the Frederick Keys as one of 42 minor league baseball teams that could be effectively forced out of business at the end of next season. Over the weekend, The New York Times and others reported that MLB is proposing to sever ties between the 42 teams and their “parent” major league clubs that supply the players and coaches for the teams. We hope that you continue to enjoy our free content.

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Vijayawada: Vellampalli Srinivas Slams Chandrababu Naidu - Sakshi
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I agree Sakshi to send me any promotional emails. ముఖ్యమంత్రి వైఎస్‌ జగన్‌మోహన్‌రెడ్డి ఇతర రాష్ట్రాలలో సైతం ఆరోగ్యశ్రీని అమలు చేసేలా చర్యలు చేపట్టారని దేవాదాయశాఖ మంత్రి వెల్లంపల్లి శ్రీనివాస్‌ పేర్కొన్నారు. బుధవారం విజయవాడ పశ్చిమ నియోజకవర్గ వైఎస్సార్‌సీపీ కార్యాలయంలో సీఎం రిలీఫ్‌ ఫండ్‌ చెక్కులను ఆయన పంపిణీ చేశారు.

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'The time feels right': Prince Charles welcomed to New Zealand's founding site of Waitangi - Reuters
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WELLINGTON (Reuters) - For Ngati Kawa Taituha, the welcoming of Prince Charles onto the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in New Zealand's far north on Wednesday marks the latest step towards finally fulfilling the promise of New Zealand's founding document. The time feels right,” he told Reuters of Charles's visit. Taituha's ancestors were among the 40 Māori leaders who signed the Treaty of Waitangi with representatives of Prince Charles's great-great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, at the site in 1840.

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Emirates to get 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners for $8.8 billion - An-Nahar English
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: The Middle East's biggest carrier, the Dubai-based Emirates, announced on Wednesday a firm order for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a deal valued at $8.8 billion. Emirates CEO and Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said this order replaces an agreement for 150 777x Boeing to 126 of that aircraft, and adds 30 of the 787-9 Dreamliners. Combined with Emirates' previous announcement this week for new Airbus aircraft, this brings the airline's total orders at the airshow to $24 billion.

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PG&E begins new mass power shutoff over fire danger - Times Union
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In the north, however, warnings of extreme fire danger covered a large area. PG&E initiated four rounds of planned outages in October. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was set to begin shutting off power Wednesday to some 375,000 people in 18 Northern and central California counties as the region faces extreme fire weather that's lasted since October.

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Georgia Bulldogs hold steady in College Football Playoff rankings - Sports - Savannah Morning News - Savannah, GA
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There was no movement in the latest College Football Playoff rankings for Georgia and the other top seven teams after all won over the weekend. The Bulldogs held steady at No. 4 as the top one-loss team in the rankings, announced Tuesday, Nov. 19. This week, the 9-1 Bulldogs go up against 7-3 Texas A&M.

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Aston Martin reveals move into SUV market with critical DBX model : CityAM
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Aston Martin has lifted the bonnet on its long-awaited DBX sports utility vehicle (SUV), as the luxury car maker fights to get back on track after a massive devaluation in its market value after its 2018 stock market float. The car, valued at £158,000 at list prices, is the company's first foray into the SUV market. Shares fell a further three per cent this morning.

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No. 6 Maryland beats Fairfield to improve to 4-0 - The Washington Post
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Lindo's outing against Fairfield became the prime example for the still-young player. The common thread, though, has been the outcome: all double-digit wins, with Tuesday's 74-55 victory over visiting Fairfield the most recent addition to the list. The sixth-ranked Terps (4-0) produced another balanced effort, with four players scoring at least 12 points to help counter the Stags' dozen three-pointers.

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NTSB Suggests Fixes After Deadly Southwest Flight | Dallas Observer
Dallas Observer | The Leading In... 3 hours ago
The National Transportation Safety Board ended its nearly two-year investigation into Southwest Airlines flight 1380 on Tuesday with a recommendation that Boeing redesign the engine casing on one of its 737 models in order to prevent incidents like the one that killed a passenger and forced a crash landing in April 2018. NTSB officials blamed the jet's fan cowl, or cover, for failing after being hit by a cracked fan blade shortly after flight 1380 took off from New York City's LaGuardia Airport, headed toward Dallas Love Field. “This accident demonstrates that a fan blade can fail and release differently than that observed during engine certification testing and accounted for in airframe structural analyses,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said.

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