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BC-AP News Digest 7 am

Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. For up-to-the minute information on AP's coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org.

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NEW/DEVELOPING

A Sri Lankan Muslim woman waits in a queue to cast her vote at a polling station during the presidential election in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. A convoy of buses carrying Muslim voters traveling in northern Sri Lanka was attacked by gunfire and stones, and blocked by burning tires, around midnight on Saturday hours before polls opened in Sri Lanka’s presidential election. (AP PhotoEranga Jayawardena)

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SYRIA — Syrian opposition activists say a car bomb has killed at least 12 people in a northern town controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 14 people, including nine civilians, were killed in the town of al-Bab. SENT: 130 words.

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Security forces clash with supporters of former President Evo Morales in Sacaba, Bolivia, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. A least five people died and dozens were injured during the clashes. (AP PhotoDico Solis)

TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT — Ousted U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch describes to impeachment investigators how she felt threatened upon learning that President Donald Trump had promised Ukraine’s leader she was “going to go through some things.” Trump draws more attention to the hearing by tweeting fresh criticism of Yovanovitch. By Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,240 words, photos, video. Upcoming: 1,110 words after new transcripts are released, expected around 10 a.m. With TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-THE LATEST; TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-MASHA’S MOMENT — Amid cheers and a Trump attack tweet, “Masha” has her impeachment moment; TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-TAKEAWAYS — Highlights from a day of testimony; TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-STEFANIK — Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik plays an outsized role (all sent). For full coverage in AP Newsroom: https://newsroom.ap.org/page/impeachment

Protesters take control of some concrete walls and barriers set by security forces to close a bridge leading to the Green Zone government areas during clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government demonstrators in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Security and medical sources say protesters advanced deeper toward the fortified seat of Iraq's government, after security forces pulled back following a night of violent altercations.(AP PhotoKhalid Mohammed)

TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-WITNESS — A State Department official tells impeachment investigators he overheard President Trump talking with a U.S. ambassador about “investigations” in Ukraine. The conversation came the day after Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymy Zelenskiy, in which the U.S. president pressed his counterpart to investigate Joe Biden. By Alan Fram and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 810 words, photos. With TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-WITNESS-THE LATEST. For full coverage on AP News: https://apnews.com/Trumpimpeachmentinquiry

ELECTION 2020-RACE-ANALYSIS — Deval Patrick’s late entry into the race offers Democrats a fresh — and perhaps last — chance to reassess who they think is the strongest candidate to take on President Donald Trump. Some Democrats are frustrated that in a party that prides itself on diversity, the top tier is dominated by white candidates, only one of whom is a woman. An AP News Analysis by Errin Haines. SENT: 970 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING — The death of a 16-year-old boy who killed two students and wounded three others at his Southern California high school has left investigators struggling to discover what prompted the deadly attack. Friends and neighbors described Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow as bright, funny, quiet and above all normal before he pulled a gun from his backpack Thursday and in 16 seconds shot five students at random before saving the last bullet for himself. By Alan Fram. SENT: 990 words, photos, video.

Rain clouds are seen as the sun rises behind mountain ranges in the Kangra valley in Dharmsala, India, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. The mountain region is seeing intermittent rains. (AP PhotoAshwini Bhatia)

IRAN — Protesters angered by Iran raising subsidized gasoline prices block traffic in several cities and clashed occasionally with police, the day after overnight rallies included an attempted attack on a regional oil depot that saw police and demonstrators exchange gunfire. The demonstrations, though not as widespread as the economic protests that shook the country nearly two years ago, put new pressure on the government of Iran’s relatively moderate President Hassan Rouhani. By Jon Gambrell SENT: 900 words, photos.

BOLIVIA-PROTESTS — Bolivia’s political crisis turns deadly after security forces opened fire on supporters of Evo Morales in a central town, killing at least five people, injuring dozens and threatening the interim government’s efforts to restore stability following the resignation of the former president in an election dispute. SENT: 970 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BRITAIN-BREXIT-ELECTION — London police probe Brexit Party’s election fraud claims. SENT: 120 words.

ITALY-VENICE-FLOODING — St. Mark's Square reopens in Venice, but water remains high. SENT: 140 words, photos.

SUDAN-YEMEN — Sudanese officials: 6 troops killed in Yemeni rebel attack. SENT: 140 words.

IRAQ PROTESTS — Iraq officials: Protesters surge toward Baghdad’s Green Zone. SENT: 130 words, photos.

TRUMP-G-7-DORAL — Email shows Trump’s property not among original G-7 sites. SENT: 430 words, photo.

SCHOOL BUS SHOOTING — Man who shot, wounded school bus driver sentenced to prison. SENT: 170 words, photo.

VENEZUELA — Venezuelan opposition party says armed men raid its office. SENT: 250 words, photo.

NETHERLANDS-BLACK PETE — Dutch version of St. Nicholas has controversial sidekick. SENT: 140 words, photos.

OSCARS-PRODUCERS — The 92nd Oscars is getting some fresh faces behind the production. SENT: 130 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-HARRIS-IOWA — Kamala Harris faces a challenge as she reorients her campaign to focus almost exclusively on Iowa. The people who come to see her walk away impressed, but that’s not translating into a groundswell of support. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 1,080 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-CALIFORNIA — The decisions by Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren to skip a weekend gathering of thousands of fervent California Democrats less than three months before voting begins has frustrated and puzzled some party leaders. By Kathleen Ronayne and Michael R. Blood. SENT: 820 words, photo. Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN — Federal prosecutors offered a plea deal to two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein on the night of his death, but the officers have declined the offer, people familiar with the matter tell The Associated Press. By Michael Balsamo and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 620 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-TRUMP-TAXES — President Trump wants the Supreme Court to keep House Democrats from getting his financial records, at least until the justices resolve a broader fight over efforts to subpoena a sitting president’s records. SENT: 280 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MALI-EXTREMIST THREAT — Mali’s military has abandoned some of its most isolated outposts in the desert north while extremist attacks have killed more than 100 soldiers in just six weeks. The West African nation’s president faces a decline in military morale, a sentiment that helped spark a coup against his predecessor in 2012. SENT: 870 words, photos.

SRI LANKA-ELECTION — Muslim voters traveling by bus to polling stations in northern Sri Lanka were attacked by gunfire and stones and blocked by burning tires hours before polls opened in presidential elections, in what a member of the Elections Commission called a coordinated effort to disenfranchise the minority group. SENT: 850 words, photos.

HONG KONG-PROTESTS — Rebellious students and anti-government protesters abandoned their occupation of at least one major Hong Kong university after a near weeklong siege by police, but some other schools remained under control of demonstrators. Traffic disruptions continued to plague parts of the city, and schools and universities remain closed in the city of 7.5 million people. SENT: 790 words, photos. With CHINA-FLEEING HONG — Chinese students head to mainland, fleeing Hong Kong unrest (sent).

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Israel says its aircraft hit military sites for Gaza’s Hamas rulers after two rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave. This was Israel’s first strike against Hamas since the start of this week’s cross-border fighting with another Gaza militant group, the Iran-backed Islamic jihad. The shooting ended in a shaky cease-fire announced Thursday. SENT: 340 words

FRANCE-YELLOW VEST PROTESTS — Paris police fires tear gas to push back yellow vest protesters trying to revive their movement on the first anniversary of the sometimes-violent uprising against President Emmanuel Macron and policies seen as favoring the rich. SENT: 380 words, photos

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — A scandal over alleged sexual molestation and abuse at the Vatican’s youth seminary is growing, with more former papal altar boys alleging inappropriate behavior by priests inside the Vatican walls. Le Iene, an Italian investigative television program, plans to air the new allegations Sunday; the show provided the broadcast to The Associated Press ahead of time. SENT: 390 words.

CZECH-VELVET REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY — A new exhibition at the National Technical Museum in Prague marks the 30th anniversary of the 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution by looking back at the surreal repression of a nation and the resistance against it. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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ELECTION 2019-LOUISIANA GOVERNOR — In a race that has become a nail-biter, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards battled Saturday to defy the partisan odds in the ruby red South and win reelection to a seat that President Donald Trump desperately wants returned to Republicans. SENT: 770 words, photos.

HIGH-SCHOOL-GAME-SHOOTING — Players and spectators ran for cover when a gunman opened fire at a New Jersey high school football game, wounding two people. One of the wounded was a young boy, who was airlifted to a children’s hospital in Philadelphia “with some serious injuries,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner says. SENT: 620 words, photos.

CHICAGO-SCHOOLS-STRIKE — Chicago teachers approve the contract deal that ended an 11-day strike and includes pay raises, $35 million to enforce limits on class sizes and a pledge to supply each school with a nurse and a social worker. The Chicago Teachers Union’s 25,000 members went on strike Oct. 17 following months of unsuccessful negotiations with the school district and Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration. SENT: 520 words, photos.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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SICKLE CELL DRUG — U.S. regulators approve a new medicine that can help reduce extremely painful sickle cell disease flare-ups. The Food and Drug Administration approved Novartis AG’s Adakveo for patients 16 and older. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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UAW-FORD-UAW-CONTRACT — Members of the United Auto Workers union at Ford Motor Co. votes to approve a new contract with the company. The union says 56.3% of workers who voted were in favor of the deal. SENT: 230 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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FBN--BROWNS-GARRETT-SUSPENDED — Myles Garrett couldn’t control the rage that makes him a defensive star. With a blinding moment of anger, the former No. 1 overall draft pick lost his composure, jeopardized Cleveland’s revived season and perhaps tarnished his image — forever. The sack specialist took himself down. And probably the Browns with him. By Sports Writer Tom Withers. SENT: 930 words, photos.

VIOLENCE IN SPORTS — Violence is part of the game in many sports but Myles Garrett crossed a line that attracts the attention of authorities sometimes from within their sport and in other cases from criminal prosecutors. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 1,390 words, photos.

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