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BC-AP News Digest 3 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

Ambassador Kurt Volker, right, former special envoy to Ukraine, and Tim Morrison, a former official at the National Security Council are sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP PhotoJacquelyn Martin, Pool)

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GRAMMY NOMINATIONS — Announcement at 8:20 a.m.

ISRAEL-POLITICS — Israel faces likely third election amid Bibi-Gantz standoff. SENT: 140 words, photos.

PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS — U.S. Navy carrier transits Strait of Hormuz after deployment. SENT: 140 words, photos.

President Donald Trump listens during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo Evan Vucci)

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GLOBAL-OPIOIDS-CHINA — Thousands of lawsuits across the United States have accused a drug company owned by the billionaire Sackler family of using false claims to push highly addictive opioids on an unsuspecting nation, fueling the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history. Yet, even as its U.S. drugmaker collapses under the charges, another company owned by the family has used the same tactics to peddle its signature painkiller, OxyContin, in China, according to interviews with current and former employees and documents obtained by the AP. By Erika Kinetz. SENT: 4,040 words, photos, video. With abridged. With GLOBAL-OPIOIDS-CHINA-FINDINGS — AP key findings about Mundipharma’s OxyContin sales in China.

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a damaged building targeted by Israeli missile strikes is seen in Qudsaya suburb, western the capital Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. The Israeli military on Wednesday said it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria, carrying out a "wide-scale" strike in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before. (SANA via AP)

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT — Gordon Sondland routinely bragged about his access to President Donald Trump. Now the ambassador has a chance to prove it, with potentially momentous consequences for the impeachment of the nation’s 45th president. Sondland will be the sole witness in the most anticipated hearing yet in the House’s accelerating inquiry. By Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick and Eric Tucker. SENT: 990 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,100 words after hearing begins at 9 a.m. With TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-SONDLAND — Time and again, Sondland’s Ukraine tale differs from others; TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-VINDMAN — “I am an American,” Vindman reminds Trump allies in hearing. For full coverage of the impeachment inquiry in AP Newsroom: https://newsroom.ap.org/page/impeachment

Karma Automotive Andreas Thurner, Vice President for Global Design and Architecture, left, and Todd George, VP of Platform Engineering at Karma Automotive, unveil Karman Vision SC2 concept vehicle at Automobility LA Auto Show in Los Angeles Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (AP PhotoDamian Dovarganes)

TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-VIEWERS GUIDE — Of the nine witnesses testifying over three days this week, White House officials are concerned most about Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland — because they aren’t sure what he’s going to say. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 920 words, photo. For full coverage in AP News: https://apnews.com/Trumpimpeachmentinquiry

ELECTION 2020-DEBATE-QUESTIONS — New uncertainty hangs over the Democratic presidential primary as 10 candidates meet on the debate stage again. No longer is there a clear front-runner, the fight for African American voters is raging and concerns are growing that impeachment may become a distraction from the primary. By National Political Writer Steve Peoples. SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day; debate at 9 p.m. With ELECTION 2020-DEBATE — Democratic debate: Rising Buttigieg could face attacks. Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

HONG KONG-PROTESTS — Hong Kong schools reopen after a six-day shutdown but students and commuters face transit disruptions as the last protesters remain holed up on a university campus. City officials try to restore a sense of normalcy as primary and secondary classes resumed. Workers began cleaning up debris blocking a major road tunnel, but it was unclear how soon it could be reopened. By Ken Moritsugu. SENT: 710 words, photos. With CONGRESS-HONG KONG — U.S. Senate passes bill to support human rights in Hong Kong.

ASIA-POPE — Pope Francis arrives in Bangkok to begin a tour of Thailand and Japan, beginning a mission to boost the morale of those countries’ tiny minority Catholic communities and speak about issues of concern including human trafficking and peacemaking. He is expected to highlight his admiration in Thailand for the community’s missionary ancestors who brought the faith to this Buddhist nation centuries ago and endured bouts of persecution as recently as the 1940s. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 640 words, photos.

ISRAEL-SYRIA — The Israeli military says it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria, carrying out a “wide-scale” strike in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before. A Britain-based war monitoring group says the Israeli airstrikes killed 11 people, including seven non-Syrians who are most likely Iranians. By Tia Goldenberg. SENT: 680 words, photo. With ISRAEL-SYRIA-THE-LATEST.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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AFGHANISTAN — Two U.S. service members killed in chopper crash in Afghanistan. SENT: 190 words.

CAT’S LONG JOURNEY — Cat found in New Mexico after going missing in Oregon. SENT: 120 words.

GLOBAL CITIZEN-GLOBAL GOAL LIVE — SuperM, BoA to perform at 2020 Global Goal in South Korea. SENT: 150 words, photo.

ZOO BEARS-BROKEN GLASS — Oakland Zoo: Child, not grizzly bears, cracked glass window. SENT: 120 words, photo.

FATAL TRAIN STABBING — Man stabbed to death aboard San Francisco area train. SENT: 400 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA-WILDFIRES-POWER-OUTAGES — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is set to begin shutting off power to some 375,000 people in 18 Northern and central California counties as the region faces extreme fire weather that’s lasted since October. SENT: 740 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM BAN — A federal judge rules that a partial ban on asylum does not apply to anyone who appeared at an official U.S. border crossing before the policy was announced in July, a decision that may affect thousands of people. SENT: 520 words, photos.

APPLE DETECTIVES — Pacific Northwest botanists are hunting for apple varieties long believed to be extinct in an effort to preserve a slice of homesteader history. SENT: 980 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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AFRICA-WOMEN-DEMANDING CREDIT — Iconic singer Angelique Kidjo hopes to close the billion-dollar financing gap for African women.

NEW ZEALAND-REFUGEE — Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani arrives in New Zealand on a one-month visa to speak at a literary festival after being at Australia’s notorious offshore immigration camp. SENT: 850 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-CHILE-PROTESTS — A look at the evolution of the protests that have consumed Chile for nearly five weeks. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

SKOREA-JAPAN-MILITARY AGREEMENT — Squeezed between a growing North Korean threat and a shaky alliance with the United States, South Korea must decide this week whether its national pride and deep frustrations with Japan are worth killing a major symbol of their security cooperation with Washington. SENT: 1,350 words, photos.

JAPAN-ABE — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes history by becoming Japan’s longest-serving political leader, though he hasn’t achieved his biggest goal of revising the nation’s pacifist constitution. SENT: 460 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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EMIRATES-DUBAI-AIRSHOW — The Middle East’s biggest carrier, the Dubai-based Emirates, announces a firm order for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a deal valued at $8.8 billion. SENT: 300 words, photos.

AUTO-SHOW-WHEELS-TO-WATCH — 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. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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