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Democrats, GOP to vie for impeachment narrative at hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and Republicans both see the public impeachment hearings starting this week as their first and best opportunity to shape opinion about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

While Democrats believe the testimony will paint a vivid picture of presidential misconduct, Republicans say the Democrats don't have solid enough evidence for impeachment.

Both sides see the stakes as very high.

Democrats plan a narrow focus in the hearings, and a narrative retelling of Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrats as his administration withheld military aid to the Eastern European ally.

Republicans are expected to argue that none of the witnesses has firsthand knowledge of Trump's conversations on Ukraine.


The Latest: Bernie Sanders concerned on Morales' resignation

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is raising concerns about the Bolivian military's involvement in the resignation of President Evo Morales.

Morales resigned Sunday after Bolivia's military chief called on him to quit after weeks of protests over his disputed victory in the Oct. 20 presidential election. The general spoke a few hours after the release of an Organization of American States audit that reported irregularities in the vote count.

On Twitter on Monday, Sanders said: "I am very concerned about what appears to be a coup in Bolivia, where the military, after weeks of political unrest, intervened to remove President Evo Morales."

The candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination also said that "the U.S. must call for an end to violence and support Bolivia's democratic institutions."


The Latest: Hong Kong leader refuses to accept demands

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader says her administration will "spare no effort" in bringing an end to anti-government protests that have wracked the city for more than five months.

Carrie Lam spoke to reporters Monday during a day of spiraling violence that included the shooting by police of an unarmed protester and the setting on fire of a man during an argument over national identity.

Lam said she did not want to go into details, but her comments are likely to fuel speculation that harsher legal and police measures may be in the works.

Lam also said there would be no giving way to protesters' demands for political concessions.

"If there is still any wishful thinking that, by escalating violence, the Hong Kong SAR government will yield to pressure to satisfy the so-called political demands, I am making this statement clear and loud here: That will not happen," Lam said, using the initials for Special Administrative Region, which describes the city's status as a semi-autonomous Chinese territory.


Turkey starts returning IS fighters, deports US national

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey says a U.S. national who is a member of the Islamic State group has been deported home as Ankara begins repatriating captured foreign IS fighters.

Interior Ministry's spokesman Ismail Catakli also said on Monday that seven German nationals would be returned on Nov. 14. There was no immediate information on the IS suspects.

Turkey has over the past weeks criticized European nations for refusing to take back their nationals. It has vowed to send back IS militants — even if their citizenships have been revoked.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has said that Turkey is not a hotel for IS militants and that Ankara would begin repatriating IS militants as of Monday.

Soylu did not provide any numbers or say which countries they would be sent back to.


The Latest: 8-year-old girl killed in icy Kansas crash

CHICAGO (AP) — The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that an 8-year-old girl was killed in a three-vehicle wreck caused by icy roads in northeast Kansas.

The patrol said the collision occurred Monday on U.S. Highway 56 near Overbrooke in Osage County.

The patrol reports a truck driving westbound on the highway lost control on icy roads, crossed the center line and hit a Ford pickup truck head-on, and a third vehicle rear-ended the Ford.

Cassie Ralston, of Scranton, was killed. She was a passenger in the Ford truck. Three other people were taken to hospitals.

The crash came as a system carrying freezing temperatures and strong winds moved across Kansas. A few thousand customers in Wichita lost power Monday morning but no other serious accidents or injuries have been reported.


AP sources: Deval Patrick mulling Democratic White House run

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is considering making a late run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

That's according to people with knowledge of Patrick's deliberations, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Patrick ruled out a run earlier this year but has since been talking with Democratic operatives and donors about launching a campaign. His deliberations come as some Democrats express uncertainty about the party's current crop of contenders.

Patrick has not made a final decision on whether to run and faces fast-approaching deadlines to get on the ballot in key states.

Patrick is a close ally of former President Barack Obama. He made history as Massachusetts' first black governor, serving from 2007 to 2015.


Rebirth, angst and the 'new normal' of California wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — California has long been seen as a golden land of opportunity.

But living with the risk of devastating wildfires is the "new normal" here.

The fires can be enormous and fierce, and it's causing some to flee.

For the many others who remain, it means a life interrupted by electrical outages, the utility company's attempt to prevent power lines from sparking fires in the high winds.

It means readying "fire totes" that contain important documents and keepsakes.

It is food lines and pop-up assistance centers and having counselors and comfort dogs at the ready when children return to school after evacuation.

It is sprinkler installation and built-in tactics to combat fire, trimming vegetation vigilantly and creating "defensible space" around homes, now a regular topic of conversation between neighbors.


Fresh unrest in Iraq kills 4 protesters, wounds dozens more

BAGHDAD (AP) — A rights group in Iraq says four protesters have been killed and some 130 wounded in clashes between security forces and protesters in a southern city.

The semi-official Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights described on Monday the previous day's incidents in the city of Nasiryah as "regrettable," adding that some of the wounded are in serious conditions.

At least 320 protesters have been killed by security forces since the protests and unrest over living conditions began last month.

The Nasiriyah casualties occurred during confrontations outside the education directorate as security forces tear-gassed protesters trying to block employees from reaching the building in the city center.

The demonstrators complain of widespread corruption, lack of job opportunities and poor basic services, including regular power cuts, despite Iraq's vast oil reserves.

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