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By The Associated Press | Updated - Dec. 1, 2019 at 9:40 p.m. | Posted - Nov. 30, 2019 at 10:45 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has declared it will not participate in the first impeachment hearings before the House Judiciary Committee. Democrats are preparing to approve their report Tuesday making the case for President Donald Trump’s removal from office. The White House was invited to attend the Judiciary Committee’s initial hearings Wednesday hearing, but its counsel declined calling it a “baseless and highly partisan inquiry.”

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say security forces have killed 14 members of a presumed cartel assault force that rolled into a town near the Texas border and staged an hour-long attack. The Coahuila state government says seven of the attackers died Saturday and seven more Sunday. It says four policemen also were killed as were two civilians abducted by the gunmen. Lawmen aided by helicopters were still chasing remnants of the force that attacked the city hall of Villa Union on Saturday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of flights have been canceled and thousands delayed for travelers heading home after the Thanksgiving holiday as a deadly winter storm moved to the Northeast, packing one last punch of snow and ice. The storm has been pummeling the U.S. for days as it moves across the country, dumping snow from California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with rain. The storm has been blamed for several deaths, including four children in two states and a fifth child who remains missing.

MADRID (AP) — Ahead of an international climate conference in Madrid, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns the “point of no return is no longer over the horizon” for climate change, but instead is “in sight and hurtling toward us.” Delegates from almost 200 countries will try to put the finishing touches on the rules governing the 2015 Paris climate accord at the Dec. 2-13 meeting. The U.N. chief says he hopes governments will make more ambitious pledges coming out of the meeting.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Social media star Olivia Jade Giannulli has posted her first YouTube video since the March arrest of her parents, actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, put her at the center of the college admissions scandal. The former University of Southern California student says it’s time to move on with her life, but she won’t be talking about the scandal. Her parents have pleaded not guilty to paying to have their daughters falsely labeled as recruits to the USC crew team.

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