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  • Gene Powell Jr. joined the Odessa American as assistant managing editor in March 2002. The Odessa native was promoted to managing editor before leaving the OA in December 2010 to become a public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Tuesday 11/19/2019
‘I now recall:’ What to watch in Trump impeachment hearings
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 11:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Exactly what is Gordon Sondland’s story?

Unpredictable Sondland faces questions about Trump, Ukraine
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 11:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the most anticipated witness in the impeachment inquiry, is likely to be unpredictable when he faces questions about his evolving accounts of the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine and a newly revealed summertime phone call with President Donald Trump.

Time and again, Sondland’s Ukraine tale differs from others
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 11:48 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The witnesses who have testified publicly and privately in the House impeachment inquiry so far have generally told a consistent tale.

7 key questions heading into Wednesday’s Democratic debate
Updated: November 20, 2019 - 1:52 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — New uncertainty hangs over the Democratic presidential primary as 10 candidates meet on the debate stage once again.

New SUVs and electric vehicles highlight L.A. Auto Show
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 11:32 pm

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.

Asian shares retreat on poor Japan trade data, China news
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 10:03 pm

BEIJING (AP) — Shares retreated in Asia on Wednesday after Japan reported its worst monthly decline in exports in three years, putting pressure on the economy as growth slows following a sales tax hike.

The Latest: House panel wraps up 5-hour hearing
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 9:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the public impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine (all times local):

Republicans assail security aide who reported Trump call
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 8:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A career Army officer on Donald Trump’s National Security Council testified Tuesday he was duty-bound to object to the president’s clearly “improper” phone call seeking Ukrainian investigations of U.S. Democrats. Republicans answered him with doubts about his loyalty to the United States.

Deval Patrick takes nascent 2020 campaign to South Carolina
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 9:01 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — About a dozen black female small-business owners were gathered in a South Carolina shared workspace on Tuesday night for a networking event when they were told the newest 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, Deval Patrick, would be stopping by to introduce himself.

GOP-requested witness rejects Trump ‘conspiracy theories’
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 8:17 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sought by Republicans to testify, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine spoke up instead for Democrat Joe Biden in Tuesday’s impeachment hearings, rejecting “conspiracy theories” embraced by President Donald Trump and some of his allies.

Impeachment hearings takeaways: Firsthand witnesses appear
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 8:17 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were attacks on the credibility of a witness in uniform, and hand-wringing by another witness on all that he knows now that he says he didn’t know then. Vice President Mike Pence was name-dropped, and lawmakers heard expressions of concern about the July phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine’s leader.

AMA calls for total ban on all e-cigarette, vaping products
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 8:46 pm

The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.

Shooting deaths rattle small, tight-knit US Hmong community
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 8:03 pm

Fresno has been the heart of California’s Hmong community for decades, drawing refugees from war-torn Southeast Asia who built a tight-knit population in the farm town. Now, they’re reeling from the shooting deaths of four Hmong American men at a weekend party.

‘I am an American,’ Vindman reminds Trump allies in hearing
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 7:18 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — “It’s Lt. Col. Vindman.”

Drive behind occupation of Alcatraz lingers 50 years later
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 7:18 pm

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — On a chilly November night 50 years ago, a 7-year-old Peter Bratt, his four siblings and their single mother left their San Francisco home for the pier. From there, they joined a group of indigenous activists on a small boat, bobbing in fog and rolling over what felt like tidal waves.

White supremacist manifesto reportedly shared at Syracuse U
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 7:03 pm

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A white supremacist manifesto that appeared to be a copy of one linked to a man accused of attacking two mosques in New Zealand was circulated electronically at Syracuse University, campus law enforcement said Tuesday, adding to a string of racist episodes that have shaken the upstate New York campus.

As Epstein died, guards allegedly shopped online and slept
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 6:30 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Two jail guards responsible for monitoring Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself were charged Tuesday with falsifying prison records to conceal they were sleeping and browsing the internet during the hours they were supposed to be keeping a close watch on prisoners.

Democratic debate: Rising Buttigieg could face attacks
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 6:30 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Pete Buttigieg’s dramatic rise from little-known Indiana mayor to a leading Democratic presidential candidate faces its toughest test on Wednesday, with rivals poised to lob debate-stage attacks in an effort to stall his momentum.

Warm ocean water delays sea ice for Alaska towns, wildlife
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 5:18 pm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. research vessel Sikuliaq can break through ice as thick as 2.5 feet (0.76 meters). In the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska this month, which should be brimming with floes, its limits likely won’t be tested.

Letter shows psychologist broke rules with Iowa sex predator
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 6:30 pm

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A psychologist in charge of treating Iowa’s most dangerous sex offenders violated policies by developing an improperly close relationship with a violent predator who became obsessed with her, The Associated Press has learned.

House Dems recommend Maloney to head Oversight Committee
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 4:50 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House Democratic panel on Tuesday recommended that Rep. Carolyn Maloney lead the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee, and if the party’s caucus goes along, the veteran New York lawmaker would have an influential role in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump stretches in assailing witnesses
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 4:50 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused witnesses at the House impeachment hearings of spreading word-of-mouth information about matters they have no knowledge of themselves. But the testimony of Lt. Col Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams did not come from a rumor mill.

Tom Hanks didn’t want to be Mr. Rogers. Then he met Marielle
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 6:30 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks has never played a superhero. But when the actor recently donned a very simple cardigan sweater, and the slacks to go with it, he felt like one.

Jury awards $58M in lawsuit against body donation firm
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 3:47 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — A civil jury has awarded $58 million Tuesday to 10 people who alleged a now-closed body donation facility mishandled the donated remains of their relatives and deceived them about how the body parts would be used.

Netanyahu celebrates US settlement decision in West Bank
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 3:30 pm

ALON SHVUT, West Bank (AP) — Israel’s prime minister traveled to the West Bank on Tuesday to celebrate the U.S.’s announcement that it does not consider Israeli settlements to violate international law.

Terra Contracting Restores Fremont Street Experience Concrete Surfaces With an Innovative System
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 2:45 pm

LAS VEGAS - November 19, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

Obamacare Office in Miami Hialeah, Recognized by HealthCare.gov as Elite ACA 'AKA' Obamacare Agents in Miami Dade County
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 2:45 pm

MIAMI - November 19, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

EBT Secures USD $10M Series A
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 2:17 pm

BOSTON and TORONTO - November 19, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

US prison system long plagued by staffing crisis, violence
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 1:48 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, the federal Bureau of Prisons has been plagued by systematic failures, from massive staffing shortages to chronic violence. But the largest agency in the Justice Department has largely stayed out of the public view.

Muted launch for Google's game-streaming service Stadia
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 1:48 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Google’s new game-streaming service Stadia demonstrates the possibilities of gaming from the cloud, but experts say it’s hindered by a lack of compelling video games and a convoluted pricing scheme.

Ramar Foods International Breaks Ground in a New Facility in Kapolei
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 12:33 pm

KAPOLEI, Hawaii - November 19, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

The Latest: Toy industry calls unsafe-toys list misleading
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 11:31 am

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the release of a toy safety group’s annual worst toys list (all times local):

Nerf gun, Power Rangers claw cited by toy safety watchdog
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 5:47 pm

BOSTON (AP) — A Nerf dart gun, ice cream-scented Nickelodeon slime and a plastic Power Rangers claw are among the toys topping a consumer safety group's list of worst toys for the holidays.

Blickman Industries to Launch Innovative Product Line to Protect Against Healthcare-Associated Infections
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 11:30 am

CLIFTON, N.J. - November 19, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

‘Frost Fest’ in place of tree lighting gets cool reception
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 11:02 am

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Plans to hold a “Frost Fest” instead of a traditional holiday celebration are getting a frosty reception in a New England community.

Disney Plus user accounts already found on hacking sites
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 10:47 am

Disney says its new Disney Plus streaming service doesn’t have a security breach, but some users have been shut out after hackers tried to break into their accounts.

Despite free-flowing kombucha, WeWork tenants feel unease
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 10:02 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The kombucha and beer on tap flow freely. The milk-and-cookie happy hours, yoga sessions and waffle Mondays continue as usual.

Patrick defends corporations and capitalism in primary bid
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 9:17 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Deval Patrick is centering his fledgling campaign on a defense of corporations and capitalism that puts him directly at odds with some of the party’s most progressive figures.

White House aide says Trump’s ‘improper’ request for Biden investigation led him to report Ukraine call to lawyer
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 9:01 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House aide says Trump’s ‘improper’ request for Biden investigation led him to report Ukraine call to lawyer.

About that call: What to watch at Trump impeachment hearings
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 8:47 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — They heard the July 25 phone call for themselves.

Georgia at ‘turning point’? Debate signals Democratic hopes
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 8:47 am

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. (AP) — Beth Moore would typically fit the mold of a Georgia Republican. She attended private school in the affluent, mostly white northern Atlanta suburbs, attended the University of Georgia, practices law and married a Republican.

FactGem Announces Partnership With Online Retailer, AO.com
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 8:31 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio - November 19, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

Paramount Business Jets Launches World's First Open Source Carbon Offset System to Better the Private Aviation Industry
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 7:16 am

LEESBURG, Va. - November 19, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

Brian Klunk Joins Divergent Language Solutions
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 7:16 am

SAN FRANCISCO - November 19, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

Chang says his new Netflix show honors Bourdain
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 6:46 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner” host David Chang says he understands why critics are comparing his new show to work done by his late friend and colleague Anthony Bourdain. Chang’s show fuses food and travel as did Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown.’’

Synergistic Therapeutics Announces It Has Obtained a US Patent for Its Topical Analgesic Lotion, Dolore
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 6:32 am

NAPLES, Fla. - November 19, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

10 Things to Know for Today
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 5:31 am

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

US, Montenegro plot cyber warfare ahead of 2020 elections
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 10:02 am

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Deployed inside the sprawling communist-era army command headquarters in Montenegro’s capital, an elite team of U.S. military cyber experts are plotting strategy in a fight against potential Russian and other cyberattacks ahead of the 2020 American and Montenegrin elections.

US angers Palestinians with reversal on Israeli settlements
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 2:16 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood.

Monday 11/18/2019
Could Haley’s role in Trump administration taint a 2024 bid?
Updated: November 19, 2019 - 12:03 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With the launch of her new memoir, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has again ignited speculation that she may be gearing up for a possible bid for the White House, perhaps as early as 2024.

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