Who will win the Nobel Peace Prize?
The Norwegian Nobel Committee will announce the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Friday in Oslo, Norway. The prize is given to the person or organization that has “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” While the nominees are not made public, some of the frontrunners this year include teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg; New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, who was catapulted into the spotlight after a mass shooter killed 50 people at two mosques; and Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed, who clinched a peace deal that ended 20 years of military stalemate between his country and neighboring Eritrea.
Trump’s ex-Ukraine ambassador slated to testify
Three House Democratic panels hope to hear Friday from the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine as they resume their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Marie Yovanovitch is one of five State Department officials who Democrats have called to Capitol Hill for depositions as they investigate allegations that Trump used the power of his office to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election. Trump removed Yovanovitch, 60, from her post in May amid complaints from his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, that she was working against the president, according to the whistleblower’s complaint and other accounts.
Two Ukrainian associates of Rudy Giuliani arrested for making illegal campaign contributions, push for removal of Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch
Trump meets with Chinese official for trade negotiations
Trump is scheduled to meet with China’s top trade official, Liu He, on Friday as the two countries resume negotiations aimed at ending ongoing trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies. Trump has slapped tariffs on more than $360 billion in Chinese imports and is planning levies on another $160 billion in Chinese goods on Dec. 15. China has retaliated by placing tariffs on more than $75 billion worth of U.S. products. A second round of tariffs by China is to take effect Dec. 15, the same date the latest U.S. tariffs are scheduled to kick in.
‘Crippling blizzard’ heads for upper Midwest
A sprawling snowstorm is sweeping across the West, threatening to develop into an “all-out blizzard” over North and South Dakota. Some areas already saw temperatures drop 50 degrees in 24 hours. Heavy snow was falling on the northern Rockies and was moving southeastward along with a charge of cold air, AccuWeather said. Winds were expected to increase into Friday, and blowing and drifting snow could force some roads to close down as conditions deteriorate. “Crippling blizzard likely Friday into Saturday morning for much of eastern ND & Red River valley,” tweeted the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Thousands of California homes are still in the dark
The power remained out for more than 500,000 customers of Pacific Gas & Electric — about 1 million people — Thursday as high winds and hot, dry conditions raised fire concerns through much of Northern California. Gusty winds that led to the preemptive blackouts could last into Friday in some areas, the National Weather Service warned. Power may be cut to more customers if weather forecasts and fickle winds start to shift. PG&E also warned that many homes and businesses might not get power back for several days. Gov. Gavin Newsom said his office was working with communities to ease the burden of the outages, known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs.
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