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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Should the whistleblower who helped touch of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump be allowed to be anonymous? Trump and his allies say no, while House Democrats say yes. The whistleblower is willing to answer written questions from House Republicans in a bid to stay out of the limelight. The whistleblower’s lawyer relayed the offer Sunday. Republicans have questioned the whistleblower’s motives for reporting that Trump had pressured Ukraine to investigate Democratic rivals.

HONG KONG (AP) — A knife-wielding man has slashed several people and bit off part of the ear of a pro-democracy politician in Hong Kong. Riot police also stormed several malls to thwart protesters who intended to gather there to sustain their push for reforms. City leader Carrie Lam will visit Beijing this week to discuss a southern China development project that is evidence of Hong Kong’s strengthening ties to the mainland.

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s says its chief executive officer has been pushed out of the company after violating policy by engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee. The fast food giant announced ex-CEO Steve Easterbrook’s departure Sunday. Easterbrook in an email to employees acknowledged he had a relationship. A company spokesman said details of Easterbrook’s separation package will be released Monday in a federal filing. He will also be leaving the company’s board. Easterbrook was CEO since 2015.

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren have clear momentum in Iowa with three months until the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. The two Democratic rivals are offering starkly different arguments as they try to close the deal. But other top contenders including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders aren’t going away. The jumble at the top reveals vulnerabilities for all the candidates and an overall fluid dynamic in Iowa and in the larger primary nationally.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gert Boyle, the colorful chairwoman of Columbia Sportswear Co. who starred in ads proclaiming her as “One Tough Mother,” died Sunday. She was 95. Company spokeswoman Mary Ellen Glynn did not disclose the cause of death. She says Boyle died at a Portland, Oregon, assisted living facility. Boyle took over the small outdoor clothing company in 1970 after her husband died from a heart attack.

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