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

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first public hearings of the House impeachment inquiry are set to begin with the top American diplomat in Ukraine. Two days of hearings are scheduled for next week. William Taylor has told lawmakers in private that he understood President Donald Trump proposed a quid pro quo with Ukraine regarding U.S. military aid for a commitment to investigate Joe Biden and the Democrats.

GALEANA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican officials say a suspect who was arrested in the border city of Agua Prieta with assault rifles was not involved in the killing of three American women and six children. Alfonso Durazo, a public security official, said Wednesday that preliminary information indicates that the suspect who was detained Tuesday is not linked to the attack.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions wants his old job back. The Associated Press has learned that the former U.S. senator will announce Thursday that he’s joining the race for what had been his Senate seat. Now 72, Sessions left the Senate to become U.S. attorney general in the Trump administration. His relationship with President Donald Trump soured over Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation, and he stepped down last year.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — President Donald Trump is talking optimistically about the 2020 elections, despite the warning signs for Republicans that came out of Kentucky, Virginia and elsewhere Tuesday. Trump is campaigning in Monroe, Louisiana, for a GOP gubernatorial candidate. He is attacking House Democrats for their impeachment inquiry, saying their “shameful conduct has created an angry majority.” Trump says Republicans are “going to take back the House.”

XINGTAI, China (AP) — A Chinese court has sentenced three fentanyl traffickers in a case that was a culmination of a rare collaboration between Chinese and U.S. law enforcement to crack down on global networks that manufacture and distribute lethal synthetic opioids. One defendant was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve, while two were sentenced to life in prison. Chinese police busted the drug ring after receiving a 2017 tip from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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