White House officials to kick off big Trump impeachment week

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK

Former National Security Council Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman returns to the Capitol to review transcripts of his testimony in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.

Last holdouts surrounded by police at Hong Kong university

An injured youth sits under a space blanket at a casualty evacuation point near Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. About 100 anti-government protesters remained holed up at a Hong Kong university Tuesday as a police siege of the campus entered its third day.

Lebanese protests test Hezbollah’s role as Shiites’ champion

In this Oct. 21, 2019 file photo, anti-government protesters wave Lebanese flags and chant, "the people want to bring down the regime" outside the office of legislator Mohammed Raad, the powerful head of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc, in Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon’s protests have shown unusual overt anger at the country’s powerhouse, Hezbollah.

Hong Kong police battle protesters trying to escape arrest

Police in riot gear move through a cloud of smoke as they detain a protester at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Hong Kong police fought off protesters with tear gas and batons Monday as they tried to break through a police cordon that is trapping hundreds of them on a university campus.

Former Sri Lankan defense chief wins presidential vote

Sri Lanka's former Defense Secretary and presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, center, leaves a polling station after casting his vote in Embuldeniya, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Polls opened in Sri Lanka’s presidential election Saturday after weeks of campaigning that largely focused on national security and religious extremism in the backdrop of the deadly Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attacks on Easter Sunday.

Alleged gunman, victim among 6 charged after game shooting

Police investigate the scene after a gunman shot into a crowd of people during a football game at Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville, N.J., Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Players and spectators ran for cover Friday night when a gunman opened fire at the New Jersey high school football game.

Democrats hold on to Louisiana governor’s seat despite Trump

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards arrives to address supporters at his election night watch party in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.

Impeachment testimony comes from White House budget official

Mark Sandy, a career employee in the White House Office of Management and Budget, arrives at the Capitol to testify in the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry about President Donald Trump's effort to tie military aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents, in Washington, Saturday.

Ariana Grande tells fans she’s struggling with an illness

In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, Ariana Grande attends the 13th annual Billboard Women in Music event at Pier 36 in New York. Grande is telling her fans that she has a bad sinus condition that has made her “very sick” and might force her to cancel upcoming shows on her world tour. Grande, 26, says in videos posted on Instagram Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, that “my throat and head are still in so much pain.”

Rosalía marks historic night for women at Latin Grammys

Rosalia performs a medley at the 20th Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Times, actors are changing as ‘The Crown’ enters 1960s, ’70s

In this image released by Netflix, Olivia Colman portrays Queen Elizabeth II in a scene from the third season of "The Crown," debuting Sunday on Netflix. (

Swift says AMAs performance in jeopardy over music dispute

This May 8, 2018 file photo shows Taylor Swift performing during her "Reputation Stadium Tour" opener in Glendale, Ariz. Swift says she may not be performing at the American Music Awards because the men who own her old recordings won’t allow her to play her songs. Swift said on Instagram Thursday that she planned to play a medley of her hits when she’s named Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards on Nov. 24. But Swift says the men who own the music, Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, are calling the performance an illegal re-recording.

List of winners at the 2019 Country Music Association Awards

Kacey Musgraves accepts the award for female vocalist of the year at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.

Actor Dave Bautista is now guardian to 2 abandoned pit bulls

FILE -In this July 10, 2019, file photo, Dave Bautista attends the LA Premiere of "Stuber" at the Regal LA Live on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. A Florida animal shelter sent out a desperate plea after someone had abandoned two pit bull dogs. But volunteers never expected the post would catch the attention of actor Bautista. The 6-year-old pit bulls, Maggie and Ollie, were handed over to the county after their owner had a baby.

Despite female push, Garth Brooks bests Underwood at CMAs

Garth Brooks accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.

Esper defends as fair Pentagon contract disputed by Amazon

FILE - This combination of file photos shows the logos for Amazon, top, and Microsoft. . Amazon is protesting the Pentagon’s decision to award a huge cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, citing “unmistakable bias” in the decision. Amazon’s competitive bid for the “war cloud” drew criticism from President Donald Trump and its business rivals.

Campus under siege as Hong Kong police battle protesters

Protestors use a rope to lower themselves from a pedestrian bridge to waiting motorbikes in order to escape from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the police in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. As night fell in Hong Kong, police tightened a siege Monday at a university campus as hundreds of anti-government protesters trapped inside sought to escape.

Global shares mixed amid caution on US-China trade talks

A Chinese investor uses his smartphone as he monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Asian shares were mixed Tuesday as investor sentiment remained cautious amid worries about the next development in trade talks between the United States and China.

The ideal wine for Thanksgiving dinner? It’s complicated

This November 2019 photo shows a glass of wine being poured around a selection of other wines in New York. There are plenty of good wines to choose from to accompany your Thanksgiving dinner, from Rieslings to Grenaches to Pinot Noirs.