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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 9:40 a.m. EST

November 29, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on a Trump real estate deal in Russia. Cohen made a surprise appearance Thursday in a New York courtroom at around 9 a.m. He admitted to making false statements in 2017 to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s government has ordered a halt to work by a medical team that claimed to have helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies. Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping told state broadcaster CCTV that his ministry is strongly opposed to the efforts that reportedly produced twin girls born earlier this month. Xu called the team’s actions illegal and unacceptable and said an investigation had been ordered.

SHANGHAI (AP) — “This is about privacy.” That’s what one alarmed Tesla owner in China told AP when he learned his Model X sends real-time data to government monitoring centers. More than 200 electric vehicle makers, including top global brands, feed dozens of data points, including location, to the Chinese government. That’s raised concerns about intellectual property as well as surveillance at a time when President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) is stepping up the use of technology to track citizens.

NEW YORK (AP) — Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up the number of U.S. deaths last year and pushed down life expectancy. U.S. health officials released the latest numbers Thursday. The nation is now in the longest period of a generally declining life expectancy since the late 1910s.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s schedule at the Group of 20 summit this week is so tight that a planned one-on-one meeting with Japan’s prime minister will morph into a trilateral meeting when India’s prime minister joins them midway. Trump is heading on Thursday to the G-20 summit in Argentina, where the homebody commander in chief will spend just 48 hours on the ground yet pack in eight high-level meetings with foreign leaders. When Trump travels abroad, he increasingly likes to keep it quick.

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