'Start Here': House Judiciary Committee schedules 1st public impeachment hearing

It's Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Let's start here.

1. Next phase

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled its first public impeachment hearing, beginning a new phase of the inquiry on Dec. 4.

The hearing will look different from the House Intelligence Committee's open hearings with "fact witnesses" over the last two weeks, according to ABC News Senior National Correspondent Terry Moran, who calls this latest step a "decision-making point" for House Democrats.

"What would the articles of impeachment be? What would the indictment essentially against President Donald Trump be?" he says. "They're calling witnesses, constitutional scholars who can talk about impeachment. These are going to be witnesses that will advise them on what to make of it all."

2. Life expectancy decline

The overall life expectancy in the U.S. has dropped for three straight years, according to a new study, as researchers point to opioid abuse, suicide and obesity as causes.

The study's author, Dr. Stephen Woolf, director emeritus of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, tells "Start Here" it's a problem unique to America, particularly in the Rust Belt: "It isn't lost on us that these are regions of the country that have been hit hard by the economy. ... That strain itself could affect health in ways that don't have to be limited to despair or unhealthy behaviors."

3. 'The Cave'

In the midst of war in Syria, doctors inside a hidden hospital known as "The Cave" fight to save lives underground.

Dr. Amani Ballour, the former lead doctor of the Cave who was forced to flee to Turkey, details her life inside, "They targeted everything, they bombed everything, they used all types of weapons."

Her story is featured in "The Cave," a film in conjunction with National Geographic Documentary Films, and on ABC's "Nightline." The Walt Disney Co. is the parent company of National Geographic and ABC News.

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There's no use in crying over spilled milk. But what about spilled donuts?

Well, the Brookhaven, Georgia, Police Department did just that on Tuesday and we couldn't be more empathetic. It turns out the officers were called to the scene where a Krispy Kreme truck had toppled over and the iced creations spilled all over the street.

The troopers managed to snap a few teary-eyed photos, since they "couldn't beat the 5 second rule." Our condolences.
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