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By Michelle Krupa and Faith Karimi

With the death of George H.W. Bush, America lost more than a former president. It lost a decorated navy pilot and a consummate public servant. During his final hours, the 94-year-old statesman said his goodbyes and told his son, George W. Bush, that he loved him  -- As America battles an opioid epidemic, China has agreed to reclassify fentanyl as a controlled substance -- Hundreds of small earthquakes have jolted Alaska since a magnitude-7.0 struck Friday -- Days after pleading guilty to lying to Congress, Michael Cohen asked a judge for no prison time, citing his cooperation with the special counsel and the toll on his family.  
Today is a day of candles and light for people of faith around the globe. Christians light the first of four Advent candles, representing prayer, penance, rejoicing and sacrifice in preparation for Christmas. At sunset, Jewish people turn to the menorah to mark the start of Hanukkah. The eight-day festival commemorates an ancient miracle, when one day's-worth of consecrated oil lasted for eight during the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem.

Also today, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, fresh off the G20 in Argentina, is due to meet with Mexico's new foreign minister about border issues. Mexico's new President is launching his administration as some migrants waiting in Tijuana to make asylum claims in the United States have been moved to a shelter with "better" accommodations, such as a "roof and a dry floor."
An arrival ceremony involving the House and Senate will be held Monday at the US Capitol. There, Bush will lie in state until Wednesday morning. The public can pay their respects from 7:30 p.m. ET tomorrow to 8:45 a.m. ET Wednesday.
It's back to school Monday for students in Butte County, where the deadliest wildfire in California history has left whole neighborhoods in ashes and hundreds of people missing. Some 5,000 students may have been displaced by the Camp Fire, say school officials, who are trying to keep kids with their friends and teachers at provisional school sites. Meantime, flash floods have threatened to trigger debris flows in scorched areas.

He might be a painter who holds his brush in his mouth. Or a wheelchair-bound comedian who puts her own spin on stand-up. Or a deaf rapper. Or a sled hockey star with one leg. Or a decorated swimmer who's blind. Monday is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, meant to promote understanding and support the dignity, rights and well-being of people with disabilities.

The leaders of German carmakers Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler reportedly head Tuesday to the White House to talk trade. They may get a chilly reception from President Donald Trump, who has complained of too many German cars on American roads and threatened to impose tariffs on cars and auto parts imported from Europe or Asia.
We thought they were as inseparable as, well, Brangelina. Instead, one-time Hollywood supercouple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, head Tuesday to court to argue over custody of their six children. Jolie wants sole custody, while Pitt wants joint custody. Here's how they ended up at this point.
On Wednesday, family and friends will gather at the National Cathedral in DC at 11 a.m. ET for a memorial service for Bush. President Trump has designated this as a national day of mourning.  The former president will also lie in repose at Houston's St. Martin's Episcopal Church from 7:45 p.m. ET Wednesday until 7 a.m. ET Thursday. 
Google's CEO is due to appear Wednesday before a US House committee to face Republicans' questions about whether the online search giant harbors bias or ill will toward conservative users. Sundar Pichai declined to appear this year at a similar Senate hearing, which featured an empty chair in his place. The House panel, often lacking evidence and apparently failing to grasp how tech companies operate, has let prior hearings drift into conspiratorial waters.
AT&T's purchase of CNN's parent company, Time Warner, is back on the docket Thursday. Federal appeals court judges are due to hear arguments in the Justice Department's petition to overturn the decision that allowed the merger. The Trump administration took a liberal approach to its antitrust case, and now, its hopes may rest on Democratically appointed judges. The case is seen as a bellwether for the future of the media industry.

With Congress careening toward a budget fight over the President's promised border wall, Friday could usher in a partial government shutdown. It's when funding for several agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, is set to expire. Trump has asked for $5 billion for the wall. Democrats say that exceeds the $1.6 billion in a Senate spending bill.
If we've said it once, we've said it a thousand times: The robots are mounting a takeover. But these appear to have coffee, so no biggie. Check out more fun pics in the past week's top images gallery from our friends at CNN Photos.
"Not only was it generous, but it kind of brought everybody together. … My daughter saw a lot of her friends. And so, it was more than just the money."
Parent Breanna Tamayo, on what the $1,000 checks given to students and staff at Paradise High School in California meant to her family. Businessman Bob Wilson handed about $1.1 million directly to Camp Fire survivors.
Settle in with these weekend reads 
It's not just Flint -- thousands of small towns in the US are vulnerable to contaminated drinking water. But with little funding to fix aging infrastructure, communities are left with few options. 

How police failed rape victims
A massive CNN investigation, "Destroyed," reveals that law enforcement agencies across the country have destroyed rape kits in sex crimes cases while those offenses could still be prosecuted. The investigation is the result of hundreds of records requests to law enforcement agencies in every state; scores of interviews with experts in policing, the law, forensics and trauma; and a review of more than 1,400 rape investigations. The story unearthed what one decorated former cop called, "a systemic problem."
Sit back and stream
"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" is back, along with Sandra Oh in "Killing Eve" and a fresh take on "Vanity Fair." See what else is streaming in December.

'Music's Biggest Night'
Drake, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, Ella Mai, Shawn Mendes, even Cher are bouncing around the rumor mill. Who gets a Grammy nom will be announced Wednesday, with candidates in select categories unveiled live starting at 8:30 a.m. ET on CBS. The ceremony is set for February 10.

Best of the big screen
And if your musical predictions end up being a bit off, you can try again Thursday, when Golden Globe nominees will be announced starting at 8 a.m. ET. That awards show is January 6.

'Man and wolf, both and neither'
A new, darker chapter gets added to the Rudyard Kipling classic Friday, when "Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle" drops on Netflix.
College football's best
It looks like a seven-way battle for the Heisman Trophy. Finalists will be announced Monday and the winner revealed in a ceremony Saturday at 8 p.m. Watch on ESPN.
The greatest rivalry in sports
Will Army keep the new "streak" alive, or will Navy hit the reset button? The storied face-off begins Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. Watch on CBS.

Will Portland add more bling to its trophy case? Or will Atlanta make some history of its own? Major League Soccer's final is set for Saturday at 8 p.m. ET at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, just around the corner from the 5 Things mother ship, aka CNN Center. Watch on FOX, UniMás, TSN or TVAS.
'Something evil's lurking from the dark'
It may be the most popular music video of all time. And this may be a sign we're all getting old: The groundbreaking mini-movie that made Michael Jackson's "Thriller" a rock 'n' roll touchstone was broadcast for the first time 35 years ago today. (Click here to get your ghoul on.)
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