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November 22, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-SUPREME COURT —President Donald Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts clashed in an extraordinary public dispute over the independence of America’s judiciary, with Roberts bluntly rebuking the president for denouncing a judge who rejected his migrant asylum policy as an “Obama judge.” By Mark Sherman. SENT: 940 words, photo, audio. With: TRUMP-SUPREME COURT-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — President Donald Trump was ready to answer questions from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. But as the January date neared and Mueller provided the topics he wanted to discuss, Trump’s lawyers balked. An inside look at the tug of war. By Eric Tucker, Chad Day and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,370 words, photos.

SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED — President Donald Trump’s embrace of Saudi Arabia has exposed a foreign policy rift in the Republican Party, as some of his GOP colleagues warn that not punishing the kingdom for its role in killing a U.S.-based columnist will have dangerous consequences. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 960 words, video, photos, audio. With SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED-THE LATEST.

THANKSGIVING PARADE — Diana Ross might be singing “Stop! In The Name of Gloves” by the time she’s done performing at New York City’s super chilly Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Forecasters say it could be the coldest day in the parade’s history. John Legend, Martina McBride and the Muppets from “Sesame Street” are also slated to perform. Officials will be monitoring wind to see if giant character balloons such as SpongeBob and Charlie Brown can fly safely. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 430 words, video. Photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THANKS AMID THE ASHES — Thousands of residents who lost their homes or their loved ones in a Northern California wildfire will spend Thanksgiving in unexpected situations and with unfamiliar faces. The nonprofit World Central Kitchen is teaming up with businesses near the town of Paradise to provide 15,000 meals Thursday. And scores of people are opening their homes to share dinner with strangers who lost everything. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 720 words.

INDIA AMERICAN KILLED — Indian authorities were struggling to figure out how to recover the body of an American killed last week after wading ashore on an isolated island cut off from the modern world. By Ashok Sharma. SENT: 950 words, photos, graphic. With INDIA-AMERICAN KILLED-THE ISLAND —Cut off from the world, an Indian island remains a mystery; INDIA-AMERICAN KILLED-PROFILE — ‘Explorer at heart’: American missionary killed in India (both sent).

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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US-CHINA TARIFFS — China rejects US hacking accusations ahead of Trump-Xi meeting. SENT: 310 words, photo.

UNITED NATIONS-NUCLEAR AGENCY — The head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog is calling on North Korea to allow inspectors back in to monitor its nuclear program. SENT: 130 words.

CHINA-SCHOOL CRASH —A car plowed into a crowd of children outside a primary school in northeastern China, killing five people and injuring 18, a local government spokesman says. SENT: 320 words. With CHINA-SCHOOL CRASH-THE LATEST.

MEXICO-MIGRANT CARAVAN — Mexican immigration agents on Wednesday detained almost all of the Central American migrants on a fourth caravan that recently entered Mexico seeking to reach the United States. SENT: 320 words, photos.

ISRAEL-US BOMB THREATS — Israeli court sentences man behind bomb threats against Jewish community centers in US to 10 years in prison. SENT: 130 words.

APARTMENT FIRE-DALLAS — Some residents of a Dallas apartment complex leaped from third-floor windows onto mattresses, and a woman dropped her baby to a bystander to escape the flames. SENT: 130 words, photos, video.

LIBYA-US Authorities in eastern Libya say they have in custody suspects in 2013 killing of US chemistry teacher in Benghazi. SENT: 130 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CONGRESS-ELECTION-WOMEN —For congressional Republicans, this month’s elections ushered in the year of the woman — literally. West Virginia’s Carol Miller will be the only Republican woman entering the 435-member House as a newcomer in January. SENT: 880 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ASIA-RISING RIVALRIES-ANALYSIS — All the usual rituals of international summits were there: the group photos, the gala dinners, the noticeably vibrant shirts leaders force themselves into. But eclipsing all of that at Asia’s two big meetings was some unusually forthright criticism that exposed deepening divisions rattling the region. Front and center was the rivalry between the U.S. and China. The two countries are locked in a widening trade war and their representatives used the summits to exchange barbs and maneuver to expand their influence. SENT: 950 words, photo.

BREXIT — The European Union and Britain have agreed on a draft declaration on the future of their political relations after Brexit, European Council President Donald Tusk says, paving the way for an EU summit this weekend to rubber-stamp the deal. SENT: 350 words, photos. With BREXIT-THE LATEST.

CHINA-MEDIA HARASSMENT — Few journalists in China go public about harassment by authorities, but one has broken the silence and won a rare apology from police. Environmental reporter Zhou Chen was investigating a chemical spill in Fujian province earlier this month when four men in police uniforms let themselves into her hotel room near midnight. Caixin, the business media group she works for, published her account of the ordeal Monday. Police issued a public apology the next day. SENT: 730 words, photo.

LEBANON-MALAISE — Lebanon is marking 75 years of independence with a military parade in Beirut, but many anxious Lebanese feel they have little to celebrate: the country’s corruption-plagued economy is dangerously close to collapse and political bickering over shares in a new Cabinet is threatening to scuttle pledges worth $11 billion by international donors. SENT: 790 words, photos.

SRI LANKA — Two men each claim to be the prime minister. Lawmakers are exchanging blows in Parliament. A former finance minister says the country is on the brink of an “economic anarchy.” Welcome to Sri Lanka, where the political crisis is getting worse by the week. SENT: 590 words, photos.

ARGENTINA-STATUE HOSPITAL — Argentina’s capital is famed for its statues and monuments — more than 2,000 of them. But they’re often under attack by vandals, thieves or protesters. So the city operates a sort of “hospital” to restore missing appendages or even whole statues. City officials say vandalism is on the rise at a time of frustration over economic crisis. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING-GUNMAN — Troubling details have emerged about a gunman who killed 12 people at a California bar. They’re the kinds of clues that, in hindsight, make people wonder whether the impulse to kill had been forming in plain sight. By Amanda Lee Myers and Justin Pritchard. SENT: 990 words, photos.

OBIT-OLDEST PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR — Ray Chavez, the oldest U.S. military survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor that plunged the United States into World War II, died. He was 106. SENT: 700 words, photos.

SHOOTING-CATHOLIC SUPPLY STORE-MISSOURI — A man was charged with killing one woman and sexually assaulting two others after herding them at gunpoint into the back room of a suburban St. Louis religious supplies shop. SENT: 510 words, photos.

SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD — A federal judge says the Social Security Administration used an unconstitutional process to revoke the disability benefits for hundreds of clients of disgraced former attorney Eric Conn. SENT: 660 words.

GOD POD-JAIL LAWSUIT — A Muslim civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit against a regional jail in Virginia, alleging that the jail has set up a Christians-only unit dubbed the “God Pod.” By Legal Affairs Writer Denise Lavoie. SENT: 510 words.

GIRL SLAIN — A 26-year-old man accused of firing into a Milwaukee home and killing a 13-year-old girl in her living room may have been planning to shoot his ex-girlfriend, prosecutors allege in a complaint. SENT: 390 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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FAST CHECKOUT-HOLIDAY — Retailers will once again offer big deals and early hours to lure shoppers into their stores for the start of the holiday season. But they’ll also try to get shoppers out of their stores faster than ever by minimizing the thing they hate most: long lines. By Retail Writers Joseph Pisani and Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 570 words, photo.

NISSAN-GHOSN — Nissan’s board of directors will meet to decide whether to dismiss its chairman Carlos Ghosn following his arrest on suspicion of underreporting his income. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 590 words, photos. With NISSAN-GHOSN-THE LATEST.

FACEBOOK DEFINERS — Facebook’s outgoing head of communications is taking the blame for hiring Definers, the public relations firm doing opposition research on the company’s critics, including billionaire philanthropist George Soros. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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HEALTH AND SCIENCE

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ENDANGERED WOLF-ESCAPE — An endangered Mexican wolf escaped from a Colorado wildlife center where it had been taken to breed with other captive wolves, authorities say. SENT: 470 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM REVIEW-THE FAVOURITE — Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” a wicked blast of nasty fun, gleefully dispenses with the usual decorum of the period drama to free its powerhouse trio of actresses — Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz — in a deliciously performed romp through the wigs and corsets of 18th century British aristocracy. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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LAKERS-CAVALIERS — LeBron James was welcomed home like a champion — and played like one. The NBA star received a rousing ovation in his first game back in Cleveland since leaving as a free agent and rallied the Lakers to a 109-105 win over the Cavaliers. James finished with 32 points and 14 rebounds as the Lakers rallied from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter and won their fourth straight. Cedi Osman led Cleveland with 21 points. By Sports Writer Tom Withers. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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