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November 10, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. Find your 2018 Midterm Election content and stay up to date with AP’s 2018 Midterm Election coverage plans at https://newsroom.ap.org

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DEVELOPING

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WWI-TRUMP — President Donald Trump meets with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris at 5 a.m. See WWI CENTENNIAL, ADVISORY for full details of AP’s weekend coverage plans.

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TOP STORIES

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — The most destructive wildfire in California history wiped out a Sierra Nevada foothill town founded in the 1800s in less than a day. A fire that continued to rage in near Paradise has already destroyed more than 6,700 structures, most of them homes, and left nine dead, with the death toll expected to climb. By Paul Elias and Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 1,130 words, video, photos. With SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Firefighters hope a narrow window of calm will give them a chance to block Southern California wildfires that are marching on a path of destruction toward the sea; CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-SCHOOL RESCUE — A Northern California science teacher says heroic bus drivers arrived at schools to help evacuate students as a wildfire approached (both sent).

TRUMP-WHITAKER — Matthew Whitaker’s future at the helm of the Justice Department appears uncertain as President Donald Trump denies even knowing the man he had named acting attorney general just two days earlier. By Eric Tucker and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 830 words, photos. With WHITAKER-PARTISAN CHARITY — Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker repeatedly chided Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign while he was speaking for a group that is barred by its tax-exempt status from opposing political candidates (sent).

ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA — Unofficial vote tallies in Florida’s elections were due by midday, which could prompt recounts in the hotly contested races for governor and U.S. Senate. By Terry Spencer and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 500 words, video, photos. With ELECTION 2018-SOUTH RECOUNTS-GLANCE — Florida and Georgia could see recounts in 3 key elections (sent). See more ELECTION 2018 coverage plans below.

CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING — Authorities trying to make sense of why a gunman killed 12 people at a Southern California bar are not publicly discussing what they’ve learned, but at least one Instagram post he made after beginning the massacre has emerged as an early focus. By Jonathan J. Cooper and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 660 words, video, photos, audio.

IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM SEEKERS — President Trump issues a proclamation to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. The plan is immediately challenged in court. By Colleen Long. SENT: 660 words, video, photos.

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ELECTION 2018

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ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-GEORGIA — In a frantic search by phone and on foot, volunteers have been trying to find ballots that could help Democrat Stacey Abrams close the gap against Republican Brian Kemp in Georgia’s unresolved race for governor. SENT: 830 words, video, photos. With ELECTION 2018-SOUTH RECOUNTS-GLANCE — Florida and Georgia could see recounts in 3 key elections (sent).

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WASHINGTON

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UNITED STATES-CHINA — China bluntly tells the United States to stop sending ships and military aircraft close to islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, during talks that set the stage for a meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping later this month. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MIGRANT CARAVAN — Almost 4,000 Central American migrants prepared to depart a stadium in southern Mexico City for the longest and most dangerous leg of a trek to the U.S. border that has drawn fire from President Donald Trump. SENT: 700 words, photos.

YEMEN — The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said it had “requested cessation of inflight refueling” by the U.S. for its fighter jets after American officials said they would stop the operations amid growing anger over civilian casualties from the kingdom’s airstrikes. SENT: 760 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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AIRPORT CONTROLLER INCIDENT-VEGAS — Federal and airport authorities said Friday they are investigating why an air traffic controller became incapacitated and went silent while working a night shift alone in the tower at busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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TRUMP-JOKES — Did you hear the one about President Trump? Or, more precisely, did you hear all 3,128 jokes? A think tank that has studied the content of late-night comedy for the past 26 years said Donald Trump was the butt of more jokes in 2017 than any other public figure has for a single year. By a lot. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 390 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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T25-BUFFALO-WEST VIRGINIA — Maybe that big upset in the NCAA Tournament was only the beginning for Buffalo. CJ Massinburg had 43 points and 14 rebounds as the Bulls stunned another power program Friday night, beating No. 13 West Virginia 99-94 in overtime. Buffalo opened eyes back in March when the 13th-seeded Bulls blew out No. 4 seed Arizona 89-68 in the first round of the NCAAs. They were knocked out by Kentucky in their next game — but now this. By John Lowe. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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