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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

November 18, 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 — President Donald Trump has acknowledged Californians this weekend suffering from twin tragedies. He walked through the ashes of a mobile home and RV park in a small town all but destroyed by deadly wildfires. And he privately consoled people grieving after a mass shooting at a popular college bar outside Los Angeles. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,410 words, photos, video, audio.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — Northern California crews battling the country’s deadliest wildfire in a century were bracing for strong winds, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour, creating the potential to erode gains they have made in containing a disaster that has killed at least 76 and leveled a town. By Sudhin Thanawala and Terence Chea. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

ELECTION-2018-FLORIDA — Andrew Gillum, who tried to energize Florida’s young and minority voters through a Democratic coalition seeking to end two decades of Republican control of the governor’s office, ended his hard-fought campaign as the state’s first black nominee for the post. By Gary Fineout and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 1,100 words, video

APEC — An acrimonious meeting of world leaders in Papua New Guinea failed to agree on a final communique, highlighting widening divisions between global powers the U.S. and China. By Stephen Wright. SENT: 770 words, photos. With APEC-THE LATEST; APEC-ELECTRIFYING PAPUA NEW GUINEA — The U.S., Japan, New Zealand and Australia say they’ll bring electricity to 70 percent of Papua New Guinea’s people by 2030 (both sent).

IRAQ-SCARS OF WAR — Many Iraqi war victims are turning to social media to find free medical help and a new chance at life. The violence unleashed in their country since Saddam Hussein’s ouster and the war against the Islamic State group has taken a huge toll, leaving tens of thousands of Iraqis maimed and scarred. Those who can’t get treatment at state-run hospitals or can’t afford private clinics are now finding help through social media. By Sinan Salaheddin. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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WORLD WAR II PLANE-CRASH-TEXAS — Vintage World War II fighter plane crashes into the parking lot of an apartment complex in Texas. SENT: 250 words. With WORLD WAR II PLANE-CRASH-TEXAS-THE LATEST.

APARTMENT FIRE-COLORADO — Authorities say a fire in a suburban Denver apartment complex for seniors created smoke so thick it trapped some people in their homes, injuring more than a dozen people. SENT: 250 words, photos.

INDIA-CYCLONE — The death toll from a cyclone that hit the coast of southern India rises to 33. SENT: 210 words, photos.

SRI LANKA-FACEBOOK — The ousted Sri Lankan prime minister’s party is urging Facebook to safeguard the identity of the party’s supporters on the social media platform. SENT: 200 words.

KANSAS OFFICIAL-MASTER RACE — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer calls on a white county official to resign after he said at a public meeting that whites are “the master race.” SENT: 140 words, photo.

MICHELLE OBAMA — Former President Barack Obama practically brought the house down at Michelle Obama’s book show in Washington. SENT: 150 words.

ISRAEL-POLITICS — Israel’s prime minister says he is making a “last effort” to prevent the collapse of his government. SENT: 130 words.

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ELECTION 2018

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ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-CALIFORNIA — Democrat Gil Cisneros captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat in Southern California, capping a Democratic rout in which the party picked up six congressional seats in the state. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 470 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED — President Donald Trump said his administration will get a full report in the next two days about the death of a Saudi journalist, which has created a diplomatic conundrum for the president: How to admonish Riyadh for the killing yet maintain strong ties with a close ally in the Middle East. SENT: 700 words, photos, audio.

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INTERNATIONAL

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AFGHANISTAN-TALIBAN — The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group says. SENT: 590 words. With AFGHANISTAN — Afghan authorities say a roadside bomb has killed two local officials in the eastern Logar province (sent).

DUBAI-INTERPOL — Police chiefs from around the world gathered in Dubai for Interpol’s general assembly to select a new president after the agency’s former leader was detained in China. SENT: 600 words, photos.

IRAQ-PROTESTS — Iraqi police say a Muslim cleric has been killed outside his home after he suggested that demonstrators should take up arms over poor public services in Basra. SENT: 120 words.

JORDAN-PETRA FLOOD ALARM — In ancient times, Arab tribesmen dug diversion tunnels to protect their low-lying trading post of Petra against desert flash floods. More than two millennia later, an alarm system warns visitors if flood water rushes toward what has become Jordan’s main tourist attraction. SENT: 380 words.

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NATIONAL

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INMATE DEATH-HOMICIDE-ILLINOIS — The death of an inmate following an “altercation with correctional staff” at Western Illinois Correctional Center in May has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy report provided to The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information request. By Political Writer John O’Connor. SENT: 730 words, photo.

WASTE SITE EXPLOSION — — An explosion at a hazardous waste site in southwestern Idaho heavily damaged a building, injured three workers and left one man missing, officials say. SENT: 590 words.

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SPORTS

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FBC--T25-SYRACUSE-NOTRE DAME — Ian Book returned to the starting lineup for No. 3 Notre Dame and threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns as the Fighting Irish routed the Orange 36-3 on Saturday to stay unbeaten. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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