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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory,10:15,ADVISORY

December 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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HIGHLIGHTING

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE (sent, developing)

TRUMP-BORDER WALL (sent, developing)

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE (sent)

CHINA-FORCED LABOR (sent)

LIFE EXPECTANCY-THE WAY DOWN (sent)

SURGEON GENERAL-TEEN VAPING (sent)

ELON MUSK-TUNNEL (sent, developing)

YE--POP CULTURE MOMENTS (sent)

APOLLO 8 at 50 (upcoming)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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TODDLERS SMOKING-NORTH CAROLINA — Two women seen on social media video helping three children smoke marijuana in North Carolina sentenced to jail time. SENT: 150 words.

BOOKSTORE BONUSES — James Patterson renews a most welcome holiday publishing tradition — bonuses for independent bookstore employees. SENT: 150 words, photo.

BRITAIN-DAVID SCHWIMMER LOOKALIKE — Warrant issued for arrest of ‘Schwimmer lookalike’ suspect. SENT: 150 words, photo.

DOG-DIPLOMA — Service dog that was always by the side of a college student gets an honorary diploma of his own. SENT: 350 words, photos.

TRANSGENDER STUDENT-HARASSMENT — ‘You freak me out’: A West Virginia high school assistant principal is accused of harassing a transgender student in a school bathroom. SENT: 490 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Michael Flynn will probably walk out of a courtroom Tuesday a free man due to his extensive cooperation with federal prosecutors, but the run-up to his sentencing hearing has exposed raw tensions over an FBI interview in which he lied about his Russian contacts. SENT: 980 words, photo. UPCOMING: 1,100 words after 11 a.m. hearing.

TRUMP-SCHOOL SAFETY — President Donald Trump hosts roundtable to discuss school safety commission report. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 a.m., photo. Will be updated after 2:15 event.

TRUMP-SPACE COMMAND — U.S. officials say President Trump is expected to sign an executive order soon creating a U.S. Space Command that will better organize and advance the military’s vast operations in space. SENT: 410 words, photo. UPCOMING: 650 words after 10 a.m. event.

TRUMP-BORDER WALL — The standoff over President Trump’s $5 billion wall funds deepens, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington. SENT: 740 words, photos. Developments possible.

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-ECONOMY - The greatest threat to President Donald Trump’s re-election bid may not be the slew of investigations closing in on his Oval Office but a possible economic slowdown. SENT: 920 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE - If the Democratic 2020 presidential field is on pins and needles as Beto O’Rourke decides if he wants to run, it could be a long wait. SENT: 850 words, photo.

DEMOCRATS-DATA FILES - Democratic National Committee officials and a group of state party leaders are trying to resolve an increasingly ugly dispute over how the party manages and pays for the voter data used in campaigns. SENT: 710 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — Organizers of an upcoming Vatican summit on sex abuse prevention are warning that the credibility of the Catholic Church is in jeopardy over the abuse scandal and are urging participants to meet with victims personally before coming to Rome. SENT: 475 words, photo.

CHINA-FORCED LABOR — Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China’s far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside. Behind locked gates, men and women are sewing sportswear that can end up on U.S. college campuses and sports teams. By Dake Kang, Yanan Wang and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 2,800 words, photos, video. Abridged version also available.

YE-MIDEAST — As the Middle East ushers in 2019, the decade’s ruinous conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq seem to be winding down. Yet the potential for unrest remains high, including in countries that escaped civil war after the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, such as Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. Millions of young people in the region remain locked out of economic and political participation as authoritarian governments fail to tackle soaring youth unemployment and other deep-seated problems. By Karin Laub. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. With MIDEAST-YEAR IN PHOTOS.

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NATIONAL

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ELON MUSK-TUNNEL — Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is set to unveil an underground transportation tunnel that could move people faster than subways. Musk also plans to show off the autonomous cars that will carry people through the test tunnel, which runs about 2 miles under the streets of Hawthorne, California, Musk’s SpaceX headquarters. He’s also planning to unveil elevators he says will bring users’ own cars from street level to the tunnel. By Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 500 words.

TRAIN STRIKES OFFICERS-CHICAGO — Two Chicago police officers were fatally struck by a train as they investigated a report of gunshots on the city’s far South Side. SENT: 435 words, photos.

DEATHS — A look back at some notable figures who died in 2018. SENT: 6,100 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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FED-5 THINGS TO WATCH FOR — The Federal Reserve is poised Wednesday to raise its key interest rate for the fourth time this year. But beyond that, the Fed’s plans are shrouded in uncertainty. Any clarity it provides could come in a policy statement, in updated economic and interest-rate forecasts or in a news conference Chairman Jerome Powell will hold. Here are five things to watch for after the Fed meeting ends. By Martin Crutsinger. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1 p.m.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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ONLY ON AP

LIFE EXPECTANCY-THE WAY DOWN — If you want to understand why U.S. life expectancy is declining, there’s one state that offers clues about what’s happening: West Virginia. Public health problems such as drug overdoses, suicides and obesity became widespread in the state before the rest of the country. There are some signs of hope, but health problems abound. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 2,300 words, photos. With LIFE EXPECTANCY-NEIGHBORHOODS — AP analysis: Unemployment, income affect life expectancy. SENT: 460 words, photos.

APOLLO 8 at 50 — Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve, a tumultuous year of assassinations, riots and war drew to a close in heroic and hopeful fashion with the three astronauts aboard Apollo 8 reading from the Book of Genesis on live TV as their spacecraft orbited the moon. To this day, that 1968 mission is considered to be NASAs boldest and perhaps most dangerous undertaking. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 5 p.m.

SURGEON GENERAL-TEEN VAPING — The government’s top doctor is taking aim at the best-selling electronic cigarette brand in the U.S., urging swift action to prevent Juul and similar vaping brands from addicting millions of teenagers. In an advisory, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said parents, teachers, health professionals and government officials must take “aggressive steps” to keep children from using e-cigarettes. Federal law bars the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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YE--POP CULTURE MOMENTS — And the pop culture moments of 2018 are ... wait, WAS there any pop culture this year? Yes, of course, but you could be forgiven for forgetting much of it, because more than ever it was politics, politics, and more politics that permeated the zeitgeist. By AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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