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December 4, 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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GEORGE HW BUSH — The nation’s capital embraces George H.W. Bush in death with solemn ceremony and high tributes to his service and decency, as the remains of the 41st president rest their place in the Capitol rotunda for three days of mourning and praise by the political elite and everyday citizens alike. By Calvin Woodward, Laurie Kellman and Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2020-STEYER-BLOOMBERG — Two deep-pocketed Democrats, Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, are set to travel to early presidential primary states, stoking further speculation about whether or not they will run for president. By Juana Summers and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: Bloomberg visit begins midmorning; Steyer town hall scheduled for 7 p.m. With ELECTION 2020-NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY — Fate of state official raises questions about New Hampshire primary.

ISRAEL-HEZBOLLAH — The Israeli military says it has launched an operation meant to “expose and thwart” tunnels built by the Hezbollah militant group and stretching from Lebanon into northern Israel. By Tia Goldenberg. SENT: 830 words, photo.

CHINA-LUXURY SHOPPING CHILL — The designer boutiques of Manhattan and Paris are feeling the chill of a Chinese economic slowdown that has hammered automakers and other industries. That is jolting brands such as Louis Vuitton and Burberry that increasingly rely on Chinese customers who spend $90 billion a year on jewelry, clothes and other high-end goods. The industry already is facing pressure to keep up as China’s big spenders, mainstays for American and European retailers, shift to buying more at the spreading networks of luxury outlets in their own country. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 920 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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CHINA-US-TRADE — The Trump administration is celebrating the 90-day truce it reached in its trade war with China as a significant breakthrough despite scant details, a hazy timetable and widespread skepticism that Beijing will yield to U.S. demands anytime soon. By Christopher Rugaber and Blake Nicholson. SENT: 1,150 words, photos. With FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian stocks slip on worries over U.S.-China tariffs truce.

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NATIONAL

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NORFOLK FOUR-SETTLEMENT — The city of Norfolk, Virginia, agrees to pay $4.9 million to four former sailors who were wrongly convicted of a woman’s rape and murder based on intimidating police interrogations. An APNewsBreak. By Alan Suderman and Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 630 words, photo.

GUN CONTROL-SOCIAL MEDIA — A New York lawmaker’s proposal would require police to scrutinize the social media activity and online searches of handgun license applicants, and disqualify those who have published violent or hateful posts. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON

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SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED-CIA — The director of the CIA agrees to brief top senators on the slaying of a Saudi journalist whose death has led to calls to punish the longtime Middle East ally. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 420 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words after meeting, time uncertain.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-SPOTIFY-END OF YEAR —It’s no surprise, but Drake is the king of Spotify: He is the platform’s most-streamed artist of the year globally. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 200 words, photo. With MUSIC-APPLE MUSIC-END OF YEAR — Drake dominates Apple Music as most-streamed artist in 2018.

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SPORTS

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REDSKINS-EAGLES — Carson Wentz ran around and extended plays, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 28-13 win over the depleted Washington Redskins. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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