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November 11, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. 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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WWI-CENTENNIAL -World leaders with the power to make war but a duty to preserve peace solemnly marked the end of World War I’s slaughter 100 years ago at commemorations that drove home the message “never again” but also exposed the globe’s new political fault lines. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. With WWI-TRUMP - President Donald Trump, a leader who has proudly declared himself a “nationalist” and advocated an “America First” approach, joined dozens of other world leaders at a ceremony focused on international cooperation to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE -With hearses standing by, search crews look for more bodies in the smoking ruins of Paradise, and relatives desperately try to locate more than 100 missing people, as wildfires rage on both ends of the state. The death toll statewide stands at 25 and appears likely to rise. By Gillian Flaccus, Don Thompson and Paul Elias. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: New approach, 800 words, photos, by 3 p.m.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES -Strong Santa Ana winds returned to Southern California on Sunday, fanning a huge wildfire that has scorched a string of communities west of Los Angeles. Huge plumes of smoke were rising again in the fire area, which stretches miles from the northwest corner of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley to the Malibu coast. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 750 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-STATE GOVERNMENTS - Democrats who gained new or expanded powers in state elections are gearing up for a left-leaning push on gun control, universal health care and legal marijuana. Meanwhile, some Republican legislatures that have cut taxes and limited union powers are adjusting to a new reality of needing to work with a Democratic governor. Tuesday’s midterm elections increased Democratic relevance in state capitols that have been dominated by Republicans during the past decade. Yet the outcome ultimately continued a trend of states increasingly controlled by one political party or another. By David A. Lieb and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-DEMOCRATS - For the vast majority of the nation, the 2018 midterm season is over. Yet the fight rages on in Florida and Georgia, two political battlegrounds where the strength of a Trump-era political realignment is being put to the test. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 900 words, photos.

SAUDI ARABIA-DESPERATE WOMEN - The deaths of two young Saudi sisters, whose bodies washed up along the New York City waterfront last month, have shined a light on the often secretive and risky journeys Saudi women take to flee their homes, both within the kingdom and abroad. By Aya Batrawy. SENT: 1,015 words, photos.

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WWI-CENTENNIAL

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WWI-CENTENNIAL-LETTERS HOME - A hundred years later, their words can still pierce hearts. Teenagers born in the 21st century read from letters and notes written on the day the bloodshed stopped, Nov. 11, 1918. SENT: 800 words.

WWI-CENTENNIAL-FAMILIES - For the children and grandchildren of soldiers who were injured or killed in the brutal fighting of World War I, Sunday’s centennial commemorations offered a moment to reflect on the enduring toll of decisions made by world leaders very like those now standing together. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON

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ELECTION-2018-FLORIDA -The first election workers are recounting ballots in Florida’s bitterly close races for the U.S. Senate and governor, ramping up their efforts after the secretary of state ordered a review of the two nationally watched contests. By Kelli Kennedy and Terry Spencer. SENT: 800 words, photos.

HOUSE COMMITTEE LEADERS - Democrats have won control of the House for the next two years. A look at the Democratic lawmakers who are expected to oversee congressional committees and their top priorities. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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UKRAINE-REBEL ELECTIONS - Residents of the eastern Ukraine regions controlled by Russia-backed separatist rebels are voting for local governments in elections denounced by Kiev and the West. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SHELLFISH DECLINE — Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitat caused by a warming environment. That’s the conclusion a pair of scientists reached in studying the decline in harvest of four commercially important species of shellfish in coastal areas from Maine to North Carolina. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-76ERS TRADE — Jimmy Butler is headed to Philadelphia, ending the weeks-long saga of him wanting out of Minnesota. A person with knowledge of the situation says Butler is being traded to the 76ers in a package that will send Dario Saric and Robert Covington to the Timberwolves. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the trade had not yet been announced by either team and was still pending NBA approval. By Sports Writer Dan Gelston. SENT: 200 words, photos. Developing.

FBC--T25-MISSISSIPPI ST-ALABAMA — TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 18 Mississippi State plays No. 1 Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium with the Crimson Tide trying to match the school record with its 24th straight home win. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m. ET.

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