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November 20, 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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ONLY ON AP

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STUDENT LOANS-DECEPTIVE PRACTICES — Navient, one of the nation’s largest student loan servicing companies, may have driven tens of thousands of borrowers struggling with their debts into high-cost repayment plans. That’s the finding of a Department of Education audit that has until now been hidden from the public. The report, obtained by The Associated Press, appears to support federal and state lawsuits that accuse Navient of boosting profits by steering borrowers into high-cost plans without discussing less costly options. By Ken Sweet. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 2 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED — President Donald Trump defends Saudi Arabia and says he has decided not to impose any more punishment for the killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, issuing an exclamation point-heavy declaration that shrugs off the possibility that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had any prior knowledge of the plot. “Maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!” By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

GLOBAL ECONOMY-SLOWDOWN — After galloping along the past two years, the global economy is showing worrisome signs of weakening, from China to Europe to Latin America. Few economists foresee an outright global recession within the next year. But the synchronized growth that had been driving the international economy appears to be waning just as threats from a trade war are injecting new risks. By Josh Boak. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-DNA — Authorities have deployed a powerful tool to help identify the scores of people killed in the Northern California wildfire: rapid DNA testing that produces results in just two hours. But relatives have been slow to provide the DNA samples needed for the matching process. By Kathleen Ronayne. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 4 p.m.

MEXICO-MIGRANT CARAVAN — Migrants camped in Tijuana after traveling in a caravan to reach the U.S are weighing their options after a U.S. court blocked President Donald Trump’s asylum ban for illegal border crossers. Many say they don’t want to break the law, but are feeling pressure after anti-migrant protests in this Mexican border city amid claims by Trump and the Tijuana mayor that the caravan harbors gang members and criminals — an assertion they strongly deny. By Julie Watson. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 5 p.m.

MARS LANDING — Mars is about to get the first U.S. visitor in years: a three-legged, one-armed geologist designed to dig deep and listen for quakes. NASA’s InSight makes its grand entrance through the rose-tinted Martian skies Monday. By MARCIA DUNN. SENT: 950 words, photos and video. UPCOMING: Touchdown about 3 p.m.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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IVANKA TRUMP-EMAILS-CLINTON — Here we go again: another flap over a public official conducting government business via private email. A look at the parallels and differences between Ivanka Trump’s use of a private email account for work in the White House and Hillary Clinton’s use of private email when she was secretary of state. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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FACEBOOK-SANDBERG — Sheryl Sandberg has been the poised, reliable second-in-command to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for the past decade, but her carefully cultivated brand is showing some cracks. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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AFGHANISTAN — A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of hundreds of Islamic scholars in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people as Muslims around the world marked the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. SENT: 550 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-ANOTHER BLOODY FRIDAY — Eight months after Palestinian demonstrations began against Israel’s long blockade of Gaza, the weekly protests that have kept the region on edge unfold with remarkable predictability. The crowds will attack the fence with stones and firebombs, Israeli gunfire will ring out, striking dozens of Palestinians. They’ll all go home at sunset, but in a week they’ll all be back, poised for the deadly ritual to start over again. By Todd Pittman. SENT: 2,450 words, photos. An abridged version of 830 words has also been sent. With PALESTINIANS-JOURNALIST SHOT — AP cameraman shot during Gaza protest.

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NATIONAL

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CHICAGO HOSPITAL-SHOTS FIRED — A man who fatally shot his ex-fiancée and two other people at a Chicago hospital had been kicked out of the city’s fire department academy four years ago after threatening a female cadet. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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SCIENCE

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PUERTO RICO-SAVING PARROTS — Biologists are trying to save the last of the endangered Puerto Rican parrots after more than half the population of the bright green birds with turquoise-tipped wings disappeared when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and destroyed their habitat and food sources. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BKN--LEBRON’S RETURN — LeBron James is coming home again, and this time he’ll be welcomed mostly with love. James makes his first appearance in Cleveland since leaving to join the Lakers. When he came back in 2010 with Miami, James was booed and taunted. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-MICHAEL B. JORDAN — In an interview, Michael B. Jordan discusses returning to Adonis Creed in “Creed 2,” his life-changing experience in making “Black Panther” and his early embrace of the inclusion rider. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p.m., photos. With FILM-DOLPH LUNDGREN — In ‘Creed II,’ Dolph Lundgren happy to return as Ivan Drago with better lines; talks choosing movies over academia. SENT: 600 words, photos and video.

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