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November 17, 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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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — As President Donald Trump visits Northern California, authorities are struggling to find more than 1,000 people who have been listed as unaccounted for after the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. Developing. WITH: TRUMP — The killer wildfire in Northern California and the recent country-music bar shooting hundreds of miles south are drawing President Donald Trump to the state. SENT: 730 words, photos. Developing.

ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA-REPUTATION — Election drama: In the eyes of the world, it’s a Florida certainty, like jam-packed theme parks, lumbering alligators on golf courses, and the ubiquity of Pitbull. A federal judge called the state “the laughingstock of the world, election after election,” given the recent recount orders in high-profile governor and Senate races, and some ordinary Floridians say they can’t help but agree. SENT: 775 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-GERRYMANDERING — With an election looming, courts earlier this year declared congressional districts in two states to be unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. One map, in Pennsylvania, was redrawn. The other, in North Carolina, was not. The sharply contrasting outcomes that resulted on Election Day in the two states provide a case study on the impact of partisan gerrymandering. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. An abridged version of 900 words has also moved. This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight.

LAME-DUCK LEGISLATURES — With their grip on power set to loosen come January, Republicans in several states are considering last-ditch laws that would weaken existing or incoming Democratic governors and advance their own conservative agendas. By David Eggert. SENT: 1,125 words, photos.

SAUDI-ARABIA-WRITER KILLED — President Donald Trump has spoken with his CIA chief and top diplomat about the spy agency’s assessment of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. American intelligence agencies have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing, according to a U.S. official. SENT: 940 words, photos.

AMAZON HQ-NEW YORK — Residents of the New York City public housing complex near the spot where Amazon plans to put a new headquarters have mixed reactions to the global behemoth coming to the neighborhood. Some of those who live in the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City doubt they will be able to get any of the thousands of jobs the company is promising to bring to the area. By Deepti Hajela. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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ELECTION 2018

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ELECTION 2018-RETHINKING POLICING — Veteran Alabama law enforcement officer Mark Pettway grew up in a black neighborhood called “Dynamite Hill,” so named because the Ku Klux Klan bombed so many houses there in the 1950s and ’60s. Now, after becoming the first black person elected sheriff in Birmingham - on the same day voters elected the community’s first black district attorney - Pettway sees himself as part of a new wave of officers and court officials tasked with enforcing laws and rebuilding community trust fractured by police shootings, mass incarceration, and uneven enforcement that critics call racist. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 885 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-ABRAMS FUTURE — Stacey Abrams didn’t go down gently in ending bid for Georgia governor, but she may have laid the groundwork toward becoming a national voting rights advocate. By Bill Barrow. UPCOMING: 890 words, photos by 3:30 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-DIGITAL — Democrats are trying to draw in new voters who are young, diverse and college educated. But with cord-cutting millennials and their parents spending more time online, the party remains disproportionately committed to TV advertising, strategists say, and that could complicate those efforts. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 860 words, photo.

ALASKA GOVERNOR — Alaska’s newly elected governor will be sworn in above the Arctic Circle, marking a first for the state. Republican Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy will become Alaska’s top elected official Dec. 3, when he takes the oath of office in Noorvik, a tiny Inupiat Eskimo village where his wife grew up. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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FACT CHECK-WEEK — President Trump put fighting words in his French counterpart’s mouth this past week and assailed the special counsel’s Russia investigation with a familiar and false characterization of the man leading it. A look at the president’s recent rhetoric and the reality. By Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen. SENT: 1,670 words, photo. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

MELANIA TRUMP’S MOMENT — Melania Trump’s extraordinary call for the removal of a top White House aide shows that the first lady is increasingly prepared to flex her muscles. Her public power play exacerbated tensions within the White House while providing more insight into the first marriage. By Darlene Superville and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 940 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BREXIT — British Prime Minister Theresa May fought back against critics of her Brexit deal, telling opponents from within her party their alternative plans for Britain’s departure from the European Union wouldn’t work. May is battling to win over rebels in her Conservative Party and to preserve her position as prime minister after a grueling week in which party members plotted to oust her and two Cabinet ministers quit within hours of her government striking the long-sought divorce agreement with the EU. SENT: 560 words, photos.

APEC — Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traded barbs in speeches at a summit of world leaders, outlining competing visions for global leadership as trade and other tensions between them simmer. Pence said there would be no letup in President Trump’s policy of combating China’s mercantilist trade policy and intellectual property theft that has erupted into a tit-for-tat tariff war between the two world powers this year. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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SPACE STATION — A load of space station supplies rocketed into orbit from Virginia, the second shipment in two days. And another commercial delivery should be on its way in a couple weeks. “What an outstanding launch,” said NASA’s deputy space station program manager, Joel Montalbano. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FBC--T25-SYRACUSE-NOTRE DAME — No. 3 Notre Dame, backed by its “Subway Alumni” following in New York, tries to stay unbeaten and on target for the College Football Playoff against No. 12 Syracuse (8-2) at Yankee Stadium. The Irish (10-0) could withstand a loss and still get into the playoff. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game started 2:30 p.m.

FBC--YALE-HARVARD — Harvard and Yale meet at Fenway Park for the 135th edition of The Game. It’s the first time the Ivy League rivals have met off campus since 1894. It’s also the 50th anniversary of the 29-29 tie, considered one of the great games in college football history.

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