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November 15, 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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NEW & DEVELOPING

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ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA — A federal judge denies a request to extend an approaching deadline for recounts in tight Florida races for US Senate, governor. By Gary Fineout and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. See more election coverage below.

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ONLY ON AP

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GENE-EDITED ANIMALS — Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry. By Food & Health Writer Candice Choi. SENT: 1,060 words, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — As fire bore down on Paradise and neighboring towns, the county stuck to its staggered evacuation plan of ordering out one zone at a time. But this was a fire like no other. Now, with at least 56 people dead and hundreds unaccounted for, authorities are facing questions of whether they took the right approach. In the town of Magalia, many people say the evacuation orders never came. By Kathleen Ronayne and Paul Elias. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.

BREXIT — Two British Cabinet ministers, including the Brexit secretary, resign in opposition to the divorce deal struck by Prime Minister Theresa May with the EU — a major blow to her authority and her ability to get the deal through Parliament. May, defiant in the face of mounting criticism, says if politicians reject her Brexit deal, it will set the country on “a path of deep and grave uncertainty.” By Jill Lawless, Raphael Satter and Raf Casert. SENT: 940 words, photos.

MIGRANT CARAVAN — More buses of exhausted migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum seekers reach the U.S. border as the city of Tijuana converts a municipal gymnasium into a temporary shelter. With U.S. border inspectors processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at a San Diego border crossing, migrants were coming to grips with the likelihood that they will be on the Mexican side of the border for weeks or months. Some even consider settling in Tijuana instead of going to the U.S. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 1,000 words. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos, video by 4:30 p.m.

SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED — Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor says he would seek the death penalty for five men charged with the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, while the United States moved to sanction 17 Saudi officials it said were involved in the slaying. By Aya Batrawy. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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OBIT-ROY CLARK — Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, ‘Hee Haw’ star, has died. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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ELECTION 2018

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ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-MAINE — A Democrat who finished behind Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin in the first round of balloting has come from behind to flip the seat in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BANGLADESH-ROHINGYA REPATRIATION — The head of Bangladesh’s refugee commission says plans to start the repatriation of 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar on Thursday were scrapped after officials were unable to find anyone who wanted to return. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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EARNS-WALMART — Walmart is reporting surging online sales, strong performances at established stores, and it’s raising profit expectations for the year heading into the holiday shopping season. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BBO--MVPS — Boston’s Mookie Betts is the leading contender for the AL Most Valuable Player Award and Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich is the favorite for the NL honor. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Announcements at 6:18 p.m. (NL), 6:48 p.m. (AL).

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