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November 13, 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 — More than a dozen coroner search and recovery teams look for human remains from a Northern California wildfire that killed at least 42 — making it the deadliest in state history — as anxious relatives visit shelters and call police hoping to find loved ones alive. By Martha Mendoza and Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 690 words, photos. videos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — The Islamic militant Hamas group fires dozens of rockets at southern Israel, killing a man in a strike on a residential building, and warned it would escalate its attacks if Israel continues bombing targets on the Gaza Strip. The cross-border attacks, which were triggered by a botched Israeli undercover raid into Hamas-ruled Gaza over the weekend, marks the most serious escalation since a 2014 war. By Aron Heller and Fares Akram. SENT: 860 words, photos. UPCOMING: video.

ELECTION 2020-WHY WAIT? — The 2020 presidential election is two years away, but several Democrats see little incentive to mask their White House ambitions. Democrats are motivated by urgency to unseat President Donald Trump and the prospect of a historically large primary field. By Thomas Beaumont, Juana Summers and Julie Pace. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.

AFGHANISTAN-COST OF WAR — When U.S. forces and their Afghan allies rode into Kabul in November 2001 they were greeted as liberators. But after 17 years of war, the Taliban have retaken half the country, security is worse than it’s ever been, and many Afghans place the blame squarely on the Americans. The United States has lost more than 2,400 soldiers in its longest war, and has spent more than $900 billion on everything from military operations to the construction of roads, bridges and power plants. Three U.S. presidents have pledged to bring peace to Afghanistan, either by adding or withdrawing troops, by engaging the Taliban or shunning them. Last year, the U.S. dropped the “mother of all bombs” on a cave complex. By Kathy Gannon. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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ASEAN-TRADE — The potential damage to global trade brought on by Trump’s tariffs battle with Beijing is looming as leaders of Southeast Asian nations, China, the U.S. and other regional economies meet in Singapore this week. SENT: 570 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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MYSTERY INGREDIENTS — Food companies have been ordered to remove six “artificial flavors” from their products. By Food & Health Writer Candice Choi. UPCOMING: 790 words by 9 a.m., photos.

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ELECTION 2018

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ELECTION 2018 — Democrats chalk up more victories, firming up grip on the U.S. House and statehouses. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, videos.

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NATIONAL

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DRUG CRISIS-SPIRITUAL SPECIALISTS — Some clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis. SENT: 1,900 words, photos, video.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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US-STAN-LEE-APPRECIATION — A universe of flawed heroes: Stan Lee was ahead of his time. By National Writer Ted Anthony. SENT: 1,310 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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GIANTS-49ERS — Eli Manning throws a 3-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds left and the New York Giants snap a five-game losing streak by beating the San Francisco 49ers 27-23. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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