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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

December 4, 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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FINANCIER-TEENAGE GIRLS — Jury selection begins in suit involving wealthy sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. SENT: 140 words.

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ONLY ON AP

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HONDURAS-US-A MOTHER’S WAIT — Eight years ago, Wilmer Gerardo Nunez left Honduras for the United States, only to disappear in Mexico, leaving his anguished mother in limbo. Almost 4,000 migrants have died or gone missing along that route in the past four years alone, the Associated Press has found in an exclusive tally. Their plight is part of the hidden toll of migration worldwide. By Maria Verza. SENT: 2,530 words, photos, video. An abridged version will also be sent.

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TOP STORIES

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GEORGE HW BUSH — The nation’s capital embraces George H.W. Bush in death with solemn ceremony and high tributes to his service and decency, as the remains of the 41st president rest their place in the Capitol rotunda for three days of mourning and praise by the political elite and everyday citizens alike. By Calvin Woodward, Laurie Kellman and Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US Bush Capitol Trump (CR) — Trump salutes Bush’s casket in Capitol rotunda. With GEORGE HW BUSH-TRUMP-CONTRASTS — Bush, Trump presidencies show how GOP itself has changed; GEORGE HW BUSH-STATE FUNERAL — Bush’s state funeral follows generations of tradition. For comprehensive coverage: https://apnews.com/GeorgeHWBush

CHINA-US-TRADE — The Trump administration is celebrating the 90-day truce it reached in its trade war with China as a significant breakthrough despite scant details, a hazy timetable and widespread skepticism that Beijing will yield to U.S. demands anytime soon. By Christopher Rugaber and Blake Nicholson. SENT: 1,150 words, photos. With FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian shares fall, dollar slips after U.S.-China tariffs truce.

ELECTION 2020-STEYER-BLOOMBERG — Two deep-pocketed Democrats, Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, are set to travel to early presidential primary states, stoking further speculation about whether or not they will run for president. By Juana Summers and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: Bloomberg visit begins midmorning; Steyer town hall scheduled for 7 p.m. With ELECTION 2020-NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY — Fate of state official raises questions about New Hampshire primary.

ISRAEL-HEZBOLLAH — The Israeli military says it has launched an operation meant to “expose and thwart” tunnels built by the Hezbollah militant group and stretching from Lebanon into northern Israel. By Tia Goldenberg. SENT: 830 words, photo.

FRANCE-PROTESTS-RISING-DISCONTENT — A grassroots protest movement in France balloons and radicalizes, unleashing anger that devastated the heart of Paris in weekend riots and revealed a fracture in the country between the haves and have-nots. Tough talk by unpopular President Emmanuel Macron, who has been roundly blamed for the chaos, isn’t likely to mend the growing sense of social injustice. By Elaine Ganley. SENT: 860 words, photos.

CHINA-LUXURY SHOPPING CHILL — The designer boutiques of Manhattan and Paris are feeling the chill of a Chinese economic slowdown that has hammered automakers and other industries. That is jolting brands such as Louis Vuitton and Burberry that increasingly rely on Chinese customers who spend $90 billion a year on jewelry, clothes and other high-end goods. The industry already is facing pressure to keep up as China’s big spenders, mainstays for American and European retailers, shift to buying more at the spreading networks of luxury outlets in their own country. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 920 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SNOWBALL BAN — Boy, 9, gets Colorado town to end ban on snowball fights. SENT: 350 words, photos.

GEORGE HW BUSH-SOCKS — Not just a fashion statement: George H.W. Bush’s socks spoke volumes. SENT: 590 words, photos.

RED SOX-WHITE HOUSE — World Series champion Red Sox accept invitation to White House. SENT: 210 words, photos.

I LOVE MY LIBRARIAN — Ten librarians each receive $5,000 prize. SENT: 140 words.

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NATIONAL

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NORFOLK FOUR-SETTLEMENT — The city of Norfolk, Virginia, agrees to pay $4.9 million to four former sailors who were wrongly convicted of a woman’s rape and murder based on intimidating police interrogations. An APNewsBreak. By Alan Suderman and Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 630 words, photo.

GUN CONTROL-SOCIAL MEDIA — A New York lawmaker’s proposal would require police to scrutinize the social media activity and online searches of handgun license applicants, and disqualify those who have published violent or hateful posts. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

SOLDIER-TERRORISM CHARGES — A soldier based in Hawaii is scheduled to be sentenced for trying to help the Islamic State group. SENT: 310 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after 2 p.m. sentencing hearing.

MASTERPIECE PAINTING-NAZIS — Seventy-nine years after a Jewish woman surrendered her family’s priceless Camille Pissarro painting to the Nazis in exchange for safe passage out of Germany her family is going to a U.S. court to try to get it back. SENT: 530 words, photo.

ARIZONA SHERIFF-RACIAL PROFILING — Two years after defeating longtime metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Paul Penzone is steadily making progress in carrying out a massive court-ordered overhaul of a beleaguered agency that was found to have racially profiled Latinos. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

TEXAS EXECUTION — Attorneys for a death row inmate who is scheduled to die say he should be spared because he wasn’t the one who killed a suburban Dallas police officer during a Christmas Eve robbery 18 years ago, it was other escaped inmates he was with. SENT: 490 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ISRAEL-DIAMOND DRAMA — A shadowy Israeli billionaire who made his fortune in the insular world of diamonds suddenly finds his empire in jeopardy after close associates are busted in a massive smuggling ring and an employee mysteriously plummeted to her death from his high-rise Tel Aviv office building. SENT: 960 words, photo.

NEW ZEALAND-SOUTH KOREA — South Korea’s president says no timeframe has been set for a historic visit to Seoul by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un despite both hoping it will take place this year. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CHINA-TRUMP-FENTANYL-FACT CHECK — Trump claims G-20 win in getting China to designate fentanyl as a controlled substance — but China took that step years ago. SENT: 610 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED-CIA — The director of the CIA agrees to brief top senators on the slaying of a Saudi journalist whose death has led to calls to punish the longtime Middle East ally. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 420 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words after meeting, time uncertain.

WISCONSIN LEGISLATURE-LAME DUCK — Wisconsin Republicans, just weeks away from losing control of both the governor and attorney general’s offices, plan dramatic lame-duck votes on a sweeping attempt to limit the powers of incoming Democrats, a move that opponents decried as a last-gasp power grab and attempt to invalidate the election. SENT: 710 words, photos.

TRUMP HOTEL LAWSUIT — The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland move forward with subpoenas for records in their case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. SENT: 520 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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OPEC-OIL PRICES — Oil prices reverse a long slump, for a day at least, on U.S.-China trade truce and expectation of OPEC production cuts. By Business Writer David Koenig. SENT: 690 words, photo.

SPANISH BOOKS-MOM STARTUPS — A search for Spanish books led three pairs of mothers to build their own businesses. By Business Writer Alexandra Olson. UPCOMING: 1,020 words by 10 a.m., photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-SPOTIFY-END OF YEAR —It’s no surprise, but Drake is the king of Spotify: He is the platform’s most-streamed artist of the year globally. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 200 words, photo. With MUSIC-APPLE MUSIC-END OF YEAR — Drake dominates Apple Music as most-streamed artist in 2018.

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