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November 26, 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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IMPLANT FILES-BREAST IMPLANTS — When a medical device causes harm, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is supposed to be notified so that it can take action to protect the public. But the agency’s public database of malfunctions, injuries and deaths suspected of being related to medical devices is so full of incomplete information that for a decade women believed the problems associated with breast implants had been resolved. They weren’t. By Meghan Hoyer. SENT: 3,100 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,000 words also is available. A joint investigation by The Associated Press and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

GENETIC FRONTIERS-GENE-EDITED BABIES — A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month whose DNA he says he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life. If true, it would be a profound leap of science and ethics. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 1,700 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING — General Motors will lay off 14,700 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles. By Tom Krisher and Rob Gillies. SENT: 670 words, photo. Incorporates GENERAL MOTORS-PLANT CLOSURE.

MARS LANDING —A NASA spacecraft’s six-month journey to Mars neared its dramatic grand finale Monday in what scientists and engineers hoped would be a soft precision landing on flat red plains. The InSight lander aimed for an afternoon touchdown, as anxiety built among those involved in the $1 billion international effort. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 980 words, photo. UPCOMING: Landing expected by 3 p.m.

RUSSIA-UKRAINE — Ukraine’s president has demanded that Russia immediately release Ukrainian sailors and ships seized in a standoff around Crimea that sharply escalated tensions between the two countries and drew international concern. By Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 900 words, photos. With AP EXPLAINS-RUSSIA-UKRAINE — The roots of the Russia-Ukraine conflict (sent).

REPEATED FLOOD LOSSES — The country’s indebted and taxpayer-backed flood insurance program is likely to rebuild homes and businesses after Hurricanes Florence and Michael that have already been rebuilt repeatedly, sometimes at costs totaling more than the building is worth. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-IPHONE APPS — The Supreme Court seems ready to allow a lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps. SENT: 580 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos.

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NATIONAL

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CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST — An Ohio man charged with killing a woman during a white nationalist rally in Virginia plans to argue that he believed he was acting in self-defense when he drove his car into a crowd of counter protesters. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, jury selection underway.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BREXIT — Prime Minister Theresa May has made a blunt appeal to lawmakers to back her divorce deal with the European Union: It isn’t perfect, but it’s all there is, and the alternative is a leap into the unknown. SENT: 700 words, photos. With BREXIT-WHAT NEXT? — Divorce papers signed, now Brexit battle moves to Parliament (sent).

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BUSINESS/TECH

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G20-TRUMP-XI — Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina, the fate of global trade is on the agenda. Unless the two leaders can achieve a truce of sorts, the trade war between their two nations will likely escalate: On Jan. 1, the tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on many Chinese goods are set to escalate, and Beijing has vowed to respond in kind. Most analysts have said they doubt Trump and Xi will reach any overarching deal this week that would settle the dispute for good. The optimistic view is that the two sides may agree to a temporary cease-fire that would buy time for more substantive talks. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-Q&A-MICK JAGGER — Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who will tour America next spring with his iconic band, says live shows give him a rush that can’t be matched and is the reason that at 75, he still loves touring. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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WRE--KOREAS-UNESCO — Divided for about seven decades, North and South Korea together win their first international recognition of Korean traditional wrestling from UNESCO as a world cultural treasure. South Korea’s president calls it a “result of recent South-North cooperation.” SENT: 550 words, photos.

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