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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory,10:25,ADVISORY

December 7, 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




TRUMP-UN AMBASSADOR — (sent, developing)

TRUMP-ATTORNEY GENERAL — (sent, developing)

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — (sent, developing)

ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT — (sent, developing)

BRAZIL-BANK ASSAULT — (sent, developing)




TRUMP-ATTORNEY GENERAL — President Donald Trump says he will nominate William Barr, former President George H.W. Bush’s attorney general, to serve in the same role. If confirmed by the Senate, Barr would be in position to oversee special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. SENT: 170 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m.

TRUMP-UN AMBASSADOR — President Trump says he wants State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as his next U.N. ambassador. The former Fox News Channel reporter had little foreign policy experience before taking the State Department job. Ambassador Nikki Haley, a former South Carolina governor, is stepping down at year’s end. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to reveal more details about his Russia investigation as he faces court deadlines in the cases of two men who worked closely with Donald Trump. One legal filing will detail the cooperation of longtime Trump legal fixer Michael Cohen, who has admitted lying to Congress and orchestrating hush-money payments to protect the president. The second will disclose what investigators say former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied about when his plea deal fell apart last month. SENT: 550 words, photos. Cohen documents expected to be submitted by 5 p.m.; timing on Manafort filing uncertain.

BRAZIL-BANK ASSAULT — Brazilian authorities say that at least 13 people die in two attempted bank robberies. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing.


YEMEN-HOUTHI TORTURE — An Associated Press investigation uncovers evidence of torture at detention sites run by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Former prisoners recount being beaten, burned with acid, having nails pulled out and being hung by the wrists from ceilings for weeks. SENT: 2,240 words, photos, video. An abridged version is also available (1,030 words).

OSCARS-KEVIN HART-HOMOPHOBIC TWEETS — Just two days after being named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart steps down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian. SENT: 500 words, photo.

BACON VENDING MACHINE — With a new bacon-vending machine, Ohio State University students can fuel up on pork as they study for finals. SENT: 130 words.

MOOSE-DOORBELL — Moose uses the doorbell to awaken a couple in Alaska. SENT: 90 words.




TRUMP-RUSSIA-CONGRESS — House Republicans schedule a private interview with former FBI Director James Comey, hauling him to Capitol Hill one final time before they cede power to Democrats in January. Under a deal with the House Judiciary Committee, he will be free to speak about the questioning afterward and a transcript will be released. SENT: 510 words, photos. Developing from interview expected to begin at 10 a.m.

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP CAMPAIGN — Two top White House aides are leaving the administration to work on President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. The moves come as Trump’s political focus is shifting toward 2020 and in anticipation of a more partisan environment in Washington once Democrats take control of the House in January. SENT: 220 words, photos.

TRUMP — President Trump addresses a law enforcement conference in Missouri. UPCOMING: 400 words after 3 p.m.

PELOSI-SPEAKER-REPUBLICANS — Wondering if Republicans will push Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi over the top in her drive to become House speaker next year? Despite supportive words from President Donald Trump, it’s implausible. And it’s a scenario she’s publicly rejected. SENT: 960 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-FAILED EXTRADITION — The Russian father and son were in a Hungarian jail, charged after an elaborate plot to ship weapons to Mexican drug cartels and cocaine to the U.S. They found a lawyer in New York, anticipating an inevitable extradition and trial. But then the case took an unexpected turn. Instead of being extradited to the United States, Vladimir Lyubishin senior and junior were sent back to Russia, where, the State Department says, it’s not clear if they will face trial. SENT: 810 words, photo.




YEMEN — The United Nations’ refugee agency says there have been nearly 1,500 civilian casualties in Yemen from August through October, the latest grim tally to emerge from a four-year civil war as opposing parties hold talks in Sweden. SENT: 370 words, photos.

CHINA-HUAWEI — The dramatic arrest of a Chinese telecommunications executive illustrates why it will be so hard for the Trump administration to resolve its deepening conflict with China. Washington and Beijing are locked in a clash over which of the world’s two largest economies will command economic and political dominance for decades to come. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

BREXIT — British Prime Minister Theresa May sends 30 members of her government around the country to rally popular support to pressure lawmakers to approve her Brexit agreement on leaving the European Union. Parliament is scheduled to vote on the deal next week, though it lacks broad support.

JAPAN-US MILITARY CRASH — One of two crew members recovered after two U.S. warplanes collided and crashed off Japan’s coast early is dead and five others remain missing, the U.S. military says. SENT: 400 words, photos.




CALIFORNIA STORMS — Authorities carefully watch the fire-scarred Southern California hillsides after a storm brings flooding fears and prompts evacuation orders for hundreds of homes. SENT: 740 words, photos, video.

WISCONSIN LEGISLATURE-LAME DUCK-ATTORNEYS GENERAL — Republicans pushing to hang on to power in Wisconsin and Michigan aren’t stopping at curbing the authority of incoming Democratic governors. They’re also trying to hamstring Democrats who are about to take over as attorneys general. SENT: 760 words, photos.

PEARL HARBOR-REMEMBERING FROM AFAR — Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long was alone on an anchored military seaplane in the middle of a bay across the island from Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes started striking Hawaii on December 7, 1941 — watching from afar as the bombs and bullets came closer, eventually reaching and destroying his solitary outpost where he swam through burning fuel to escape. Now, 77 years later, Long will remember that day from even farther away — at his home in Northern California. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

PEARL HARBOR ANNIVERSARY — About 20 survivors are expected to gather at Pearl Harbor to pay tribute to the thousands of men lost in the Japanese attack 77 years ago. SENT: 330 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.




GRAMMY NOMINATIONS — The music of “Black Panther,” with Kendrick Lamar in its starring role, officially owns the 2019 Grammy Awards, where women are heavily represented in the major four categories following a year where their presence was barely felt. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.




ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT — U.S. employers add 155,000 jobs in November, a slowdown from recent months but enough to suggest that the economy is expanding at a solid pace despite sharp gyrations in the stock market. SENT: 670 words, photos.




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