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December 14, 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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GOOD DEED-DOING PRIEST — A Kentucky-based priest is crisscrossing the United States, spreading the Gospel through acts of kindness. The pope named Father Jim Sichko to a fleet of papal missionaries of mercy three years ago. Pope Francis commanded the missionaries to go forth and bring joy, kindness and forgiveness to the world. Since then, Sichko has been traveling to all 50 states, buying strangers lunch or gas and doing other good deeds. By John Rodgers. SENT: 960 words, video, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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CONGRESS-SAUDI ARABIA — In back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia, the Senate delivers an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump’s response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signals new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East ally. By Mary Clare Jalonick, Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Lee. SENT: 930 words, photos.

BREXIT — British Prime Minister Theresa May implored European Union leaders Thursday to help her sell the Brexit divorce deal at home, only to be told that her proposals are not clear enough for the bloc to offer a helping hand now. By Jill Lawless and Raf Casert. SENT: 900 words, photos. With BREXIT-UNITED VS UNION — Out of many nations, a single message: Europe is united (sent).

TRUMP-CHIEF OF STAFF — Serious contenders are hiding from view. Celebrity hangers-on are applying via Twitter. Fresh names circulate practically on the hour. President Donald Trump’s hunt for a new chief of staff has taken on the feel of a reality TV show. By Catherine Lucey and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 830 words, photos.

MICHAEL FLYNN — Days away from being sentenced in the Russia probe, former national security adviser Michael Flynn is not exactly hiding his face in shame. People close to him tell The Associated Press that as the possibility of prison looms, Flynn is relaxed and hopeful, eager to get through Tuesday’s sentencing and move forward. By Michelle R. Smith and Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA-FACT CHECK — President Trump skims over the facts when it comes to Flynn’s guilty plea for lying (sent).

FRANCE-ATTACK — The man authorities believe killed three people during a rampage near a Christmas market in Strasbourg died in a shootout with police at the end of a two-day manhunt, French authorities say. By Samuel Petrequn, Elaine Ganley and Mstyslav Chernov. SENT: 780 words, photos.

CANADA ALONE —First U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Canada on trade. Then Saudi Arabia punished it for speaking up for human rights. Now China has the country in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the United States. By Rob Gillies and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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PELOSI-SPEAKER — After a dramatic week, Nancy Pelosi is set to reclaim the House speaker’s gavel and go toe-to-toe with President Trump. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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LEBANON-TENSE BORDER — It’s a scene that has played out often over the past week: a crowd of young Lebanese men gather to watch as across the border, Israeli excavators dig into the rocky hills. The mood is light and as the crowd observes in real time what Israel says is a military operation — dubbed “Northern Shield” — that’s aimed at destroying attack tunnels built by Hezbollah. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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NUCLEAR REACTORS-SOUTH CAROLINA — South Carolina regulators have a couple of billion-dollar decisions. The Public Service Commission will determine how much to cut rates for 737,000 South Carolina Electric & Gas customers who have already paid more than $2 billion for a pair of nuclear reactors abandoned during construction. Regulators will also decide whether to approve a roughly $15 billion cash and stock bid from Virginia-based Dominion Energy to buy SCE&G’s parent company SCANA Corp. SENT: 680 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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APPLE NEW CAMPUSES — One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions — and offer huge sums of public money — in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate campus. The other swept in quietly to Austin, Texas, before making its big move. The outcome was largely the same: Amazon and Apple are running out of room in their West Coast hometowns and establishing major footholds elsewhere. SENT: 850 words, video, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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LETTUCE OUTBREAK — U.S. health officials have traced a dangerous bacterial outbreak in romaine lettuce to at least one farm in central California. By Health Writer Matthew Perrone. SENT: 430 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-NANCY WILSON — Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died. Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park, her manager and publicist Devra Hall Levy told The Associated Press. She was 81. By Andrew Dalton and Hillel Italie. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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CHARGERS-CHIEFS —Philip Rivers led the Chargers to a pair of touchdowns in the final minutes, then hit Mike Williams for the go-ahead 2-point conversion with 4 seconds remaining to give Los Angeles a 29-28 victory over the Chiefs. The Chargers clinched a playoff berth while forging a first-place tie with Kansas City in the AFC West. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 720 words, photos.

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