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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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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FLYNN — Special counsel Robert Mueller faces a Tuesday deadline to give the first public insight into how much information President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser has shared with prosecutors in the Russia investigation. SENT: 640 words. UPCOMING: Filing deadline is 11:59 p.m., will be updated.

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ONLY ON AP

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AP WAS THERE-BUSH-SUPERMARKET SCANNER — One more time, for the record: It was not an ordinary barcode scanner. A 1992 newspaper account that George H.W. Bush was baffled by a supermarket scanner fed into impressions that the president was out of touch, just as he was dealing with a reeling economy and fending off a primary election challenger. AP wrote a story setting the record straight about the scanner’s special technology. But the myth persisted. SENT: 685 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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GEORGE HW BUSH — Soldiers, suit-and-tie professionals and people in wheelchairs file through the hushed Capitol Rotunda to view George H.W. Bush’s casket and remember a president whose legacy included military victory half a world away and a landmark law affirming the rights of the disabled at home. Sully, Bush’s service dog, came by, too. By Calvin Woodward, Laurie Kellman and Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMING: 980 words by 5 p.m., photos. See more coverage below and at: https://apnews.com/GeorgeHWBush

SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED — CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed Senate leaders on the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi Tuesday as senators weighed punishing the longtime Middle East ally over the killing. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 680 words. UPCOMING: Updates expected from midday reaction, 790 words by 4 p.m., photos.

FINANCIER-TEENAGE GIRLS — A rich and politically connected money manager accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls reaches a last-minute settlement in a lawsuit, denying his accusers — for now at least — the opportunity to testify against him. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: New approach of 700 words, photos, by 5 p.m.

FRANCE-PROTESTS — The French government caves in after the worst riots in decades and delays an increase in energy taxes — but it was too little, too late for many protesters whose varied and evolving targets seem increasingly focused on President Emmanuel Macron. By Thomas Adamson and Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 p.m.

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.

HKN--NHL SEATTLE — Seattle joins the NHL after a unanimous vote by the Board of Governors. The as-yet-unnamed team will begin play in 2021, giving the league 32 clubs, balanced conferences and a foothold in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos, video by 5 p.m.

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MORE ON GEORGE HW BUSH

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GEORGE HW BUSH-SULLY — Sully the dog visits Bush’s casket after serving the late president the last six months. SENT: 400 words, photos.

TRUMP-PRESIDENTS CLUB — A look at President Donald Trump’s outlier role in the exclusive president’s club, now with just five members. Carter, Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump will come together on Wednesday at the funeral of one of their own, George H.W. Bush. By Catherine Lucey. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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WISCONSIN LEGISLATURE-LAME DUCK — Five weeks before he leaves office, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker could be given a chance to limit the powers of the Democrat who’ll succeed him. SENT: 850 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ISRAEL-HEZBOLLAH — The Israeli military launches an operation to “expose and thwart” tunnels it says were built by the Hezbollah militant group that stretch from Lebanon into northern Israel. SENT: 960 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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JORDAN’S FATHER — One of two men serving a life sentence in the murder of Michael Jordan’s father has said for 25 years that he didn’t kill James Jordan, although he helped dispose of the body. Now Daniel Green returns to court as he continues to seek a new trial. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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SPANISH BOOKS-MOM STARTUPS — A search for Spanish books led three pairs of mothers to build their own businesses. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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UTERUS TRANSPLANT-BABY, HFR — Brazilian doctors report the world’s first birth using a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor. Eleven babies have been born to women with transplanted wombs, but all of those relied on living donors, usually a relative or friend. The baby girl was born in Brazil a year ago. UPCOMING: 450 words by 6:30 p.m.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-BLACK PANTHER-OSCARS — Already a cultural milestone and the year’s biggest box-office hit, “Black Panther” may soon be an Oscar nominee. Ryan Coogler reflects on the film. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

MUSIC-HUGH JACKMAN — Hugh Jackman, pop star? The Emmy- and Tony-winning entertainer discusses his first world tour, which launches next year, and will visit famed Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl and London’s 02 Arena. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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SPORTS

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FBC--T25-OHIO STATE-MEYER — Urban Meyer, the coach who won three national football championships and was suspended for three games this season for his handling of domestic violence allegations against a now-fired assistant, will retire after Ohio State plays in the Rose Bowl. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 650, words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBN--HUNT-NFL DISCIPLINE — The NFL is still out of its league when it comes to off-the-field discipline. Kareem Hunt is the latest example of the delayed, inconsistent response despite league efforts to chart a stronger course after its mishandling of Ray Rice’s domestic violence case in 2014. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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