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December 17, 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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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-BORDER WALL — Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, the White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite lawmaker opposition from both parties. By Hope Yen. SENT: 620 words, photos.

DEPORTATION FLIGHTS — An obscure division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates hundreds of flights each year to remove immigrants. Deportation flights are big business: The U.S. government has spent $1 billion on these flights in the last decade, and the Trump administration is seeking to raise ICE’s budget for charter flights by 30 percent. By Nomaan Merchant and Angeliki Kastanis. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video by noon. This story will move as the Tuesday Spotlight.

PELOSI-LESSONS LEARNED — Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s five-week fight to sew up next month’s race for House speaker suggests the California Democrat is a skilled and even feared negotiator who also can be forced to give in to some demands. By Alan Fram. SENT: 830 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-CHINA-UIGHUR WIVES — Scores of Pakistani men whose Muslim Uighur wives have disappeared into internment camps in China feel helpless, fighting a wall of silence as they struggle to reunite their families. Political and economic factors, including concerns about losing out on vast Chinese investments, have kept Muslim countries like Pakistan quiet about the plight of their fellow Muslims, being weaned off their faith in so-called re-education camps. By Kathy Gannon. SENT: 990 words, photos.

MED--VAPING BOOM — Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year — an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use. By AP Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 580 words, photos, video.

WORD OF THE YEAR-MERRIAM-WEBSTER — Racial justice. Obstruction of justice. Social justice. The Justice Department. Merriam-Webster has chosen “justice” as its 2018 word of the year, driven by the churning news cycle over months and months. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 770 words, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MOTHER’S ARREST-VIDEO — A mother who had her toddler yanked from her arms by New York police in a widely seen video says in an interview that she went into “defense mode” during the incident. SENT: 320 words, photo.

SAUDI ARABIA-US — Saudi Arabia rejects U.S. Senate resolution blaming its crown prince for the killing of Saudi journalist Khashoggi. SENT: 490 words.

THAILAND-MISS UNIVERSE — The Philippines’ Catriona Gray has delighted her home country by being named Miss Universe. SENT: 600 words, photos.

OCTOGENARIAN COLLEGE GRADUATE — An 84-year-old Texas woman who raised five kids and retired from her secretarial job at age 77 will accomplish a long-held goal this week when she graduates from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree. SENT: 600 words, photo.

OBIT-KROLL — Colin Kroll, a tech executive who co-founded the HQ Trivia app, dies at 35. SENT: 210 words.

FILM-BOX OFFICE — The animated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has swung to the top of the domestic box office in its first weekend in theaters with an estimated $35.4 million. SENT: 970 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — With a number of probes moving closer to the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and his attorney unleashed a fresh series of attacks on the investigators, questioning their integrity while categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with the special counsel. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

FACT-CHECK WEEK — President Trump keeps changing his story in the swirling investigations into Russia election interference and hush money payments to women who say they had affairs with him. By Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen. SENT: 3,000 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CLIMATE — Almost 200 nations, including the world’s top greenhouse gas producers, China and the United States, have adopted a set of rules meant to breathe life into the 2015 Paris climate accord by setting out how countries should report their emissions and efforts to reduce them. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 960 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-TALIBAN TALKS — The Taliban say they are holding “another” meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war. SENT: 560 words.

UGANDA-COAXING THE PRESIDENT — Can one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders be talked into giving up power? A new movement in Uganda wants to find out. SENT: 800 words, photos.

ITALY-PROSECCO BUBBLES UP — Prosecco, the smooth, fruity sparkling wine made in the northeastern hills of Italy is gaining in global popularity — and producers of Champagne, for so long the dominant bubbly wine, are taking note. By Colleen Barry. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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DEAD CHILD-BORDER PATROL — Only hours before his daughter died in U.S. custody, Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz signed Form I-779 stating that the 7-year-old was in good health. But it’s unclear how much the Guatemalan man - whose native language is Mayan ‘Q’eqchi’ and second language is Spanish - understood on the form, which was written in English, and read to him in Spanish by Border Patrol agents. The case highlights communication challenges along the border. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA-CONGRESS — Legislation quickly passed by North Carolina’s lawmakers would require new primaries in a still-undecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations, potentially replacing the Republican nominee at the center of the disputed race. SENT: 660 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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JAPAN-NISSAN- GHOSN — Nissan’s board is meeting to pick a chairman to replace Carlos Ghosn, arrested last month on charges of violating financial regulations. SENT: 400 words, photo. Developing; uncertain if decision will be made Monday.

CHINA-HUAWEI-SECURITY WORRIES — While a Huawei executive faces possible U.S. charges over trade with Iran, the Chinese tech giant’s ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

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SCIENCE/TECH

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NEXT GENERATION GPS — The U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FBN-EAGLES-RAMS — Nick Foles took over for Carson Wentz and passed for 270 yards, and Wendell Smallwood rushed for two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 30-23 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. By AP Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 990 words, photos.

FBN--PATRIOTS-STEELERS — Rookie running back Jaylen Samuels runs for a season-high 142 yards in his second NFL start and the Pittsburgh Steelers hold off the New England Patriots 17-10 to stop a three-game skid. By AP Sports Writer Will Graves. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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