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BC-AP News Digest 7 am

November 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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SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED — U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. official says. The Saudi government has denied the claim. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 770 words, photos, audio.

WIKILEAKS — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him. That prediction from one of his lawyers foreshadows a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the U.S. special counsel’s Russia-Trump investigation. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,090 words, photos, video.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — President Donald Trump heads to Northern California on Saturday to see firsthand the grief and devastation from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, as confusion continued over how many people remain unaccounted for. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 950 words, photos. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-MISSING — Northern California officials struggle to get a handle on the number of missing from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century (sent). For comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/Wildfires

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — President Donald Trump says he has “very easily” answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, though he speculates that the questions were “tricked up” to try to catch him in a lie. He says he hasn’t submitted his answers to investigators yet. By Jonathan Lemire and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-DIGITAL — One of the largest outside Democratic groups says ramped-up spending on digital advertising played a key role in battleground races where seats were taken away from Republicans during the midterm elections — a potential lesson for Democrats in 2020. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 920 words, photo.

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ARGENTINA-SUBMARINE — Argentina’s navy announces searchers have found the missing submarine ARA San Juan deep in the Atlantic a year after it disappeared with 44 crewmen aboard. SENT: 360 words.

CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTINGS-SERVICES — Memorial services have been held for two victims of the mass shooting at a Southern California country bar. SENT: 130 words.

ARMS DEALER CONVICTED — Authorities say a black-market arms dealer who tried to buy anti-aircraft missiles and sell them to clients in the Middle East has been convicted of conspiracy in Los Angeles. SENT: 130 words.

IRAN-IRAQ — Iraq’s president is visiting Iran less than two weeks after the United States restored oil sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. SENT: 350 words, photos.

FRANCE-GAS PRICE PROTESTS — Drivers in France are blocking roads across the country to protest rising fuel taxes, in a new challenge to embattled President Emmanuel Macron. SENT: 130 words, photos.

INDIA-FACEBOOK — Facebook says there was a steep rise in data requests from India’s government in the first half of this year as compared to the previous two years. SENT: 230 words.

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH — A U.S. Senate resolution has been introduced to designate November as Native American Heritage month. SENT: 130 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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MELANIA TRUMP’S MOMENT — It turns out there is more than one Trump who can employ a few well-chosen words as a poison dart. With a bombshell public statement this week, Melania Trump revealed she has the ability to carry out a political hit. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

DEMOCRATS-PELOSI — Democrats won the majority. Now they just need a speaker of the House. The standoff over Nancy Pelosi’s bid to regain the gavel intensified as Democrats left Washington for the Thanksgiving holiday, an unsettling finish to an otherwise triumphant week that saw them welcome a historic class of newcomers to Capitol Hill and prepare to take control. SENT: 1,040 words, video, photos.

CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

TRUMP-AYERS PROFILE — Nick Ayers could almost be confused for a college fraternity brother in his beaming November 2016 selfie with then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. In fact, the baby-faced campaign strategist in the white undershirt had a role in Donald Trump’s choice of Pence to be his running mate. The 36-year-old Republican is emerging as a leading contender to replace White House chief of staff John Kelly. SENT: 830 words, photos.

TRUMP-EPA CHIEF — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, has gotten President Donald Trump’s nod for the permanent job. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CAMBODIA-JUDGING THE TRIBUNAL — After spending nine years and more than $300 million to prosecute leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million of their countrymen, a U.N.-assisted tribunal has ended up convicting only three people for the communist group’s heinous actions. SENT: 950 words, photos.

APEC — China’s leader Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traded barbs in speeches to a summit of world leaders, outlining competing visions for global leadership as trade and other tensions between them simmer. SENT: 610 words, photos.

NKOREA MONEY MYSTERY — One of the biggest mysteries among North Korea economy watchers is how the country has managed to maintain stable exchange rates despite intense sanctions, political tensions and a swelling trade imbalance. SENT: 900 words, photos.

CZECH-CHRISTMAS CARP — Czechs will have to pay more for their traditional Christmas delicacy this year after a serious drought devastated the carp population this year. SENT: 550 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-JAPAN-ABE — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits a shrine in Darwin commemorating the deaths of 80 Japanese submariners in waters near the city in World War II. SENT: 340 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — The state commission investigating the Florida high school massacre began discussions on what recommendations it will make regarding student safety, mental health and steps to prevent future school shootings. SENT: 780 words, photos.

TRUMP-OFFSHORE DRILLING — Federal regulators are preparing an environmental review for a possible offshore lease sale in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea and environmental groups are calling foul. SENT: 450 words.

NUKE REPOSITORY-ROCK FALL — Operations at the federal government’s nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico resumes as managers acknowledged there was radioactive waste in the area where a portion of the underground facility’s ceiling collapsed earlier this week. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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SPACE STATION — A rocket has blasted off from Virginia with space station supplies, the second shipment in just two days. Northrop Grumman launched its Antares rocket from Wallops Island before dawn Saturday. The Russian Space Agency launched its own load of supplies to the International Space Station on Friday. The U.S. delivery will arrive at the orbiting lab Monday. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 290 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing with NASA news conference scheduled for later this morning.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-ABC EXECUTIVE CHANGE — ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey, who created a deep bench of ethnic diversity in the network’s shows and fired Roseanne Barr for a racist tweet, will be stepping down. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 400 words, photos.

PEOPLE-JUSTIN BIEBER — Justin Bieber has agreed to settle a long-running lawsuit filed by a former neighbor whose house the pop singer egged. No details were given about the terms. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 260 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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RAPTORS-CELTICS — Kyrie Irving had 11 straight Boston points down the stretch and scored 17 in all in the last 8:06 of the fourth quarter. Then in overtime, he really turned it on. The Celtics guard made or assisted on every basket in the extra period, finishing with 11 assists and a season-high 43 points on Friday night to lead Boston to a 123-116 victory over the Toronto Raptors. By Sports Writer Jimmy Golen. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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