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November 6, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. Find your 2018 Midterm Election content and stay up to date with AP’s 2018 Midterm Election coverage plans at https://newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES

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ELECTION 2018 — A turbulent election season that has tested President Donald Trump’s slash-and-burn political style against the strength of the Democratic resistance comes to a close as Americans cast ballots in the first national election of the Trump era. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 820 words, photos, videos.

ELECTION 2018-VOTING PROBLEMS — Federal and state officials have been working for nearly two years to shore up the nation’s election infrastructure from cyberattacks by Russians or others seeking to disrupt the voting process. It turns out that many of the problems are closer to home. By Christina A. Cassidy and Colleen Long. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates expected throughout the day.

ELECTION 2018-AMERICA VOTES — Election Day brings a test of Trump’s tumultuous tenure as voters weigh in on the direction of the country and control of Congress. By Claire Galofaro and Martha Irvine. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-GEORGIA-GOVERNOR — Break racial and gender barriers with a liberal Democrat. Double down with a Republican Trump loyalist. Or opt for four more weeks of a bitter, race-laden campaign for governor. That’s the choice Georgia voters face, as Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams meet in one of the signature contests of the 2018 midterm elections. By Bill Barrow and Ben Nadler. SENT: 750 words, photos.

IRAN-US — South Korea’s presidential spokesman says the U.S. has demonstrated the strength of the two countries’ alliance by allowing South Korea to continue importing Iranian crude oil products under reinstated sanctions against Iran. Kim Eui-kyeom spoke to reporters after South Korea was named as one of eight countries that received waivers from the United States to continue importing Iranian crude and other petroleum products without penalty. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.

EXPLOSIVE DEVICES — Cesar Sayoc, the man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of Trump, is expected to make his first court appearance in New York, where prosecutors say they will ask for him to be held without bail because he is considered dangerous. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 320 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from noon hearing.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MIGRANT CARAVAN — Thousands of Central Americans dreaming of getting to the United States stream into Mexico’s capital and bed down in a sports stadium on the eve of U.S. midterm elections in which Trump has made the migrant caravan a central issue. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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AMAZON HQ — Online leader Amazon Inc. refuses comment on reports that it plans to split its new headquarters between two locations, possibly in New York City and Arlington, Virginia. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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USA GYMNASTICS-DECERTIFIED — The U.S. Olympic Committee takes steps to decertify USA Gymnastics as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, choosing to pursue the nuclear option for an organization that botched its own rebuilding attempt in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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STAND UP FOR HEROES — Bruce Springsteen teams up with country star Eric Church on a version of “Working on the Highway” and Jon Stewart laces into Trump at a bawdy event in New York that gathered comedians and musicians to help raise money for military veterans. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 570 words, photos.

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