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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

November 13, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. 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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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — More than a dozen coroner search and recovery teams look for human remains from a Northern California wildfire that killed at least 42 — making it the deadliest in state history — as anxious relatives visit shelters and call police hoping to find loved ones alive. By Martha Mendoza and Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 690 words, photos. videos. With NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-VICTIM SEARCH — Grim calculus: Coroners search for those killed in wildfire; SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Returning winds have Southern California firefighters wary; NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-POWER LINE — Utility emailed woman about problems one day before fire; CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-CELEBRITIES — Red-carpet fanfare dropped amid deadly wildfires; CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST. For comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/Wildfires

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — The Islamic militant Hamas group fires dozens of rockets at southern Israel, killing a man in a strike on a residential building, and warned it would escalate its attacks if Israel continues bombing targets on the Gaza Strip. The cross-border attacks, which were triggered by a botched Israeli undercover raid into Hamas-ruled Gaza over the weekend, marks the most serious escalation since a 2014 war. By Aron Heller and Fares Akram. SENT: 860 words, photos. UPCOMING: video. With ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-THE LATEST.

ELECTION 2020-WHY WAIT? — The 2020 presidential election is two years away, but several Democrats see little incentive to mask their White House ambitions. Democrats are motivated by urgency to unseat President Donald Trump and the prospect of a historically large primary field. By Thomas Beaumont, Juana Summers and Julie Pace. SENT: 970 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US Arizona Senate (CR) — Sinema flips Arizona Senate seat. With ELECTION 2018 — More races go to Democrats, including Senate seat in Arizona. Also see ELECTION 2018 below.

ASEAN-TRADE — The potential damage to global trade brought on by Trump’s tariffs battle with Beijing is looming as leaders of Southeast Asian nations, China, the U.S. and other regional economies meet in Singapore this week. Countries across the region, many of which have relied heavily on trade to grow their economies, are responding with strong talk about free trade. By Annabelle Liang and Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 570 words, photo. With ASEAN-CHINA — Chinese premier says reforms, not stimulus, vital for growth.

AFGHANISTAN-COST OF WAR — When U.S. forces and their Afghan allies rode into Kabul in November 2001 they were greeted as liberators. But after 17 years of war, the Taliban have retaken half the country, security is worse than it’s ever been, and many Afghans place the blame squarely on the Americans. The United States has lost more than 2,400 soldiers in its longest war, and has spent more than $900 billion on everything from military operations to the construction of roads, bridges and power plants. Three U.S. presidents have pledged to bring peace to Afghanistan, either by adding or withdrawing troops, by engaging the Taliban or shunning them. Last year, the U.S. dropped the “mother of all bombs” on a cave complex. By Kathy Gannon. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

MIGRANT CARAVAN-TRANSGENDER SOLIDARITY — Dozens of transgender women and gay men in the caravan moving through Mexico with hopes of seeking asylum in the United States have banded together for protection — not from the uncertainty of a journey fraught with danger from the gangs who prey on migrants but from their fellow travelers. Fleeing violence and discrimination back home because of their gender identity or sexual orientation, these LGBTQ migrants find the journey north to be just as threatening amid catcalls and even physical abuse. By Sonia Perez D. SENT: 1,210 words, photos. With MIGRANT CARAVAN — Migrant caravan moves to western Mexico city of Guadalajara.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BOOKS-OBAMA-SCHOOL — Michelle Obama stops at former high school; speaks with students. SENT: 140 words, photos, video.

SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED — Turkey “patiently” waiting for Saudi insights into killing. SENT: 130 words, photos.

GOOGLE-INTERNET HIJACKING — Internet traffic hijack disrupts Google services. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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MYSTERY INGREDIENTS — Food companies have been ordered to remove six “artificial flavors” from their products. By Food & Health Writer Candice Choi. UPCOMING: 790 words by 9 a.m., photos.

UPDATING THE KILO — The kilogram is getting an update as governments later this week are expected to approve plans to instead use a scientific formula to define mass, essential for things like trade. UPCOMING: 950 words by 6 a.m., photos.

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ELECTION 2018

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ELECTION 2018-SENATE-ARIZONA — In a year of liberal challenges to Trump, an avowed centrist scores the Democratic Party’s biggest coup — flipping a red state’s U.S. Senate seat. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-GEORGIA-GOVERNOR — A federal judge orders Georgia to wait until Friday to certify the results of the midterm elections that include an unsettled race for governor and to take steps to protect provisional ballots. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON

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CONGRESS-NEW MEMBERS — Newly elected Democrats and Republicans are streaming into Washington flush with victory and — at least for the Democrats who will control the House — ready to take on Trump. SENT: 790 words, photo. With CONGRESS — Government funding, border wall await lame-duck Congress.

TRUMP-WHITAKER — Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will consult with Justice Department ethics officials about “matters that may warrant recusal” amid pressure from Democrats to step aside from overseeing the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. SENT: 320 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ROHINGYA-FAITH HEALERS — Despite newfound access to medical care in Bangladesh’s refugee camps, many Rohingya still seek out traditional faith healers. SENT: 680 words, photos.

ASIA-PENCE — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reaffirm the need to keep sanctions on North Korea to achieve its denuclearization as they showcase their bilateral alliance, while Pence also urges Japan to do more to reduce the U.S. trade deficit. SENT: 600 words, photos. With JAPAN-US SECOND LADY-INTERVIEW — AP Interview: Karen Pence champions art therapy in Japan.

LEBANON-REGIONAL TRADE — Lebanese traders welcome reopening of key crossing between Syria and Jordan, but political disputes still hinder exports. SENT: 740 words, photos. With MIDEAST-ECONOMY — IMF: Mideast oil producers buoyed by higher prices, for now.

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NATIONAL

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DRUG CRISIS-SPIRITUAL SPECIALISTS — Some clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis. SENT: 1,900 words, photos, video.

CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING — Investigators are still trying to piece together what led a former Marine to open fire at a Southern California country music bar last week, killing 12 people before fatally shooting himself. SENT: 330 words, photos.

COLLEGES-INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS — A new report finds that fewer international students are heading to U.S. colleges. SENT: 840 words.

EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION — A U.S. jury is set to hear an epic tale about the notorious Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo.” SENT: 810 words. UPCOMING: Opening arguments at 9:30 a.m.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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FINANCIAL-MARKETS — Most Asian stocks sink after a tech sell-off dragged Wall Street lower. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 640 words, photo.

PETCO-NATURAL FOOD — Petco bans artificial ingredients as demand for natural pet food grows. By Business Writer Dee-Ann Durbin. UPCOMING: 630 words by 4 a.m., photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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US-STAN-LEE-APPRECIATION — A universe of flawed heroes: Stan Lee was ahead of his time. By National Writer Ted Anthony. SENT: 1,310 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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