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November 9, 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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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — A wildfire that moved so fast that firefighters couldn’t hope to stop it quadrupled in size Friday after destroying several thousand buildings and leveling much of a Northern California town of nearly 30,000 people, authorities said. By Don Thompson and Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-WHITAKER — President Donald Trump distances from his new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, whose past business ties and comments on the Russia investigation and other topics have drawn scrutiny. By Eric Tucker and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-MEDIA — President Trump insists the White House didn’t release a doctored video to back up its decision to ban CNN’s Jim Acosta from the White House, and suggested other reporters could also be blocked. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 870 words, photo, video.

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-GEORGIA —President Trump is weighing in on Georgia’s unsettled, too-close-to-call governor’s race in favor of Republican Brian Kemp. Trump tweeted that Kemp “ran a great race in Georgia - he won. It is time to move on!” Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams disagrees, maintaining that enough ballots remain uncounted to force a runoff. Her lawyers are exploring options to ensure all votes are counted. By Bill Barrow and Kate Brumback. SENT: 850 words. UPCOMING: Updates and 900 words by 5 p.m.

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ELECTION 2018

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ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA —Republican Gov. Rick Scott has alleged — without citing evidence — that elections officials in South Florida are trying to “steal” the election for Democrats as razor-thin margins raise the specter of recounts and court battles in the state’s races for Senate and governor. By Brendan Farrington. SENT: 950 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-ARIZONA — As the Arizona Senate vote count starts to tip into Democratic terrain, a judge Friday will hear a lawsuit by the GOP seeking to limit the tally — or expand it in the state’s conservative-leaning rural areas. SENT: 675 words. UPCOMING: Updates and 700 words by 8 p.m. following 5 p.m. hearing.

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WASHINGTON

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TRUMP-PARIS — Following midterm elections that offered a mixed referendum on his presidency, President Trump heads to Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day alongside world leaders who remain wary of his “America First” approach. By Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 890 words by 4 p.m., photos.

IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM SEEKERS — President Donald Trump invokes extraordinary national security powers to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. By Colleen Long. SENT: 980 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Special counsel Robert Mueller laid low for the last month, bringing no new charges in the month before the election. But he’s expected to resurface again in the coming weeks just as his probe into the Trump campaign falls under the supervision of a Justice Department official and Trump loyalist who’s been openly skeptical about Mueller’s authority. By Eric Tucker, Jonathan Lemire and Chad Day. SENT: 1,115 words, photos.

TRUMP-TAXES — Getting President Trump’s tax returns is high on the list of Democratic priorities now that they have won the House. By law, the leaders of tax-writing committees in the House and Senate can obtain tax returns and related information from the Internal Revenue Service. That sets up the possibility of a legal battle that could take years to resolve. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 1200 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MIGRANT CARAVAN — Thousands of Central American migrants decided to depart Mexico City early Friday and head toward the northern city of Tijuana, opting for the longer but likely safer route to the U.S. border. The decision made in a Mexico City stadium, where roughly 5,000 migrants have spent the past few days resting and debating to how to proceed with their journey, came shortly after caravan representatives met with officials from the local United Nations office and demanded buses to take them to the border. By Mark Stevenson and Christopher Sherman. SENT: 850 words, photos.

ISRAEL-EINSTEIN’S FEARS — More than a decade before the Nazis seized power in Germany, Albert Einstein was on the run and already fearful for his country’s future, according to a newly revealed handwritten letter that goes up for auction next week. By Aron Heller. SENT: 735 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING - Neighbors say Ian David Long fought with his mother and was “odd” and “disrespectful” long before he left home a decade ago to enlist in the Marines and become a machine gunner. But did he receive any mental health help or were any signs missed? By Justin Pritchard and Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 680 words, photos, video. DEVELOPING throughout the day, photos and video.

CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING-VEGAS SURVIVORS - Country music fans endure two mass shootings in barely a year, including some who survived last year’s Las Vegas massacre only to find themselves in a horrifyingly similar scenario on Wednesday at the Borderline Bar & Grill. One of the 12 people killed by the gunman in California had lived through the Vegas mass shooting. By Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 830 words, photos. DEVELOPING throughout the day, photos, pursuing video.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE — In a setback for the Trump administration, a federal judge has blocked a permit for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada and ordered officials to complete an environmental review. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 475 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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TRUMP-JOKES — Have you heard the one about Donald Trump? A group that tracks the joke targets of late-night comics says the president was the punchline last year more than any other single figure before him. By Media Writer David Bauder. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.

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SPORTS

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RACE AND HOCKEY— Sixty years after he broke the NHL color barrier as its first black player, Willie O’Ree goes into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. Incidents like the one Devante Smith-Pelly faced in February show how much progress still needs to be made. SENT: 1,042 words, photos.

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