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November 30, 2018

Here are AP Business News’ 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 newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

G20-TRUMP — President Donald Trump joined the leaders of Canada and Mexico at a global meeting in Argentina to sign a revised North American trade pact, fulfilling a longstanding political promise with a deal he celebrated as a “groundbreaking achievement.” By Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,140 words, photos, audio, video.

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G20 — Diplomats from the Group of 20 countries are haggling hard over a final summit statement, with deep divisions over what language to use on the Paris climate accord and the World Trade Organization, according to two European officials involved in the discussions. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 990 words, photos.:

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— G20-TRUMP-THE LATEST — Running updates.

MARRIOTT-DATA BREACH — A security breach inside Marriott’s worldwide hotel empire has compromised the information of as many as 500 million guests, exposing in some cases credit card numbers, passport numbers and birthdates, the company said Friday. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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MARRIOTT-DATA BREACH-BIGGEST BREACHES — Marriott’s revelation that as many as 500 million guests may have been affected by a data breach at Starwood hotels, which it bought two years ago, ranks among the largest hacks ever. It is not clear if some of those included in the final tally are individuals who were counted during every stay. SENT: 190 words.

WOMEN IN TECH-OFFENSIVE CONFERENCE — Women trying to make strides in the male-dominated field of artificial intelligence have won a symbolic victory — persuading a prestigious AI conference to get rid of an acronym that had become fodder for sexist jokes. But there’s more work to be done as this year’s conference opens in Montreal on Sunday, as the field grows from a tiny academic discipline into a tech powerhouse behind products from such leading companies as Google and Amazon. By Matt O’Brien. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-COHEN-Q&A — The quest to build Trump Tower Moscow has become a legal flashpoint for the presidency of Donald Trump after his former attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress to cover up his efforts to negotiate a real estate deal in Russia on Trump’s behalf. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 970 words, photo.

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TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION-MOSCOW TOWER — Donald Trump for decades dreamed of building a Trump Tower in the heart of Moscow, a plan that flared and fizzled several times over the years, most recently when his presidential campaign was gaining momentum. By Stephen Braun and Bernard Condon. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. First moved Thursday evening.

BRITAIN-FARMING ROBOTS — A British startup is carrying out trials of a farming robot for its autonomous precision “seeding, feeding and weeding” system, one of a number of “agri-tech” startups working to transform food production. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BOOZY ADVENT CALENDARS — Typically filled with chocolates, several companies are instead selling cardboard advent calendars stuffed with cans of beer, bottles of wine and chunks of cheese. The calendars are sold for a limited time, get major social media buzz and tend to sell out quickly. Many are available in the U.S. for the first time after gaining popularity in Europe. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: 630 words, photos.

MARKETS & ECONOMY:

FINANCIAL MARKETS — Stocks are wobbling ahead of the highly-anticipating trade meeting between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China. Investors have long hoped the two will use their meeting at the Group of 20 summit to start resolving the trade dispute between the two countries. Energy companies sank as crude oil dropped under $50 a barrel for the first time since September 2017. By Marley Jay. SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated through 5 p.m.

INDUSTRY:

ELECTION 2020-GENERAL MOTORS — There’s a big question floating over battleground Ohio: In the wake of GM’s announcement that it’s closing plants and cutting jobs, will voters stick with President Trump? By Sara Burnett. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by noon.

GERMANY-DEUTSCHE BANK — German authorities are continuing to search offices of Deutsche Bank as part of an investigation into suspicion that some employees helped set up offshore companies that were used to launder hundreds of millions of euros. SENT: 200 words, photos.

JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN — A Japanese court confirms that it has approved extending the detention of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn for 10 more days. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 540 words, photos.

PAYLESS PRANK — Payless taught fashion influencers a lesson about shoes by opening a fake store that sold Main Street shoes at Madison Avenue prices. SENT: 120 words, photo.

HONEYWELL HEADQUARTERS — Industrial conglomerate Honeywell International Inc. is moving its headquarters and 750 jobs from New Jersey to Charlotte, North Carolina. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 450 words.

TRUMP-OFFSHORE DRILLING — The Trump administration is authorizing use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, prompting outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles and other marine life. SENT: 130 words.

TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA:

INSTAGRAM-CLOSE FRIENDS — Instagram is adding a deceptively simple tool to its Stories tool that will likely mean people sharing even more on this already-popular feature. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 360 words, photos.

AMAZON HQ-NASHVILLE — Nashville’s police union is blasting the city’s plans to award up to $15 million in incentives for Amazon’s new facility, calling it “corporate welfare.” SENT: 130 words.

FACEBOOK-GEORGE SOROS — Having already acknowledged that it did opposition research on George Soros, Facebook says No. 2 executive Sheryl Sandberg had asked staff if the billionaire philanthropist had financial motivations against the company. SENT: 140 words.

INTERNATIONAL:

CLIMATE-CHINA’S COAL — China has been seen as the world leader in the battle to cut its carbon emissions at home, but is pursuing a very different policy abroad. By Dusan Stojanovic. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FRANCE-GAS PRICE PROTESTS —A planned meeting between France’s prime minister and a team of representatives of a nationwide protest movement collapsed Friday amid threats from some demonstrators and after a request to broadcast the talks live was rejected. By Sylvie Corbet and Elaine Ganley. SENT: 820 words, photos.

CHINA-MANUFACTURING — China’s factory activity weakened in November, adding to pressure on Beijing ahead of talks between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping over an escalating tariff battle. SENT: 340 words, photos.

EUROPE-ECONOMY — The recent fall in oil prices has pushed down inflation across the 19-country eurozone, making it even less likely that the European Central Bank will start raising interest rates anytime soon. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 400 words.

BREXIT — British Prime Minister Theresa May accused the opposition Labour Party of betraying the British people by trying to stop Brexit as she went on the offensive Friday in her battle to win approval of the widely criticized divorce agreement she negotiated with the European Union. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 620 words, photo.

VATICAN-FINANCES — The Vatican has made more progress in its path to greater financial transparency by securing approval to join the European banking system that harmonizes electronic payments across the continent. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 280 words.

MONEY & MARKETS SUMMARY:

SPOTLIGHT

Having reservations about Marriott

Marriott International shares slumped Friday after the hotel chain announced a data breach that affects as many as 500 million guests.

CENTERPIECE

United Technologies splits

United Technologies, a nearly century-old conglomerate with roots in the early days of aviation, is reversing course and splitting into three separate businesses after prodding from investors.

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