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November 14, 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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — After cease-fire, Israel captures Gaza assailant on border. SENT: 140 words, photo.

SOUTHWEST FATAL ACCIDENT-NTSB — NTSB to probe fatal engine failure on Southwest flight. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Hearing at 9 a.m.

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YEMEN-DEATH BY DRONE — A Yemeni boy one morning heard that al-Qaida were giving away free motorcycles, so he ran off with a friend to get one, never thinking that a U.S. drone was overhead, hunting for militants. Amid all the dangers in a country torn by civil war, one family living in the remote mountains gets caught in the middle in the United States’ escalating drone campaign against al-Qaida’s most dangerous affiliate. By Maggie Michael and Maad Al-Zikry. SENT: 2,860 words, photos. With YEMEN-DRONE VICTIMS — The hidden toll of American drones in Yemen: Civilian deaths.

SCIENCE SAYS-GENE-EDITED FOOD — The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 1,290 words, photos, video.

CIA-INTERROGATION DRUGS — Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks, creating another ethical dilemma for medical personnel. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 1,230 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2020-BLOOMBERG — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declares lifetime allegiance to the Democratic Party and outlines an aggressive timeline for deciding whether to run for president. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 970 words, photo.

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TOP STORIES

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — A message board at a shelter for the many people who fled California’s deadliest wildfire is filled with photos of the missing, as well as pleas for any information about relatives and friends. “I hope you are okay,” reads one hand written note on the board filled with white and yellow sheets of notebook paper. Another had a picture of a missing man: “If seen, please have him call.” By Martha Mendoza and Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 810 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US CA Wildfires Malibu (CR) — Boats bring supplies to beach in Malibu. With SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Residents return but Southern California fire still has life; NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-LAWSUIT — PG&E sued over massive Northern California wildfire; CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST. UPCOMING: News conference with Gov. Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke planned for 3 p.m. in Chico. For comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/Wildfires

ASEAN — Leaders from Southeast Asia, China and other neighboring countries meet in Singapore and cite progress on keeping peace in the contentious South China Sea as evidence that the region is managing to handle such issues on its own. Both the Singapore meeting and a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum later in the week have drawn China’s leaders, Russian President Vladimir Putin and heads of other regional powers, but not Trump, who sent Vice President Mike Pence in his stead. By Annabelle Liang and Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 790 words, photos. Also see APEC below.

ASEAN-SUU KYI — Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi rebuffs criticism over her government’s treatment of its ethnic Rohingya Muslims. Pence told Suu Kyi that the violence that led Rohingya to flee for Bangladesh was “without excuse.” This follows Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed’s sharp criticism at the same regional forum of her handling of the crisis. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 a.m., photos. With AUSTRALIA-ABE-PENCE — Japan’s Abe, Pence to visit Australia amid China concerns.

CONGRESS-LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS — Rep. Kevin McCarthy is poised to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus, but the Californian, who is an ally of President Donald Trump, must fend off a challenge from conservative Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. UPCOMING: Voting for Senate leaders at 9:30 a.m., House GOP leaders at 1 p.m.

AMAZON HQ-ECONOMIC IMPACT — The awarding of Amazon’s second headquarters to two affluent localities fans intense speculation around a key question: For the winning cities, will the economic payoff prove to be worth the cost? By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 930 words, photos. With AMAZON HQ-TRUMP TAX BREAK — Amazon’s NYC home in “opportunity zone” for Trump tax break; AMAZON HQ — Amazon ends suspense over headquarters by picking New York, D.C. suburb.

JONESTOWN 40 YEARS LATER — The mass murders and suicides of more than 900 people at Jonestown in Guyana, South America, happened 40 years ago this week. Dozens of Peoples Temple members survived because they had slipped out of the remote settlement or happened to be away on Nov. 18, 1978. Those who were raised in the temple or joined as teens lost the only life they knew. They have since journeyed through grief over lost loved ones, felt like pariahs and built new lives. By Tim Reiterman. SENT: 1,960 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 1,010 words has also been sent.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MUSIC-CHRIS CORNELL — Metallica, ex-bandmates to pay concert tribute to Cornell. SENT: 140 words, photo.

NFL-WOODRUFF GRANTS — NFL, Woodruff Foundation helping veterans on many levels. SENT: 1,120 words, photo.

CAR CRASHES INTO BUILDING — Twenty hurt as car crashes into Social Security office in New Jersey. SENT: 120 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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APEC — After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders meeting in the country that can least afford it. SENT: 920 words, photos.

NKOREA-RALLYING THE CADRES — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits factory after factory around his country to inspect their work, give on-the-spot guidance and rally people around his ambitious economic campaign. SENT: 970 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-BEAUTY QUEEN EXODUS — Dozens of Venezuelan beauty queens vying to compete in upcoming Miss Universe pageant are among those fleeing their country’s hardships. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

ISRAEL-CONTENTIOUS CABLE CAR — Israeli plan to build a cable car to Jerusalem’s Old City sparks criticism. SENT: 1,020 words, photo.

SRI-LANKA-POLITICS — Sri Lanka’s Parliament passes a no-confidence vote against the government headed by the hastily sworn-in Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as lawmakers convene for the first time since the president dismissed his Cabinet and suspended the legislature last month. SENT: 300 words, photo.

FIJI-ELECTION — Fiji is waiting to see which of two men who led different military coups would win the nation’s general election after heavy rainfall affected voter turnout. SENT: 970 words, photos.

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ELECTION 2018

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ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA — Florida’s ongoing recount battle will head back to a courtroom as lawyers for Democrats ask a federal judge to set aside the state law that mandates that a vote be thrown out if signatures on mail ballot envelopes don’t match the signature on file with election authorities. SENT: 920 words, photos, videos. With ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA-RECOUNT EXPLAINER — Is Florida really screwed up? Its election recount explained.

ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-CALIFORNIA — First-time candidate Josh Harder defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham in California’s farm belt, giving Democrats their fourth pickup of a GOP House seat in California. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-GEORGIA-GOVERNOR — After two federal court rulings and a flurry of legal filings over a 24-hour period, uncertainty still hangs over Georgia’s midterm elections, including the still undecided race for governor. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON

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TRUMP-STAFF SHAKEUP — Trump is weighing a wide-ranging administration shakeup that could include the Homeland Security, Interior and Commerce departments. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

TRUMP-CARAVAN — Did someone say caravan? One week after Election Day, Trump’s daily drumbeat of warnings about a caravan of “bad thugs” and potential terrorists intent on invading the U.S. from Mexico has largely fallen silent. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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TEXAS EXECUTION — Attorneys for a Mexican citizen scheduled to be executed in Texas for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children say his life should be spared because he is a “bipolar, brain-injured” person who was severely abused as a child. SENT: 630 words, photo.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-INDIANA — A 13-year-old boy who admitted shooting and wounding a classmate and a teacher at a suburban Indianapolis school is expected to learn whether he will be sent to a state juvenile detention center in an attempt to rehabilitate him. SENT: 460 words. UPCOMING: Hearing scheduled for 9 a.m.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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STAN LEE-RACE — As fans celebrate Stan Lee’s contributions to the pop culture canon, some have also revisited how Lee felt that with his comic books came great responsibility. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

MICHELLE OBAMA — Michelle Obama begins her 12-stop book tour by sitting with Oprah Winfrey before an audience at the home arena of the Chicago Bulls, speaking on everything from piano lessons and washing socks to crying on a plane the day her family moved out of the White House and Trump moved in. SENT: 680 words, photos. With MICHELLE OBAMA-NEWS GUIDE.

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