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November 30, 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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EARTHQUAKE ALASKA — A 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked buildings in Anchorage, buckled roadways and caused lampposts and trees to sway, sending people fleeing from offices or hiding under desks. The earthquake was centered only about seven miles north of Alaska’s largest city. SENT: 400 words, photos. Developing with more photos and video upcoming.

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CHINA-BIG BROTHER MOVES IN — China is sending more than 1 million civil servants into the homes of ethnic minorities. What the government casts as an effort to promote ethnic unity is regarded by some Uighur Muslims as another attempt to quash their faith. The Associated Press spoke to five Uighurs in exile in Turkey whose family members report being constantly on edge while being forced to host Communist Party members in their homes. By Dake Kang and Yanan Wang. SENT: 2,230 words, photos, video, 800-word abridged version.

SOUTH SUDAN-FRAGILE PEACE — In a tense encounter, The Associated Press witnessed the first meeting between two regional leaders of South Sudan’s army and armed opposition since a groundbreaking peace deal. After years of civil war, they are now expected to join forces. The commanders glared at each other as words of encouragement were laced with accusations. Behind the handshakes lay deep-seated distrust. The country’s peace rests on whether they can put a vicious past behind. By Sam Mednick. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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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. Alarming security analysts, Marriott said that unauthorized access to data at the hotels, once run by Starwood, has been taking place since 2014. SENT: 800 words, photos.

G20-TRUMP — President Donald Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Canada put their names on a revised three-way trade deal, but tensions over tariffs and looming GM layoffs encroach on the celebratory moment. By Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Developing.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Robert Mueller is back. After a quiet few months in the run-up to the midterm elections, the Russia investigation is heating up again with a string of new developments involving President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, his former personal lawyer and others in Trump’s circle. By Chad Day. SENT: 725 words. UPCOMING: New approach by 5 p.m., 900 words. 

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. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 2:30 p.m.

HURRICANE MICHAEL-SCHOOLS — Since students in the Florida Panhandle county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael returned to classrooms in early November, they’ve dealt with power outages, sporadic internet, missing friends, larger classes and shared buildings. Students displaced from heavily damaged Bay County schools have moved into less damaged schools, where one school holds classes in the morning and the other school holds classes in the afternoon. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 770 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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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. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS — Democrats beginning to think about the type of person they’d like to see take on President Donald Trump face an early conundrum: whether a pragmatist has a better chance to take the White House than someone with a more inspirational personal story. This heart-versus-head balancing act comes into focus as White House prospects begin making trips to Iowa ahead of announcing their plans. SENT: 850 words.

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NATIONAL

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MANSION FIRE-DEATHS — A New Jersey businessman charged with killing his brother and the brother’s wife and two children pleaded not guilty, as his lawyers said he loved his family dearly and never would have hurt them. A prosecutor said a financial dispute was behind the killings in the affluent horse country community of Colts Neck. SENT: 525 words, photos.

GANG VIOLENCE-LONG ISLAND — An SUV driver pleaded not guilty Friday in a crash that killed a New York mother who had led a nationally recognized crusade against MS-13 gang violence after her daughter was slain. SENT: 500 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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RUSSIA-UKRAINE — With tensions running high between the two nations, Ukraine bars most Russian men from entering the country. SENT: 700 words, photos, developing.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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TRUMP-CLIMATE-FACT CHECK — President Donald Trump and the White House have made a dozen discernable claims about the National Climate Assessment that was quietly issued on the day after Thanksgiving. Only one was supported by facts. By Seth Borenstein. UPCOMING: 1,600 words by 5 p.m., photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-HOLIDAY SHOWS — In need of a jolt of holiday joy? Or a comforting share of romance or silliness or spirituality? Television has you covered. There are classic old movies (“It’s a Wonderful Life”) and a sleigh full of new wannabes; Christmas carols galore; the majesty of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; and, for New Year’s Eve homebodies, Manhattan’s Times Square ball drop among the possibilities. SENT: 985 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FBC--T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP — When Alabama beat Georgia almost 10 months ago, a rematch seemed inevitable. Now it’s here, and at the same place. They meet Saturday with an SEC championship and College Football Playoff berth at stake. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

HKN--FUTURE EXPANSION — The NHL will soon have 32 teams if Seattle is approved as expected next week. By the league might not be stopping there: Quebec City and Houston are among those waiting and European expansion is possible down the road. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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