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December 15, 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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TOP STORIES

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HEALTH OVERHAUL-LAWSUIT — A conservative federal judge in Texas rules the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House says the law will remain in place for now. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 890 words, photo. With HEALTH OVERHAUL-LAWSUIT-JUDGE — Judge in health care case had blocked other Obama policies; HEALTH OVERHAUL-DEADLINE — Saturday is the deadline for ACA health law coverage in most of the country (both sent).

TRUMP-CHIEF OF STAFF — President Donald Trump picks budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his next chief of staff, ending a chaotic search that had been inching forward with the feel of an unfolding reality TV show. By Catherine Lucey, Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin. SENT: 500 words, photos.

CHILD DEAD-BORDER PATROL — The death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl highlights the desperation of a growing number of Central American families and children showing up at the U.S. border with Mexico, often to claim asylum, and raises new questions about how well U.S. authorities are prepared for them. By Colleen Long and Elliot Spagat. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

CHINA-CANADA-DETENTIONS — By detaining Canadians in an apparent act of retaliation, China is looking like the country its toughest critics have said it is: A regime unbound by the rules governing major industrialized economies. By Paul Wiseman, Rob Gillies and Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With UNITED STATES-CANADA-CHINA — U.S., Canada move to ease tensions over case of Chinese technology exec. SENT: 690 words, photos; CANADA-CHINA-HUAWEI — Canadian minister postpones trip to China amid tensions. SENT: 120 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN — Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether he’s too old to seek the White House. SENT: 800 words, photo. With ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN — Elizabeth Warren seeks to solidify her connection with African-American voters. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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KASHMIR-FIGHTING: — At least six civilians were killed and nearly two dozens injured when government forces fired at anti-India protesters in disputed Kashmir following a gunbattle that left three rebels and a soldier dead, police and residents say. SENT: 350 words.

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NATIONAL

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LAME DUCK LEGISLATURES — Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan enact last-minute limits on Democratic power, with outgoing GOP governors in both Upper Midwest states signing laws protecting their priorities before leaving office in less than a month. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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TRUMP CLUB-OPPORTUNITY ZONE — President Donald Trump’s company owns a golf club in an Opportunity Zone offering developers massive tax breaks, but experts say it is unlikely it could take advantage of them. SENT: 540 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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CALIFORNIA-ELECTRIC BUS MANDATE — California is moving to eliminate fossil fuels from its fleet of 14,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. SENT: 280 words, photos.

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