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BC-AP News Digest 3:25 am

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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ONLY ON AP

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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. Abridged version also available.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION — President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, admits he lied to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal he had pursued on Trump’s behalf during the heat of the 2016 Republican campaign. Cohen’s guilty plea makes clear that prosecutors believe that Trump, who insisted repeatedly throughout the campaign that he had no business dealings in Russia, was continuing to pursue the project weeks after he had clinched the Republican nomination for president. By Eric Tucker, Larry Neumeister and Chad Day. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video. With: TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION-MOSCOW TOWER — Trump’s decades-long dream of building a luxury tower in the heart of Moscow flared and fizzled several times. SENT: 1,065 words, photos; TRUMP-COHEN-Q&A — The quest to build Trump Tower Moscow has become a legal flashpoint for the presidency of Donald Trump. SENT: 965 words, photos. TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-GUILTY PLEAS — Five people have pleaded guilty to federal charges in the Russia investigation. SENT: 825 words; TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-COMEY — Former FBI director James Comey challenges a subpoena from the House of Representatives. SENT: 315 words, photo.

G20 — Heads of state from the world’s leading economies were invited to the Group of 20 summit in the Argentine capital to discuss issues like development, infrastructure and investment. As the gathering officially kicks off Friday, those seem like afterthoughts, overshadowed by contentious issues from the U.S.-China trade dispute to the conflict over Ukraine. By Luis Andres Henao, Angela Charlton and Peter Orsi. SENT: 970 words, photos, video. For comprehensive summit coverage: https://apnews.com/G-20Summit

RUSSIA-UKRAINE —A Russian government-appointed ombudswoman says the three commanders of the Ukrainian vessels captured near the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula last weekend are being transferred to Moscow, as Ukraine’s president says that the country has barred Russian men between 16 and 60 from traveling to the country. SENT: 340 words, photos. With: RUSSIA-UKRAINE-THE-LATEST.

TRUMP-PELOSI — President Trump and Nancy Pelosi haven’t spoken in days, not since he called to congratulate her on Democrats’ election night win. But they don’t really need to. Trump and Pelosi go way back. By Lisa Mascaro, Jonathan Lemire and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-FINDING THE MISSING — Nearly 200 people are on the official list of those missing after Northern California’s catastrophic wildfire. But at least some of them are just fine. Among them is 86-year-old Dixie Singh, who was surprised to find herself on the list when contacted by The Associated Press. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BOOZY ADVENT CALENDARS — The cardboard calendars, typically filled with chocolates, are now being stuffed with cans of beer and bottles of wine. Others have chunks of cheese behind each door. SENT: 665 words, photos.

JAPAN-CHINA-ACTOR ARRESTED — Japanese police have arrested Chinese actor Jiang Jinfu on suspicion of assaulting and injuring his former girlfriend. SENT: 275 words, photo.

NEW ZEALAND-WHALE STRANDING — 51 pilot whales die in another mass stranding in New Zealand. SENT: 390 words.

CONGO-EBOLA — Congo’s deadly Ebola outbreak is now 2nd largest in history, the World Health Organization says. By Cara Anna. SENT: 595 words, photo.

LETTUCE OUTBREAK — After repeated E. coli outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce, the produce industry is scrambling to contain future contaminations. SENT: 860 words, video, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-PALESTINIANS — For two years, the Trump administration has unabashedly slashed U.S. aid to the Palestinians. Now, amid signs it may finally roll out its long-awaited Middle East peace plan, the administration is scrambling to save what little remaining Palestinian assistance it provides. By Matthew Lee. SENT: 770 words, photos.

ROMNEY IN-BETWEEN — Incoming Utah Sen. Mitt Romney is a man in-between. He made it to Washington after all — but not as president of the United States, the office he sought twice and other men won. By Laurie Kellerman and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,120 words, photo.

AL FRANKEN — Nearly a year after resigning his U.S. Senate seat amid sexual misconduct allegations, Al Franken is testing whether he can make a comeback in the #MeToo era. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 955 words, photo.

CONGRESS-FARM BILL — House and Senate negotiators reached a deal on a multibillion-dollar farm bill. The tentative deal scraps a plan backed by Republicans that would have added new work requirements for some food stamp recipients. By Matthew Daly and Juliet Linderman. SENT: 600 words.

MYSTERY BALLOT-ALASKA — A mystery ballot found on a precinct table on Election Day but not counted then could decide a tied Alaska state House race and thwart Republican efforts to control the chamber and all of state government. By Becky Bohrer. SENT: 585 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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MANSION FIRE-DEATHS — A New Jersey man charged with killing his brother and the brother’s wife and two children will make a court appearance Friday morning. Paul Caneiro faces four counts of murder, along with arson and weapons charges, in the Nov. 20 deaths. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 135 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated following 9 a.m. hearing.

CALIFORNIA STORMS — Flash flood waters receded after heavy downpours inundated roads and forced evacuations in a wildfire-scarred area of Northern California. SENT: 545 words, photos, video.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST — No one disputes James Alex Fields Jr. plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year, killing a woman and injuring dozens more. The question is why did he do it? By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 785 words, photos.

ST LOUIS-OFFICERS INDICTED — A federal indictment accuses three St. Louis police officers of beating an undercover colleague during 2017 protest and, along with a fourth officer, conspiring to cover up the crime. By Jim Salter. SENT: 730 words. photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ISRAEL-NORTHERN WORRIES — Even with attention currently focused on Gaza-based Hamas militants along its southern border, Israel’s most pressing security concerns lie to the north. Israeli officials say the threat of the Palestinian Hamas group pales compared to the Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon — a heavily-armed mini-army with combat experience in neighboring Syria and an arsenal of some 150,000 rockets. By Aron Heller. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

KOREAS-DIPLOMACY — South Korea has sent rail cars and officials to North Korea for joint surveys on northern railway sections the countries hope someday to connect with the South. The inspections represent one of the more significant goodwill gestures taken between the Koreas in past months. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 760 words, photos.

MEXICO-MIGRANT CARAVAN — Aid workers and humanitarian organizations express concerns about the unsanitary conditions at the sports complex in Tijuana where more than 6,000 Central American migrants are packed into a space adequate for less than half that many people. By Christopher Sherman. SENT: 950 words, photos. With MIGRANT CARAVAN-PROSECUTIONS — APNewsBreak: No one arrested in border clash is prosecuted. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 665 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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BLOWOUT-COASTAL OIL BUILDUP — For Texas ports, the rise in oil and gas exports is a windfall. For other communities, it’s not so simple. SENT: 2,555 words, photo. Abridged version also available. Eds: This story is part of a collaboration involving the Center for Public Integrity, The Texas Tribune, the AP and Newsy.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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GENE-EDITED-BABIES-REALITY-CHECK — The uproar over the unproven report of gene-edited births in China has researchers elsewhere worried about a backlash. In legal lab experiments in the U.S. and around the world, scientists are rapidly learning how to alter heredity to fight a variety of disorders. Those kinds of studies in cells and animals are necessary steps to eventually decide if gene editing is safe enough to ever test in human pregnancy. By Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 975 words, photos, video.

CHINA-SPYING-ON-CARS — Automakers selling electric vehicles in China send a constant feed of information about the location of cars to the government — potentially adding to the rich kit of surveillance tools available to the regime as President Xi Jinping steps up the use of technology to track Chinese citizens. SENT: 2,210 words, photos, video.

MOON DELIVERIES — America’s next moon landing will be made by private companies — not NASA. By Science Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 610 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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NEW YORK FILM CRITICS AWARDS — Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” dominates the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, winning best film, best director and best cinematography. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 420 words, photos.

BOOKS-MYSTERY AWARD WITHDRAWN — The Mystery Writers of America withdraws an honor from author Linda Fairstein after other writers condemn the ex-prosecutor’s role in New York’s notorious “Central Park Five” case. By Jennifer Peltz and Hillel Italie. SENT: 675 words.

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SPORTS

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SAINTS-COWBOYS — Dak Prescott desperately scrambled for a first down in a game of fourth-quarter keepaway, then took three knees starting from the New Orleans 1 to run out the clock by the narrowest possible margin. Anything to keep Drew Brees and the NFL’s highest-scoring offense on the sideline. Ezekiel Elliott scored the only Dallas touchdown on a 16-yard screen pass and the Cowboys stifled Brees and the Saints, ending New Orleans’ 10-game winning streak with a 13-10 victory Thursday night. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 900 words.

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