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November 6, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. Find your 2018 Midterm Election content and stay up to date with AP’s 2018 Midterm Election coverage plans at https://newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES

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ELECTION 2018 — A turbulent election season that has tested President Donald Trump’s slash-and-burn political style against the strength of the Democratic resistance comes to a close as Americans cast ballots in the first national election of the Trump era. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 820 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US IN Fort Wayne Trump Rally (CR) — Trump claims Democrats will take wrecking ball to U.S. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day; first polls in the East begin closing at 7 p.m. With ELECTION 2018-WHAT TO WATCH — Voters weigh in on the turbulent Trump era; ELECTION 2018-HOUSE RACES TO WATCH; ELECTION 2018-SENATE RACES TO WATCH; ELECTION 2018-VOTECAST — Understanding the vote: New AP survey debuts on Election Day. Also see ELECTION 2018 below. For comprehensive midterm coverage: https://apnews.com/apf-politics

ELECTION 2018-VOTING PROBLEMS — Federal and state officials have been working for nearly two years to shore up the nation’s election infrastructure from cyberattacks by Russians or others seeking to disrupt the voting process. It turns out that many of the problems are closer to home. By Christina A. Cassidy and Colleen Long. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates expected throughout the day.

ELECTION 2018-AMERICA VOTES — Election Day brings a test of Trump’s tumultuous tenure as voters weigh in on the direction of the country and control of Congress. By Claire Galofaro and Martha Irvine. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. With AMERICA VOTES-VIGNETTES.

ELECTION 2018-GEORGIA-GOVERNOR — Break racial and gender barriers with a liberal Democrat. Double down with a Republican Trump loyalist. Or opt for four more weeks of a bitter, race-laden campaign for governor. That’s the choice Georgia voters face, as Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams meet in one of the signature contests of the 2018 midterm elections. By Bill Barrow and Ben Nadler. SENT: 750 words, photos. Also see ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-FLORIDA below.

IRAN-US — South Korea’s presidential spokesman says the U.S. has demonstrated the strength of the two countries’ alliance by allowing South Korea to continue importing Iranian crude oil products under reinstated sanctions against Iran. Kim Eui-kyeom spoke to reporters after South Korea was named as one of eight countries that received waivers from the United States to continue importing Iranian crude and other petroleum products without penalty. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be expanded. With JAPAN-TURKEY — Turkish envoy calls U.S. sanctions on Iran unwise, dangerous; IRAN-US-THE LATEST.

EXPLOSIVE DEVICES — Cesar Sayoc, the man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of Trump, is expected to make his first court appearance in New York, where prosecutors say they will ask for him to be held without bail because he is considered dangerous. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 320 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from noon hearing.

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ELECTION 2018

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ELECTION 2018-SENATE-TEXAS — Beto O’Rourke has already used his Texas Senate run against Ted Cruz to become a national Democratic phenomenon, shatter fundraising records and trigger whispers about 2020. SENT: 660 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-FLORIDA — Voters are deciding whether to keep Florida under Republican control with a close Trump ally or elect its first Democratic governor since 1994 - and the first African-American ever - after a campaign marked by a deadly hurricane and gun violence. SENT: 710 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-MARIJUANA — Voters in Michigan and North Dakota will decide if marijuana should be legal for anyone at least 21 - building on laws in both places allowing the drug for medical uses and becoming the 10th and 11th states to legalize so-called recreational marijuana since 2012. SENT: 670 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after referendum is called.

MEDIA-HANNITY — Sean Hannity spoke from the stage of Trump’s last midterm election rally, after Fox News Channel and its most popular personality had insisted all day that he wouldn’t. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 580 words, photos. With ELECTION 2018-TRUMP — Trump closes out furious campaign effort with Missouri rally.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PEOPLE-SEXIEST MAN ALIVE — People magazine names Idris Elba 2018′s Sexiest Man Alive. SENT: 420 words, photos.

NEWLYWEDS-HELICOPTER CRASH — Texas newlyweds killed in helicopter crash after wedding. SENT: 360 words.

CHINA-DOG WALKING RULES — China city curbs dog walking, bans them in parks, stadiums. SENT: 170 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-SHARK ATTACK — Man dies in third shark attack off Australia island in seven weeks. SENT: 610 words, photo.

NEW ZEALAND-TODDLER RESCUED — New Zealand fisherman’s ocean rescue of toddler “miraculous.” SENT: 560 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MIGRANT CARAVAN — Thousands of Central Americans dreaming of getting to the United States stream into Mexico’s capital and bed down in a sports stadium on the eve of U.S. midterm elections in which Trump has made the migrant caravan a central issue. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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PUERTO RICO-EMERGENCY PLANS — More than a year after Hurricane Maria caught Puerto Rico’s government wildly unprepared, officials acknowledge they still haven’t come up with a plan to cope with the next such disaster - and it’s not clear when they will. SENT: 540 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON

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UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be traveling to New York to meet with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

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BUSINESS

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AMAZON HQ — Online leader Amazon Inc. refuses comment on reports that it plans to split its new headquarters between two locations, possibly in New York City and Arlington, Virginia. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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USA GYMNASTICS-DECERTIFIED — The U.S. Olympic Committee takes steps to decertify USA Gymnastics as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, choosing to pursue the nuclear option for an organization that botched its own rebuilding attempt in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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STAND UP FOR HEROES — Bruce Springsteen teams up with country star Eric Church on a version of “Working on the Highway” and Jon Stewart laces into Trump at a bawdy event in New York that gathered comedians and musicians to help raise money for military veterans. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 570 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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