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November 29, 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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TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION — President Donald Trump calls his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, a “weak person” who is lying to get a lighter sentence after Cohen makes a surprise appearance before a federal judge in New York and pleads guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on an aborted project to build a Trump Tower in Russia. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m.

G20-TRUMP — President Donald Trump cancels a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Nations summit, injecting fresh drama into what already promised to be a tense gathering of world leaders. By Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 340 words; UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m. With G20 — World leaders arrive in the Argentine capital for the Group of 20 summit of the globe’s largest economies as issues such as a trade war between the United States and China, the killing of a Saudi journalist in the country’s Istanbul consulate and the conflict over Ukraine threatened to overshadow the gathering. SENT: 850 words. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

RUSSIA-UKRAINE — The president of Ukraine is urging NATO to deploy warships to the Sea of Azov, a proposal that has been sharply criticized by Russia as a provocation that could worsen tensions between the two countries following a weekend confrontation in the waters off the Crimean Peninsula. By Yuras Karmanau and Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

MEXICO-MIGRANT CARAVAN — Aid workers and humanitarian organizations are expressing 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 and where lice infestations and respiratory infections are rampant. By Christopher Sherman. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 p.m.

GENE-EDITED BABIES — China’s government orders a halt to work by a medical team that claimed to have helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies, as a group of leading scientists declared that it’s still too soon to try to make permanent changes to DNA that can be inherited by future generations. By Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BKO--NBA’S AFRICA PLAY — The NBA has big hopes for Africa, a continent with more than a billion people, a growing economy and a young urban population. The league has an office in South Africa and plays exhibition games featuring NBA stars. Now it is creating an African league with existing pro clubs. By Ken Maguire. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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US-PAUL RYAN— Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan says his two biggest regrets as he prepares to leave office are not successfully dealing with immigration and the national debt. SENT: 700 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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VATICAN-SELLING CHURCHES — The Vatican and bishops from Europe and beyond have developed proposed guidelines for the sale or reuse of Catholic churches to help ensure that they retain their cultural heritage and serve the good of the community, not commerce. With some churches being turned into discos, gelaterias or demolished outright, the guidelines suggest that if the church cannot be given to another Christian community, it should be reused for cultural or societal aims. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-FINDING THE MISSING — Dozens of names are on the official list of those ‘missing’ after Northern California’s catastrophic fire. Not all are actually missing, including 86-year-old Dixie Singh. After being called by The Associated Press, Singh says: ‘I am alive.’ UPCOMING: 1200 words, photos, by 3 p.m.

CHURCH ABUSE — A former Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an altar boy in Massachusetts has been convicted of assaulting another boy in Maine in the 1980s. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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LIFE EXPECTANCY — Suicides and drug overdoses help lead a surge in U.S. deaths last year, and drive a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. The suicide death rate last year was the highest it’s been in at least 50 years, according to U.S. government records. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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FINANCIAL MARKETS — U.S. stocks are lower after huge gains the day before. Technology and internet companies are taking some of the largest losses. The S&P 500 index is coming off its largest rally in eight months and has climbed 3.5 percent this week. By Marley Jay. UPCOMING: Will be updated through 5 p.m.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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NEW YORK FILM CRITICS AWARDS — The New York Film Critics Circle announces its picks for the best films and performances of 2018. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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FBC--NOT ENOUGH BOWLS — Army is ranked for the first time in 22 years but not yet guaranteed a bowl game. BYU, another independent with a huge national following, is in a similar spot. For the third straight season there will be more bowl-eligible teams than available bowl bids. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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