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November 23, 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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HOLIDAY-BLACK FRIDAY — It would have been easier for shoppers to turn on their computers over plates of leftover turkey and take advantage of the Black Friday deals most retailers now offer online. But across the country, thousands woke up before dawn the day after Thanksgiving to take part in this most famous ritual of American consumerism. By Joseph Pisani and Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — A conservative writer and associate of Trump confidant Roger Stone says he’s in plea talks with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Prosecutors have questioned Jerome Corsi as part of their investigation into Stone’s connections with WikiLeaks, which released hacked material during the 2016 election that damaged Hillary Clinton’s campaign. By Chad Day. SENT: 350 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

PAKISTAN-CHINESE CONSULATE — Armed separatists storm the Chinese Consulate in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi, triggering an intense hour-long shootout during which two Pakistani civilians, two police officers and all three assailants were killed. Elsewhere in Pakistan, a powerful bomb at an open-air food market killed 25 people and wounded dozens of others. By Adil Jawad. SENT: 1,110 words, photos, video.

CLIMATE REPORT — The White House quietly releases a massive report warning that extreme weather disasters, like California’s wildfires and this year’s hurricanes, are worsening in the United States. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 110 words; UPCOMING: 800 words by 2:30 p.m., photos; will be updated after 3 p.m. press conference.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CONGRESS-IMPEACHMENT — As House Democrats begin laying out their vision for the new Congress, one agenda item is noticeably missing from their to-do list: Donald Trump’s impeachment. SENT: 690 words, photo.

NORTH CAROLINA-VOTER ID — North Carolina Republican majorities at the state legislature have twice passed voter ID laws, only to have them blocked each time. Now GOP lawmakers are emboldened after passage of a constitutional amendment to approve another one before Democrats can stop their preferences next year. SENT: 870 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE WORST — The so-called Camp Fire in Northern California in many ways has become the worst wildfire the history of a state whose topography and climate have long made it ripe for devastating blazes. By John Rogers. SENT: 650 words, photos. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Rain helps nearly extinguish the nation’s deadliest wildfire in the past century. SENT: 110 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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SCIENCE

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MARS-VISITORS — NASA’s InSight is the latest spacecraft to come calling at Mars, which isn’t very welcoming to visitors. Only about 40 percent of all missions to Mars — named after the Roman god of war — have succeeded. By AP Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDIA-AMERICAN KILLED — The young American killed when he tried to visit a remote Indian island that has long resisted the outside world believed God was helping him dodge the authorities who monitor the waters around the island. John Allen Chau wrote in his notes that “God sheltered me and camouflaged me against the coast guard and the navy.” Days later, Chau was dead. By Ashok Sharma. SENT: 765 words, photos.

SAUDI ARABIA-CROWN PRINCE — Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman begins his first tour abroad since facing international pressure over the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. The prince is visiting the kingdom’s closest ally, the United Arab Emirates. SENT: 660 words, photo.

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