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November 18, 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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SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED — President Donald Trump says he won’t listen to the “suffering” audiotape of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi because he knows “everything that went on.” On whether the Saudi crown prince’s was responsible, he noted the prince’s denials and asked, “Will anybody really know?” By Deb Riechmann and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — Searchers combing a Northern California town leveled by a deadly wildfire step up their efforts ahead of long-awaited rains forecast for later this week in the fire zone where 76 bodies have been recovered so far. By Sudhin Thanawala and Terence Chea. SENT: 850 words, photos.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump isn’t committing to a previous pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly for the remainder of his term, part of widespread speculation about staffing changes that could soon sweep through his administration. Trump says the White House will develop rules of conduct for reporters and says if CNN’s Jim Acosta “misbehaves, we’ll throw him out or we’ll stop the news conference.” By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 590 words, photos.

ELECTION-2018-FLORIDA-RECOUNT —Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott appears to have ended the lengthy political career of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson after final official results posted showed Scott ahead of the three-term incumbent by more than 10,000 votes. By Gary Fineout. SENT: 600 words, photos.

COLLEGES-MEN’S RIGHTS — Federal education officials are investigating complaints by men’s rights activists who claim that university programs and groups for women amount to discrimination against men. Over the past year, the Education Department has opened investigations into Yale, Princeton, the University of Southern California, and Tulane University to determine whether their women’s programs violate Title IX. That’s a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination at schools that receive federal funding. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 760 words, photo. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

INSURGENT BRANDS-PREOWNED LUXURY WATCHES — A thriving trade in preowned luxury watches is overshadowing sales of new time pieces, fueled by internet buzz and a proliferation of dedicated retailers who pull in millions of dollars a year. Established brands are also getting into the business. By Amir Bibawy. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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FINLAND-TRUMP — Finland’s president rakes memory for source of Trump remark. SENT: 200 words, photos.

F3-FLOERSCH CRASH — Teenage driver survives spectacular crash at F3 Macau GP. SENT: 130 words, photos.

FILM-BOX OFFICE — ‘Fantastic Beasts’ flies to top of weekend box office. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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INMATE DEATH-HOMICIDE-ILLINOIS — The death of an inmate following an “altercation with correctional staff” at Western Illinois Correctional Center in May has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy report provided to The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information request. SENT: 730 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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AFGHANISTAN-TALIBAN — The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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TURKEY-SALMONELLA-Q&A —There’s no reason to skip Thanksgiving dinner because of a salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey. That’s according to health officials who’ve been monitoring the year-old outbreak. But they say it’s a reminder to properly prepare your holiday bird. Cooking kills salmonella. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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