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December 5, 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-RUSSIA PROBE-FLYNN — President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel’s Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn’t do any prison time, according to a court filing that describes Michael Flynn’s cooperation as “substantial.” By Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,060 words, photo.

GEORGE HW BUSH — The nation’s capital bids its final farewell to the late president, George H.W. Bush, in a service of prayer and praise that is drawing together world envoys, Americans of high office and a guy from Maine who used to fix things in Bush’s house. By Calvin Woodward, Laurie Kellman and Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 1,280 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-PRESIDENTS CLUB — The death of George H.W. Bush is bringing together the five remaining members of an oh-so-exclusive fraternity — the presidents club. But for Trump, it may not be an entirely comfortable reunion, throwing him together with former occupants of the Oval Office who have given him decidedly mixed reviews. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 880 words, photos.

YEMEN-TALKS — Yemen’s warring parties will meet in Sweden this week for another attempt at talks aimed at halting their catastrophic 3-year-old war, but there are few incentives for major compromises, and the best outcome might be to firm up a shaky de-escalation. U.N. officials say they don’t expect rapid progress toward a political settlement, but hope for at least minor steps that would help to address Yemen’s mounting humanitarian crisis. By Brian Rohan. SENT: 690 words, photos.

NEW CALEDONIA-EARTHQUAKE — A powerful earthquake that struck in the southern Pacific Ocean sends jitters around the region after authorities warn of possible tsunamis, but there were no initial reports of destructive waves or major damage. By Nick Perry. SENT: 370 words, graphic.

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BUSINESS

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CHINA-US-TRADE CONFUSION — China promises to carry out a tariff cease-fire with Washington but gives no details that might help dispel confusion about what Presidents Xi Jinping and Trump agreed to in Argentina. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 330 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION-2018-SECRETARY-OF-STATE-GEORGIA — Republican Brad Raffensperger wins a runoff election to become Georgia’s next secretary of state, taking over the office at the center of a debate over voter access and election security in the Southern state. SENT: 570 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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WISCONSIN LEGISLATURE-LAME DUCK — Wisconsin Republicans work through the night to bring together enough votes to pass a sweeping package of lame-duck proposals designed to empower the GOP-controlled Legislature and weaken the incoming Democrat replacing Republican Gov. Scott Walker. SENT: 670 words, photos, video.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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OSCARS-KEVIN HART — Kevin Hart has a new job — he will host the 2019 Academy Awards, a role the prolific actor-comedian says fulfills a longtime dream. SENT: 340 words, photo.

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