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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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GEORGE HW BUSH — The life and public service of the nation’s 41st president are celebrated with praise and humor at Washington National Cathedral as three former presidents looked on and a fourth — George W. Bush — eulogized his dad, the last president to fight in World War II. By Calvin Woodward, Laurie Kellman and Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 1,800 words. UPCOMING: New approach of 1,700 words by 4 p.m., photos, video, audio, graphics. Updates from afternoon events, including Texas arrival at 5:30 p.m.

GEORGE HW BUSH-HUMOR — Speaker after speaker at George H.W. Bush’s funeral recalled the 41st president’s well-known sense of humor. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m., photos.

WISCONSIN-LEGISLATURE-LAME-DUCK — Wisconsin Republicans pass sweeping legislation to weaken the Democrat who defeated Republican Gov. Scott Walker last month in a tight election. GOP lawmakers pushed on through protests, internal disagreement and Democratic opposition in a lame-duck legislative session aimed at reducing the powers of the office they will lose in January. By Scott Bauer and Todd Richmond. SENT: 950 words with photos and video.

FACEBOOK-PRIVACY-EXPLOITING USER DATA — Internal Facebook documents released by a U.K. parliamentary committee offer the clearest evidence yet that the social network has used its enormous trove of user data as a competitive weapon, often in ways designed to keep its users in the dark. By Danica Kirka, Frank Bajak and Barbara Ortutay. SENT 650 words. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FOREIGN LOBBYING — Spinning off from the special counsel’s Russia probe, prosecutors are ramping up their investigation into foreign lobbying by two major Washington firms that did work for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to people familiar with the case. By Eric Tucker, Chad Day and Desmond Butler. UPCOMING: 950 words by 4 p.m., photos.

CLIMATE-EMISSIONS 2018 — After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years. The projections, driven by continued use of coal and oil, are released as negotiators meet in Poland to fight climate change. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 700 words, photos.

CBS-MOONVES — An internal investigation of former CBS chief Les Moonves has turned up more evidence of sexual misconduct, including allegations he kept a network employee “on call” to perform oral sex on him, throwing into jeopardy his $120 million severance package. Here’s a look at what’s known about the scandal so far. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, by 4 p.m.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-DEVAL PATRICK — Former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts is expected to soon announce that he won’t launch a 2020 presidential campaign, The Associated Press has learned. SENT: 320 words.

SUPREME COURT-DOUBLE JEOPARDY — The Supreme Court hears arguments over an exception to the Constitution’s bar on prosecuting someone twice for the same offense. The outcome could affect state prosecutions of people implicated in the special counsel’s Russia investigation if they receive presidential pardons. By Mark Sherman. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photo.

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NATIONAL

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JORDAN’S FATHER — A judge says he needs time to consider whether to allow an inmate to proceed with arguments that he was wrongfully convicted of participating in the murder of Michael Jordan’s father in 1993. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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BUSINESS

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CHINA-US-TRADE CONFUSION — China issues an upbeat but vague promise to carry out a tariff cease-fire with Washington but gave no details that might dispel confusion about what Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump agreed to in Argentina. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 860 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-JULIA ROBERTS — In an interview, Julia Roberts discusses the film “Ben Is Back,” #MeToo and the movies she still wants to make. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 850 words by 3 p.m., photos.

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