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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:30

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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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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ROCKEFELLER CHRISTMAS TREE — Sprucing up NYC: Rockefeller Center lights Christmas tree. SENT: 130 words, photos, videos.

FRANCE-UNESCO-REGGAE — Reggae music has been inscribed on the prized intangible cultural heritage list of UNESCO, the UN’s cultural agency. SENT: 130 words, photos.

THAILAND-ANGRY ELEPHANT — After car hits Thai elephant, animal kills driver. SENT: 120 words.

VAULT-TRAPPED — Florida teen freed after being stuck in vault at abandoned bank. SENT: 100 words.

OBIT-KATZ — Gloria Katz, “American Graffiti” screenwriter, dies at 76. SENT: 350 words.

BRITAIN-REFUGEE BULLIED — Bullied refugee says he no longer feels safe in U.K. school. SENT: 140 words.

PEOPLE-RITA MORENO — Rita Moreno joins Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” film. SENT: 120 words, photo.

LEBANON-TRASH IN SEA-PHOTO ESSAY — Trash pollutes Lebanon’s Mediterranean coastline. SENT: 320 words, photos. With 12 photos by Hassan Ammar, highlighted by HAS501.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on a Trump real estate deal in Russia. SENT: 375 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

G-20-TRUMP-TEST — High stakes talks to ease a trade war with China. A risky meeting with the Russian president. Diplomatic challenges around every corner amid mounting global unrest. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy skills face perhaps their toughest test yet at a meeting of the Group of 20 rich and developing nations this week. Upcoming: 800 words by 4 p.m.

TRUMP’S TRAVELS — As Trump departs to attend the G-20 summit, he will be making the most of a scaled-back international schedule. SENT: 850 words, photo.

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: 130 words, photo. Upcoming: 500 words by 11 a.m.

ELECTION 2018-VOTECAST-MORMON VOTERS — A nationwide survey of midterm voters find that about two-thirds of Mormon voters nationwide favored Republicans in the midterm elections, but approval for President Donald Trump lags. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-MEXICO — Migrants, trade, crime, the border wall: The challenges to the modern U.S.-Mexico relationship have perhaps never been as stark and divisive as they are now. SENT: 1,030 words, photo.

MCCONNELL-HEMP — The Senate’s top leader has his own priority in Congress’ lame-duck session: passing a farm bill that includes a full pardon for hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS — The long-running federal court case seeking to hold drugmakers responsible for the nation’s opioid crisis has a new complication: How does it deal with claims covering the thousands of babies born to addicts? By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 590 words, photo.

MARYLAND-SERIAL PODCAST APPEAL — Maryland’s highest court will hear arguments in the high-profile case of a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit “Serial” podcast that attracted millions of armchair detectives. SENT: 380 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated from the day’s arguments.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-DARTMOUTH — There is growing anger among Dartmouth alumni following revelations in a lawsuit that three professors harassed and abused female students in their department for years without being sanctioned. SENT: 830 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Some evacuation orders could be lifted early next week for areas devastated by a Northern California wildfire, and residents should be prepared to find bones or bone fragments as they sift through their properties, an official says. SENT: 810 words, photos. With CALIFORNIA STORMS — Heavy rain possible in wildfire-burned areas (sent, developing).

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INTERNATIONAL

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CHINA-SPYING ON CARS — When Shan Junhua bought his white Tesla Model X, he knew it was a fast, beautiful car. What he didn’t know is that Tesla constantly sends information about the precise location of his car to the Chinese government. Tesla is not alone. China has called upon all electric vehicle manufacturers in China to make the same kind of reports — potentially adding to the rich kit of surveillance tools available to the Chinese government as President Xi Jinping steps up the use of technology to track Chinese citizens. By Erika Kinetz. SENT: 2,210 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 1,020 words has also been sent.

RUSSIA-UKRAINE — The Ukrainian president urges NATO to deploy naval ships to the Sea of Azov, a proposal that has been sharply criticized by Russia as a provocation that could further inflame tensions between the two countries. SENT: 870 words, photos. With RUSSIA-UKRAINE-THE LATEST.

INDONESIA-LION AIR CRASH — Investigators of last month’s crash of a Lion Air flight into the Java Sea say the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft was deemed airworthy when it made its final takeoff from Jakarta. SENT: 630 words, photo.

YEMEN — Britain’s ambassador to Yemen says he has spoken with representatives from the country’s warring sides and that he expects them to attend peace talks that are to begin next week in Stockholm. SENT: 450 words, photo.

GEORGIA-ELECTION — A French-born former foreign minister wins a presidential runoff, election officials say, marking the last time citizens of the ex-Soviet nation elect their head of state by popular vote. SENT: 340 words, photos.

BREXIT — British Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to rule out Britain leaving the European Union without a deal, after the Bank of England warns that such a scenario could plunge the country into its deepest recession in decades. SENT: 500 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN — Briton among 5 staffers killed in Taliban attack on Kabul offices of Britain-based security; sixth fatality is Afghan. SENT: 580 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-DRUG KILLINGS — A Philippine court finds three police officers guilty of killing a student they alleged was a drug dealer, in the first known such conviction under the president’s deadly crackdown on drugs. SENT: 770 words, photos.

SOUTH SUDAN-DIVERTED WEAPONS — A key broker of the latest deal to end South Sudan’s civil war diverted European weapons to South Sudan’s military despite an EU arms embargo, a new report says. SENT: 810 words, photos.

SOUTH KOREA-JAPAN-FORCED LABOR — South Korea’s top court orders a Japanese company to financially compensate 10 Koreans for forced labor during Tokyo’s 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, in the second such ruling in a month that again drew quick, vehement protests from Japan. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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GENE-EDITED BABIES — China’s government has ordered 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. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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. TOP VIDEO: — US Life Expectancy (CR) — Suicides and overdoses lower U.S. life expectancy.

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BUSINESS

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RENAULT-NISSAN — Japanese prosecutors say they will detain former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn for as long as needed to finish their investigation into suspicions of financial irregularities. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, meanwhile, reaffirmed its alliance. SENT: 410 words.

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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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