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December 3, 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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YEMEN-FRACTURED FUTURE — The port city of Mukalla, once held by al-Qaida, shows how fractious Yemen will remain even if the Saudi-led war against Iran-aligned rebels is brought to a halt. Street murals call for the secession of south Yemen, while al-Qaida remains a formidable force despite a stepped-up U.S. drone campaign. The lingering instability raises questions about whether a truce would bring peace to the Arab world’s poorest country — or simply free up the warring parties to settle other scores. By Jon Gambrell and Malak Harb. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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GEORGE HW BUSH — President George H.W. Bush is set to embark on his final tour of Washington, the capital city that is remembering his lifetime of public service that began in the Navy during World War II, ended with one term as president and was characterized throughout by what admirers say was his innate decency, generosity and kindness. By Juan Lozano and Darlene Superville. SENT: 1,030 words, photos. UPCOMING: Bush casket scheduled to depart Houston at 11:30 a.m., arrive at Joint Base Andrews at 3:30 p.m.

CLIMATE — Leaders from around the world are arriving for the ceremonial opening of the climate conference in southern Poland that will discuss ways of curbing climate change. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.

AMAZON-DRONES — Jeff Bezos boldly predicted five years ago that drones would be carrying Amazon packages to people’s doorsteps by now. Amazon customers are still waiting. And it’s unclear when, if ever, this particular order by the company’s founder and CEO will arrive. Bezos made billions of dollars by transforming the retail sector. But overcoming the regulatory hurdles and safety issues posed by drones appears to be a challenge even for the world’s wealthiest man. By David Koenig and Joseph Pisani. SENT: 940 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS — An insurgent underdog no more, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork to launch a “bigger” presidential campaign than his first, as advisers predict he would open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a front-runner. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 880 words, photos.

BEST TOYS FOR TOTS — Holiday toy shopping just got a lot easier: Pediatricians say the best toys for young children are simple, old-fashioned toys like blocks and puzzles rather than costly electronic games or the latest high-tech gadgets. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 510 words, photo, video.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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CHINA-US-TRADE — A U.S.-Chinese cease fire on tariffs gives jittery companies and investors a respite but is no sign the two sides have changed stances in a war over Beijing’s technology ambitions that threatens to chill global economic growth. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-BACK TO SCHOOL — Monday marks a return to school and some semblance of routine for thousands of children who lost their homes to a deadly wildfire in Northern California. SENT: 620 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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CHARGERS-STEELERS — Philip Rivers watched Ben Roethlisberger do what the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback so often does — lead a game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter — and decided it was time for the Los Angeles Chargers to do something they so rarely do: win a big one on the road against a team with Super Bowl aspirations of its own. By Sports Writer Will Graves. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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KENNEDY CENTER HONORS — Bush gets tributes at Kennedy Center Honors program. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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