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November 17, 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 — U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. official says. The Saudi government has denied the claim. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 670 words, photos.

WIKILEAKS — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him. That prediction from one of his lawyers foreshadows a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the U.S. special counsel’s Russia-Trump investigation. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,090 words, photos, video. With WIKILEAKS-PRESS FREEDOM — Press freedom threat seen in prosecuting WikiLeaks’ Assange (sent).

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — President Donald Trump heads to Northern California on Saturday to see firsthand the grief and devastation from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, as confusion continued over how many people remain unaccounted for. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 950 words, photos. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-MISSING — Northern California officials struggle to get a handle on the number of missing from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century (sent). For comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/Wildfires

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — President Donald Trump says he has “very easily” answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, though he speculates that the questions were “tricked up” to try to catch him in a lie. He says he hasn’t submitted his answers to investigators yet. By Jonathan Lemire and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-DIGITAL — One of the largest outside Democratic groups says ramped-up spending on digital advertising played a key role in battleground races where seats were taken away from Republicans during the midterm elections — a potential lesson for Democrats in 2020. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 920 words, photo.

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ARGENTINA-SUBMARINE — Argentina’s navy announces searchers have found the missing submarine ARA San Juan deep in the Atlantic a year after it disappeared with 44 crewmen aboard. SENT: 360 words.

MEDIA-CNN VS TRUMP — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials’ revocation is continuing. By Jessica Gresko aned Michael Balsamo. SENT: 760 words, photo. With MEDIA-CNN VS TRUMP-THE LATEST.

CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTINGS-SERVICES — Memorial services have been held for two victims of the mass shooting at a Southern California country bar. SENT: 130 words.

ARMS DEALER CONVICTED — Authorities say a black-market arms dealer who tried to buy anti-aircraft missiles and sell them to clients in the Middle East has been convicted of conspiracy in Los Angeles. SENT: 130 words.

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH — A U.S. Senate resolution has been introduced to designate November as Native American Heritage month. SENT: 130 words.

CUBA-CLASSIC CAR FESTIVAL — Hundreds of antique automobiles are expected to participate in an exhibition in Havana next month, in what its organizers hope will be the biggest gathering ever of classic car enthusiasts in Cuba. SENT: 110 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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MELANIA TRUMP’S MOMENT — It turns out there is more than one Trump who can employ a few well-chosen words as a poison dart. With a bombshell public statement this week, Melania Trump revealed she has the ability to carry out a political hit. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

DEMOCRATS-PELOSI — Democrats won the majority. Now they just need a speaker of the House. The standoff over Nancy Pelosi’s bid to regain the gavel intensified as Democrats left Washington for the Thanksgiving holiday, an unsettling finish to an otherwise triumphant week that saw them welcome a historic class of newcomers to Capitol Hill and prepare to take control. SENT: 1,040 words, video, photos.

CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

TRUMP-AYERS PROFILE — Nick Ayers could almost be confused for a college fraternity brother in his beaming November 2016 selfie with then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. In fact, the baby-faced campaign strategist in the white undershirt had a role in Donald Trump’s choice of Pence to be his running mate. The 36-year-old Republican is emerging as a leading contender to replace White House chief of staff John Kelly. SENT: 830 words, photos.

TRUMP-EPA CHIEF — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, has gotten President Donald Trump’s nod for the permanent job. SENT: 600 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-IRAN — The Trump administration is poised to accuse Iran of violating an international treaty that bars the production and use of chemical weapons. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 220 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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APEC — China’s leader Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traded barbs in speeches to a summit of world leaders, outlining competing visions for global leadership as trade and other tensions between them simmer. SENT: 610 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-YEMEN — The U.N. envoy for Yemen announced the country’s internationally recognized government and rival Houthi Shiite rebels have agreed to attend talks aimed at ending their three-year war, which has created the globe’s worst humanitarian crisis by pushing the Arab world’s poorest country to the brink of famine. SENT: 790 words, photos.

NKOREA MONEY MYSTERY — One of the biggest mysteries among North Korea economy watchers is how the country has managed to maintain stable exchange rates despite intense sanctions, political tensions and a swelling trade imbalance. SENT: 900 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-CONGO-PEACEKEEPERS KILLED — A joint military operation by U.N. and Congolese troops to rout rebel forces from their strongholds in the Ebola-hit northeast Congo has “achieved quite significant results” and is still under way, the U.N. peacekeeping chief says. SENT: 440 words.

AUSTRALIA-JAPAN-ABE — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday visited a shrine in Darwin commemorating the deaths of 80 Japanese submariners in waters near the city in World War II. SENT: 340 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — The state commission investigating the Florida high school massacre began discussions on what recommendations it will make regarding student safety, mental health and steps to prevent future school shootings. SENT: 780 words, photos.

JOHN HINCKLEY — The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan can move out of his mother’s house in Virginia and live on his own, a federal judge ruled. SENT: 580 words, photo.

TRUMP-OFFSHORE DRILLING — Federal regulators are preparing an environmental review for a possible offshore lease sale in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea and environmental groups are calling foul. SENT: 450 words.

NUKE REPOSITORY-ROCK FALL — Operations at the federal government’s nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico resumes as managers acknowledged there was radioactive waste in the area where a portion of the underground facility’s ceiling collapsed earlier this week. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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DUELING DINOSAURS — About 66 million years after two dinosaurs died apparently locked in battle on the plains of modern-day Montana, an unusual fight over who owns the entangled fossils has become a multimillion-dollar issue that hinges on the legal definition of “mineral.” SENT: 630 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM REVIEW-CREED II — “Creed II ” pulls off a rather amazing feat by adding to the luster of its predecessor and propelling the narrative into a bright future while also reaching back to honor its past, resurrecting unfinished business from “Rocky IV” and adding a dash of “Rocky III.” Pound per pound, the sequel might even be better than its predecessor. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 890 words, photos.

TV-ABC EXECUTIVE CHANGE — ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey, who created a deep bench of ethnic diversity in the network’s shows and fired Roseanne Barr for a racist tweet, will be stepping down. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 400 words, photos.

PEOPLE-JUSTIN BIEBER — Justin Bieber has agreed to settle a long-running lawsuit filed by a former neighbor whose house the pop singer egged. No details were given about the terms. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 260 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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T25-SYRACUSE-NOTRE DAME PREVIEW — When Notre Dame plays in New York City it comes with much fanfare and pageantry. The No. 3 Fighting Irish come to Yankee Stadium in contention for the College Football Playoff. They face No. 12 Syracuse, the highest-ranked team the Orange have fielded in 20 years. Notre Dame is two victories away from an unbeaten regular season and an almost certain spot in the national semifinals. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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