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November 8, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. Find your 2018 Midterm Election content and stay up to date with AP’s 2018 Midterm Election coverage plans at https://newsroom.ap.org

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NEW & DEVELOPING

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TRUMP IMMIGRATION-LEGAL CHALLENGE — Appeals court rules against Trump on DACA immigrant policy. SENT: 130 words.

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ONLY ON AP

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IMMIGRATION-TEEN VIDEO HEARINGS — The Associated Press has learned that the Trump administration is replacing in-person court hearings for some migrant teens with video sessions piped into courtrooms from shelters. The administration’s goal for the unannounced pilot program is to speed up the processing of a record 13,000 detained minors, but early sessions have had technical glitches and some advocates call the video hearings a rollback of due process. By Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke. SENT: 900 words, photos.

CYBERSECURITY-FAKE REPORTERS — Hackers impersonating journalists tried to intercept the communications of a prominent Saudi opposition figure in Washington. One attempt involved the fabrication of a fake BBC secretary and an elaborate television interview request; the other involved the impersonation of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi to deliver a malicious link. By Raphael Satter. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

OLY--SEX ABUSE FUNDING-STRINGS ATTACHED — A growing sex-abuse problem in Olympic sports has led to congressional hearings and a three-year grant worth $2.2 million. Yet not a penny of those federal funds, the AP finds, can be used to fight the actual problem: investigating or resolving more than 800 open cases, many brought by the victims. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING — Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a hooded former Marine dressed all in black opened fire during college night at a country music bar in Southern California, killing 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing in panic before apparently taking his own life. By Krysta Fauria. SENT: 1,300 words. Will be updated.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Special counsel Robert Mueller laid low for the last month, bringing no new charges in the month before the election. But he’s expected to resurface again in the coming weeks just as his probe into the Trump campaign falls under the supervision of a Justice Department official and Trump loyalist who’s been openly skeptical about Mueller’s authority. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos.

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-GEORGIA — Republican Brian Kemp resigned as Georgia’s secretary of state, a day after his campaign said he’s captured enough votes to become governor despite his rival’s refusal to concede. Stacey Abrams’ campaign immediately responded by demanding that state officials “count every single vote.” By Bill Barrow and Kate Brumback. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TRUMP-MEDIA — The White House decision to bar CNN’s Jim Acosta from the building shows how the Trump administration’s already tense relationship with the press is worsening. By David Bauder. SENT: 1000 words. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

GOOGLE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT SHAKEUP — Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture. By Michael Liedtke. SENT: 580 words, photos.

MUSIC-WHITE ALBUM — Giles Martin, son of Beatles’ producer George Martin, dives into the messy “White Album” and finds something odd — harmony behind the scenes. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 890 words, photos.

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ELECTION 2018

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ELECTION 2018-LGBT CANDIDATES — On the East Coast, West Coast and in heartland states between them, LGBT candidates scored a raft of notable victories in Tuesday’s election — winning two governorships, at least nine seats in Congress, and their first-ever legislative seats in Indiana, Kansas and Nebraska. By National Writer David Crary. UPCOMING by 4 p.m. 850 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-KANSAS-KOBACH’S FUTURE — Kris Kobach rode his national reputation as an activist fighting illegal immigration and illegal voting to a spot leading President Donald Trump’s short-lived voter fraud commission and the GOP nomination for Kansas governor as Trump’s chosen candidate. That unabashed hard-line approach may have been rejected by Kansas voters, but it’s likely to help him land his next high-profile role — and many fellow Republicans assume it will be a job in Trump’s administration. By John Hanna. 650 words by 3 p.m.

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WASHINGTON

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HOUSE-LEADERSHIP FIGHT — As Nancy Pelosi wrangles the votes for House speaker, another leadership battle is playing out on the Republican side of the aisle, where Kevin McCarthy faces a challenge from conservative Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan to be leader of the new GOP minority. By Lisa Mascaro. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photo.

GUN POLITICS — Amid a rash of election-year mass shootings, including the late-night assault at a California bar that killed 12 people, newly ascendant congressional Democrats are promising action on federal gun control measures — expanded background checks, an assault weapons ban, and provisions for a protection order when someone is deemed a threat. By Matthew Daly. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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WWI-LAST DEATHS — Hundreds died on the final morning of World War I — even after the armistice was reached and before it came into force. SENT: 1,320 words, photos. An abridged version of 660 words has also been sent.

MIGRANT CARAVAN — Central American migrants in a caravan that has stopped in Mexico City demanded buses Thursday to take them to the U.S. border, saying it is too cold and dangerous to continue walking and hitchhiking. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-SCHNEIDERMAN — The prosecutor appointed to investigate allegations that former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman physically abused women says she has closed the case without bringing criminal charges. SENT: 888 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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FEDERAL RESERVE — The Federal Reserve is leaving its key policy rate unchanged but signaling that it plans to keep responding to the strong U.S. economy with further rate hikes. The next Fed rate hike is expected in December. SENT: 130 words, photo. 500 words by 2:30 p.m.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-JONI MITCHELL — Joni Mitchell celebrated her 75th birthday by ending a three and one-half year absence from public life The Canadian singer-songwriter thrilled the audience at the Music Center in Los Angeles just by showing up and listening to a concert of her songs performed by James Taylor, Chaka Khan, Emmylou Harris, and many others. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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FBC--DROPKICK COMEBACK — Some old-time football is coming back, thanks to a Division II team in West Virginia and a South African who learned to dropkick playing rugby. Two weeks ago, Ruan Venter of Shepherd University made three of five extra points against West Virginia Wesleyan, and he’s ready for more. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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