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November 27, 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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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — The special counsel in the Russia investigation is accusing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of violating his plea agreement by repeatedly lying to federal investigators, an extraordinary allegation that could expose him to a lengthier prison sentence — and potentially more criminal charges. By Chad Day. SENT: 690 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi voters are deciding the last U.S. Senate race of the midterms, choosing between a white Republican backed by President Donald Trump and a black Democrat who was agriculture secretary when Bill Clinton was in the White House. History will be made either way: Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith would be the first woman elected to Congress from Mississippi, and Democrat Mike Espy would be the state’s first African-American U.S. senator since Reconstruction. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 980 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

MEXICO-MIGRANT CARAVAN — Many among the more than 5,000 Central American migrants in Tijuana are urgently exploring their options amid a growing feeling that they had little hope of making successful asylum bids in the United States or of crossing the border illegally. Most were dispirited, a day after U.S. agents fired tear gas into Mexico to turn back some migrants who had breached the border. They saw the clash and official response as hurting their chances of reaching the U.S. By Christopher Sherman. SENT: 800 words, photos, videos.

RUSSIA-UKRAINE — Russian President Vladimir Putin tells the German chancellor that he is “seriously concerned” about the weekend’s escalation near Crimea and developments in Ukraine. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.

MARS LANDING — Within minutes of touching down on Mars, NASA’s InSight spacecraft sends back a “nice and dirty” snapshot of its new digs. But scientists were happy with the image because it revealed what they hoped for — a mostly smooth and sandy terrain around the spacecraft for its experiments. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 860 words, photos, videos.

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BUSINESS

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GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING — Even though unemployment is low, the economy is growing and U.S. auto sales are near historic highs, General Motors is cutting thousands of jobs in a major restructuring aimed at generating cash to spend on innovation. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 1,180 words, photos, videos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-CLIMATE — Trump rejects a central conclusion of a dire report on the economic costs of climate change, but economists say the National Climate Assessment’s warning of hundreds of billions of dollars a year in global warming costs is pretty much on the money. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — Costs associated with a deadly Northern California wildfire will likely be in the billions, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says as he returns to the town of Paradise, saying he has never witnessed such devastation. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-GOTHAM AWARDS — In the first major soiree of Hollywood’s awards season, Chloe Zhao’s elegiac, lyrical Western “The Rider” takes best feature film at the 28th annual Gotham Awards. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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