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November 15, 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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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AFGHANISTAN — Afghan officials: Taliban kill 30 policemen in west province. SENT: 130 words.

BREXIT — EU sets Nov. 25 as summit day to endorse Brexit. SENT: 120 words, photos.

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GENE-EDITED ANIMALS — Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry. By Food & Health Writer Candice Choi. SENT: 1,060 words, photos, video.

WALMART-Q&A — Greg Foran, Walmart’s CEO of its U.S. business, is now moving from fixing to reimagining the store experience at its 4,700 stores. He’s also transforming them into more efficient distribution hubs. To do that, he is training workers for new roles while using robots and other automation to relieve them of menial tasks. The moves come as the world’s largest retailer is increasingly locked in a battle with online behemoth Amazon. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. UPCOMING: 630 words by 10 a.m., photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — As the scope of a deadly Northern California wildfire sets in, the sheriff says more than 450 people had now been assigned to comb through the charred remains in search for more bodies. The blaze has killed at least 56 people and authorities say 130 are unaccounted for. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 800 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US CA Wildfire Paradise Drone (CR) — Drone video shows NorCal wildfire devastation. With WILDFIRES-PUBLIC SPACES — Southern California fire scorches huge swath of public lands; WILDFIRES-WHAT CAN BE DONE — Experts look ways to curb deaths as fires get more severe. For comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/Wildfires

ASEAN — The U.S. and China offer rival visions for the Asia-Pacific region at a summit of Southeast Asian nations whose economies and strategic interests are deeply entwined with both powers, with Vice President Mike Pence saying there was no room for “empire or aggression” in the region. By Annabelle Liang and Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 820 words, photos. With ASEAN-THE LATEST.

AMAZON HQ-TRANSIT — New York and Washington’s clogged streets and creaky subway systems are about to feel more pain as 50,000 more people descend on the two metro areas when Amazon opens its second headquarters there. Not everyone will be hurting. By Business Writer Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY — Kirstjen Nielsen’s eventual replacement at the Homeland Security Department may end up a better fit personally for President Donald Trump. But that doesn’t mean the administration will have it any easier trying to get around immigration law and court challenges that thwart the president’s hardline agenda. By Colleen Long and Jill Colvin. SENT: 890 words, photo.

BANGLADESH-ROHINGYA REPATRIATION — About 1,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees demonstrate at a camp in Bangladesh against plans to repatriate them to Myanmar, from where hundreds of thousands fled army-led violence last year. By Julhas Alam. SENT: 690 words, photos.

SEX TRAFFICKING-MALE VICTIMS — A Connecticut sex trafficking ring is illuminating what advocates call the underreported scourge of male trafficking and the devastation it leaves behind. Authorities say the ring involved at least 15 victims — possibly hundreds — and operated for more than two decades. Police say the suspects preyed on developmentally disabled and mentally ill boys and young men. By Dave Collins. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON

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CONGRESS-LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS — The top priorities for California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who now leads the shrunken House GOP caucus, will be to protect Trump’s agenda and try to build the party back to retake the majority. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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AVENATTI ARREST — Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, denies allegations of domestic violence after his arrest near his ritzy Los Angeles skyscraper apartment. SENT: 240 words, photos, video.

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ELECTION 2018

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ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA — Florida’s bumpy election recount reaches a pivotal point as most counties across the state complete reviews that could determine the next senator and governor in one of America’s top political battlegrounds. SENT: 610 words, photos, video. With ELECTION-2018-FLORIDA-2000 — Judge in infamous 2000 Florida recount: “I had a job to do.”

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BUSINESS/TECH

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ELECTRONIC DRIVING-SAFETY — Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 610 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-CMA AWARDS — Chris Stapleton wins the most awards at the 2018 Country Music Association Awards and had the show’s best performance, but it was Keith Urban who surprisingly won the top prize. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 800 words, photos. With MUSIC-CMA AWARDS-LIST.

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SPORTS

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INSIDE THE NUMBERS — Zach Ertz, who caught the go-ahead touchdown pass in the Eagles’ victory over the Patriots in the Super Bowl, is on pace to have a record-setting season for tight ends. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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