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November 12, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. 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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OBIT-STAN LEE —Comic book genius Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died at age 95.

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ONLY ON AP

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UKRAINE-NATIONALIST YOUTH CAMP — An Associated Press visit to a summer camp created by a Ukrainian nationalist group finds children as young as 8 being taught to use assault rifles to kill Russians and their sympathizers. At the same time, they are being inculcated with nationalist ideology, including derision of LGBT rights, which lecturers denounce as a sign of Western decadence. The nationalists have built a network of such camps, some of them partially financed by the government. By Yuras Karmanau. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — The dead were found in their burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in behind the wheel. In some cases, there were only charred fragments of bone, so small that coroner’s investigators used a wire basket to sift and sort them. Twenty-nine people are confirmed dead in the wildfire that turned the Paradise area into hell on earth. Nearly 230 people are unaccounted for. By Gillian Flaccus and Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2018 — President Trump claimed victory for his party on Election Night, but as the final votes were counted nearly a week later, there were signs that a blue wave materialized after all. Democrats were positioned to pick up more than 35 House seats, seven governorships and eight state legislative chambers, while losing a net of just one Senate seat. The gains would represent Democrats’ best midterm performance since Gerald Ford was president. By Steve Peoples. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p.m., photos.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Senate runoff in Mississippi, a Deep South state looking to move past its Jim Crow history, takes a racist tone after a remark from the white Republican candidate about a “public hanging.” Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith says her words were taken out of context, but the campaign of her black opponent, Democratic Rep. Mike Espy, denounces them as “reprehensible.” The Senate race is pivotal for Republicans, who hold only a narrow majority in the chamber. By Emily Wagster Pettus and Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 730 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Palestinian militants have bombarded Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells, while Israeli warplanes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in what appeared to be the most intense exchange of fire since the 2014 war. By Fares Akram and Josef Federman. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — U.S. analysts say they have located more than half of an estimated 20 secret North Korean missile development sites. The findings come as the Trump administration’s denuclearization talks with the North appear to have stalled. And they highlight the challenge the U.S. faces in ensuring that North Korea complies with any eventual agreement that covers its nuclear and missile programs. By Matthew Lee. SENT: 500 words.

EXERCISE GUIDELINES — New federal guidelines on exercise: Get kids active as young as 3 to avoid health problems later in life. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 570 words, photo.

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ELECTION 2018

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ELECTION 2018-RANKED VOTING-MAINE — Nearly a week later, the election is not over in a congressional district in Maine where ranked ballots were used for the first time in a U.S. House race. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CATHOLIC BISHOPS — U.S. Catholic bishops will delay for at least several months any action on proposed new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis that is rocking the church. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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IRAN-NUCLEAR — The U.N. nuclear watchdog says that Iran remains within the limitations set by the deal reached in 2015 with major powers, aimed at keeping Tehran from building atomic weapons in exchange for incentives. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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GROWING UP DIGITAL-CASHLESS KIDS — A wave of pocket money apps aims to help children save and spend their allowances in an increasingly cashless world. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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