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November 9, 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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TOP STORIES

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CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING — One of the safest cities in America is struggling to cope with the trauma of a mass shooting while authorities are trying to figure out what sent a Marine veteran on a bloody rampage in Southern California. Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night at a vigil to remember the dozen people shot down by 28-year-old Ian Long one night earlier at the packed Borderline Bar & Grill. By Krysta Fauria and Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 1,235 words, video, photos, audio. With CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING-VICTIMS — “Hero” officer, big brother, art student, singer, security guard killed in bar attack. SENT: 1,860 words, video, photos; CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING-GUNMAN — Neighbors of Ian David Long described the man who shot and killed 12 people at a country music bar as distant in public but combative with his mother inside the suburban Los Angeles home the two shared. SENT: 685 words, photos; CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING-VEGAS SURVIVORS — Barely a year after surviving a massacre at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Brendan Kelly found himself in a terrifyingly familiar scene. Kelly says he was dancing with friends at a bar in suburban Los Angeles on Wednesday night when bullets began flying. SENT: 825 words, photos. RECENT MASS SHOOTINGS-GLANCE (sent).

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, Jonathan Lemire and Chad Day. SENT: 1,115 words, photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-LOYALIST — Matthew Whitaker, the acting Attorney General, has supported limits on Mueller’s power. SENT: 740 words, photo; TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-STONE — A federal appeals court weighs whether Mueller’s appointment was constitutional. SENT: 620 words, photo; JUSTICE DEPARTMENT-WHO’S IN CHARGE? — Who’s running things at Justice now. SENT: 645 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — A fast-moving wildfire ravaged a Northern California town Thursday. It sent residents racing to escape on roads that turned into tunnels of fire as thick smoke blanketed the daytime sky with darkness. Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean said thousands of structures in the town of Paradise were destroyed, essentially decimating the community in a single day. By Don Thompson. SENT: 910 words, photos. With: CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-THE LATEST.

ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA — Razor-thin leads by Republican candidates in Florida’s bitter races for governor and the U.S. Senate are raising the specter of possible recounts, potentially prolonging two of the most closely watched contests of the nation’s midterm elections. Democratic opponents in each race say they are preparing for that possibility in the perennial swing state where elections are often decided by the thinnest of margins. By Brendan Farrington. SENT: 895 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-MEDIA — A video distributed by the Trump administration to support its argument for banning CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House appears to have been doctored to make Acosta look more aggressive than he was during an exchange with a White House intern, according to an independent expert. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted the video, which shows Acosta asking a question to President Donald Trump as the intern tries to take his microphone away. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 875 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-MEDIA-THE LATEST.

IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM SEEKERS — The Trump administration is aiming to deny asylum to migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. New regulations will block migrants from claiming asylum if they do not come to an official border crossing. By Colleen Long. SENT: 920 words, photos. With TRUMP IMMIGRATION-LEGAL CHALLENGE — Appeals court rules against Trump on DACA immigrant policy. SENT: 570 words, photo.

MICHELLE OBAMA BOOK — Former first lady Michelle Obama blasts President Donald Trump in her new book, recalling how she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to “block it all out.” In her memoir “Becoming,” set to come out Tuesday, she also denounces Trump’s “birther” campaign questioning her husband’s citizenship, calling it bigoted and dangerous. Obama also expresses disbelief over how so many women would choose a “misogynist” over Hillary Clinton. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 870 words, photo.

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ELECTION 2018

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HOUSE LEADERSHIP FIGHT — Conservatives are blaming the GOP establishment after Republicans lost their majority in this week’s midterm elections. And they are angling for changes. California Rep. Kevin McCarthy burned up the phone lines Thursday shoring up his support. He’s facing a challenge from Ohio Republican Jim Jordan. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced her bid for the No. 3 GOP leadership spot. By Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON

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TRUMP’S TAXES — Getting President Donald Trump’s tax returns is high on the list of Democratic priorities now that they have won the House. By law, the leaders of tax-writing committees in the House and Senate can obtain tax returns and related information from the Internal Revenue Service. Yet there’s no guarantee that the Trump administration will provide the president’s returns. That sets up the possibility of a legal battle that could take years to resolve. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 1,265 words, photo.

GUN POLITICS — Newly ascendant Democrats are promising congressional action on gun control — including expanded background checks and a ban on assault-style weapons — amid a rash of election-year mass shootings. SENT: 895 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MIGRANT CARAVAN — Thousands of Central American migrants decided to depart Mexico City early Friday and head toward the northern city of Tijuana, opting for the longer but likely safer route to the U.S. border. The decision made in a Mexico City stadium, where roughly 5,000 migrants have spent the past few days resting and debating to how to proceed with their journey, came shortly after caravan representatives met with officials from the local United Nations office and demanded buses to take them to the border. By Maria Verza and Christopher Sherman. SENT: 850 words, photos.

ISRAEL-EINSTEIN’S FEARS — More than a decade before the Nazis seized power in Germany, Albert Einstein was on the run and already fearful for his country’s future, according to a newly revealed handwritten letter that goes up for auction next week. By Aron Heller. SENT: 735 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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TROOPS ON BORDER-OPPOSITION — Residents of border communities along the Southwest are protesting the presence of the military at the border, saying it is a political move not based on an actual need. By Astrd Galvan. SENT: 595 words, photo.

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