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December 21, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-BORDER WALL — Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, the White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite lawmaker opposition from both parties. By Hope Yen. SENT: 620 words, photos.

DEPORTATION FLIGHTS — An obscure division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates hundreds of flights each year to remove immigrants. Deportation flights are big business: The U.S. government has spent $1 billion on these flights in the last decade, and the Trump administration is seeking to raise ICE’s budget for charter flights by 30 percent. By Nomaan Merchant and Angeliki Kastanis. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video by noon. This story will move as the Tuesday Spotlight.

PAKISTAN-CHINA-UIGHUR WIVES — Scores of Pakistani men whose Muslim Uighur wives have disappeared into internment camps in China feel helpless, fighting a wall of silence as they struggle to reunite their families. Political and economic factors, including concerns about losing out on vast Chinese investments, have kept Muslim countries like Pakistan quiet about the plight of their fellow Muslims, being weaned off their faith in so-called re-education camps. By Kathy Gannon. SENT: 990 words, photos.

MED--VAPING BOOM — Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year — an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use. By AP Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 580 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — With a number of probes moving closer to the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and his attorney unleashed a fresh series of attacks on the investigators, questioning their integrity while categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with the special counsel. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CLIMATE — Almost 200 nations, including the world’s top greenhouse gas producers, China and the United States, have adopted a set of rules meant to breathe life into the 2015 Paris climate accord by setting out how countries should report their emissions and efforts to reduce them. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 960 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-TALIBAN TALKS — The Taliban say they are holding “another” meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war. SENT: 560 words.

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NATIONAL

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DEAD CHILD-BORDER PATROL — Only hours before his daughter died in U.S. custody, Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz signed Form I-779 stating that the 7-year-old was in good health. But it’s unclear how much the Guatemalan man - whose native language is Mayan ‘Q’eqchi’ and second language is Spanish - understood on the form, which was written in English, and read to him in Spanish by Border Patrol agents. The case highlights communication challenges along the border. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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JAPAN-NISSAN- GHOSN — Nissan’s board is meeting to pick a chairman to replace Carlos Ghosn, arrested last month on charges of violating financial regulations. SENT: 400 words, photo. Developing; uncertain if decision will be made Monday.

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SCIENCE/TECH

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NEXT GENERATION GPS — The U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FBN-EAGLES-RAMS — Nick Foles took over for Carson Wentz and passed for 270 yards, and Wendell Smallwood rushed for two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 30-23 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. By AP Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 990 words, photos.

FBN--PATRIOTS-STEELERS — Rookie running back Jaylen Samuels runs for a season-high 142 yards in his second NFL start and the Pittsburgh Steelers hold off the New England Patriots 17-10 to stop a three-game skid. By AP Sports Writer Will Graves. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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