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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

November 29, 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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GEORGIA-ELECTION — French-born diplomat wins presidency in ex-Soviet Georgia. SENT: 140 words, photos.

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ONLY ON AP

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CHINA-SPYING ON CARS — When Shan Junhua bought his white Tesla Model X, he knew it was a fast, beautiful car. What he didn’t know is that Tesla constantly sends information about the precise location of his car to the Chinese government. Tesla is not alone. China has called upon all electric vehicle manufacturers in China to make the same kind of reports — potentially adding to the rich kit of surveillance tools available to the Chinese government as President Xi Jinping steps up the use of technology to track Chinese citizens. By Erika Kinetz. SENT: 2,210 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 1,020 words has also been sent.

ELECTION 2018-VOTECAST-MORMON VOTERS — A nationwide survey of midterm voters find that about two-thirds of Mormon voters nationwide favored Republicans in the midterm elections, but approval for President Donald Trump lags. By Hannah Fingerhut and Brady McCombs. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

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TOP STORIES

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GENE-EDITED BABIES — A group of leading scientists declares that it’s still too soon to try making permanent changes to DNA that can be inherited by future generations, as a Chinese researcher claims to have done. The scientists gathered in Hong Kong this week for an international conference on gene editing, the ability to rewrite the code of life to try to correct or prevent diseases. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 470 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-MEXICO — Migrants, trade, crime, the border wall: The challenges to the modern U.S.-Mexico relationship have perhaps never been as stark and divisive as they are now. With a new president preparing to take power in Mexico City this weekend and the Trump administration set to enter its third year, the two neighbors find themselves lurching between crisis and opportunity. By Matthew Lee and Mark Stevenson. SENT: 1,030 words, photo.

TRUMP’S TRAVELS — As Trump departs to attend the G-20 summit, he will be making the most of a scaled-back international schedule. The homebody commander in chief is spending just two nights on the ground in South America, a quick turnaround in keeping with his increasingly efficient world travels. By Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 850 words, photo. UPCOMING: 950 words after 10:20 a.m. departure. For comprehensive summit coverage: https://apnews.com/G-20Summit

LIFE EXPECTANCY — Suicides and drug overdoses help lead a surge in U.S. deaths last year, and drive a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. The suicide death rate last year was the highest it’s been in at least 50 years, according to U.S. government records. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 880 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US Life Expectancy (CR) — Suicides and overdoses lower U.S. life expectancy.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Trump says a pardon for Paul Manafort is “not off the table” — drawing swift rebuke from critics who fear the president will use his executive power to protect friends and supporters caught up in the Russia probe. By Chad Day. SENT: 650 words, photo.

OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS — The long-running federal court case seeking to hold drugmakers responsible for the nation’s opioid crisis has a new complication: How does it deal with claims covering the thousands of babies born to addicts? By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 590 words, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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ROCKEFELLER CHRISTMAS TREE — Sprucing up NYC: Rockefeller Center lights Christmas tree. SENT: 130 words, photos, video.

BEER BATTLE — MillerCoors, Pabst settle lawsuit over brewing contract. SENT: 670 words, photo.

PEOPLE-RITA MORENO — Rita Moreno joins Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” film. SENT: 120 words, photo.

LEBANON-TRASH IN SEA-PHOTO ESSAY — Trash pollutes Lebanon’s Mediterranean coastline. SENT: 320 words, photos. With 12 photos by Hassan Ammar, highlighted by HAS501.

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NATIONAL

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MARYLAND-SERIAL PODCAST APPEAL — Maryland’s highest court will hear arguments in the high-profile case of a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit “Serial” podcast that attracted millions of armchair detectives. SENT: 380 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated from the day’s arguments.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-DARTMOUTH — There is growing anger among Dartmouth alumni following revelations in a lawsuit that three professors harassed and abused female students in their department for years without being sanctioned. SENT: 830 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Some evacuation orders could be lifted early next week for areas devastated by a Northern California wildfire, and residents should be prepared to find bones or bone fragments as they sift through their properties, an official says. SENT: 810 words, photos. With CALIFORNIA STORMS — Heavy rain possible in wildfire-burned areas.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SOUTH SUDAN-DIVERTED WEAPONS — A key broker of the latest deal to end South Sudan’s civil war diverted European weapons to South Sudan’s military despite an EU arms embargo, a new report says. SENT: 810 words, photos.

SOUTH KOREA-JAPAN-FORCED LABOR — South Korea’s top court orders a Japanese company to financially compensate 10 Koreans for forced labor during Tokyo’s 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, in the second such ruling in a month that again drew quick, vehement protests from Japan. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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MCCONNELL-HEMP — The Senate’s top leader has his own priority in Congress’ lame-duck session: passing a farm bill that includes a full pardon for hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

BORDER PROTECTION-USE OF FORCE — Border Patrol agents’ use of tear gas on a crowd at the U.S.-Mexico border has drawn criticism, but government statistics show use of force by Customs and Border Protection officers has declined. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With TRUMP-FACT CHECK — Entire Trump tweet on immigrant aid is wrong.

CONGRESS-SAUDI ARABIA — Senators send a strong signal that they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, voting to move forward with legislation that calls for an end to U.S. involvement with a Saudi-led war in Yemen. SENT: 930 words, photos.

PELOSI-HOUSE DEMOCRATS — Nancy Pelosi isn’t speaker of the House just yet, but her path back to the gavel is now firmly within sight. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY/TECH

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FINANCIAL MARKETS — Most Asian stock markets follow Wall Street higher after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell suggests the pace of U.S. interest rate increases might slow. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BASKETBALL SAVES THE WORLD — A new course at NYU teaches about the global significance of basketball. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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