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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory,10:45,ADVISORY

December 14, 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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HIGHLIGHTING

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TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION — (sent, developing)

BREXIT — (sent)

CONGRESS-SAUDI ARABIA — (sent, developing)

FRANCE ATTACK — (sent, developing)

TRUMP-CHIEF OF STAFF — (sent, developing)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION — Shaken and facing a prison term, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer said Friday that Trump directed him to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 campaign because he was concerned about how their stories of alleged affairs with him “would affect the election.” Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to campaign violations in connection with the payments, tells ABC Trump hasn’t told the truth about the payments. Cohen says he “gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty.” SENT: 800 words, photo. UPCOMING: 890 words, photos, video by 3 p.m.

CONGRESS-SAUDI ARABIA — In back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia, the Senate delivers an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump’s response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signals new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East ally. SENT: 930 words, photos.

BREXIT — British Prime Minister Theresa May insists her Brexit deal remains alive and kicking, despite a stinging rebuff from the European Union after she asked for changes to make the agreement more palatable to U.K. lawmakers. SENT: 870 words, photos.

FRANCE ATTACK — The Paris prosecutor’s office says a fourth person dies following the attack in Strasbourg this week. The main suspect of the attack that took place near Strasbourg’s Christmas Market was killed by police on Thursday night. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

OBIT-NANCY WILSON — Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died at 81. SENT: 935 words, photos.

SPAIN-SHAKIRA — Spanish prosecutors charge pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

LIP-SYNCING MOM — Kelly Clarkson sends some love to the mom captured lip-syncing on a fan cam while her son dove for cover in his hoodie. SENT: 100 words.

MLK HOME-NATIONAL PARK SERVICE — National Park Service buys the home in Atlanta, Georgia, where Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929. SENT: 120 words, photo.

BEAR ATTACK-WOMAN DRAGGED — A woman severely wounded and dragged into a thicket by a bear outside her central Pennsylvania home later managed to crawl back to her house to call for help, a relative says. SENT: 150 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CHILD DEAD-BORDER PATROL — An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death of a 7-year-old migrant girl who began suffering seizures in immigration custody along the U.S.-Mexico border, spiked a high fever and later died, officials said. SENT: 740 words, photo

ELECTION 2020-ELIZABTH WARREN —As she prepares to launch a potential presidential campaign, Elizabeth Warren will return to a more sure-footed forum to talk about race, an issue that’s tripped her up when she got personal about her own. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 1 p.m.

MICHAEL FLYNN — Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is relaxed and hopeful even as the possibility of prison looms when he’s sentenced in the Russia probe. People close to Flynn tell The Associated Press he has been relaxing at events such as an Elton John concert and Boston Celtics game, where random people approached him to shake hands. His supporters plan a rally outside the courthouse the day of his sentencing Tuesday, and a lucrative consulting gig could await him. SENT: 1,080 words, photo.

TRUMP-CHIEF OF STAFF — President Donald Trump’s hunt for a new chief of staff has taken on a reality TV tone. No leading contender has emerged in the days since Trump’s first pick to replace John Kelly bowed out. But the void has quickly filled with drama. The chaotic process was hardly a novelty for the Trump administration, which has struggled with high staff turnover and attracting top talent. SENT: 880 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA FACT CHECK — President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts when it comes to former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea for lying in the Russia investigation. SENT: 550 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SRI LANKA-POLITICS — A Sri Lankan lawmaker says disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country’s political crisis. SENT: 370 words, photos.

KOSOVO-ARMY — Serbia talks up the possibility of an armed intervention in Kosovo after the parliament in Pristina overwhelmingly approves the formation of an army. SENT: 780 words, photos.

CHINA-CANADA-DETENTIONS — By detaining Canadians in an apparent act of retribution, China is looking like the country its toughest critics have said it is: A regime unbound by the rules governing major industrialized economies. Canada arrested a Chinese executive at America’s request but gave her a public hearing and released her on bail. Beijing apparently lashed back by arresting two Canadians - and has kept their whereabouts secret and the charges vague. China’s tactics could backfire. The U.S. and other major economies are reassessing Beijing’s place in the global economic system. UPCOMING: 850 words.

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NATIONAL

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ONLY ON AP

GOOD DEED-DOING PRIEST — A Kentucky-based priest is crisscrossing the United States, spreading the Gospel through acts of kindness. The pope named Father Jim Sichko to a fleet of papal missionaries of mercy three years ago. Pope Francis commanded the missionaries to go forth and bring joy, kindness and forgiveness to the world. Since then, Sichko has been traveling to all 50 states, buying strangers lunch or gas and doing other good deeds. SENT: 960 words, video, photos.

NUCLEAR REACTORS-SOUTH CAROLINA — South Carolina regulators have a couple of billion-dollar decisions. The Public Service Commission will determine how much to cut rates for 737,000 South Carolina Electric & Gas customers who have already paid more than $2 billion for a pair of nuclear reactors abandoned during construction. Regulators will also decide whether to approve a roughly $15 billion cash and stock bid from Virginia-based Dominion Energy to buy SCE&G’s parent company SCANA Corp. SENT: 680 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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RETAIL SALES — U.S. retail sales increase slight 0.2% in November, as strong sales tied to holiday shopping are offset by lower gas prices. SENT: 400 words, photos.

THE DEBT THREAT — Concerns are building from Washington to Wall Street about the trillions of dollars in debt that U.S. businesses have racked up, particularly companies with relatively weak finances. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 11 a.m., photos, graphics.

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SPORTS

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CHARGERS-CHIEFS — Philip Rivers leads Chargers to a pair of touchdowns in the final minutes, then passes for a go-ahead 2-point conversion with 4 seconds remaining to give Los Angeles a 29-28 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. SENT: 200 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-CBS — CBS reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement last year with actress Eliza Dushku after on-set sexual comments from Michael Weatherly, star of the network’s show “Bull,” made her uncomfortable when she was beginning a run as a recurring character, CBS said in a statement. SENT: 334 words, photos.

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