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November 23, 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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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP —President Donald Trump used a Thanksgiving Day call to troops deployed overseas to pat himself on the back and air grievances about the courts, trade and migrants heading to the U.S.-Mexico border. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,175 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-SUPREME COURT-FACT CHECK — Betraying no trust in an independent judiciary, President Trump is using a federal appeals court in San Francisco as a punching bag for his frustrations about not getting his way on border security. He’s spreading misinformation in the process and appearing to misunderstand how appeals work. SENT: 795 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THANKS AMID THE ASHES — Patty Rough lost her Paradise home and most of her belongings in the Camp Fire, and she had no place to cook a family meal on Thanksgiving. But she and her husband are safe, and she was still able to spend the holiday with her children over plates of turkey, cranberry sauce and pie at a feast for thousands of people put on by volunteers. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 735 words, photos. With: CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST.

THANKSGIVING PARADE — Blustery cold didn’t chill the enthusiasm at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Performers on Thursday included Diana Ross, John Legend, Martina McBride and the Muppets from “Sesame Street.” Macy’s apologized for “technical difficulties” after fans ripped into singer Rita Ora for what they saw as awkward lip-syncing. By Stephen R. Groves and Michael Sisak. SENT: 630 words, photos. With: THANKSGIVING PARADE-THE LATEST (SENT), AP Video — US NY THANKSGIVING PARADE (CR).

PAKISTAN-CHINESE CONSULATE — Three gunmen stormed the Chinese Consulate in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi on Friday, triggering an intense, hour-long shootout during which two police officers and all the assailants were killed. By Adil Jawad. SENT: 345 words, photos. With: CHINESE CONSULATE-THE LATEST.

INDIA-MUMBAI ATTACKS-ANNIVERSARY — A decade after coordinated attacks by Pakistani gunmen on the Indian financial capital, survivors and the city have moved on, but scars remain. By Vineeta Deepak. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

HOLIDAY-BLACK-FRIDAY — Retailers aren’t just ushering the official start of the holiday season with the usual expanded hours and fat discounts on big TVs and toys. They’re offering new ways for shoppers to get deals online and in the store easier and faster in the age of instant gratification. By Retail Writers Joseph Pisani and Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 570 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SKOREA-SLAVE-ISLAND — A South Korean court has ruled that the government must pay $70,700 to three men who were enslaved on salt farms for several years. The Seoul High Court says the government was responsible because local officials and police failed to properly monitor the situation. More than 60 slaves, most of them with intellectual disabilities, were rescued following an investigation led by mainland police in 2014. The Associated Press documented some of their stories in a yearlong investigation. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 420 words, photos.

CHINA-SCHOOL CRASH — Police in China say the suspect in a car crash that killed five children and injured 19 other people deliberately targeted the students as they crossed a street outside a primary school. SENT: 385 words.

CUBA-SPAIN — A Spanish prime minister is visiting Cuba for the first time in three decades, a historic visit that suggests a warming of relations between Cuba and the former colonial power. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is scheduled to meet with Cuban officials and intellectuals during the two-day trip that began Thursday. By Andrea Rodriguez. SENT: 305 words.

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NATIONAL

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MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA —One teen is dead and two others have been injured following a shooting at an Alabama mall prior to Black Friday shopping. Authorities say the shooting happened about 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, a nearby suburb of Birmingham. SENT: 140 words.

SAME-SEX PARENTS — New policies in Massachusetts, Vermont and a handful of other states mean same-sex partners can quickly and easily secure their parental rights with a simple form at the hospital rather than having to spend thousands of dollars in court to get an adoption. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 885 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FINDING SAFE HAVEN — Destitute, desperate and unable to support a child, Haven Shepherd’s dad brought a pair of bombs to their small hut in Vietnam. He strapped one to himself and the other to Haven’s mom and placed Haven in between. She was 14 months old. The bombs killed the parents, but Haven survived. She lost both legs below the knees. Now living in Missouri with her adopted family, Shepherd is on a path that could lead to a spot on the US Paralympic swim team in 2020. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,850 words, photos. Abridged version also available.

REDSKINS-COWBOYS — Amari Cooper had a 90-yard touchdown catch while finishing with 180 yards receiving and two scores and the Dallas Cowboys pulled even with Washington atop the NFC East with a 31-23 Thanksgiving victory over the Redskins. SENT: 1,115 words, photos.

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