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December 15, 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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HEALTH OVERHAUL-LAWSUIT — A conservative federal judge in Texas rules the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House says the law will remain in place for now. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 890 words, photo. With HEALTH OVERHAUL-LAWSUIT-JUDGE — Judge in health care case had blocked other Obama policies; HEALTH OVERHAUL-DEADLINE — Saturday is the deadline for ACA health law coverage in most of the country (both sent).

TRUMP-CHIEF OF STAFF — President Donald Trump picks budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his next chief of staff, ending a chaotic search that had been inching forward with the feel of an unfolding reality TV show. By Catherine Lucey, Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin. SENT: 500 words, photos.

CHILD DEAD-BORDER PATROL — The death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl highlights the desperation of a growing number of Central American families and children showing up at the U.S. border with Mexico, often to claim asylum, and raises new questions about how well U.S. authorities are prepared for them. By Colleen Long and Elliot Spagat. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

CHINA-CANADA-DETENTIONS — By detaining Canadians in an apparent act of retaliation, China is looking like the country its toughest critics have said it is: A regime unbound by the rules governing major industrialized economies. By Paul Wiseman, Rob Gillies and Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With UNITED STATES-CANADA-CHINA — U.S., Canada move to ease tensions over case of Chinese technology exec. SENT: 690 words, photos; CANADA-CHINA-HUAWEI — Canadian minister postpones trip to China amid tensions. SENT: 120 words, photos.

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HELPFUL HOMELESS MAN — A homeless man from Philadelphia who allegedly schemed with a New Jersey couple to scam GoFundMe donors out of more than $400,000 will be released from jail pending trial. SENT: 240 words, photos.

ARMORED TRUCK-CASH ON HIGHWAY — More than half a million dollars spilled from an armored truck onto a New Jersey highway, and nearly $300,000 remains missing a day later, police say. SENT: 200 words, photo.

INDIANA-MIDDLE SCHOOL SHOOTING — Police say a 14-year-old Indiana boy’s mother was the 911 caller who warned authorities before the teenager shot his way into a middle school and exchanged gunfire with officers. SENT: 140 words, photos.

MOTHER’S ARREST-VIDEO — The New York City police commissioner says a more complicated and “chaotic” story is emerging from a witness video that went viral showing a tug-of-war between a New York mother with a toddler and police yanking the boy from her. SENT: 270 words.

CALIFORNIA UTILITY-FALSIFIED RECORDS — Regulators are accusing one of California’s largest utilities of falsifying safety documents on natural gas pipelines. SENT: 420 words, photos.

OSCARS AUCTION — One Academy Award trophy sold for nearly $500,000 and the second for well over $200,000 in a rare auction of Oscars in Los Angeles. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN — Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether he’s too old to seek the White House. SENT: 800 words, photo. With ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN — Elizabeth Warren seeks to solidify her connection with African-American voters. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FLYNN — The special counsel’s office pushes back at the suggestion that the FBI acted improperly in its interview of former national security Michael Flynn. SENT: 340 words, photo. With TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-THINGS TO KNOW — A look at where the investigations related to Trump stand (sent).

TRUMP-BORDER WALL — Congress is racing to avoid a partial government shutdown over President Trump’s border wall. But you wouldn’t know it by the schedule. SENT: 880 words, photos. With CONGRESS-IS IT OVER YET? — Everyone wants to go home, yet both chambers are scheduled to be in session next week. SENT: 850 words, photo.

CONGRESS-NEW LATINOS — A record 43 Latinos elected to Congress are set to take the oath of office in January, including the youngest woman ever elected, two Latinas from Texas, the first Latino to represent Ohio and a woman born in Ecuador. SENT: 920 words, photos.

VOTER ID — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed legislation implementing a voter photo identification mandate that was added to the state’s constitution in a recent referendum, teeing up a likely veto override by Republican lawmakers. SENT: 580 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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KASHMIR-FIGHTING: — At least six civilians were killed and nearly two dozens injured when government forces fired at anti-India protesters in disputed Kashmir following a gunbattle that left three rebels and a soldier dead, police and residents say. SENT: 350 words.

SOMALIA-EXTREMIST TO CANDIDATE — A third day of protests began in Somalia over the arrest of the former No. 2 leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency. Officials say at least eight people have been killed so far as angry supporters take to the streets. SENT: 390 words, photo.

NIGERIA-UNICEF SUSPENDED — Nigeria’s military lifts a suspension of UNICEF’s work in the extremist-threatened northeast just hours after it accused the U.N. agency of training people for “clandestine activities.” SENT: 390 words.

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NATIONAL

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LAME DUCK LEGISLATURES — Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan enact last-minute limits on Democratic power, with outgoing GOP governors in both Upper Midwest states signing laws protecting their priorities before leaving office in less than a month. SENT: 700 words, photos.

MISSING MAN-KILLING — After a spellbinding five-day trial that featured tales of infidelity and a multimillion dollar insurance payout, a jury on Friday convicted a Florida woman of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago. SENT: 730 words, photos.

BIKE PATH ATTACK — Lawyers for a man charged with killing eight people in a terrorist attack on a New York City bike path said in a court filing they had learned the FBI had intercepted his communications, though it was unclear when that surveillance began. SENT: 410 words.

TRANSGENDER INMATE-GENDER SURGERY — A federal judge says Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to a transgender inmate who has been living as a woman for years but who has continuously been housed in a men’s prison. SENT: 670 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — A report on firefighter injuries in a deadly Northern California wildfire details the harrowing conditions they faced and a few close calls with death. The report released Thursday by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the Camp Fire overtook three firefighters working to stop the blaze Nov. 8. SENT: 470 words, photos.

MURDER PARDON-CAMBODIAN REFUGEE — In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown’s attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old Cambodian refugee who killed a woman when he was 14 years old. SENT: 420 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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TRUMP CLUB-OPPORTUNITY ZONE — President Donald Trump’s company owns a golf club in an Opportunity Zone offering developers massive tax breaks, but experts say it is unlikely it could take advantage of them. SENT: 540 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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CALIFORNIA-ELECTRIC BUS MANDATE — California is moving to eliminate fossil fuels from its fleet of 14,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. SENT: 280 words, photos.

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