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November 17, 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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SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED — U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. official says. The Saudi government has denied the claim. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 670 words, photos.

WIKILEAKS — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him. That prediction from one of his lawyers foreshadows a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the U.S. special counsel’s Russia-Trump investigation. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,090 words, photos, video. With WIKILEAKS-PRESS FREEDOM — Press freedom threat seen in prosecuting WikiLeaks’ Assange (sent).

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — President Donald Trump heads to Northern California on Saturday to see firsthand the grief and devastation from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, as confusion continued over how many people remain unaccounted for. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 950 words, photos. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-MISSING — Northern California officials struggle to get a handle on the number of missing from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century (sent). For comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/Wildfires

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — President Donald Trump says he has “very easily” answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, though he speculates that the questions were “tricked up” to try to catch him in a lie. He says he hasn’t submitted his answers to investigators yet. By Jonathan Lemire and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-DIGITAL — One of the largest outside Democratic groups says ramped-up spending on digital advertising played a key role in battleground races where seats were taken away from Republicans during the midterm elections — a potential lesson for Democrats in 2020. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 920 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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MELANIA TRUMP’S MOMENT — It turns out there is more than one Trump who can employ a few well-chosen words as a poison dart. With a bombshell public statement this week, Melania Trump revealed she has the ability to carry out a political hit. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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APEC — China’s leader Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traded barbs in speeches to a summit of world leaders, outlining competing visions for global leadership as trade and other tensions between them simmer. SENT: 610 words, photos.

NKOREA MONEY MYSTERY — One of the biggest mysteries among North Korea economy watchers is how the country has managed to maintain stable exchange rates despite intense sanctions, political tensions and a swelling trade imbalance. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — The state commission investigating the Florida high school massacre began discussions on what recommendations it will make regarding student safety, mental health and steps to prevent future school shootings. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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DUELING DINOSAURS — About 66 million years after two dinosaurs died apparently locked in battle on the plains of modern-day Montana, an unusual fight over who owns the entangled fossils has become a multimillion-dollar issue that hinges on the legal definition of “mineral.” SENT: 630 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM REVIEW-CREED II — “Creed II ” pulls off a rather amazing feat by adding to the luster of its predecessor and propelling the narrative into a bright future while also reaching back to honor its past, resurrecting unfinished business from “Rocky IV” and adding a dash of “Rocky III.” Pound per pound, the sequel might even be better than its predecessor. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 890 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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T25-SYRACUSE-NOTRE DAME PREVIEW — When Notre Dame plays in New York City it comes with much fanfare and pageantry. The No. 3 Fighting Irish come to Yankee Stadium in contention for the College Football Playoff. They face No. 12 Syracuse, the highest-ranked team the Orange have fielded in 20 years. Notre Dame is two victories away from an unbeaten regular season and an almost certain spot in the national semifinals. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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