BC-AP News Digest 2 pm


Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST.

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TOP STORIES

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2016-ELECTION — America picks between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It’s the final act in a long, rancorous and always unpredictable presidential race that laid bare the nation’s divides. By Julie Pace and Robert Furlow. SENT: 950 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the night. TOP VIDEOS: — US NY CLINTON VOTES (CR), US NY TRUMP VOTES (CR) — The presidential candidates vote. 2016-ELECTION-AMERICA VOTES-PHOTO GALLERY – Voters and their photos. With 2016-ELECTION-NEWS GUIDE — Good riddance to a campaign of numbing negativity; 2016-ELECTION-ANALYSIS — We already know one outcome: A big, ugly gash in the heart of American politics. SENT: 820 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 11 p.m., photos; 2016-ELECTION-THE LATEST. Also see 2016-ELECTION-SENATE and 2016-ELECTION-HOUSE below.

2016-ELECTION-VOTING PROBLEMS — After weeks of worry about fraud and intimidation, few voters who headed early to the polls encounter such problems. There are some reports of machine breakdowns and long lines. By Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 780 words, photos. Updates throughout the night.

IRAQ — The stench of death drew Iraqi soldiers to a field south of Mosul and a gruesome discovery: bones and other human remains, clothing scraps, garbage bags — and even a child’s stuffed animal. About 100 bodies, many of them decapitated, are suspected to be buried in what is likely the latest mass grave left by retreating Islamic State militants. By Brian Rohan. SENT: New approach of 750 words, photos, video. With GERMANY-ISLAMIC STATE — Five Islamic State suspects arrested in Germany.

SYRIA — Turkey’s top diplomat says that Washington has promised Ankara that U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces will only be involved in a siege of the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa in Syria but would not enter the city itself, once it is freed of IS militants. By Suzan Fraser and Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 690 words, photos. With: SYRIA-ACTIVIST-HONORED — Syrian media activist Hadi Abdallah has won a prestigious, international reporting award for covering his country’s war from its shattered, opposition-held areas. SENT: 440 words, photo.

SKOREA-POLITICS — Scrambling to defuse a massive scandal, South Korean President Park Geun-hye concedes to lawmakers the power to name her new prime minister, a move that could seriously hurt, or even destroy, her ability to govern. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 630 words, photos. With SKOREA-POLITICS-APEC SUMMIT — South Korea president to miss APEC summit amid political turmoil.

ISRAEL-ARAB WOMEN — A string of murders of Israeli-Arab women by suspected relatives sparks soul searching in the community and unprecedented demonstrations against its treatment of women. After years of silence, Arab citizens are now calling for more police and social services in their long-neglected neighborhoods. By Aron Heller and Areej Hazboun. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BRITAIN-PRINCE HARRY — It’s the royals versus the press — again. Prince Harry lashes out at media treatment of American girlfriend Meghan Markle. SENT: 750 words, photo. UPCOMING: New approach.

BRITAIN-MARKLE — A snapshot of Meghan Markle, an American actress and Prince Harry’s girlfriend. SENT: 470 words.

AOL VOICE-UBER DRIVER — You’ve Got A Ride! Voice of AOL’s ‘mail’ now Uber driver. SENT: 140 words, photo.

SWITZERLAND-BRITAIN-TOBLERONE — Mind the chocolate gap: Britons grumble as Toblerone shrinks. SENT: 150 words, photos.

INDIA-CURRENCY NOTES SCRAPPED — India is scrapping high denomination currency notes in battle against undeclared earnings, corruption and fake currency. SENT: 420 words, photos.

KIT KAT THEFT — Hershey has come to the rescue of a college student who had his Kit Kat bar brazenly stolen by sending him 6,500 of the chocolate candy bars. SENT: 140 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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2016-ELECTION-AMERICA VOTES — Election Day arrives at last, and Americans are heading to the polls to have their say in the choice of the next president. Some paused to talk about their decisions and the tensions of the moment. By National Writer Adam Geller. SENT: 840 words, photos, videos. Also see ATHLETES AND VOTING below.

HOT CAR DEATH-GEORGIA — Jurors start weighing evidence in the murder trial of a Georgia man who prosecutors say deliberately left his 22-month-old son to die in a hot car. Defense attorneys say it was a tragic accident. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m. EST. AP Photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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2016-ELECTION-SENATE – Senate control is up for grabs: Republican hopes of protecting its narrow majority rests on handful of states, toss-ups to the end. SENT: 800 words, photos. Updates throughout the night.

2016-ELECTION-HOUSE – GOP is on track to retain control of House, but their majority may narrow. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the night.

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INTERNATIONAL

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HONG KONG-BRITISH BANKER’S TRIAL — A British banker is convicted of murder for killing two Indonesian women in Hong Kong, torturing one of them over three days while using cocaine in a gruesome case that shocked the Chinese financial hub. SENT: 610 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-MARCOS-HERO’S BURIAL — The Philippines’ Supreme Court rules that the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be buried at a heroes’ cemetery, a decision that opponents say roll back the democratic triumph of the “people power” revolt that ousted the strongman three decades ago. SENT: 880 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-ASYLUM SEEKERS — Australia will find another country to resettle hundreds of asylum seekers now held on poor Pacific islands, a minister says as his government plans to banish for life refugees who arrive by boat. SENT: 490 words. With AUSTRALIA-GAY MARRIAGE — Gay rights advocates welcome Australia rejecting public vote.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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CAMPAIGN 2016-MEDIA — Some 70 million people are expected to follow the long-running television drama known as the election Tuesday as it reaches its conclusion onscreen. By Television Writer David Bauder. UPCOMING 800 words: Developing through the evening.

CAMPAIGN 2016-TV HUMOR — For viewers seeking a break from straight election-night coverage, TV offers escape — humor and otherwise. A look at Stephen Colbert, “The Daily Show” and a big night’s other alternatives. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Moving shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning.

OSCARS-GOVERNORS AWARDS-Q&A-CHAN — Jackie Chan discusses what it means to accept an honorary Oscar at Saturday’s Governors Awards in Hollywood, California. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Eds: First in a series profiling the four recipients of Saturday night’s Governors Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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SPORTS

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ATHLETES AND VOTING — For many pro athletes who work in a state other than the one they call home, voting gets complicated. Some teams and athletes are trying to make sure that those who want to vote have the information they need. By Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SEAHAWKS-OFFICIATING — Another officiating flap in Monday night’s Seahawks-Bills game meant another black eye for the refs, leaving the NFL’s officiating chief to issue corrections in the middle of Seattle’s 31-25 win. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

PLAYOFF RANKINGS — There will be a new team joining the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings when the selection committee releases its Top 25. Will it be unbeaten Washington, Ohio State or Louisville? By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words. Rankings released about 7:10 p.m.

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BUSINESS

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THANKSGIVING DAY SHOPPING — Thanksgiving Day shopping isn’t going away and some stores are rethinking their strategies on whether it makes sense to be open. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 860 words, photos.

JOB OPENINGS — U.S. employers posted slightly more job openings in September, a likely sign that the steady job gains of recent months could continue. Openings had plunged to an eight-month low in August. By Josh Boak. SENT: 310 words, photo.

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HOW TO REACH US

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