Wishbone, one of two turkeys set to be pardoned by President Donald Trump, is previewed by members of the press, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at the White House briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

BC-AP News Digest 2 pm

November 21, 2017 - 2:01 pm

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

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NEW & DEVELOPING

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UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — Early afternoon announcement expected.

US SENATE-ALABAMA — Moore targeted by fellow Republicans' comments in new ad. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. Moore campaign news conference.

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ONLY ON AP

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PAKISTAN-MADRASSA ABUSE — Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric at his madrassa. Sexual abuse is a pervasive and longstanding problem at madrassas, or Islamic religious schools, in Pakistan, an AP investigation finds. But in a culture where clerics are powerful and sexual abuse is a taboo subject, it is seldom discussed or even acknowledged in public, let alone prosecuted. By Kathy Gannon. SENT: 2,600 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 930 words has also been sent.

TRANSGENDER TEEN'S JOURNEY-PART TWO — Raised a girl, Theo feels more like a boy — he doesn't want to use the name given to him at birth, he writes his teachers a detailed letter explaining which pronouns he prefers, and he's been a tomboy since before he knew the word "transgender." And yet, aspects of this teenager's personality and gender identity still don't fit neatly into a box. By Tamara Lush. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video. Second installment of a three-part story.

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TOP STORIES

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ZIMBABWE-POLITICAL TURMOIL — Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe resigns, succumbing to a week of overwhelming pressure from the military that put him under house arrest, as well as lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties who started impeachment proceedings and a population that surged into the streets to say 37 years in power was enough. By Christopher Torchia and Farai Mutsaka. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

MUGABE'S FALL— From magnanimous liberator to despotic dictator, Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule of Zimbabwe has been one of Africa's most controversial and influential. Astute, wily, ruthless, Mugabe outmaneuvered all in Zimbabwe but was undone by his own miscalculation in his last weeks in power. By Andrew Meldrum. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.; AP WAS THERE-ZIMBABWE-MUGABE (sent).

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-SWIFT FALL — The ax is falling fast on journalists accused of sexual misconduct. While news organizations aren't the only employers taking swift action, they face particular pressure to act or risk their credibility in covering the scandals sweeping through the media, Hollywood and politics. By Jennifer Peltz. UPCOMING: Developing, 600 words, photos, by 4:30 p.m. With SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-ROSE — CBS News fires Charlie Rose after several women accused him of sexual misconduct, PBS terminates his show. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; HARVEY WEINSTEIN — Report: Weinstein paid $1M to accuser after 2015 case died (sent).

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-DEMOCRATS — Democrats have been out in front of many Republicans in supporting the growing #MeToo chorus of women — and some men — who have stepped up to allege sexual victimization and name names. But now #MeToo stains the Democrats. By Calvin Woodward and Juliet Linderman. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos; With SEXUAL HARASSMENT-CONYERS — Michigan Rep. John Conyers has told The Associated Press that he hasn't settled any sexual harassment complaints with any staff members; SEXUAL HARASSMENT-FRANKEN-SNL — A group of women who worked alongside Al Franken on "Saturday Night Live" has signed a statement of support for the Minnesota senator accused of improper conduct (both sent).

FCC-NET NEUTRALITY — The FCC announced its plan to raze "net neutrality" regulations that equalize access to the internet, opening the door for giant cable and phone companies to limit consumer choice and favor their own services over those of smaller rivals, should they wish. By Ryan Nakashima and Michael Liedtke. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photos. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

RUSSIA-SYRIA —Syrian President Bashar Assad has held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to help lay the groundwork for potential new peace initiatives by Russia, Iran and Turkey. Putin also declared that Russia's military campaign in Syria will be ending soon. The trip to Sochi was Assad's second trip to Russia and the second time he went abroad since Syria's civil war erupted in 2011. By Nataliya Vasilyeva and Bassem Mroue. SENT: 750 words, photos. With SYRIA-RUSSIA-THE EMBRACE — Assad-Putin embrace tells story of Russia's Syria campaign; TRUMP — Trump and Putin speak by phone about Syria; SYRIA-ASSAD THE SURVIVOR — Assad has survived nearly 7 years of war and as U.N.-backed peace talks resume he's likely to keep power (all sent).

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WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

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GERMANY-JOHN LENNON — German police recovered around 100 items that belonged to the late Beatles John Lennon that were stolen from his widow in New York, including three diaries, two pairs of his signature metal-rimmed glasses, a cigarette case and a handwritten music score. SENT: 480 words, photos.

HBO-EXTORTION — U.S. prosecutors say a member of an Iran-based hacking group tried to extort HBO out of $6 million in digital currency by stealing unaired episodes and scripts of hit shows like "Game of Thrones." SENT: 125 words.

ODD-KAZAKHSTAN-BORAT — Baron Cohen to pay fine for Czechs sporting Borat mankinis. SENT: 130 words, photos.

IKEA RECALL-DRESSERS — Ikea relaunches a recall of 17.3 million chests and dressers after the death of an eighth child. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — The U.S. readies new sanctions against North Korea, a day after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism in a move to put additional pressure on Pyongyang's nuclear program. SENT: 720 words. UPCOMING: Update from early afternoon announcement, 790 words by 5 p.m., photo.

TRUMP-TURKEY— President Donald Trump pardons the Thanksgiving turkey and leaves Washington to celebrate the holiday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m., photos.

UNITED STATES-AFRICA-AIRSTRIKES — The U.S. military says it killed more than 100 militants in an airstrike on an extremist group's camp in Somalia and conducts another strike in Libya. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m., photos.

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NATIONAL

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LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-FUNDRAISING-Q&A — Millions of dollars in donations have poured in for the victims of the mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival, leaving local officials and national experts to sort how to fairly and quickly distribute the money. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

NEUROLOGIST-SEXUAL ABUSE — A neurologist facing allegations of sexual misconduct in three states has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges that he groped women at a Philadelphia clinic. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.

THANKSGIVING TRIBE-RECLAIMING LANGUAGE — The Native American tribe whose ancestors shared a Thanksgiving meal with the Pilgrims nearly 400 years ago is reclaiming its long-lost language, one schoolchild at a time. SENT: 810 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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EUROPE'S SAVIOR? — French President Emmanuel Macron looks like the last, best hope to salvage a unified Europe, as Britain drifts away and Germany bogs down. SENT: 700 words, photos. With GERMANY-POLITICS —Chancellor Angela Merkel's chances of cobbling together a government in Germany's current parliament look slim, but it appears too far too early to write her off. SENT: 700 words, photos. With GERMANY-POLITICS-WORLD STAGE — German domestic political woes may have international effect (both sent).

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. A year after "Moonlight" stormed awards season and went on to win best picture at the Academy Awards, another tender coming-of-age tale about a gay young man is poised to be a major Oscar contender. "Call Me By Your Name," starring Armie Hammer and newcomer Timothee Chalamet, has astonished audiences with its universal tale of young love. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos. With INDIE SPIRIT AWARDS-NOMINATIONS —"Call Me By Your Name" has a leading six Film Independent Spirit Award nominations, followed by Jordan Peele's satirical horror "Get Out" and the Robert Pattinson thriller "Good Time" which both picked up five nominations. SENT: 350 words, photos.

MUSIC REVIEW-HOLIDAY ALBUMS — A review of holiday albums released this year, including efforts from Sia, Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle, Gwen Stefani and Fantasia. UPCOMING: 1,500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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RETURN OF VIOXX? — Could there be a second life for the once-popular arthritis pill Vioxx? A tiny pharmaceutical company is trying to bring back the arthritis pill Vioxx but for patients with a bleeding disorder. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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JUSTICE-AT&T — The Trump administration's decision to oppose the AT&T-Time Warner merger may be clouded by suspicions of political influence, but on its merits it represents a striking departure from decades of permissive antitrust policy that has allowed tremendous consolidation in media and other industries. The results could benefit consumers. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach of 700 words by 2 p.m., photos. With AP NEWS GUIDE-AT&T-TIME WARNER — Politics or policy? Behind the dispute over AT&T-Time Warner; (sent).

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SPORTS

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FIFA INVESTIGATION-TRIAL — Secret payments to soccer officials were cloaked by car names such as 'Benz,' 'VW,' 'Toyota,' 'Kia' and 'Peugeot,' a sports marketing executive testified as the trial of three former national federations started its second week. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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