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

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COAL LOSES ITS GRIP — The one main source for decent-paying work in West Virginia, the brutal life of coal, seems to be drying up for good in the only state where already more than half of working-age adults aren't working. But this crisis — and the realization that there won't be another coal boom in these parts — is leading to a growing understanding that new approaches are needed to help Central Appalachia emerge from decades of deep poverty, under-education and poor health. By Jonathan Fahey. SENT 2,900 words, photos, video, interactive. Abridged version also available, 1,000 words.

— INTERACTIVE: A photo and video trip down a coal mine and through coal country:

AUTO SALES — November used to be a slow month for U.S. car sales. Not anymore. Black Friday promotions — some of which began well before Thanksgiving — were expected to push last month's sales to near-record levels. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m. Will be updated as automakers report monthly figures throughout the day.

With: AUTO SALES-VOLKSWAGEN — Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal took a serious bite out of the company's U.S. sales last month. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 250 words by 2:30 p.m.

COKE-HEALTH-GROUP — A nonprofit funded by the Coca-Cola Co. to combat obesity is disbanding following revelations about the beverage maker's involvement with the group. By Candice Choi. SENT: 605 words, photo.

EUROPE-ECONOMY — Christmas is coming — and some investors are already convinced they will unwrap an early present in the form of more economic stimulus from the European Central Bank. Here's what investors expect from the ECB — and where the central bank could surprise on Thursday. By David McHugh. SENT: 850 words, photo.

With: EUROPE-UNEMPLOYMENT — Unemployment across the 19-country eurozone economy falls to its lowest level in nearly four years. SENT: 480 words.

STAR WARS-FAN FILMS — If all the teasers, trailers and hints haven't sated your appetite for all things "Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens," then it's time to tap into the force of fan films. By Ryan Nakashima. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.


FINANCIAL MARKETS — U.S. stocks move solidly higher, helped by improving economic data from Japan and Europe as well as hopes that the European Central Bank will expand its stimulus program. By Ken Sweet. SENT: 430 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

TAX BREAKS-THINGS TO KNOW — It's December, when Congress typically passes a last-minute package of temporary tax breaks, sparing millions of businesses and individuals from unwanted tax increases just weeks before the start of filing season. Things to know about the year-end tax package. By Stephen Ohlemacher. SENT: 870 words, photo.

ECONOMY-MANUFACTURING— U.S. factory activity plummets last month to the lowest level in more than six years, with a stronger dollar and low oil prices cutting new orders and hurting production. By Josh Boak. SENT: 690 words, photo.

CONSTRUCTION SPENDING — U.S. construction spending jumps in October, fueled by solid gains in home building and the largest increase in federal construction in nine years. By Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 310 words, photo.


MONSANTO-CLIMATE CHANGE — Monsanto Co. plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021, in part by working with farmers who use its products to help them reduce carbon emissions, the company's CEO told The Associated Press. By Jim Salter. SENT: 530 words, photo.

CLIMATE COUNTDOWN-CARBON PRICE — One of the smartest ways to fight global warming is putting a price on carbon dioxide pollution, some key world leaders said an international climate summit. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 530 words, photos.

MINE EXPLOSION-TRIAL — Jurors say they're still deadlocked in the trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, prompting a federal judge to advise them they can return a partial verdict if they agree on a portion of the charges. By Jonathan Mattise. SENT: 330 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

BANK PURCHASE — Great Western Bancorp Inc. plans to acquire HF Financial Corp., the parent company of Home Federal Bank. SENT: 275 words.

INDONESIA-AIRASIA CRASH — Indonesian investigators say the crash of an AirAsia plane last December that killed all 162 people on board was caused by a recurring rudder control system problem coupled with the flight crew's response. SENT: 350 words, photo.


RV REBOUND — After a long, bumpy ride, production of RVs has just about returned to where it was before the Great Recession put sales in the slow lane. By Bruce Schreiner. SENT: 660 words.

VOLKSWAGEN-UNION — Volkswagen informs workers at its lone U.S. plant in Chattanooga that it is appealing a decision to allow the United Auto Workers union to seek collective bargaining rights for a small group of skilled workers. By Erik Schelzig. SENT: 330 words.

FORD-LOUISVILLE — Ford Motor Co. says it's adding 2,000 jobs and investing $1.3 billion at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville to build the new aluminum-body Super Duty truck. SENT: 130 words.

GERMANY-BMW-DIESEL — BMW's CEO says that at some future point it will no longer make economic sense to keep adapting diesel engines to ever-tougher rules, but he isn't saying when. SENT: 130 words


EMAIL PRIVACY — Investigators would need a search warrant to get people's old emails under a bill considered by a House panel looking to update a nearly 30-year-old federal law to reflect today's communications. By Tami Abdollah. SENT: 750 words.

With: CYBERSECURITY SECRECY — A proposed law meant to encourage companies to share information about cyberthreats with the U.S. government includes measures that could significantly limit what details, if any, the public can review about the program through federal and state public records laws. By Tami Abdollah. SENT: 500 words, photo.


EXPRESS SCRIPTS-DARAPRIM ALTERNATIVE — The nation's biggest pharmacy benefits manager is muscling back into the debate over soaring drug costs by promoting a less-expensive alternative to a life-saving medicine with a list price of $750 per pill. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 655 words, photos.

UNITEDHEALTH-ACA EXCHANGES — UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley offers a mea culpa for his company's decision to dive deeper into the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges, a move that ultimately forced the nation's largest health insurer to cut its earnings forecast. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 590 words, photo.

HEPATITIS DRUG — The makers of a breakthrough drug for hepatitis C put profits before patients in pricing the $1,000 pill that cures the liver-wasting disease, Senate investigators say. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 830 words, photo.


CHINA-MANUFACTURING — Chinese manufacturing was at its weakest in more than three years in November despite stimulus measures to bolster the world's No. 2 economy while service industries improved. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 380 words.

MAN CITY-OWNERSHIP — Manchester City announced that a Chinese consortium is investing $400 million to buy 13 percent of the Premier League club's umbrella organization in a deal that values the business at $3 billion. SENT: 450 words, photos.

BRITAIN-BANK STRESS TESTS — The Bank of England says the country's seven biggest lenders have passed stress tests designed to see if they can withstand a slump in the global economy. SENT: 140 words.

GREECE-BAILOUT — Europe's eurozone bailout institution has approved a 2.72 billion euro ($2.88 billion) disbursement to recapitalize Greece's ailing Piraeus Bank. SENT: 140 words, photos.


CENTERPIECE — Investors should keep a skeptical eye on three schemes that may be touted as the "next big thing." Securities regulators warn that promoters are seeking to lure consumers with "get-in-on-the-ground-floor" pitches. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.

COMPANY SPOTLIGHT — Amazon this week revealed some new details on its plans for a drone delivery program, but the timeline remains unclear. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.


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