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December 19, 2018

Here are AP Business News’ 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 newsroom.ap.org.

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FEDERAL RESERVE — The Federal Reserve is expected Wednesday to raise its benchmark rate for a fourth time this year despite President Donald Trump’s repeated assertions that doing so would be a terrible idea. By Martin Crutsinger. UPCOMING: 650 words after midnight. Will be topped with Fed announcement at 2 p.m. and Powell news conference at 2:30 p.m.

NORWAY-ELECTRIC CARS — With e-vehicles now representing almost half of all new Norwegian car sales, Oslo has decided to scale back some of the generous incentives offered to gasoline-free drivers. With the long charging times, short range and uncertain resale price of these snazzy new motors, the question is whether Norway has done enough to reach its goal: to have all new cars be emission-free by 2025. By Mark Lewis. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos at 5 a.m.

MARKETS & ECONOMY:

FINANCIAL MARKETS — A report on global markets, starting in Asia and updated through the close of trading on Wall Street.

HOME SALES — The National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in November. By Josh Boak. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 10 a.m., 350 words by 10:45 a.m.