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January 5, 2018

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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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — President Donald Trump’s efforts to keep Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a loyal and early supporter of his election effort, in charge of an investigation into his campaign offers special counsel Robert Mueller yet another avenue to explore as prosecutors work to untangle potential evidence of obstruction by the White House. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach of 600 words by 4 p.m., photos.

TRUMP’S TEAM — Already losing staff at a rapid clip, the Trump White House is bracing for more departures. With low poll numbers and the shadow of the ongoing Russia probe, President Donald Trump could struggle to fill those vacancies. By Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller. UPCOMING: 950 words by 5 p.m., photos.

LEGALIZED POT-PROSECUTORS — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has put the top federal prosecutors in states that have legalized recreational marijuana back in charge of deciding whether to press pot cases, but huge obstacles remain, starting with the fact that many of those U.S. attorneys are either brand new to the job or Obama-era holdovers. By Kathleen Foody and Don Thompson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

WINTER WEATHER — Frigid temperatures, some that could feel as cold as minus 30 degrees, moved across the East Coast as the region attempted to clean up from a massive winter storm that brought more than a foot of snow, hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding a day earlier. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 675 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: New approach, 650 words by 5 p.m.

IRAN-PROTESTS — A hard-line cleric leading Friday prayers in Iran’s capital called on the Islamic Republic to build its own social media, blaming popular international messaging apps for the unrest that accompanied days of protests over the country’s flagging economy. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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TRUMP-ARCTIC OFFSHORE DRILLING — The Trump administration’s plan to allow oil and gas drilling in Arctic waters doesn’t mean companies will be rushing in. Royal Dutch Shell spent upward of $7 billion but came up empty in its quest for offshore oil in the harsh region. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.

EPA-TOXIC SITES — The Trump administration touts cleanups at seven of the nation’s most polluted places as a signature accomplishment in the effort to reduce the number of Superfund sites, though records show the physical work was completed before President Donald Trump took office. SENT: 760 words, graphic, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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KOREAS-TENSIONS — The rival Koreas will hold their first formal talks in more than two years next week to find ways to cooperate on the Winter Olympics and to improve their abysmal ties. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT — U.S. employers added 148,000 jobs in December, a modest gain but still enough to suggest that the economy entered the new year with solid momentum. By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN-SERENA OUT — Serena Williams’ decision not to defend her Australian Open title four months after giving birth to her first child had nothing to do with merely being able to play at Melbourne Park. By Sports Writer Dennis Passa. SENT: 680 words, photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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GOLDEN GLOBES-PRODUCER’S MEMORIES — From Ricky Gervais to the hosting duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, veteran Golden Globes producer Barry Adelman reflects on his favorite show moments. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT: 720 words, photos.

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