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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

December 16, 2018

Here are the AP’s 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 https://newsroom.ap.org

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SPAIN-JAILED CATALANS —As a hunger strike by jailed Catalan separatist politicians enters its third week and begins to take a toll on their health, they say their upcoming rebellion trial will allow them to peacefully promote their cause for independence from Spain. By Aritz Parra. SENT: 1,110 words, photo.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-INVESTIGATIONS — Investigations now entangle Donald Trump’s White House, campaign, transition, inauguration, charity and business. For Trump, the political, the personal and the deeply personal are all under examination. By Calvin Woodward and Julie Pace. SENT: 1,340 words, photos. With TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-THINGS TO KNOW — A look at where the investigations related to Trump stand (sent).

TRUMP-INTERIOR SECRETARY —Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year’s end, President Donald Trump says. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Zinke said “vicious and politically motivated attacks” against him had “created an unfortunate distraction” in fulfilling the agency’s mission. By Ellen Knickmeyer, Matthew Brown and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,440 words, photos. With TRUMP-INTERIOR SECRETARY-THE LATEST.

CLIMATE — After two weeks of bruising negotiations, officials from almost 200 countries agree on universal, transparent rules that will govern efforts to cut emissions and curb global warming. But to the frustration of environmental activists and some countries who were urging more ambitious climate goals, negotiators delayed decisions on two key issues until next year in an effort to get a deal on them. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

TRUMP-CHIEF OF STAFF — A pledge of loyalty. Political savvy. Personal rapport. President Donald Trump had long made clear the qualities he was looking for in his next chief of staff. And when his first pick turned him down, sparking a frantic search, Trump turned to the man he’d already tapped for two previous jobs in his administration: Mick Mulvaney, a blunt, fast-talking former South Carolina congressman who had told Trump months ago he wanted the job. By Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

GUATEMALA-CHILD DEAD-BORDER PATROL —Jakelin Caal Maquin had received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said they would set out together for the United States, thousands of miles from her impoverished Guatemalan village. Relatives say the 7-year-oild was excited about the possibility of a new life in another country. Instead she died in a Texas hospital two days after being taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. By Sonia Perez D. SENT: 870 words, photos. With CHILD DEAD-BORDER PATROL — Family of migrant girl disputes official story on her death (sent).

SOUTH AFRICA-HERITAGE — A hulking statue of a late 19th century white leader, with a cane and top hat, has been a flashpoint for cultural conflict in South Africa for years. Nearly 25 years after the end of white minority rule, the statue of Paul Kruger still looms in Church Square in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital. The tussle over its fate goes to the heart of a discussion over whether relics of white domination should be scrapped or kept as reminders of a harsh past. SENT: 890 words. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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FRANCE-ATTACK — A memorial is being held at a square in the eastern French city of Strasbourg to remember the four people who were shot dead and the dozens who were wounded by a gunman several days ago. SENT: 130 words, photo.

PETE DAVIDSON POST — New York City police were concerned about Pete Davidson after he wrote “I don’t want to be on this earth anymore” on Instagram. And they visited the “Saturday Night Live” star to make sure he was OK. SENT: 390 words, photo.

SERBIA-BUS CRASH — Serbian police say a bus has skidded and overturned in wintry weather killing three people and injuring 32. SENT: 80 words.

SWITZERLAND-BUS CRASH — Zurich police say a tour bus on its way to Germany has crashed in Switzerland, killing one person and injuring 44 others. SENT: 90 words, photo.

ISRAEL-LEBANON — The Israeli military says it has exposed a fourth Hezbollah attack tunnel dug from Lebanon. SENT: 110 words, photo.

LOS ANGELES TEACHERS — Thousands of teachers working for the nation’s second-largest school system are marching in downtown Los Angeles to demand a new contract. SENT: 270 words, photos.

LANDMARK HOUSE DESTROYED — A man who illegally demolished a San Francisco house designed by the modernist architect Richard Neutra has been ordered to build an exact replica. SENT: 270 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SRI LANKA-POLITICS Politics — Sri Lanka’s president reappointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, nearly two months after firing him and setting off a long political stalemate in the South Asian island nation. SENT: 440 words, photos.

NKOREA-KIM’S ANNIVERSARY — North Koreans are marking the anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il seven years ago with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son, Kim Jong Un. SENT: 590 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-FAMILY SEPARATION — When Emili Espinoza was finally able to make a video call to the 3-year-old son she hadn’t seen since fleeing Venezuela, the little boy didn’t recognize her. His mother wasn’t the 28-year-old woman staring at him through a cell phone, he insisted, but the one taking care of him in Venezuela. Many of the 2.3 million Venezuelans who have left in the last two years are going without their children. The result is a profound alteration of the Venezuelan family with sometimes devastating consequences. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.

KASHMIR-LOCKDOWN — A security clampdown and a strike sponsored by separatists fighting against Indian rule shut most of Indian-administered Kashmir, a day after chaotic protests and fighting killed seven civilians and four combatants in the disputed region. SENT: 460 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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THE NOTORIOUS RBG — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an unlikely national rock star. But “The Notorious RBG” is now the subject of a second film about her this year — in theaters on Christmas Day. SENT: 310 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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CHINA-HUAWEI-SECURITY WORRIES — While a Huawei executive faces possible U.S. charges over trade with Iran, the Chinese tech giant’s ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FBN--TEXANS-JETS — The Houston Texans were trailing late and facing a second straight loss after a nine-game winning streak. Deshaun Watson wasn’t having it. The cool-headed, playmaking quarterback threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins with 2:15 left, lifting the Texans to a 29-22 victory over Sam Darnold and the New York Jets. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 970 words, photos.

BOX--ALVAREZ-FIELDING — Canelo Alvarez threw a Garden party Saturday night. A short and powerful fiesta. Alvarez landed dozens of body punches, knocking down Rocky Fielding four times and stopping him in the third round to earn his third weight class title, taking the WBA super middleweight belt. By Sports Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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