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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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KOREAS-TENSIONS — The rival Koreas will sit down for their first formal talks in more than two years next week to find ways to cooperate on the Winter Olympics in the South and to improve their abysmal ties, Seoul officials say. While a positive sign after last year’s threats of nuclear war, the Koreas have a long history of failing to move past their deep animosity. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 750 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — President Donald Trump directed his White House counsel to tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions to not recuse himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, according to a person familiar with the matter. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 370 words, photo.

IRAN IN SYRIA — Across Iran, chants are going up against the military’s involvement in Syria, one of Tehran’s closest allies. Although the protests predominantly involve economic issues, demonstrators also say the government is sending its young men to fight and die in Syria and spending billions of dollars on the military when it should be focused on providing jobs in Iran and controlling the rising cost of living. By Philip Issa. SENT: 900 words, photos.

WINTER WEATHER — East Coast residents are bracing for a deep freeze a day after a massive winter storm slams the region with heavy snow, hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding. At least seven people have died in weather-related accidents. By Phil Marcelo. SENT: 560 words, photos.

TRUMP-OFFSHORE DRILLING-Q&A — The energy industry is cheering the Trump administration’s proposal to open nearly all U.S. coastlines to offshore oil and gas drilling, saying it will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign supplies and create jobs — but independent experts are dubious. By David Koenig and Matthew Daly. SENT: 830 words, photos.

LEGALIZED POT — The buzz kill long dreaded in the marijuana industry came just days after California opened what is expected to be the world’s largest legal pot market. By Brian Melley and Sadie Gurman. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-PAKISTAN — The United States announces it is suspending security assistance to Pakistan for failing to take “decisive action” against Taliban militants targeting U.S. personnel in neighboring Afghanistan. SENT: 860 words, photo. With PAKISTAN-US — Pakistan senator disappointed at U.S. suspending military aid.

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NATIONAL

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LOTTERY JACKPOTS-TAXES — In most states, even though changes to federal rules will reduce certain taxes in some areas, others will rise, so lottery winners will still need to be satisfied with multimillion jackpots — minus taxes. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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DOW 25000 — The Dow Jones industrial average burst through the 25,000 point mark, just five weeks after its first close above 24,000. By Markets Writer Marley Jay.

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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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