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BC-US--AP News Digest 3 am, US

January 2, 2019

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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INDIA PRIESTS-PREYING ON NUNS — An AP investigation has uncovered a decades-long history of nuns in India enduring sexual abuse from within the Catholic church. Nuns describe in detail the sexual pressure they endured from priests, and nearly two dozen other people, including nuns, former nuns and priests, and others, say they had direct knowledge of such incidents. By Tim Sullivan. SENT: 2,820 words, photos, with abridged version of 1,000 words.

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TOP STORIES

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NEW CONGRESS — House Democrats sweep into power this week on a campaign promise of improving government for ordinary Americans. But first, they’ll have to get government re-opened. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 950 words, photos. With GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — Trump meets with congressional leaders for a White House briefing on border security. SENT: 740 words, photos.

TRUMP-ROMNEY — Days away from joining the Senate’s Republican majority, Sen.-elect Mitt Romney broadly criticized President Donald Trump’s policies and character and argued that the president “has not risen to the mantle of the office.” SENT: 530 words, photo.

CLERGY ABUSE-PRAYER RETREAT-NEWS GUIDE — U.S. Catholic bishops gather for a weeklong prayer retreat at a seminary near Chicago to reflect on the clergy sexual abuse scandal. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 930 words, photo.

RUSSIA-BUILDING COLLAPSE — Laboring through sub-freezing temperatures, Russian rescue workers pulled a baby boy out of the rubble of a collapsed apartment building alive, nearly 36 hours after the disaster that blew apart his home. His father called it “a New Year’s miracle.” By Jim Heintz. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ISRAEL-SETTLEMENT SURGE — Data obtained by The Associated Press shows that the Israeli government — with little resistance from a friendly White House — has gone on a settlement push in the West Bank since President Trump took office. By Joseph Federman. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos, by 2 a.m.

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FIRE AT SEA — 16 of 21 crew members rescued from burning ship near Hawaii. SENT: 200 words, photos.

OBIT-TYLER TRENT-PURDUE — Purdue super fan who inspired with fight against cancer dies. SENT: 330 words, photos.

CASINO SHOOTING — Police in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson say one person has been shot inside a casino-resort. SENT: 130 words.

CHILD INJURED-ZOO — Officials say a child was injured after falling into the rhinoceros exhibit at a Florida zoo. SENT: 130 words.

DOUGHNUT TRUCK FIRE — Kentucky police ‘mourn’ loss of doughnut truck in fire. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-SPYING — Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine arrested in Russia on espionage charges, was visiting Moscow over the holidays to attend a wedding when he suddenly disappeared, his brother says. By Lynn Berry. SENT: 570 words, photo.

NEW YORK GOVERNOR-INAUGURATION — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has begun 2019 and his third term with an inaugural address on Ellis Island, promising the most progressive agenda in state history. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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PODCASTING INMATE — In California, inmates typically are granted parole by doing good deeds or showing they have been rehabilitated by becoming pastors, drug counselors or youth advocates. For Walter “Earlonne” Woods, the path to freedom was podcasting. By Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 950 words, photos.

CHICAGO VIOLENCE-2018 — Preliminary numbers indicate that homicides in Chicago fell by about 100 last year compared to 2017, though the total again eclipses the number of homicides in Los Angeles and New York combined. SENT: 810 words, photos.

GUN INITIATIVE-AGE LIMIT — Washington has joined a handful of other states that ban anyone under 21 from buying a semi-automatic assault rifle after voters passed a sweeping firearms measure in November. SENT: 620 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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JAPAN EMPEROR — Japanese Emperor Akihito waved to throngs of well-wishers eager to see the final New Year’s appearance of his reign just months before the 85-year-old royal abdicates. Sent: 430 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-ELECTION — While Sheikh Hasina is set to begin her third consecutive term as Bangladesh’s prime minister following a landslide election victory, critics say having such an overwhelming majority in parliament could create space for her to become even more authoritarian. SENT: 1040 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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US-CHINA TRADE-ECONOMIC PRESSURES — The Trump administration and China face increasing pressure to blink in their six-month stare-down over trade from jittery financial markets and portents of economic weakness. The import taxes the two sides have imposed on hundreds of billions of each other’s goods — and the threat of more to come — have heightened anxiety on each side of the Pacific. The longer their trade war persists, the longer companies and consumers will feel the pain. Those pressures, analysts say, give the two sides a stronger incentive to make peace. By Paul Wiseman and Joe McDonald. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 10 a.m.

FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian stock markets tumble as 2019 trading begins, after surveys showed Chinese manufacturing weakening. By Joe McDonald. Sent: 310 words, photos; developing as more markets open trading.

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SPORTS

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ROSE BOWL — Urban Meyer finished his coaching career at Ohio State with a 28-23 victory over Washington in the 105th Rose Bowl. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

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