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December 23, 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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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP--MATTIS —Irritated with the criticism and fallout from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ resignation, President Donald Trump casts out the retired four-star Marine general two months earlier than planned, an acrimonious end to a relationship long tense. The commander in chief elevates Mattis’ deputy to the top job as of Jan. 1 after seemingly questioning why he had put Mattis in his Cabinet in the first place. By Lolita Baldor. SENT: 810 words, photos.

INDONESIA TSUNAMI — The deadly tsunami struck in the dark, without warning. At least 222 people were killed as waves smashed into houses, hotels and other beachside buildings along Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, in a disaster that followed an eruption and possible landslide on Anak Krakatau, one of the world’s most infamous volcanic islands. By Niniek Karmini. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

TRUMP-BORDER WALL —Life goes on for Americans, but not for the government that’s supposed to serve them. A top White House aide says the partial federal shutdown could extend into the new year unless Congress agrees to give President Donald Trump billions of dollars for a border wall with Mexico. A Democrats minces no words when asked how much money Trump might expect: “None.” By Darlene Superville. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, video.

TRUMP BRAND SLUMP — Two years since Donald Trump took office, signs are mounting the presidency has hit his company hard. From golf fees to licensing deals to prices for Trump condos, many metrics used to gauge his businesses are down as the divisive comments so beloved by his political base have turned off a group just as dear to him, the affluent who fuel his businesses. His Scottish resorts are losing millions, several Trump buildings have removed his name and a rollout of new hotel chains has stalled. By Bernard Condon. SENT: 1,670 words, photos. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRITAIN-GATWICK AIRPORT-DRONES — London’s Gatwick Airport was operating without problems Sunday, but the fugitive drone operators who brought incoming and outgoing flights to a standstill over multiple days remained at large — and a potential threat — after police cleared two local residents who were arrested as suspects. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 630 words, photos.

SYRIA — Turkey is massing troops near a town in northern Syria held by a U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led force, a war monitor said as Turkish media reported new reinforcements crossing the borders. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SCHOOL BUS-DRIVER SHORTAGE — School districts throughout the U.S. are struggling to find school bus drivers, a challenge that has worsened with low unemployment and a strong economy. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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SOUTH AFRICA-THE CANNABIS BUSINESS — 2018 has been called the ‘year for cannabis’ in South Africa. But there are still hurdles before a legal marijuana industry can flourish in an African economic power deemed ideal for large-scale cultivation. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-BOX OFFICE — “Aquaman” swam ahead of “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Bumblebee” to lead the busy pre-Christmas weekend with an estimated $67.4 million over the weekend. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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YE--ME TOO SPORTS — The powerful victim’s impact statements delivered by dozens of women sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University team doctor Larry Nassar did more than provide a much-needed release. It signaled a sea change in the #MeToo movement in sports, one that could have a ripple effect for years to come. By Will Graves. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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