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December 31, 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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YEMEN-STOLEN AID — An Associated Press investigation reveals that factions and militias on all sides of the war in Yemen have blocked or diverted the delivery of food aid or sold it for profit on the black market. The AP found that large amounts of food are making into the country, but once there, it often isn’t getting to people who need it most. This raises questions about the ability of United Nations agencies and other big aid organizations to operate effectively in Yemen. By Maggie Michael. SENT: 3,335 words, photos, video. An abridged version has also moved. This story is this week’s Tuesday Spotlight.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-PENTAGON— Jim Mattis quietly serves his final day as secretary of defense, quoting President Abraham Lincoln in a brief statement of encouragement to employees as he turns over the department to Deputy Secretary Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing Co. executive with no previous government or military experience. His departure comes as President Trump prepares to scale back U.S. military operations in Syria and Afghanistan and shows growing impatience with longtime allies. By Robert Burns. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — House Democrats are introducing a package of bills that would re-open the federal government without approving money for President Donald Trump’s border wall. By Zeke Miller and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 800 words, photos. Developing.

ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN — Sen. Elizabeth Warren takes the first major step toward launching a widely anticipated campaign for the presidency, hoping her reputation as a populist fighter can help her navigate a Democratic field that could include nearly two dozen candidates. By Elana Schor. SENT: 620 words, photos. Developing.

NEW YEAR-2019 —Revelers around the globe are bidding farewell Monday to a year filled with challenges to many of the world’s most basic institutions, including politics, trade, alliances and religion. Fireworks, spiritual services and political addresses abounded to mark the transition. A look at how people are ushering in 2019. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, video. Developing.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-SYRIA — President Donald Trump complains that he’s getting “bad press” for his decision to pull American troops out of Syria, saying he’s making good on his campaign promise against U.S. involvement in “never ending wars. SENT: 750 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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STATE LEGISLATURES-2019 — Health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for their 2019 sessions with a closer balance between Republicans and Democrats. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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NETHERLANDS-TERROR SUSPECT — Dutch police have arrested a 24-year-old man in the port city of Rotterdam on suspicion of involvement in a “terrorist crime.” SENT: 130 words.

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BUSINESS

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FINANCIAL MARKETS — Stocks were moving higher on Wall Street Monday as investors held out new hope for progress in U.S.-China trade frictions. SENT: 800 words, photos. Developing.

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SPORTS

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ON FOOTBALL-COACH FIRINGS — Six NFL head coaches are fired as the NFL season concludes. Four are dismissed on Monday — at Denver, Miami, Cincinnati and Arizona. Two, Mike McCarthy in Green Bay and Hue Jackson in Cleveland, didn’t even make it that far. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m. EST.

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