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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

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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INDONESIA TSUNAMI — A tsunami apparently caused by the eruption of an island volcano kills at least 43 people around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, sending a wall of water crashing some 65 feet (20 meters) inland and sweeping away hundreds of houses including hotels, the government and witnesses say. Some 600 people are reported injured. By Ali Kotaruymalos. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

TRUMP-BORDER WALL — The federal government is expected to remain partially shut down well into Christmas as the standoff deepens over President Donald Trump’s demand for funds to build a border wall with Mexico. By Lisa Mascaro, Darlene Superville and Kevin Freking. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, video. WITH: CONGRESS-TRUMP-CHAOS — ’Twas just days before Christmas, and all through the House — and Senate — not a shutdown solution was stirring, and lawmakers, boy, did they grouse. SENT: 710 words, photos; SHUTDOWN GLANCE — What happens in a partial government shutdown. (sent)

SHUTDOWN IMPACT — The huddled masses are still able to visit the Statue of Liberty. The Grand Canyon is open for business. But, while the star-spangled banner yet waves at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, the gates at the War of 1812 landmark are locked. Tourists trekking to parks and historic sites across the U.S. on Saturday are seeing a mix of impacts from the federal government’s second shutdown in less than a year. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 920 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA — The U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group resigns in protest over President Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, a U.S. official says. Diplomat Brett McGurk joins Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus of experienced national security figures. By Matthew Lee. SENT: 1,090 words, photo.

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. UPCOMING: 1,900 words, photos by noon Sunday.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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$10,000 SUBWAY SURPRISE — A Chanel purse left in a Manhattan subway station holds a $10,000 surprise for the man who found it. SENT: 130 words.

PLANE LANDS ON HIGHWAY — A small airplane makes an emergency landing on an Alabama highway in front of shocked drivers. SENT: 130 words, photo.

SAVING GOLDWATER’S PHOTOS — Granddaughter works to save Barry Goldwater’s collection of photos of Arizona landscapes and Native Americans. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

SPAIN-CHRISTMAS LOTTERY — El Gordo fever: Spain enthralled by annual Christmas lottery. SENT: 360 words, photos.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-HOGG-HARVARD — Florida school shooting survivor and gun control advocate David Hogg will attend Harvard University, where he plans to major in political science. SENT: 130 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-REPUBLICANS-ANALYSIS — President Donald Trump’s relationship with the Republican Party, always a marriage of convenience, is showing signs of serious strain. A News Analysis by Zeke Miller. SENT: 940 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRITAIN-GATWICK AIRPORT-DRONES — London’s Gatwick Airport took strides toward running a full schedule as police questioned a man and a woman in connection with the drone intrusions that caused mayhem for tens of thousands of holiday travelers. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 450 words, photos.

SOMALIA-DEADLY BLAST — An explosives-packed vehicle detonated at a military checkpoint near Somalia’s presidential palace, killing at least 16 people and wounding more than 20 others, police said. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which often targets Mogadishu, claimed responsibility for the attack. SENT: 290 words, photos.

GUYANA-VENEZUELA-EXXONMOBIL — An executive at Norwegian-based petroleum company PGS says that a seismic ship hired by ExxonMobil was approached by a Venezuelan naval vessel in disputed waters off the coast of Guyana. SENT: 390 words.

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NATIONAL

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EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION — A gambling addict with plastic surgery, a criminal since preschool age and a former Chicago drug-runner have been the latest key witnesses at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. SENT: 900 words, photos.

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLER-DREADLOCKS — An Olympic champion wrestler has reached out to a New Jersey high school wrestler who had his dreadlocks cut off minutes before his match after a referee told him to lose the hairstyle or forfeit his bout. SENT: 420 words, photos.

OPIOIDS LAWSUIT-MASSACHUSETTS — An updated complaint in Massachusetts’ lawsuit against Purdue Pharma claims members of the family that owns the OxyContin maker are personally responsible for fueling abuse of the deadly painkiller. SENT: 130 words.

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