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BC-AP News Digest 7 am

December 22, 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-BORDER WALL — The government partially shuts down after President Donald Trump was unable to agree with Democrats and Republicans on spending for his border wall. Government operations will be disrupted and hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be furloughed or forced to work without pay just days before Christmas. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Zeke Miller. SENT: 830 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: Developments through the day; Senate reconvenes at noon. With TRUMP-BORDER WALL-THE LATEST; SHUTDOWN GLANCE — What parts of the government are (and aren’t) affected (sent).

UNITED STATES-MEXICO-ASYLUM — The Trump administration’s decision to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their cases wind through clogged U.S. courts was made with crucial details still unknown — a move that creates uncertainty along the border and possibly an incentive for people to cross illegally before the change take effect. By Moises Castillo and Elliot Spagat. SENT: 480 words, photos. With SUPREME COURT-ASYLUM SEEKERS — A divided Supreme Court won’t let the Trump administration begin enforcing a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border; IMMIGRATION — Under Trump, a stream of US policy shifts made 2018 a tumultuous year for immigration enforcement; BORDER-TROOPS — US active duty troops at Mexican border decline to 2,600 (all sent).

SAUDI-MOOD — A Formula-E car race and concerts where men and women mingle freely epitomize the reform agenda of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. But there’s a hard limit to the reforms — as revealed by the brutal killing of Saudi critic and writer Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents close to the crown prince in October and the reported torture of five women’s rights activists in detention. The crown prince presides over a nation where he alone defines the pace and scope of change. By Aya Batrawy. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

YE-AFRICA-2010 — As the roar of “strongman” politics rose in 2018, extraordinary developments in Africa offered an alternative to the noise. One of the world’s most reclusive leaders accepted a reformist’s peace offer, bringing a two-decade conflict to a close. Not all was optimism on the continent. A historic election was followed by gunfire. Extremism adapted. A virus outbreak rages. But a Nobel Peace Prize for a surgeon who treats rape victims in war was a reminder that recovery is possible. By Cara Anna. SENT: 1,660 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SOMALIA-DEADLY BLAST — Suicide car bombing near Somalia’s presidential palace kills at least 6, police say. SENT: 120 words.

KASHMIR-FIGHTING — Police say a gunbattle between Indian troops and Kashmir rebels have killed six militants in the disputed Himalayan region and have triggered a new round of anti-India protests and clashes. SENT: 230 words.

FBI AGENT-ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING — An FBI agent who accidentally shot a man in the leg after doing a backflip at a Denver bar will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to third-degree assault. SENT: 300 words, photo.

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLER-DREADLOCKS CUT — A New Jersey high school wrestler had his dreadlocks cut off minutes before his match after a referee told him to lose the hairstyle or forfeit his bout. SENT: 490 words.

ELECTION INTERFERENCE — Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats says his agency has not found any evidence of any direct foreign interference in the midterm elections. SENT: 110 words. SENT: 110 words.

CALIFORNIA-UTILITY — California regulators are considering splitting up Pacific Gas & Electric or making other drastic changes amid concerns over the utility’s role in a gas explosion and deadly wildfires. SENT: 340 words.

NICARAGUA-STATION RAIDED — Nicaraguan authorities raid the offices of a critical television station and shut it down, a week after raiding the offices of non-governmental groups and a critical newspaper. SENT: 250 words.

ZOOX-SELF-DRIVING CARS-PASSENGERS — Self-driving car startup Zoox has won permission to start offering rides to public passengers in California. SENT: 370 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-MATTIS — The extraordinary resignation letter Defense Secretary Jim Mattis handed to a surprised President Trump was not just a product of two years of accumulating frustration with an impulsive boss, but an outline of the strategic hazards facing the next Pentagon chief. SENT: 860 words, photos. ′

SUPREME COURT-GINSBURG — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has surgery to remove two malignant growths in her left lung, the third time the Supreme Court’s oldest justice has been treated for cancer since 1999. Doctors found “no evidence of any remaining disease” and scans taken before the surgery showed no cancerous growths elsewhere in her body. SENT: 620 words, photo.

TRUMP-HOLIDAYS — Melania Trump’s cranberry topiary trees may have left some of her critics seeing red, but they turned out to be a Christmas hit — one of several new ideas the Trumps introduced this holiday season. SENT: 840 words, photo.

TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-THINGS TO KNOW — A look at where the investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him. SENT: 440 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRITAIN-GATWICK AIRPORT-DRONES — British police say two people were arrested early this morning for suspected “criminal use of drones’” in the Gatwick Airport case that has created nightmarish holiday travel delays for tens of thousands of passengers. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 340 words, photos. With BRITAIN-GATWICK AIRPORT-DRONES-THE LATEST.

SOMALIA-DEADLY BLAST — An explosives-packed vehicle detonated at a military checkpoint near Somalia’s presidential palace, killing at least six people and wounding several others, police said. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which often targets Mogadishu, claimed responsibility for the attack. SENT: 270 words, photos.

FRANCE-PROTESTS — The yellow vest protests, which have brought particular chaos to Paris over the past few weeks, clearly abated, as the Christmas holiday season began in earnest. SENT: 410 words.

COLOMBIA-DISSIDENT REBEL — A former leftist rebel who terrorized residents of southern Colombia after abandoning the country’s peace process to plunge headlong into drug trafficking has been killed in combat, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced. SENT: 570 words.

AUSTRALIA-THAILAND-REFUGEE — Human rights groups along with current and former soccer players called on FIFA and the Australian government to intervene to stop a Melbourne-based refugee and semi-professional soccer player being extradited from Thailand to Bahrain. SENT: 540 words, photo.

CANADA-CHINA-HUAWEI — Canada moved away from diplomatic caution and made its first formal demand for China to immediately release two Canadians who have been detained in apparent retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a top Chinese tech executive. SENT: 510 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE BABY — A woman who credits a paramedic for saving her life when she went into premature labor during the devastating wildfire in Northern California has named her baby after him. Mickey Huber helped keep Anastasia Skinner calm while rushing to get her to the hospital where her labor was stopped. She gave birth to the full-term baby girl more than a month after the Nov. 8 fire broke out. SENT: 770 words.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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LEGAL HEMP-FDA — The hemp industry still has work ahead to win legal status for hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil, as an ingredient in food or dietary supplements despite the big farm bill President Donald Trump signed this week designating hemp as an agricultural crop. By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 390 words, photo.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-SAOIRSE RONAN — Saoirse Ronan says she was “more than ready” to make the transition on film, and in real life, from young girl to commanding woman. Her new role in “Mary Queen of Scots,” gave her the opportunity to do both. SENT: 480 words, photos, video.

CALVIN KLEIN-RAF SIMONS — Less than two years after he shook up the New York fashion world with a splashy debut for Calvin Klein, designer Raf Simons is leaving the company. In a joint announcement, the company and the Belgian designer said they were parting ways amicably after Calvin Klein “decided on a new brand direction different from Simons’ creative vision.” By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 470 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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CFP-NOTRE DAME-STOPPING CLEMSON — The Notre Dame defense knows it will have its hands full in the Dec. 29 playoff game against Clemson. The Tigers average 530 yards and 45 points per game, both fifth-best in the country. The Fighting Irish allow only 17.3 points per game, but the Notre Dame defense is ranked only No. 20 overall. Defensive coordinator Clark Lea says his players are excited for the challenge. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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