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WWI-TRUMP — President Donald Trump is asking if there’s anything better than celebrating the end of a war. Trump tweeted he is in Paris to join other world leaders in marking 100 years since the end of World War I in which millions were killed. The centennial is Sunday. By Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville. SENT: 580 words, photos. With WWI-TRUMP-THE LATEST; WWI-CENTENNIAL — A weekend of commemorations involving dozens of world leaders to mark 100 years since the end of World War I is underway; WWI-CENTENNIAL-THE LATEST; WWI-BEASTS OF WAR — Unsung heroes and animals were vital part of WWI war machine; (all sent). See WWI CENTENNIAL, ADVISORY for full details of AP’s weekend coverage plans.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE — The most destructive wildfire in California history wiped out a Sierra Nevada foothill town founded in the 1800s in less than a day. A fire that continued to rage in near Paradise has already destroyed more than 6,700 structures, most of them homes, and left nine dead, with the death toll expected to climb. By Paul Elias and Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 1,200 words, video, photos. With SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Firefighters hope a narrow window of calm will give them a chance to block Southern California wildfires that are marching on a path of destruction toward the sea; CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-SCHOOL RESCUE — A Northern California science teacher says heroic bus drivers arrived at schools to help evacuate students as a wildfire approached (both sent).
TRUMP-WHITAKER — Matthew Whitaker’s future at the helm of the Justice Department appears uncertain as President Donald Trump denies even knowing the man he had named acting attorney general just two days earlier. By Eric Tucker and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 830 words, photos. With WHITAKER-PARTISAN CHARITY — Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker repeatedly chided Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign while he was speaking for a group that is barred by its tax-exempt status from opposing political candidates (sent).
ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA — Unofficial vote tallies in Florida’s elections were due by midday, which could prompt recounts in the hotly contested races for governor and U.S. Senate. By Terry Spencer and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 500 words, video, photos. With ELECTION 2018-SOUTH RECOUNTS-GLANCE — Florida and Georgia could see recounts in 3 key elections (sent). See more ELECTION 2018 coverage plans below.
CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING — Authorities trying to make sense of why a gunman killed 12 people at a Southern California bar are not publicly discussing what they’ve learned, but at least one Instagram post he made after beginning the massacre has emerged as an early focus. By Jonathan J. Cooper and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 660 words, video, photos, audio.
YEMEN — The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said it had “requested cessation of inflight refueling” by the U.S. for its fighter jets after American officials said they would stop the operations amid growing anger over civilian casualties from the kingdom’s airstrikes. SENT: 940 words, photo. With YEMEN-CIVILIAN DEATHS — Civilian death toll in Yemen mounting despite US assurances (sent).
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
VIGGO MORTENSEN-APOLOGY — Actor Viggo Mortensen has apologized for using a racial slur during a panel discussion about his new film “Green Book.” SENT: 130 words, photos.
FACEBOOK-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-ARBITRATION — Facebook is dropping a requirement for mandatory arbitration of sexual misconduct allegations. SENT: 130 words, photo.
JORDAN-FLASH FLOODS — Death toll from flash floods unleashed by heavy rains in Jordan rises to 11, as searches for the missing continue and kingdom’s ancient city of Petra is closed for cleanup. SENT: 320 words, photo.
TURKEY-AMMUNITION EXPLOSION — Turkey’s president says four soldiers were killed and around 20 others were injured in a explosion at an ammunition depot at a base in southeast Turkey. SENT: 130 words, photo.
EUROPE-MIGRANTS — Greek police say that a 4-year-old Iraqi boy has been killed and 27 others injured when a van carrying migrants struck a truck while fleeing police in northern Greece. SENT: 130 words.
STABBING DEATHS-VOICE ASSISTANT — A judge has ruled New Hampshire authorities investigating the stabbing deaths of two women can examine recordings made by an Amazon Echo speaker with the Alexa voice assistant. SENT: 140 words.
ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-GEORGIA — In a frantic search by phone and on foot, volunteers have been trying to find ballots that could help Democrat Stacey Abrams close the gap against Republican Brian Kemp in Georgia’s unresolved race for governor. SENT: 830 words, video, photos. With ELECTION 2018-SOUTH RECOUNTS-GLANCE — Florida and Georgia could see recounts in 3 key elections (sent).
ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-CALIFORNIA — Several Democrats gained ground against Republican incumbents in closely contested U.S. House races in California, where votes continue to be counted. SENT: 520 words, photos.
IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM SEEKERS — President Trump issues a proclamation to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. The plan is immediately challenged in court. SENT: 660 words, video, photos.
UNITED STATES-CHINA — China bluntly tells the United States to stop sending ships and military aircraft close to islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, during talks that set the stage for a meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping later this month. SENT: 580 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-SAUDI ARABIA — The United States will stop refueling Saudi Arabian aircraft fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen, the Pentagon and the Saudi kingdom says. SENT: 760 words.
UNITED STATES-SAUDI JOURNALIST — Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s former spy chief, says the country is proud of its judicial system and will never accept an international investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. SENT: 660 words.
MIGRANT CARAVAN — Almost 4,000 Central American migrants prepared to depart a stadium in southern Mexico City for the longest and most dangerous leg of a trek to the U.S. border that has drawn fire from President Donald Trump. SENT: 700 words, photos.
KOREAS-DIPLOMACY — The North and South Korean militaries completed withdrawing troops and firearms from 22 front-line guard posts on Saturday as they continue to implement a wide-ranging agreement reached in September to reduce tensions across the world’s most fortified border, a South Korean Defense Ministry official says. SENT: 580 words, photo.
HONG KONG-FREE SPEECH — Concerns have been raised about freedom of expression in Hong Kong following the cancellation of literary and artistic events and the refusal to allow an editor from the Financial Times to enter the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. SENT: 880 words, photos.
SRI LANKA-POLITICS — Sri Lanka’s president dissolved Parliament and called for elections on Jan. 5 in a bid to stave off a deepening political crisis over his dismissal of the prime minister that opponents say is unconstitutional. SENT: 870 words, photos.
POLAND-INDEPENDENCE DAY — The Polish government and the organizers of a yearly march organized by nationalist groups have agreed to hold a joint march on the 100th anniversary of Poland’s rebirth as a state on Sunday. SENT: 510 words, photos.
SYRIA — A Syrian woman captured by Islamic State militants said her 8-year-old son died in her lap when the extremists shot him and his cousin during a military operation to liberate them more than 100 days after they were kidnapped. SENT: 570 words, photos.
AIRPORT CONTROLLER INCIDENT-VEGAS — Federal and airport authorities said Friday they are investigating why an air traffic controller became incapacitated and went silent while working a night shift alone in the tower at busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. SENT: 400 words, photos.
INFANT DEATH-GIRL DETAINED — When a 10-year-old Wisconsin girl was charged with homicide this week in the death of an infant, it was a rare — but not unprecedented — case of adult charges being filed against someone so young. SENT: 900 words.
T25-BUFFALO-WEST VIRGINIA — Maybe that big upset in the NCAA Tournament was only the beginning for Buffalo. CJ Massinburg had 43 points and 14 rebounds as the Bulls stunned another power program Friday night, beating No. 13 West Virginia 99-94 in overtime. Buffalo opened eyes back in March when the 13th-seeded Bulls blew out No. 4 seed Arizona 89-68 in the first round of the NCAAs. They were knocked out by Kentucky in their next game — but now this. By John Lowe. SENT: 600 words, photos.
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