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CLERGY ABUSE-PENNSYLVANIA AFTERMATH — A review by the AP finds an unprecedented public reckoning is underway in the nation’s Roman Catholic Church since the release of a shocking grand jury report in Pennsylvania four months ago. Nearly 50 dioceses and religious orders across the U.S. have publicly named more than 1,000 predator priests, and 55 more dioceses plan to release names in the next few months. By Claudia Lauer. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.
NEW CONGRESS — Democrats elect Nancy Pelosi as House speaker, returning the first woman to the post for a second time to lead a diverse class of Democratic freshmen lawmakers ready to confront President Donald Trump in a new era of divided government. The 116th Congress is poised to be like none other — with more women and a new generation of Muslims, Latinos, Native Americans and African-Americans, more aligned with the population of the United States. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 810 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m.
CHINA-SPACE — China’s burgeoning space program achieved a lunar milestone on Thursday: landing a probe on the mysterious and misnamed “dark” side of the moon. By Ken Moritsugu. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, videos.
FINANCIAL MARKETS —Stocks went into a steep slide on Wall Street after Apple reported a slowdown in iPhone sales over the holidays in China, a hugely important market for the company. SENT: 560 words, photos.
PEAK SMARTPHONE — Behind Apple’s disconcerting news of weak iPhone sales lies a more sobering truth: The tech industry has hit Peak Smartphone, in which demand has reached a saturation point, feature innovation has slowed and most people no longer see a reason to keep upgrading frequently. Some manufacturers have boosted prices to keep up profits, although Apple’s shortfall in China may highlight the limits of that strategy. By Mae Anderson and Tali Arbel. UPCOMINIG: 700 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.
KOREAS-DIPLOMAT IN HIDING —North Korea’s top diplomat in Italy has gone into hiding along with his wife, according to a South Korean lawmaker, raising the possibility of a defection of a senior North Korean official. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
RUSSIA-US-SPYING — The defense lawyer for a former U.S. Marine who was arrested in Russia for alleged spying said Thursday that he is trying to get the American released from the Moscow prison where he has dealt well with his detention. SENT: 250 words, photo.
SAUDI-WRITER KILLED —Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday it will seek the death penalty against five suspects in the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a killing that has seen members of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage implicated in the writer’s assassination. SENT: 710 words, photo.
WINTER STORM-SOUTHERN PLAINS — Officials say at least three people have died in collisions on treacherous roads as a winter storm moves through Oklahoma and Texas. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
ESPORTS-GETTING WOMEN IN THE GAME — Most professional esports are devoid of female players at their highest levels, even though 45 percent of U.S. gamers are women or girls. By Sports Writer Jake Seiner. SENT: 1,430 words, photos.