BC-AP Top Stories Digest
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
SAUDI ARABIA-PRINCE-INTERVIEW — A prominent member of the Saudi royal family, Prince Turki al-Faisal, speaks to the AP about the crown prince, pressures facing the kingdom and his ideas for a more secure Middle East. By Aya Batrawy. SENT: 820 words, photos.
FRANCE-GAS PRICE PROTESTS — French police fire tear gas and water cannons to disperse violent demonstrators in Paris as thousands gather in the capital and beyond and stage road blockades to vent anger against rising fuel taxes. By Thomas Adamson. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.
HOLIDAY-BLACK FRIDAY-SALES — How much money retailers made on Black Friday will begin to become clearer as shopping data firms release sales and traffic. By AP Business Writer Matt O’Brien. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — deadly wildfire is nearly contained after several days of rain in Northern California, but searchers are still completing the meticulous task of combing through now-muddy ash and debris for signs of human remains. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 610 words, photos. WITH: VETERANS COMBATING WILDFIRES — After surviving firefights in Afghanistan and Iraq, members of a new elite crew are tasked with fighting fires in rugged country back in the United States. The hotshot crew is made up of military veterans. By Andrew Selsky. SENT: 550 words, photos.
FACT CHECK-WEEK — President Donald Trump questioned the reality of global warming because it was cold outside. Then came a federal report laying out the severe consequences of climate change and rebutting the notion that a frigid snap means it isn’t happening. Before and throughout his Thanksgiving vacation in Florida, Trump took no holiday from twisting facts across a broad front — on immigration, Saudi Arabia, the recent election, the courts and 9/11. By Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen. SENT: 2,360, photo.
GOVERNORS-NATURAL DISASTERS — Governors have a wide range of priorities they want to tackle in the coming year, from tax reform to education. Yet it’s another topic that receives little attention on the campaign trail that could dominate their time in office — natural disasters. As the severity escalates, governors are finding they have to make disaster planning a higher priority or risk the consequences of inaction. SENT: 900 words, photos.
MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA — Police in Alabama hunt for a gunman whom they believe was responsible for shooting two teenagers at a shopping mall Thanksgiving night. SENT: 440 words, photos, video.
BREXIT — The European Union removes the last major obstacle to sealing an agreement on Brexit after Spain said it had reached a deal Saturday with Britain over Gibraltar on the eve of an EU summit. By Raf Casert, Jill Lawless and Joseph Wilson. SENT: 500 words, photos.
ITALY WHO GETS LEONARDO? — Leonardo da Vinci is often hailed as the most universal genius. Not for Italy’s nationalist government, which is livid that the Louvre is counting on Italian museums to lend many of the native Italian native’s masterpieces for a blockbuster exhibit in Paris next year on the 500th anniversary of his death. By Frances D’Emilio. SENT: 750 words, photos.
MARS-CHARM — In our solar system family, Mars is Earth’s next-of-kin, the next-door relative that has captivated humans for millennia. The attraction is sure to grow with Monday’s arrival of a NASA lander named InSight that aims to provide our best look yet at Mars’ deep interior. By studying the preserved heart of Mars, InSight can teach us how our solar system’s rocky planets formed 4.5 billion years ago and why they turned out so different. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 750 words, photos. This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight.