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IMPLANT FILES-FDA — In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration adopted a new mission for regulating medical devices: to be “first in the world” in approving them. This new “vision” mirrored the talking points of device industry lobbyists. Most medical devices in use today had little to no pre-market clinical testing, and the rush to market has, critics say, resulted in human guinea pigs. SENT: 4,000 words, photos, interactive. An abridged version of 960 words is also available. WITH: IMPLANT FILES-INDUSTRY INFLUENCE — FDA’s ‘flawed’ device pathway persists with industry backing. SENT: 1,325 words.
IMPLANT FILES-INSULIN PUMPS — When Polly Varnado’s 9-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, it didn’t take long for the family to hear about insulin pumps. In September 2012, the girl picked out a purple one — her favorite color. Over the next seven months, she proceeded to be hospitalized four times with high blood sugar. But when Varnado asked about all her daughter’s problems, she said, her doctor blamed user error. “They said it wasn’t the insulin pump, it was my daughter,” said Varnado. When it comes to medical devices, none have had more reported problems over the last decade than insulin pumps, a product that’s used by hundreds of thousands of diabetics around the world, many of them children. By Holbrook Mohr and Mitch Weiss. SENT: 1,450 words, photos.
IMMIGRATION-TEEN DETENTION CAMP — The Trump administration announced in June it would open a temporary shelter for up to 360 migrant children in this isolated corner of the Texas desert. Less than six months later, the facility has expanded into a detention camp holding thousands of teenagers — and it shows every sign of becoming more permanent. By Monday, 2,349 largely Central American boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 17 were sleeping inside the highly guarded facility in rows of bunk beds in canvas tents, some of which once housed first responders to Hurricane Harvey. More than 1,300 teens have arrived since the end of October alone. By Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza. SENT: 2,560 words, photos.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — The focus of the Trump-Russia probe abruptly flashes back to former campaign chairman Paul Manafort as prosecutors accuse him of violating his plea agreement by lying and a British newspaper reports he had met secretly with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016. By Eric Tucker. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos. With: TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT-Q&A.
ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi voters are deciding the last U.S. Senate race of the midterms, choosing between Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith, whose comment about public hanging in a state with a history of lynchings drew sharp criticism, and Mike Espy, a former US Rep. and agriculture secretary under Bill Clinton. Either way, the outcome will be historic. Hyde-Smith would be the first woman ever elected to Congress from Mississippi, while Espy would be the state’s first African-American U.S. senator since Reconstruction. By Emily Wagster Pettus and Jeff Amy. UPCOMING: 800 words, photo, video.
GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING — General Motors’ announcement that it is cutting thousands of jobs in a major restructuring could finally doom its sprawling assembly plant in a corner of Ohio that’s shed manufacturing positions for two generations, even after President Donald Trump promised its survival during his 2016 campaign. UPCOMING: 800 words, photo.
TV-HOLIDAY MOVIES — Have you heard the one about the girl who didn’t care about Christmas but found herself in a small town for the holidays surrounded by decorations, cookies and carolers, and found a new boyfriend and her Christmas spirit by Dec. 25? Hallmark Channel has, and they’re airing 22 original movies this year built around plots similar to that. Regular network primetime shows take a break during the holidays but it’s the busy season for Hallmark Channel and its sister network, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. By Alicia Rancilio. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.
SAUDI ARABIA-AFTER KHASHOGGI — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s first trip abroad since the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi will offer an early indication of the repercussions he faces from the gruesome slaying. The prince is visiting close allies in the Middle East before attending the Group of 20 summit in Argentina on Nov. 30, where he will come face to face with President Trump. By Aya Batrawysent. 1,100 words, photos.
RUSSIA-UKRAINE — The Kremlin warns that a simmering war in eastern Ukraine could boil over after Russia seized three Ukrainian ships and Kiev responded by declaring martial law in parts of the country. Russia paraded the captured seamen on television, a move that Ukraine called criminal. By Nataliya Vasilyeva, Kate De Pury And Niko Price. SENT: 950 words, photos.
DEVOS-STUDENT LOANS — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says ballooning student loan debt is leading to a “crisis in higher education.” By Collin Binkley. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.
ELECTION 2018-GEORGIA GOVERNOR — A political organization backed by Democrat Stacey Abrams filed a federal lawsuit challenging the way Georgia’s elections are run, making good on a promise Abrams made as she ended her bid to become the state’s governor. The lawsuit was filed in Atlanta by Fair Fight Action against interim Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden and state election board members. It asks a judge to correct problems with the state’s elections system. SENT: 400 words, photo.
MELANIA TRUMP — Melania Trump and Karen Pence help assemble military comfort kits for troops deployed overseas at the American Red Cross, in what the first lady says is “one small way that we can say thank you and honor the sacrifices that members of the military make year-round.” By Jill Colvin. Sent: 130. SENT: 150 words, photos. Upcoming: 400 words by 3 p.m., photos.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-GOVERNOR’S PARDON — An unexpected phone call brought a bright spot to Jason James Burnett, offering a small measure of relief from the stress and sadness of losing his home in Paradise, California to the worst wildfire in the state’s history: Gov. Jerry Brown announced he’d granted Burnett a pardon, exactly 24 years after he was sentenced to jail time and probation for drug conviction at age 18. UPCOMING: 550 words.
GENE-EDITED BABIES-CHINESE RESEARCHER — The Chinese scientist who claims first gene-edited babies followed an unorthodox career path, keeping much of his research secret in pursuit of a larger goal — making history. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 5 pm.
OBIT-SPONGEBOB CREATOR — “SpongeBob SquarePants” creator Stephen Hillenburg has died at age 57. Nickelodeon says Hillenburg died Monday of Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS. Hillenburg conceived, wrote, produced and directed the animated series that began in 1999 and went on to spawn hundreds of episodes, movies and a Broadway show. SENT: 100 words, photos, developing.
FILM-ROGER AILES — Former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes might not have been a household name during his time helming the cable news channel, but many media commentators believe he changed the news landscape forever. The late media mogul is the subject of a new documentary. By John Carucci. UPCOMING: 625 words, photos, video.
FBC--PLAYOFF RANKINGS — How far will Ohio State move up in latest College Football Playoff rankings? Can the Buckeyes pass Oklahoma? By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Rankings released 7:15 p.m.