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COLOMBIA-ROGUE DEA AGENT — A U.S. federal narcotics agent known for his expensive tastes and high-profile drug seizures has been implicated in a multimillion-dollar money-laundering conspiracy that involved the very cartel criminals he was charged with fighting in Colombia. Law enforcement officials call the case as one of the biggest black eyes in the history of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration — one they fear has compromised undercover operations in the U.S. and South America. By Joshua Goodman and Jim Mustian. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos.
SOUTH SUDAN-FRAGILE PEACE — Since a fragile peace deal was signed in September, South Sudan’s previously warring parties have been trying to rebuild trust in some of the country’s hardest-hit areas. Opposition fighters listen to trainings in humanitarian law and are embedded with their former rivals. But on an AP visit to one desolate town near the Ugandan border, wary residents in a squalid displacement camp say the peace is still too uncertain for them to return home. By Sam Mednick. SENT: 660 words, photos.
KENYA-ATTACK — Extremists have launched an attack on an upscale hotel complex in Kenya’s capital, sending people fleeing in panic as explosions and heavy gunfire reverberate through the neighborhood. By Joseph Mwihia. SENT: 830 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
BREXIT — Parliament takes a historic vote as British Prime Minister Theresa May lobbies for support but braces for defeat of the U.K.’s divorce deal with the European Union. By Jill Lawless, Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from vote in Parliament, scheduled to begin at 1900GMT/2 p.m. EST. Main vote on deal due around 2000GMT/3 p.m. EST.
SENATE-ATTORNEY GENERAL — President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general asserts his independence from the White House, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing Trump is not conducting a witch hunt and that his predecessor was right to recuse himself from the probe. By Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 1000 words. UPCOMING: Updates from afternoon hearing, 1050 words by 5 p.m., photos.
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — A White House effort to bypass Speaker Nancy Pelosi in shutdown negotiations meets with rejection as rank-and-file House Democrats decline an invitation to lunch with President Donald Trump. The administration is trying to peel off Democratic support for Trump’s demand for border wall money and negotiate directly with centrist lawmakers. The government is in its fourth week of a partial shutdown over the impasse. By Catherine Lucey and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,100 words. UPCOMING: Updates expected, New approach of 1,000 words by 5 p.m., photos.
OBIT-CAROL CHANNING — Carol Channing, whose career spanned decades on Broadway and on television, has died at age 97. Her publicist says she died of natural causes in Rancho Mirage, California. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION-LAWSUIT — A federal judge in New York has barred the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. SENT: 870 words, photos.
WISCONSIN KILLINGS-KIDNAPPING — Wisconsin prosecutors say they’ll release more information and possibly bring more charges at some point against a man suspected of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents. But the charges filed against Jake Thomas Patterson are enough to put him away for life. By Todd Richmond and Amy Forliti. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach by 4 p.m.
FACEBOOK-LOCAL NEWS INVESTMENT — Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in local news programs, partnerships and other initiatives. The cash investment includes reporting grants for local newsrooms and investing in nonprofits aimed at helping support local news. SENT: 530 words, photo.
TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN — It was as if she never left. Serena Williams is overpowering in her first match at the Australian Open since winning the 2017 title while pregnant. It is her first official match since a loss in the chaotic U.S. Open final last September. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 900 words, photos. Play resumes 7 p.m.