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
BREXIT — After months of hesitation, stop-and-start negotiations and resignations, Britain and the European Union finally signed an agreement governing the U.K.’s departure from the bloc next year. British Prime Minister Theresa May must now sell the deal to her divided Parliament — a huge task considering the intense opposition from pro-Brexit and pro-EU lawmakers alike. By Lorne Cook, Jill Lawless and Raf Casert. SENT: 850 words, photos.
CONGRESS-PELOSI-CHAOS — It could be called the chaos theory for picking a new House speaker. Democrats who are trying to stop Nancy Pelosi say they don’t need a rival now. Instead, they plan to show Pelosi lacks the votes to reclaim the job and they say challengers then will emerge. A test vote comes this week, with the showdown in January. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 960 words, photo.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-PAPADOPOULOS — A judge rejects a last-minute bid by former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to delay his two-week prison term and orders him to surrender Monday as scheduled. Papadopoulos sought the delay until an appeals court rules in a separate case challenging the constitutionality of special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment. By Hope Yen. SENT: 450 words, photo.
IMPLANT FILES-PITCHING PAIN — An investigation into the $400 billion global medical device market finds that more than 1.7 million people have been injured and nearly 83,000 killed. One of the fastest-growing segments of that market is spinal cord stimulators, touted as an answer to America’s opioid crisis. By Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr. SENT: 5,000 words, photos.
HURRICANE MICHAEL-CHILDREN OF THE STORM — Experts say Hurricane Michael and its devastating aftermath have been especially troubling for children of the storm, many too young to understand the Category 4 monster that ripped through Florida’s Panhandle on Oct. 10. Sometimes toddlers refuse to eat, others have become irritable and those still stuck in shelters are waiting for normal life to resume. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 800 words, photos. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.
MALL SHOOTING-ALABAMA — The father of a black man killed by a police officer during shooting at an Alabama mall says his son had a permit to carry a gun for self-defense, and calls it hurtful that police initially portrayed his son as the shooter. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD — Three Chicago police officers accused of participating in a cover-up surrounding the fatal police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald are scheduled to go to a bench trial Tuesday in a case that puts the department on trial just weeks after a jury convicted a white officer of second-degree murder and aggravated battery in McDonald’s 2014 death, SENT: 500 words, photos.
CHINA-DOLCE&GABBANA — Don’t mess with China — and its growing cadre of powerful luxury consumers. That’s the lesson Dolce&Gabbana learned the hard way after Chinese netizens expressed their outrage at promotional videos the company made for the Chinese market and insulting comments made on Instagram. By Ken Moritsugu and Colleen Barry. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.
TRUMP — President Donald Trump congratulates himself for falling oil prices. He chides the Federal Reserve over interest rates. He claims Central American countries are trying to dump “certain people” into the United States. Trump’s Florida holiday stay is ending. His tweets and sometimes dubious claims take no break. SENT: 400 words, photos.
ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MISSISSIPPI — A Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Mississippi says he would bring experience of “diversity” and “inclusion” to the job, and he thinks the Republican he’s trying to unseat has a background lacking in those qualities. SENT: 770 words, photos.