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December 25, 2018

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.

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TOP STORIES

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CHILD DEAD-BORDER — U.S. immigration authorities say an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala has died in government custody, the second immigrant child to die in detention this month. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 500 words.

GOVERNMENT-SHUTDOWN — President Donald Trump says parts of the government will stay shut as long as Democrats refuse to build more barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, seemingly dashing hope for a Christmas miracle that would soon allow several departments to reopen and employees to return to work. By Darlene Superville and Lisa Mascaro. Photos. SENT: 650 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m.

INDONESIA-TSUNAMI — Latest on the deadly tsunami that killed more than 420 people and left thousands more homeless after it slammed into western Java and southern Sumatra without warning, smashing homes to pieces and sweeping people into the sea. By Niniek Karmini. Photos. SENT: 1,035 words, photos, video.

VATICAN-CHRISTMAS — Pope Francis offered a Christmas wish for fraternity among people of different nations, cultures, faiths, races or ideas, describing the world’s differences as a richness, not a danger, and championing the rights of religious minorities. By Frances D’Emilio. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-CHRISTMAS — President Donald Trump on Tuesday wished U.S. troops stationed around the country and the world a merry Christmas, acknowledging their sacrifice, and adding “every American family is eternally grateful to you.” By Darlene Superville. Photos. SENT: 415 words, photos.

TRUMP-BORDER WALL-FACT CHECK — President Trump’s claims over Christmas that he had awarded 115 miles of new border wall construction in Texas appear to confuse work that’s already funded and underway.

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INTERNATIONAL

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AFGHANISTAN — The death toll from an attack in the Afghan capital has climbed to 40. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle outside the building Monday before at least three gunmen stormed in. By Amir Shah. Photos. SENT: 416 words.

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SPORTS

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YE--SURPRISES OF THE YEAR — Sports surprises of 2018: UMBC’s win over Virginia, Tiger’s Tour Championship, Vegas’ run to Stanley Cup. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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