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BC-Year-End Package,ADVISORY

December 27, 2018


Here are the updated plans for AP’s year-end package. Stories will carry a YE- slug. Separate advisories for year-end sports and entertainment stories are also moving. This advisory will be updated each week to reflect updates and changes. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to Josh Hoffner or Alina Hartounian at 602-417-2400.

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The mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school — which killed 17 students and staff, and sparked nationwide student-led marches for gun control — was the top news story of 2018, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. By National Writer David Crary, with photos, video. MOVED.


Children torn from their parents, a caravan nearing the border, tear gas fired on asylum seekers, and a swath of the globe derided by the president in crude language. In a breathless 2018, they were just a handful of headlines on one of the year’s most dominant issues: immigration. By Matt Sedensky. 900 words, with photos, interactive. MOVED.


The stranger-than-sitcom American presidency opened 2018 with a big tease about the mutual nuclear destruction of the U.S. and North Korea that evolved into a bromance between two leaders who found “love.” Throw in a beer-loving justice, a parallel universe of facts untethered to gravity and a zillion tweets unfamiliar with grammar, and it’s clear that President Donald Trump’s world this year was touched by the weird, the traumatic and the fantastical — also known as WTF. By Calvin Woodward. MOVED.


Get used to this tumult. This past year has been one of the shakiest since the bull market began almost a decade ago, and most of Wall Street expects the volatility to continue. They think stocks can still eke out more gains, as corporate profits continue to rise, just not at the same pace as in past years and certainly not in as calm a manner. By Stan Choe. MOVED.


The year was filled with headlines of massacres, wildfires, hurricanes and other calamities that claimed hundreds of lives, but there were positive moments in the midst of these events. A look at how people volunteered in unexpected ways in some of the nation’s darkest moments of 2018. By Jocelyn Gecker. 1,000 words with photos and video. MOVED.


Mr. Trump went to Washington. And he changed it. Facts are seen as negotiable. Insults and personal attacks have spread to both parties. The White House press briefing is all but gone, international summits are optional, the nation’s arts are an afterthought, war zones are kept at arm’s length. A look at how, in two years, Trump has rewritten the rules of the presidency and the norms of the nation’s capital. By Jonathan Lemire. MOVED.


It was the year cannabis grew up. The banner year saw a global explosion of interest and unprecedented growth in the pot industry: California, Vermont and Michigan embraced legal marijuana for general use, Canada declared pot legal under federal law and Mexico’s Supreme Court paved the way for future legalization there. A Canadian company because the first marijuana business to complete an initial public offering on a major U.S. stock exchange and major beverage and cigarette brands invested billions in marijuana for the first time. By Gillian Flaccus. 1,000 words, photos, video, timeline. MOVED.


YE-AFRICA-2018: As the roar of “strongman” politics rose in 2018, extraordinary developments in Africa offered an alternative to the noise. MOVED.



In a year filled with political acrimony, the nation came together on separate occasions three months apart to remember two men whose approach to politics epitomized a bygone era. Former President George H.W. Bush and Sen. John McCain were among the many notable figures who died in 2018. By Bernard McGhee. Moved on Dec. 17 and will be updated through year’s end, with photos.


A human tide of would-be Americans, rolling toward the border. American rockets streaking across the darkness over Damascus. Students fleeing a gunman at a Florida high school, their hands raised in the air. Associated Press photographers were there to record a world in constant motion in 2018. A package of the AP’s 100 best photos from 2018. Moved Dec. 3 and being re-sent.


Keep your backyard chicken coops, dear 2018, and your vampire facials, too. And that Floss dance from Fortnite Battle Royale? Forget about it in the new year. Among other things we’re over as we slide into 2019: Bell sleeves that need constant policing, the cash-cow otherwise known as subscription box services and Alec Baldwin’s “Saturday Night Live” Donald Trump, because isn’t the real one enough? By AP Entertainment Writer Leanne Italie. Upcoming: 990 words. Photos. Moved Dec. 19.


As the Middle East ushers in 2019, the decade’s ruinous conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq seem to be winding down after exacting a painful price — hundreds of thousands of people killed, millions uprooted, and entire cities reduced to rubble. Governments in the region have failed to address deep-seated economic challenges, including high youth unemployment, leaving millions of young people in the Middle East alienated and shut out of economic and political participation. By Karin Laub. Moved Dec. 18, with photos.



BREAKTHROUGH ARTISTS: The Associated Press has named its annual picks for the Breakthrough Entertainers of the Year. The Breakthrough Entertainers contain a mix of artists, highlights new faces that burst onto the scene in 2018 and those who reached new heights with their projects. Stories moved Dec. 11-14.

YE-MUSIC-TOP ALBUMS — A look at what the AP’s music critic has deemed as the year’s top 10 albums. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. 900 words, photos. MOVED.

YE-MUSIC-TOP SONGS — AP’s music critic breaks down the year’s top 10 songs. By AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. 900 words, photos. MOVED.

YE-TV-TOP SHOWS: A look at what was the best in TV for 2018. By Alicia Rancilio. About 800 words, photos. MOVED.

YE-TOP MOVIE MOMENTS — From Ally taking the stage in “A Star is Born” to Steven Spielberg recreating “The Shining” in “Ready Player One,” AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr lists the top movie moments of the year, and a few that even became memes. By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. 900 words, photos. MOVED.

YE-BEST MOMENTS-TV — A list of the most compelling TV moments from 2018, from Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech to the “This Is Us” revelation of how Jack died. By AP Television Writer Lynn Elber. 800 words, photos. MOVED.

YE-TOP BOOK MOMENTS — From a wave of anti-Trump bestsellers to a wave of #MeToo allegations, the publishing world made headlines in 2018 — not always by design. By AP National Writer Hillel Italie. 1,100 words, photos. MOVED.

YE-TOP 10 FILMS — AP Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr pick their top 10 movies of the year. By AP Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos. MOVED.

YE-POP CULTURE MOMENTS — And the pop culture moments of 2018 are ... wait, WAS there any pop culture this year? Yes, of course, but you could be forgiven for forgetting much of it, because more than ever it was politics, politics, and more politics that permeated the zeitgeist. By AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. 900 words, photos. MOVED.

YE-THE YEAR COMEDY ATTACKED ITSELF — Standup performances by Drew Michael and Hannah Gadsby managed to shake up the comedy world by the time they finished their hour-long sets. By AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. 930 words, photos. MOVED.

YE-BOX OFFICE — After a down year in 2017, the box office has been back in a big way, and headed toward a record, thanks to the massive successes of films like Disney’s “Black Panther,” ″Avengers: Infinity War” and “Incredibles 2.” By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. 900 words, photos. Moving Dec. 20.




Andrew Benintendi’s diving catch to put Boston in command of the AL Championship Series. LeBron James victimizing Jimmy Butler to win a game for Cleveland. Tua Tagovailoa’s perfect spiral in overtime to give Alabama the national championship. Arike Ogunbowale coming up big in the Final Four — twice! — to lead Notre Dame to the NCAA women’s basketball title. All those spectacular moments, and many more, are candidates for the AP’s plays of the year 2018. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos on Dec. 21.


The powerful victim’s impact statements delivered by dozens of women sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University team doctor Larry Nassar did more than provide a much-needed release: it signaled a sea change in the #MeToo movement in sports, one that could have a ripple effect for years to come. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by Dec. 23.


The biggest sports story of 2018, as voted on by an Associated Press panel. By National Writer Eddie Pells. MOVED.



Sports inspired the usual agita this year — taunts, scrapes and scuffles, even the occasional riot — but more than its share of wry smiles, too. A 98-year-old nun stole the show at the Final Four. A homecoming queen kicked the game-winner for her high school football team. And in random acts of kindness stretching from hockey rinks in Calgary to a soccer stand in the Netherlands, teddy-bear throwing fans made sure the pint-sized fans sitting below didn’t go home empty-handed. Moved.


UMBC made history at this year’s NCAA Tournament, becoming the first No. 16 to beat a No. 1 when it took down Virginia. The Retrievers’ run became one of the biggest sports surprises of 2018. By John Marshall. MOVED Dec. 25.


AP members and customers vote on the female athlete of the year. Moved Dec. 26.


AP members and customers vote on the male athlete of the year. Moved Dec. 27.


From the college football championship to the women’s Olympic gold medal game to an 18-inning marathon at the World Series, this was a year when some of the most memorable contests required working overtime. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by Dec. 28.


They were contemporaries and champions, and sports lost three of the best who left their mark across the 1960s: big-hitting Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants; Jim Taylor, the punishing Green Bay Packers fullback; and Stan Mikita, the embodiment of great Chicago Blackhawks teams. Also gone in 2018 was Anne Donovan, a galvanizing force in women’s basketball, and broadcaster Keith Jackson, always good company when a game was on TV. By Fred Lief. 1,200 words, photos by Dec. 28.


Sports traveled to unconventional places in 2018: Golfer Vijay Singh finally settled his lawsuit with the PGA Tour over his use of deer antler spray; New York Mets fans, coping with another grim year, were offered free therapy; the head of cybersecurity for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, it was disclosed, does not know how to use a computer; and the NHL admonished a Boston Bruins player for licking opponents. By Fred Lief. 1,000 words, photos by Dec. 30.


There’s Vlad and Toby and Tierna — just some of the names you may not know much about now but might by the end of 2019. Up-and-comers like highly touted minor-league third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who hopes to embark on a Hall of Fame career like his father as he most likely makes his big-league debut for Toronto next season. Or Toby Miller, a teenage snowboarder tutored by none other than Shaun White. Or Stanford defender Tierna Davidson, who just might make the U.S. women’s national squad for the 2019 World Cup. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photo by Dec. 30.


By now, nothing that happens in sports should shock anyone. The antics of both athletes and fans in 2018 showed that, and now we brace ourselves for what 2019 will bring. Here’s a look at some of the fun that may be ahead. By Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by Dec. 31.


The AP sends off the sports year with a volley of rhyme. By Fred Lief. UPCOMING 900 words, photos by Dec. 29.



What to expect for personal finance matters in 2019. By Sarah Skidmore Sell. Moved Dec. 26, photos. Eds: This story will stand for the weekly On the Money personal finance column.


Markets got the year off to a strong start and notched record highs into the early fall. Then everything went south. A look back at a tumultuous year in 10 charts. UPCOMING: 700 words, charts on Dec. 27. Will be updated Dec. 31 with final closing figures for 2018. By The AP Markets Team. This story stands for the weekly Off the Charts column.


We may remember 2018 as the year in which technology’s dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook’s role enabling election interference to high-tech tools for immigration crackdowns and fears of smartphone addiction. More awaits us in 2019, as surveillance and data-collection efforts ramp up and artificial intelligence systems start sounding more human and reading facial expressions. But there are also countermeasures afoot in Congress, states and even among tech-firm employees themselves, who are growing steadily more activist about ensuring their work is put to positive ends. By Matt O’Brien. Moved Dec. 24.


Economists expect the U.S. housing market slowdown that began this year to worsen in 2019, with rising mortgage rates and prices squeezing out many would-be homebuyers, especially those looking to transition from renting to homeownership. By Alex Veiga. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos on Dec. 28.

YE--BUSINESS NEWS QUIZ. Test your knowledge of notable events in the business world in 2018. Moved Dec. 27.

YE--MUTUAL FUNDS-YEAR IN REVIEW. A recap of how mutual funds did in 2018. By Stan Choe. UPCOMING: 800 words on Jan. 3.

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