BC-AP News Coverage Advisory,10:15,ADVISORY
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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
NETHERLANDS-CHURCH ASYLUM-SEEKERS — For more than a month, preachers have been leading a non-stop, round-the-clock service at a small Protestant chapel in The Hague in an attempt to prevent the deportation of a family of asylum seekers. SENT: 150 words, photos, developing.
PAYLESS PRANK — Payless prank: The company teaches fashion influencers a lesson by opening a fake store that sold Main Street shoes at Madison Avenue prices. SENT: 150 words, photo.
INSTAGRAM-CLOSE FRIENDS — Instagram is adding a deceptively simple tool to its Stories tool that will likely mean people sharing even more on this already-popular feature. SENT: 360 words, photos.
BOOZY ADVENT CALENDARS — The cardboard calendars, typically filled with chocolates, are now being stuffed with cans of beer and bottles of wine. Others have chunks of cheese behind each door. SENT: 665 words, photos.
BOOKS-MICHELLE OBAMA — Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” is selling at a pace rarely seen for a political memoir, or any nonfiction book. Sales in the U.S. and Canada topped 2 million copies in the first 15 days. SENT: 1340 words, photos.
SUBSTITUTE TEACHER-CHAIR — A Maryland substitute teacher was suspended after her principal said she taped a second-grader to her chair. SENT: 100 words.
MARRIOTT-DATA BREACH — The information of as many as 500 million people staying at Starwood hotels has been compromised and Marriott says it’s uncovered unauthorized access that’s been taking place within its Starwood network since 2014. The company said that credit card numbers and expiration dates of some guests may have been taken. SENT: 320 words, photo.
WOMEN IN TECH-OFFENSIVE CONFERENCE — Women trying to make strides in the male-dominated field of artificial intelligence have won a symbolic victory — persuading a prestigious AI conference to get rid of an acronym that had become fodder for sexist jokes. But there’s more work to be done as this year’s conference opens in Montreal on Sunday, as the field grows from a tiny academic discipline into a tech powerhouse behind products from such leading companies as Google and Amazon. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.
G20-TRUMP — President Donald Trump joins with leaders of Canada and Mexico to sign a three-way trade deal, but tensions over the American president’s new tariffs on steel and aluminum intrude on the celebratory moment. By Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 850, photos. Developing.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Paul Manafort’s attorneys head to court at a time of frenetic activity in the special counsel’s Russia investigation as prosecutors obtained a guilty plea from President Donald Trump’s longtime fixer and appear to be lining up charges against another Trump supporter. SENT: 650 words, photo.
HOUSE DEMOCRATS-1ST BILL - House Democrats are unveiling their first bill for the new Congress, a good-government package to limit big money in politics, make it easier for citizens to vote and require presidents to disclose their tax returns. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 135 words, photo. Developing.
ELECTION 2020-GENERAL MOTORS — Since General Motors announced its decision this week to shutter its hulking plant — the anchor of this northeast Ohio town — workers on the line have had nothing but questions. Will they have a job come spring? Should they put in for a transfer and move their families to Texas or Tennessee? How much should they spend on Christmas presents? The one they haven’t yet answered: Who is to blame? UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 12 p.m., photos.
BLOOMBERG-OPIOIDS — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation’s opioid epidemic. SENT: 150 words, developing.
UNITED STATES-PALESTINIANS-AID — For two years, the Trump administration has unabashedly slashed U.S. aid to the Palestinians. Now, amid signs it may finally roll out its long-awaited Middle East peace plan, the administration is scrambling to save what little remaining Palestinian assistance it provides. By Matthew Lee. SENT: 770 words, photos.
ROMNEY IN-BETWEEN — Incoming Utah Sen. Mitt Romney is a man in-between. He made it to Washington after all - but not as president of the United States, the office he sought twice and other men won. By Laurie Kellerman and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,120 words, photo.
TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION — The surprise plea agreement with President Donald Trump’s former lawyer makes clear that prosecutors believe Michael Cohen was continuing to pursue the Trump Tower Moscow project weeks after his boss had clinched the Republican nomination for president and while investigators believe Russians were meddling in the 2016 election on his behalf. SENT: 1,400 words, photos, video. With: TRUMP LAWYER-INVESTIGATION-MOSCOW TOWER - Trump’s decades-long dream of building a luxury tower in the heart of Moscow flared and fizzled several times. SENT: 1,065 words, photos; TRUMP-COHEN-Q&A - The quest to build Trump Tower Moscow has become a legal flashpoint for the presidency of Donald Trump. SENT: 965 words, photos; TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-GUILTY PLEAS - Five people have pleaded guilty to federal charges in the Russia investigation. SENT: 825 words.
G20 — Diplomats from the Group of 20 countries were haggling hard over a final summit statement, with deep divisions over what language to use on the Paris climate accord and the World Trade Organization, according to two European officials involved in the discussions. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, video.
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CHINA-BIG BROTHER MOVES IN — China is sending more than 1 million civil servants into the homes of ethnic minorities. What the government casts as an effort to promote ethnic unity is regarded by some Uighur Muslims as another attempt to quash their faith. The Associated Press spoke to five Uighurs in exile in Turkey whose family members report being constantly on edge while being forced to host Communist Party members in their homes. By Dake Kang and Yanan Wang. SENT: 2,230 words, photos, video. Abridged version also available.
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SOUTH SUDAN-FRAGILE PEACE — In a tense encounter, The Associated Press witnessed the first meeting between two regional leaders of South Sudan’s army and armed opposition since a groundbreaking peace deal. After years of civil war, they are now expected to join forces. The commanders glared at each other as words of encouragement were laced with accusations. Behind the handshakes lay deep-seated distrust. The country’s peace rests on whether they can put a vicious past behind. By Sam Mednick. SENT: 840 words, photos.
MALAYSIA-MISSING PLANE — Relatives of people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared four years ago presented five pieces of possible plane debris to the government and called for a renewed search for the missing jet. SENT: 475 words, photos.
ISRAEL-NORTHERN WORRIES — Even with attention currently focused on Gaza-based Hamas militants along its southern border, Israel’s most pressing security concerns lie to the north. Israeli officials say the threat of the Palestinian Hamas group pales compared to the Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon — a heavily-armed mini-army with combat experience in neighboring Syria and an arsenal of some 150,000 rockets. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
MANSION FIRE-DEATHS — A New Jersey man charged with killing his brother and the brother’s wife and two children will make a court appearance Friday morning. Paul Caneiro faces four counts of murder, along with arson and weapons charges, in the Nov. 20 deaths. SENT: 135 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated following 9 a.m. hearing.
GENE-EDITED-BABIES-REALITY-CHECK — The uproar over the unproven report of gene-edited births in China has researchers elsewhere worried about a backlash. In legal lab experiments in the U.S. and around the world, scientists are rapidly learning how to alter heredity to fight a variety of disorders. Those kinds of studies in cells and animals are necessary steps to eventually decide if gene editing is safe enough to ever test in human pregnancy. SENT: 975 words, photos, video.
TV-HOLIDAY SHOWS — A roundup of TV favorites and newcomers celebrating the holidays. SENT: 945 words, photos.
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