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ISLAMIC STATE-REBUILDING IRAQ — The cost of victory over the Islamic State group is incalculable, measured in the ruins left in towns and cities across northern and western Iraq. Baghdad estimates $100 billion is needed nationwide to rebuild. Local leaders say it will cost that much just to rehabilitate Mosul. So far no one is offering to foot the bill. By Susannah George and Lori Hinnant. SENT: 1,800 words, photos, video. An abridged version has also moved.
HOMELESS-CRISIS ON THE COAST-SAVIORS OR ENABLERS — Goodhearted neighbors heartbroken over the rising number of homeless in their communities are feeding and showering those in need, hoping to make a difference. But some question whether they’re doing more harm than good by helping the homeless get some of their most basic needs met outdoors. The debate over how to help is raging up and down communities on the West Coast that are grappling with a rise in homelessness. By Amy Taxin and Geoff Mulvihill. 1,600 words. Photos. An abridged version also is moving. With HOMELESS-CRISIS ON THE COAST-SOLUTIONS. SENT: 1,000 words, photos; HOMELESS CRISIS ON THE COAST-AGENCIES (all sent).
US SENATE-MOORE LAWSUIT — Democrat Doug Jones’ historic victory over Republican Roy Moore is declared official as Alabama election officials certify him the winner of the special Senate election, despite Moore’s last-minute lawsuit claiming voter fraud. SENT: 469 words, photos. SENT: 800 words, photos. With US SENATE-MOORE LAWSUIT-THE LATEST
YE-CONGRESS — Donald Trump’s unpredictable, pugnacious approach to the presidency often worked against him as Republicans navigated a tumultuous but ultimately productive year in Congress. Trump’s major accomplishments, confirmation of conservative Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and a major tax cut, actually came with relatively little drama. But Republicans often struggled to stay on the rails, particularly with a big pratfall on health care and repeated struggles to accomplish the very basics of governing. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 890 words, photos.
AFGHANISTAN — An Islamic State suicide bomber struck a Shiite cultural center in Kabul, killing at least 41 people and underscoring the extremist group’s growing reach in Afghanistan even as its self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria has been dismantled. The attack may have targeted the pro-Iran Afghan Voice news agency housed in the two-story building. By Amir Shah. SENT: 900 words, photos. With AFGHANISTAN-THE LATEST, and AFGHANISTAN-ISLAMIC STATE ATTACKS-GLANCE.
SEVERE WEATHER — The bitter cold that’s sweeping much of the U.S. this week underscores a stark reality for low-income Americans who rely on heating aid: Their dollars aren’t going to go as far this winter. By David Sharp. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates on merits.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-UNIVERSITIES — As more women come forward to speak out against sexual harassment, academia is grappling with its own #MeToo movement. As a case in point, a lawsuit filed against the University of Rochester claims that a distinguished professor harassed a graduate student while the school turned a blind eye. Brett Sokolow, who heads an association of sexual harassment investigators on campuses, estimates that the number of reported sexual harassment complaints has risen by about 10 percent in recent months. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
GENETIC FRONTIERS-BREAKTHROUGH YEAR — After decades of hope and high promise, this was the year scientists really showed they could doctor DNA to successfully treat diseases. Gene therapies to treat cancer and even pull off the biblical-sounding feat of helping the blind to see were approved by U.S. regulators, establishing gene manipulation as a new mode of medicine. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 935 words, photos.
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
VAN CRASH-SEATTLE — Authorities say the driver of a shuttle van that struck a downtown Seattle building and injured several pedestrians had a medical emergency and lost control of the vehicle. SENT: 130 words, photos.
POLICE CHOKEHOLD DEATH — Friends and activists are visiting the New York hospital where Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner’s eldest daughter is in grave condition after a heart attack. SENT: 130 words.
VANITY FAIR-CLINTON — President Trump lashes out at Vanity Fair, says the magazine is “bending over backwards in apologizing for the minor hit” on Hillary Clinton. SENT: 180 words, photo.
NEO-NAZI WEBSITE SUED — A neo-Nazi website publisher’s whereabouts may not be a mystery for much longer now that a federal judge has warned his lawyers he won’t tolerate any “game-playing.” SENT: 780 words, photo.
BAD DATE-RUINED ART — Authorities say an intoxicated Dallas woman on a first date with a prominent Houston trial lawyer caused at least $300,000 in damage to his art collection, including two Andy Warhol paintings. SENT: 200 words.
IRAN-ISLAMIC DRESS — Police in Iran’s capital say they will no longer arrest women for failing to observe the Islamic dress code imposed since the 1979 revolution. SENT: 350 words, photos.
WASHINGTON AND POLITICS
TRUMP-CHINA-NORTH KOREA-OIL — President Trump criticizes China following reports that Chinese ships transferred oil to North Korean vessels at sea in violation of U.N. sanctions over the North’s nuclear weapons program. Trump says on Twitter that China was “Caught RED HANDED,” adding he was “very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea.” By Matthew Pennington and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 480 words.
TAX OVERHAUL-CHARITABLE GIVING — Americans are donating more than usual to charity this season because charitable contributions may make less sense financially next year. Changes in the new tax law are expected to make it less advantageous for people to donate to charity in 2018. SENT: 880 words, photo.
POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota prosecutor said Thursday that he needs more time to decide whether to charge a police officer who fatally shot an Australian after she called 911 for help. SENT: 580 words, photo.
CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA-GETTING READY — A few dozen California shops have cleared a final hurdle to sell marijuana for recreational use starting Monday and regulators will work through the weekend to grant more licenses. One business owner plans a ribbon-cutting ceremony with a disc jockey and prizes, while others are strictly focused on keeping shelves stocked. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 830 words, photos.
GAY PANIC DEFENSE-ILLINOIS — Attorneys in Illinois will no longer be able to use the so-called “gay panic” defense during criminal cases under a law that takes effect in the new year. Though the defense isn’t common, it’s been used in nearly half of all U.S. states since the 1960s, including in Illinois. The state is the second one after California to outlaw the defense which bars the use of a victim’s sexual orientation as a justification for murder. SENT 750 words, photo.
FOUR DEAD IN HOME — Authorities release the names of two women and two children slain in their upstate New York apartment as police ask the public for information. SENT 130 words, photos, video.
LIBERIA-ELECTION — Former international soccer star George Weah was poised to win Liberia’s presidency with a significant lead and more than 98 percent of votes counted, according to provisional results, as the West African nation prepared for its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years. SENT: 530 words, photos.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Palestinian medical records in the Gaza Strip show that a paraplegic man who died during a violent protest along the border with Israel earlier this month was killed by a bullet that struck him in the head. SENT: 890 words, photos.
RUSSIA-EXPLOSION — The explosion at a supermarket in Russia’s second-largest city was a terror attack, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, adding that he has ordered security agencies to kill terror suspects on the spot if they resist arrest. SENT: 450 words, photos.
ETHIOPIA-SAUDI ARABIA-DEPORTEES — Undocumented Ethiopian migrants who are being forcibly deported from Saudi Arabia by the thousands in a new crackdown say they were beaten and robbed while detained. Their interviews bring to light one of the world’s busiest and most dangerous migrant routes but one that remains overlooked amid the larger rush toward Europe. SENT: 700 words, photos.
YE-GAMES OF THE YEAR — The Art of the Comeback was the name of the game in 2017. Clemson started the year with a fourth-quarter rally on its way to a championship. A few weeks later, New England staged the greatest come-from-behind Super Bowl victory in the first overtime of the NFL title game’s history. There were other great contests over the past year, but these two gridiron greats set the bar high. SENT: 920 words, photos.
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