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KOREAS-TENSIONS — North Korea agrees to send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, Seoul officials say, as the bitter rivals sat for rare talks at the border to discuss how to cooperate in the Olympics and improve their long-strained ties. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 880 words, photos, video.
EL SALVADOR-TRUMP — Washington’s announcement that nearly 200,000 Salvadorans will lose the temporary protected status that has allowed them to live in the U.S. is raising worries in El Salvador that a major source of income for the poor nation will be cut off. By Marcos Aleman. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.
MATTIS-THE STORYTELLER — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is a storyteller, and the tales flow easily when he’s among the breed he identifies with most closely — the men and women of the military. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 930 words, photos.
SUPREME COURT-VEHICLE SEARCHES — The Supreme Court is taking up a case involving the search of a rental car that lawyers say has the potential to affect the 115 million people who rent cars every year in the U.S. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 530 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words after morning arguments.
CHAMPIONSHIP-ALABAMA — Alabama’s latest group of hotshot recruits deliver on college football’s biggest stage. It wasn’t just Tua Tagovailoa either. Freshman Najee Harris, Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy had big plays, too, bringing the Tide’s latest wave of stars to the spotlight at the perfect moment. By Sports Writer John Zenor. SENT: 550 words, photos. With CHAMPIONSHIP-GEORGIA HEARTBREAK — Georgia can’t find more overtime magic in crushing loss to Tide; CHAMPIONSHIP — Walk-off: Alabama beats Georgia in OT for national title; COLLEGE-FOOTBALL-POLL — Alabama No. 1 in final AP poll for 11th time; Central Florida sixth.
CHRISTIE’S FINAL ADDRESS — New Jersey’s two-term Republican Gov. Chris Christie delivers his final state of the state address as Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy prepares to take over. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 3 p.m. speech and then 400 words by 5 p.m.
NEO-NAZI KILLINGS — Prosecutors are seeking a maximum 11-year sentence for a neo-Nazi group leader who stockpiled explosive material in the Florida apartment where a friend killed their two roommates, calling him an unrepentant ideologue who poses a serious danger once he gets out. SENT: 740 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated after 9 a.m. court hearing.
SEXUAL-HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS-KENTUCKY — Kentucky’s Republican House speaker resigns his leadership post, declaring he did not want the secret sexual harassment settlement he signed to be a distraction from the chamber’s legislative work. SENT: 700 words, photo.
GADGET SHOW-INTEL — Intel has big plans to steer toward new business in self-driving cars, virtual reality and other cutting-edge technologies. By Technology Writer Matt O’Brien. SENT: 500 words, photos.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
TV-CRITICS-AMERICAN-IDOL — “American Idol” says it wants to get back to making stars. SENT: 500 words, photos.