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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory,10:45,ADVISORY

December 28, 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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HIGHLIGHTING

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN (sent, developing)

JERRY BROWN DEPARTS (sent)

NYC ELECTRICAL FLASH-BLUE SKY (sent)

ISRAEL-OBIT-OZ (sent, developing)

GENE-EDITED BABIES-POLL (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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NYC ELECTRICAL FLASH-BLUE SKY — NYC utility probes electric flash that lit sky in eerie blue. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ISRAEL-OBIT-OZ — Israeli media say renowned Israeli author Amos Oz has died at the age of 79. Oz, author of novels, prose and a widely acclaimed memoir, had suffered from cancer, the reports say. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.

WWII VET-OBIT — Richard Overton, the nation’s oldest World War II veteran who was also believed to be oldest living man in the U.S., dies in Texas at 112, a family member says. SENT: 130 words, photos.

KOREAS-HACKING ATTACK — South Korea says it’s responding to a hacking attack that stole the names and addresses of nearly 1,000 North Korean defectors who resettled in the South. SENT: 190 words, photo.

BRITAIN-ANGELINA JOLIE — Angelina Jolie doesn’t rule out a move into politics — and has joked that she might be tough enough to take the rough and tumble that comes with it. SENT: 130 words, photos.

ARETHA FRANKLIN-IRS — An attorney representing the estate of the late Queen of Soul says at least $3 million in back taxes have been paid to the IRS since Aretha Franklin’s death last August. SENT: 300 words, photo.

SOCIAL WORKER-SURPRISE DONATION — Social worker left surprise $11M to children’s charities. SENT: 600 words, photos.

ANTARCTICA SOLO — A British adventurer is close to becoming the second person to traverse Antarctica completely unassisted, just a few days after an American became the first to conquer the feat, which was previously said to be impossible. SENT: 750 words, photos.

COW ON THE LOOSE — Runaway cow caught on I-80 recovering at animal sanctuary. SENT: 130 words.

WOODSTOCK ANNIVERSARY — Original Woodstock site to host 50th anniversary concert. SENT: 130 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as both parties trade blame and President Donald Trump seeks to raise the stakes in the weeklong impasse. UPCOMING: New approach of 1,000 words by 11 a.m., photos.

JERRY BROWN DEPARTS — It was a matter of life and death in 2015 when California Gov. Jerry Brown pondered an assisted suicide bill granting terminally ill people the right to choose when they die. After much speculation, Brown signed the measure, a victory for “death with dignity” advocates and a blow to the Catholic Church, which vigorously opposed it. Brown, who once considered becoming a priest, added to his signature a five-paragraph statement outlining how he made his decision: He sought contradicting perspectives from the church, families of the terminally ill, his friends and doctors. And he pondered his own existence. SENT: 1300 words, photos. With JERRY BROWN DEPARTS-ON THE ISSUES and JERRY BROWN DEPARTS-TIMELINE.

TRUMP-MILITARY RAISES-FACT CHECK — In his first visit to U.S. troops in a conflict zone, President Donald Trump drew cheers when he told troops he won them their first raise in 10 years and suggested it was a whopping one. Neither is true. SENT: 440 words. AP Photos.

ELECTION 2020-IOWA DEMOCRATS — Early supporters of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign for the Iowa caucuses admit the charismatic candidate swept them off their feet en route to the presidency. As they size up the 2020 Iowa caucuses, though, they say it’s all about the sheer calculation of who can beat President Donald Trump out of a field of as many as two dozen Democratic hopefuls. “The innocence in us wants to fall in love,” says one such activist. But now, “it’s OK to just fall in like.” SENT: 760 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SEVERE WEATHER — Northern New England is getting a mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain, making for dangerous driving. Heavy rains and flood warnings have surfaced in the South. And a powerful winter storm in the Upper Midwest has left roads snow covered and slippery, causing at least two fatal crashes. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

GRAND CENTRAL TUNNELS — Deep under Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal, a super-pricey new railroad hub is taking shape, dogged by billion-dollar cost overruns and a decade of delays, but still impressive as an engineering marvel. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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SCIENCE

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GENE-EDITED BABIES-POLL — Most Americans say it would be OK to use gene-editing technology to create babies protected against a variety of diseases — but a new poll shows they’d draw the line at changing DNA so children are born smarter, faster or taller.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SYRIA — The U.S-led coalition has denied that there were changes to the military deployment in Syria’s Kurdish-held Syrian Manbij, refuting the government account that its troops have entered the town. SENT: 800 words, photos.

CONGO-ELECTION — Protests erupt as Congo’s leader warns of ‘disaster’ if Sunday’s vote is allowed in Ebola zone. SENT: 600 words, photos.

NKOREA-THE SINGAPORE CONNECTION — Despite the unwanted publicity of a criminal trial for one of their main suppliers, business is booming at Pyongyang’s ‘Singapore shops,’ which sell everything from Ukrainian vodka to brand-name knock-offs from China. The stores stock many of the very things United Nations’ sanctions banning trade in luxury goods are intended to block and provide a nagging reminder that not all potential trade partners are lining up behind the U.N.’s pronouncements or the Trump administration’s policy of maximum pressure on the North. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

INDONESIA-TSUNAMI — Bad weather and a massive ash column hampered efforts to assess whether Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano island could trigger another deadly tsunami as authorities said Friday the search for victims in the worst-affected province will continue into January. SENT: 400 words, photos.

EURO-20 YEARS — The euro is about to turn 20, but the countries that use it are still wrestling over how the shared currency should work — and how to fix flaws exposed by a debt crisis that scarred its second decade. By David McHugh and Derek Gatopoulos. SENT: 920 words, photos. With EURO AT 20-GLOSSARY — The euro, Europe’s shared currency, turns 20 on Tuesday. Here are some key terms to know. SENT: 350 words, photo.

GUATEMALA-CHILD DEATH-BORDER — The stepsister of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody says the boy’s father took his son to the border after hearing rumors that parents and their children would be allowed to migrate to the United States and escape the poverty in their homeland. SENT: 650 words with photos.

BANGLADESH-ELECTIONS — Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is poised to win re-election as critics question whether the nation’s tremendous economic success has undermined its fragile democracy. SENT: 900 words, photos.

SUDAN — Activists say thousands are demonstrating in a string of neighborhoods of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, calling for President Omar Bashir to step down. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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FINANCIAL MARKETS — Stocks are opening higher as U.S. markets try to maintain the momentum from a late-day rally on Thursday. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated throughout trading day, about 700 words by 5 p.m.

YE--MARKETS-THE YEAR IN 10 CHARTS — Wall Street started 2018 strong, buoyed by a growing economy and corporate profits, then got nervous. By Alex Veiga. SENT: 850 words, photos. Also moved in a previous cycle.

PENDING HOME SALES —US pending home sales drop 0.7 percent in November as would-be buyers struggle to afford homes. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 10:45 a.m.

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TECHNOLOGY

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TESLA-BOARD — Tesla is naming Oracle’s Larry Ellison and an executive from Walgreens to its board as part of a settlement with U.S. regulators who demanded more oversight of CEO Elon Musk. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

WAR ROBOTS — The Army is looking for a few good robots. Not to fight — not yet, at least — but to help the men and women who do. At stake is a contract worth almost half a billion dollars for 3,000 backpack-sized devices that can defuse bombs and scout enemy positions. Competition for the work has spilled over into Congress and federal court. By Technology Writer Matt O’Brien. SENT: 1,260 words, photos, video.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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RETHINKING OLD FAVORITES — They exist throughout the American pop-culture canon, from movies to TV to music and beyond: pieces of work that have withstood the test of time because they still resonate, but that contain actions and depictions we now find questionable at best. Whether it’s domestic abuse played for laughs in “The Philadelphia Story” and “The Honeymooners,” racial stereotypes from old Charlie Chan movies to “The Simpsons” or the clunky gender interactions of “Mr. Mom,” over the decades Americans have amassed an entire catalog of entertainment that now summons a never-more-relevant question: What do we with this stuff today? Do we simply discard it? Give it a free pass as a product of its age? Or is there some way to both acknowledge its value and still view it with a more critical eye? By National Writer Ted Anthony. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos.

ELVIS PRESLEY-COMEBACK SPECIAL — This month marks 50 years since NBC aired what is known as Elvis Presley’s “Comeback Special.” The Associated Press spoke with people associated with the original show. NBC plans to air a tribute to the program in February. By Adrian Sainz. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

TV-MRS MAISEL-FASHION — The costume designer for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” doesn’t just create beautiful looks for the colorful show; she matches the costumes to the characters’ story arcs. By Brooke Lefferts. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video.

PEOPLE-CHAKA KHAN — The pop and soul legend calls herself a “perennial.” And the word is spot-on as the singer-songwriter returns with a blast of new music after 10 years out of the spotlight. She kicks off 2019 in a big way on New Year’s Day serving as grand marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade. By Entertainment Writer Mike Cidoni Lennox. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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YE--SPORTS DEATHS — Sports mourns loss of touchstones from 1960s: Stan Mikita, Jim Taylor, Willie McCovey. SENT: 1,800 words.

BKC--MID-MAJOR SCHEDULING SHAKEUP — Conference USA radically alters its league basketball schedule in an effort to get more teams into the NCAA Tournament and get better seeds. The revolutionary schedule features four games that won’t be set until February, when the conference standings will determine the matchups. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by noon.

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