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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES (sent, developing)
CONGRESS-LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS (sent, developing)
TRUMP-STAFF SHAKEUP (sent, developing)
JONESTOWN 40 YEARS LATER (sent)
AMAZON HQ-IMPACT ON REAL ESTATE (upcoming)
AMAZON HQ-REJECTED (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
TRUMP-WHITAKER — Justice legal opinion backs Whitaker’s naming as acting AG. SENT: 550 words, photos.
IMMIGRATION-TEMPORARY STATUS — Lawyers seek ‘Apprentice’ tapes in Trump immigration suit. SENT: 570 words, photos.
VATICAN-GOSSIP — Pope warns against telling lies, says “to gossip is to kill.” SENT: 140 words.
MCDONALD’S-KETCHUP ATTACK — Police: California woman beat McDonald’s manager over ketchup. SENT: 110 words.
INDONESIA-LION AIR — Woman wears wedding gown alone after fiance dies on Lion Air. SENT: 130 words.
PEOPLE-JOE PERRY — Aerosmith’s Perry tweets ‘doing well’ after hospitalization. SENT: 130 words, photos.
2026-CALGARY-BID — Majority of Calgary voters say “no thanks” to 2026 Olympics. SENT: 500 words, photos.
SOUTH KOREA-JAPAN-BTS — The agency for K-pop superstars BTS apologized Wednesday for members wearing a T-shirt depicting the explosion of an atomic bomb and a hat with a Nazi emblem. SENT: 546 words, photos.
ITALY-BOLLYWOOD WEDDING — Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are getting married at a villa on Italy’s Lake Como that has screen credits of its own. SENT: 256 words, photos.
HAMILTON TICKETS-OFFICER HELPS — NYPD officer helps Irish family buy tickets to “Hamilton.” SENT: 130 words.
GERMANY-CHRISTMAS MAIL — Santa’s work begins answering Christmas wish mail in Germany. SENT: 140 words.
ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA — The drama surrounding the Florida election recount is poised to intensify as lawyers return to court ahead of a Thursday deadline to complete the review of two key races that seems increasingly out of reach in a Democratic stronghold. SENT: 890 words, photos, videos. With ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA-RECOUNT EXPLAINER — Is Florida really screwed up? Its election recount explained.
ELECTION 2018-GEORGIA-GOVERNOR — After multiple federal court rulings and a flurry of legal filings, uncertainty looms over Georgia’s still-undecided race for governor. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video.
ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-CALIFORNIA — First-time candidate Josh Harder defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham in California’s farm belt, giving Democrats their fourth pickup of a GOP House seat in California. SENT: 700 words, photos.
CONGRESS-LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is running to take over next year’s shrunken Republican caucus in closed-door elections that will set the tone for the new Congress. The race for minority leader is McCarthy’s to lose. But the California Republican must fend off a challenge from conservative Jim Jordan of Ohio. SENT: 1,100 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. Senate elections, 1 p.m. House, 1000 words by 5 p.m., photos.
TRUMP-STAFF SHAKEUP — President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shakeup as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying. SENT: 1000 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developments possible.
UNITED STATES-CHINA-TECH RISK — A U.S. congressional advisory panel says the purchase of Internet-linked devices manufactured in China leaves the United States vulnerable to security breaches that could put critical infrastructure at risk. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m., photo.
POSTAL SERVICE-FINANCES — The U.S. Postal Service is reporting a loss for the 12th straight year. It blames declines in mail volume and costs of its pension and health care obligations. UPCOMING: 630 words by noon.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — A message board at a shelter for the many people who fled California’s deadliest wildfire is filled with photos of the missing, as well as pleas for any information about relatives and friends. “I hope you are okay,” reads one hand written note on the board filled with white and yellow sheets of notebook paper. Another had a picture of a missing man: “If seen, please have him call.” By Martha Mendoza and Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 810 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US CA Wildfires Malibu (CR) — Boats bring supplies to beach in Malibu. With SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Residents return but Southern California fire still has life; NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE-LAWSUIT — PG&E sued over massive Northern California wildfire; CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST. UPCOMING: News conference with Gov. Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke planned for 3 p.m. in Chico; CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-HEALTH — Breathing masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost inevitable for vulnerable residents as the disasters become more commonplace. For comprehensive coverage: https://www.apnews.com/Wildfires
JONESTOWN 40 YEARS LATER — The mass murders and suicides of more than 900 people at Jonestown in Guyana, South America, happened 40 years ago this week. Dozens of Peoples Temple members survived because they had slipped out of the remote settlement or happened to be away on Nov. 18, 1978. Those who were raised in the temple or joined as teens lost the only life they knew. They have since journeyed through grief over lost loved ones, felt like pariahs and built new lives. By Tim Reiterman. SENT: 1,960 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 1,010 words has also been sent. With JONESTOWN 40 YEARS AGO — In a November 1978 dispatch, then-San Francisco Examiner reporter Tim Reiterman recounted events at the Jonestown settlement in Guyana before an airstrip ambush that killed California Congressman Leo Ryan and four others (sent).
OHIO FAMILY KILLED — Authorities say prosecuting an Ohio family of four arrested in the gruesome slayings of eight people from another family could take years. SENT: 700 words, photos.
TEXAS EXECUTION — Attorneys for a Mexican citizen scheduled to be executed in Texas for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children say his life should be spared because he is a “bipolar, brain-injured” person who was severely abused as a child. SENT: 630 words, photo.
SCHOOL SHOOTING-INDIANA — A 13-year-old boy who admitted shooting and wounding a classmate and a teacher at a suburban Indianapolis school is expected to learn whether he will be sent to a state juvenile detention center in an attempt to rehabilitate him. SENT: 460 words. UPCOMING: Hearing scheduled for 9 a.m.
YEMEN-DEATH BY DRONE — A Yemeni boy one morning heard that al-Qaida were giving away free motorcycles, so he ran off with a friend to get one, never thinking that a U.S. drone was overhead, hunting for militants. Amid all the dangers in a country torn by civil war, one family living in the remote mountains gets caught in the middle in the United States’ escalating drone campaign against al-Qaida’s most dangerous affiliate. By Maggie Michael and Maad Al-Zikry. SENT: 2,860 words, photos. With YEMEN-DRONE VICTIMS — The hidden toll of American drones in Yemen: Civilian deaths; YEMEN — Yemeni officials: Airstrike by Saudi-led coalition killed at least 7 civilians in rebel-held port city of Hodeida (both sent).
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman abruptly resigns his post in protest over a cease-fire reached with Gaza militants, in a move that rocked the Israeli political scene and seemed likely to bring about early elections. By Aron Heller. SENT: 900 words, photos. With ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-THE LATEST.
ASEAN-SUU KYI — Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi rebuffs criticism from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and other leaders over her government’s treatment of its ethnic Rohingya Muslims. By Bernat Armangue. SENT: 730 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — Singapore Myanmar Pence (CR) — Pence: anti-Rohingya violence “without excuse.” With AUSTRALIA-ABE-PENCE — Japan’s Abe, Pence to visit Australia amid China concerns. Also see ASEAN below.
NKOREA-RALLYING THE CADRES — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits factory after factory around his country to inspect their work, give on-the-spot guidance and rally people around his ambitious economic campaign. SENT: 970 words, photos.
BREXIT — British Prime Minister Theresa May says that a draft divorce deal with the European Union delivers the Brexit that Britons voted for, as she tried to persuade her divided Cabinet that it must back the agreement or plunge the U.K. into political and economic uncertainty. By Jill Lawless. SENT:800 words, photos.
VENEZUELA-BEAUTY QUEEN EXODUS — Dozens of Venezuelan beauty queens vying to compete in upcoming Miss Universe pageant are among those fleeing their country’s hardships. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.
ISRAEL-CONTENTIOUS CABLE CAR — Israeli plan to build a cable car to Jerusalem’s Old City sparks criticism. SENT: 1,020 words, photo.
SRI-LANKA-POLITICS — Sri Lanka’s Parliament passes a no-confidence vote against the government headed by the hastily sworn-in Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as lawmakers convene for the first time since the president dismissed his Cabinet and suspended the legislature last month. SENT: 300 words, photo.
FIJI-ELECTION —The man who first seized power in a military coup then refashioned himself as a legitimate leader appears set to rule Fiji for another four years. SENT: 940 words, photos.
AMAZON HQ-IMPACT ON REAL ESTATE 7/8— With Amazon bringing 25,000 jobs to Long Island City, a two-bedroom condo with views of Manhattan is suddenly seen as a bargain at $1.1 million. Real estate agents there and in Crystal City, Virginia, the other winner of the Amazon second-headquarters sweepstakes, are suddenly flooded by inquiries from would-be buyers, investors seeking become landlords and sellers who’ve now decided to wait for prices to go up, up, up. Some wonder whether real estate in the two localities is destined to price out all but the affluent, as critics say has happened in Amazon’s Seattle headquarters city. By Josh Boak. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos at noon. With AMAZON HQ-REJECTED — The dozen and a half North American cities Amazon jilted when it picked New York and Virginia as the split hosts of its new headquarters are bearing the rejection with a mix of optimism and reflection. But while they’re missing out on the economic boost_for now —they’ve also dodged giving away billions in tax incentives. By Michael Catalini. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m.
AMAZON HQ-ECONOMIC IMPACT — The awarding of Amazon’s second headquarters to two affluent localities fans intense speculation around a key question: For the winning cities, will the economic payoff prove to be worth the cost? By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 980 words, photos. With AMAZON HQ-TRUMP TAX BREAK — Amazon’s NYC home in “opportunity zone” for Trump tax break; AMAZON HQ — Amazon ends suspense over headquarters by picking New York, D.C. suburb. (both sent).
ASEAN — Leaders of Southeast Asian nations have pushed back yet again an agreement on a pan-Asian free trade deal amid a whirlwind of diplomacy Wednesday at their annual summit. By Annabelle Liang and Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 980 words, photos.
APEC — After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders’ meeting in the country that can least afford it, Papua New Guinea. By Stephen Wright and Jim Gomez. SENT: 930 words, photos.
NEANDERTHAL DANGER, HFR — Life as a Neanderthal was no picnic, but a new analysis says it was no more dangerous than what our own species faced in ancient times. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1 p.m., photo.
MOUNTAIN GORILLAS REBOUND — After facing near-extinction, mountain gorillas populations are now slowly growing - a rare conservation success story, scientists say. SENT: 525 words, photos.
SCIENCE SAYS-GENE-EDITED FOOD — By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA “edited” are expected to begin selling. It’s very different than today’s controversial “genetically modified” foods. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.
WETTER HURRICANES, HFR — Two studies show how human activity are making hurricanes wetter. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1 p.m.
CMA AWARDS — Country Music Association Awards as co-host, performer and nominee. The singer, who is hosting the show alongside Brad Paisley for the 11th time, is pregnant and will hit the stage Wednesday night to perform “Love Wins” from her latest album, “Cry Pretty.” By AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT. About 300 words. Will be updated throughout show, which begins at 8 p.m. With photos, video.
NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS: The winners of the National Book Awards will be announced at a dinner ceremony in Manhattan. By AP National Writer Hillel Italie. UPCOMING by 11 p.m.
STAN LEE-RACE — As fans celebrate Stan Lee’s contributions to the pop culture canon, some have also revisited how Lee felt that with his comic books came great responsibility. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
MICHELLE OBAMA — Michelle Obama begins her 12-stop book tour by sitting with Oprah Winfrey before an audience at the home arena of the Chicago Bulls, speaking on everything from piano lessons and washing socks to crying on a plane the day her family moved out of the White House and Trump moved in. SENT: 680 words, photos, video. With MICHELLE OBAMA-NEWS GUIDE.
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