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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory,10:15,ADVISORY

December 21, 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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TRUMP-BORDER WALL (sent, developing)

AP POLL-TRUMP-RUSSIA (sent, developing)

UNITED STATES-SYRIA-TRUMP (sent, developing)

UNITED STATES-SYRIA (sent)

TRUMP-MATTIS (sent, developing)

DURABLE GOODS (sent, developing)

ECONOMY-GDP (sent, developing)

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE (sent, developing)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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UNITED STATES-SYRIA TRUMP — President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria was made hastily, without consulting his national security team or allies, and over the strong objections of virtually everyone involved in the fight against the Islamic State group, according to U.S. and Turkish officials. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

TRUMP-BORDER WALL — Facing a midnight deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump says a closure would drag on “for a very long time” and he tried to build the case that congressional Democrats would bear responsibility if there’s no deal over his demand for U.S.-Mexico border wall money. SENT: 680 words. Upcoming: Developing.

TRUMP-MATTIS — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigns after clashing with President Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and after two years of deep disagreements over America’s role in the world. SENT: 1,430 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

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AP POLL-TRUMP-RUSSIA — A majority of Americans say they believe President Donald Trump has tried to obstruct the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, though the public is divided on whether he should be removed from office if he’s found to have stymied the probe, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. SENT: 930 words, photo, graphic.

ECONOMY-GDP — U.S. economy expands at a solid 3.4 percent annual rate in the third quarter, slightly slower than the previous estimate as consumer spending and exports are revised lower. The economy is expected to slow further in the current quarter. SENT: 400 words.

DURABLE GOODS — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting goods rise at a modest pace in November, but the gain is driven entirely by demand for military aircraft. SENT: 400 words, photos.

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — Pope Francis demands that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in and vows that the Catholic Church will “never again” cover up clergy sex abuse. SENT: 980 words, photos.

INDONESIA-ALBINO ORANGUTAN — The world’s only known albino orangutan climbs trees, forages for food and begins building a nest after being released into a remote Borneo jungle more than a year she was found starving and dehydrated in an Indonesian village. SENT: 470 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP — President Donald Trump calculates the political implications of a government shutdown and tries to put the focus on a rare legislative victory on criminal justice. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by noon.

TRUMP-ANALYSIS — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ abrupt resignation marks the end of the ‘contain and control’ phase of President Donald Trump’s administration, when generals, business leaders and establishment Republicans struggled to guide the president and curb his most disruptive impulses. SENT: 840 words, photos.

MEDICARE LOBBYING — A group gaining influence in Washington as a champion for Medicare beneficiaries is bankrolled by major health insurance companies that are trying to cash in on private coverage offered through the federal health insurance program. SENT: 920 words.

ELECTION 2020-WOMEN — A year defined by the political power of women is ending with men enjoying much of the attention, especially the Democrats’ potential presidential field for 2020. But that focus might seem to miss the message of the midterm elections, in which a record number of women were elected to public office across the country. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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YE--IMMIGRATION — Children torn from their parents, refugees turned away, tear gas fired on asylum-seekers, and a president who says he’s making good on promises to protect the nation’s borders. In a breathless 2018, they were just a handful of headlines on immigration, one of the year’s most dominant issues. SENT: 1,980 words, photos.

HIDDEN GULF SPILL — The company that has failed to end a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is suing to challenge a Coast Guard official’s order to design and install a new containment system to capture and remove the crude before it forms slicks that often stretch for miles. SENT: 450 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SYRIA — A senior Kurdish politician calls on France to play a larger role in Syria following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, warning that Kurdish fighters may have to withdraw from the front lines in the fight against Islamic State militants. SENT: 830 words, photos.

CHINA-US-ESPIONAGE — China calls the U.S. arrogant and selfish after two Chinese citizens were charged with stealing American trade secrets and other sensitive information on behalf of Beijing’s main intelligence agency. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.

JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN — Japanese prosecutors add a new allegation of breach of trust against Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn, dashing his hopes for posting bail quickly. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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TOYS FOR TOTS-TOYS R US — The decision by toy giant Toys R Us to shutter its stores this year leaves some huge holes for the annual charity drive Toys for Tots organized by the Marine Corps. SENT: 790 words, photos, video.

NO CELL HOTELS — Can you take a vacation from your cell phone? A growing number of hotels will help you find out. Some resorts are offering perks, like snorkeling tours and s’mores, to guests who manage to give up their phones for a few hours. Some have phone-free hours at their pools; others are banning distracting devices from public places altogether. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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YE-ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR — The Associated Press names its entertainer of the year winner. Some candidates include Donald Glover, Ariana Grande, Bradley Cooper and Netflix. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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SPORTS

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OLY--GYM’S PARKOUR GRAB — Gymnastics is fighting a custody battle for parkour, the funky street sport that has spread globally from the suburbs of Paris. The gymnastics federation has declared parkour to be its newest discipline and intends to lobby for its inclusion in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. This despite howls of complaint from parkour groups and a #WeAreNOTGymnastics protest movement by parkour lovers on social media. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

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