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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN (sent, developing)
SHUTDOWN POLITICS (sent)
BORDER WALL-EMINENT DOMAIN (sent)
R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS (sent)
MEASURING PAIN (sent)
US-CHINA-FORCED LABOR (sent)
IRAQ-EXPELLED FROM CAMPS (sent)
YEMEN (sent, developing)
CONGO-ELECTION (sent, developing)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
LADY GAGA-R KELLY — Lady Gaga is sorry for her 2013 duet with R. Kelly in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against the singer, and she intends to remove the song from streaming services. SENT: 130 words, photos. See more coverage below.
JUDD-WEINSTEIN — A federal judge has reportedly dismissed part of Ashley Judd’s lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein. SENT: 130 words, photos.
MCDONALD’S COFFEE ASSAULT — Police: Man threw coffee in face of teen fast food worker in South Carolina. SENT: 140 words.
BRITAIN-ROYALS — Meghan moves into more visible roles in U.K. royal family. SENT: 130 words, photo.
FILM-GREEN BOOK-FARRELLY — “Green Book” director: “I was an idiot” for genital-flashing. SENT: 190 words, photo.
FILM-BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY — “Bohemian Rhapsody” sing-along versions coming to theaters. SENT: 140 words, photo.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL-MICHAEL JACKSON-STEVE BANNON — Sundance adds documentary about Michael Jackson accusers. SENT: 200 words, photo.
VATICAN-SPORT — Vatican launches athletics team of Swiss Guards, priests. SENT: 130 words.
NEPAL-MENSTRUAL EXILE — Woman, two sons die in Nepal town in suspected menstrual exile. SENT: 300 words.
BORDER WALL/GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — President Donald Trump says it would be “very surprising” for him not to declare a national emergency if he can’t make a deal with Democrats to pay for his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. Trump spoke before traveling to McAllen, Texas to visit a border patrol station for a roundtable on immigration and border security. Trump is trying to bolster his case for the border wall after negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding demands. SENT: 850 words. UPCOMING: Developing from events starting at 2:10 p.m. in McAllen, Texas, 900 words by 4 p.m., photos.
SHUTDOWN-TODAY’S BRIEFING — What’s up with the partial government shutdown on Day 20. SENT: 390 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from day’s events.
SHUTDOWN POLITICS — As the third government shutdown of Trump’s administration stretches into its 19th day, political pressures on Trump and the Democrats leave little room for compromise in the standoff over funding for a border wall. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.
BORDER WALL-EMINENT DOMAIN — As Trump travels to the border in Texas to make the case for his $5.7 billion wall, landowner Eloisa Cavazos says she knows firsthand how the project will play out if the White House gets its way. SENT: 1,090 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US TX Eminent Domain (CR) — Texas landowners dig in to fight Trump border wall.
DEMOCRATS-DRUG PRICES — Leading congressional liberals are unveiling a package of bills that aims to reduce what Americans pay for prescription drugs by linking prices to lower costs in other countries. A major idea would open up generic competition to brand-name drugs deemed “excessively priced.” SENT: 650 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 11:30 a.m. news conference, 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.
CALIFORNIA VS. TRUMP — California’s top prosecutor, Xavier Becerra, has been among the most aggressive of the Democratic state attorneys general who have fought President Donald Trump in court. The attorney general says he looks to defend issues he championed as a 12-term Congressman and listens to what the president says to prepare for future litigation. SENT: 1000 words, photos
R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS — R. Kelly, one of the top-selling recording artists of all time, has been hounded for years by allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls — accusations he and his attorneys have long denied. But an Illinois prosecutor’s plea for potential victims and witnesses to come forward has sparked hope among some advocates that the R&B star might face new charges. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m., photos.
KANSAS-ABORTION LAWSUIT — Abortion opponents in Kansas have been bracing themselves for nearly two years for a ruling from the state’s highest court that protects the right to have an abortion and potentially upends politics in a state long at the center of the national debate. By Political Writer John Hanna. SENT: 990 words, photos.
PELVIC MESH LAWSUITS — Doctors who specialize in female pelvic medicine say lawsuits by four states, including Washington and California, over products used to treat pelvic floor disorders and incontinence might scare patients away from the best treatment options — or maybe even push the products off the market. By Gene Johnson. SENT: 1,280 words, photos.
US-CHINA-FORCED LABOR — A U.S. company that stocks college bookstores with t-shirts and other team apparel cut ties with a Chinese company that drew workers from an internment camp holding targeted members of ethnic minority groups. By Martha Mendoza and Yanan Wang. SENT: 650 words, photos.
IRAQ-EXPELLED FROM CAMPS — A little over a year since the country fought its last battle against IS, but well before it has gotten a handle on reconstruction, Iraq is closing its camps for the displaced in the country’s western Anbar province and casting vulnerable families into a maelstrom of peril. Accused by their tribes of collaborating with IS, many families cannot return home. Others worry there is no work, schooling, or housing to return to. By Philip Issa. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. ONLY ON AP.
YEMEN — A bomb-laden drone flown by Yemen’s Houthi rebels flies into a military parade outside of the southern port city of Aden, killing at least six troops from a Saudi-led coalition and their allies in a brazen attack threatening U.N.-brokered peace efforts to end the yearslong war tearing at the Arab world’s poorest nation. By Ahmed Al-Haj. SENT: 900 words, photo, graphic. With YEMEN-THE LATEST.
CONGO-ELECTION — Supporters of surprise Congo presidential winner Felix Tshisekedi celebrate in the capital, while rival opposition candidate Martin Fayulu denounces the result as fraud after the long-delayed election marred by irregularities. By Mathilde Boussion. SENT: 910 words, photos. With CONGO-ELECTION-THE LATEST.
BREXIT-PARLIAMENT VS GOVERNMENT — As Brexit enters its endgame, the big divide is not between the U.K. and the European Union, but between Britain’s government and its Parliament. Since Britain and the EU struck a divorce deal late last year, the U.K.’s executive and legislature have been at war, with lawmakers battling to wrest control of the Brexit process from Prime Minister Theresa May. The drama could spark a constitutional crisis for a country without a written constitution, whose democracy rests on centuries of laws, precedents and conventions rather than a single document. With BREXIT-AVIATION — The head of the leading association for airlines around the world has warned of possible disruptions to air travel if Britain crashes out of the European Union on March 29 without a deal. SENT: 330 words.
POLAND-ESCAPE ROOM DEATHS — Officials have joined relatives and friends for the funeral of five teenage girls killed last week in a fire that broke out at a recreational escape room in northern Poland. SENT: 300 words, photos.
SAUDI-RUNAWAY WOMAN — Australia’s foreign minister praises Thailand for its handling of a young Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum in Australia, but also reminded it of continuing concern about a Bahraini soccer player granted asylum in Australia who remains in Thai detention. SENT: 810 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-EGYPT — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds talks with Egyptian leaders in Cairo as he continues a nine-nation Mideast tour aimed at reassuring America’s Arab partners that the Trump administration is not walking away from the region and is continuing to step up pressure on Iran. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 660 words, photos.
CHINA-NKOREA — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly tells the leader of his only major ally, China, that he wants to “achieve results” on the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula during a second summit with Trump. SENT: 790 words, photos.
KOREAS-DIPLOMACY — South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in urges North Korea to take firmer disarmament measures and the U.S. to reward them, suggesting he’ll push for sanction exemptions to restart dormant economic cooperation projects with the North. SENT: 680 words, photos.
VENEZUELA-PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will be sworn in to a second term amid international calls for him to step down and a devastating economic crisis, but with some long-time friends in attendance both from abroad and at home. SENT: 800 words, photos.
MEASURING PAIN — Is the pain stabbing or burning? On a scale from 1 to 10, is it a 6 or an 8? Over and over, 17-year-old Sarah Taylor struggled to make doctors understand her sometimes debilitating levels of pain, first from joint-damaging childhood arthritis and now from fibromyalgia. Now scientists are peeking into Sarah’s eyes to track how her pupils react when she’s hurting and when she’s not — part of a quest to develop the first objective way to measure pain. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
COKE-CHINA — A health group created and funded by Coca-Cola is undermining China’s efforts to keep obesity rates in check, according to a new paper. SENT: 700 words, photos.
US-CHINA-TRADE — The United States and China give no indication of their next step after wrapping up talks aimed at resolving a tariff fight that threatens to chill global growth. By Business Writers Joe McDonald and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 680 words, photos. With FINANCIAL MARKETS — World stocks slip as U.S.-China talks end with no quick fixes; CHINA-TRADE-THE LATEST.
RETAIL STORES-SALES — Despite a strong economy and high consumer confidence, department stores are reporting lackluster holiday sales and shares fell sharply before the opening bell. Shares in retail bellwether Macy’s fell nearly 19 after it posted worse-than-expected holiday sales and lowered its earnings outlook for 2018. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.
FEDERAL RESERVE-POWELL — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks to The Economic Club of Washington D.C. By Martin Crutsinger. UPCOMING: 130 words after program begins at 12:40 p.m. 400 words after 1:30 p.m.
GADGET SHOW-ROBOTS EVERYWHERE — Robots are becoming increasingly useful in industrial and warehouse settings but have had a harder time finding roles in everyday life, with notable exceptions like robotic vacuum cleaners and consumer drones. But you wouldn’t know it from the array of walking, talking and ping-pong-playing robots at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas. By Matt O’Brien and Joseph Pisani. UPCOMING: 600 words by 10 a.m., photos. With GADGET SHOW-GROWING UP DIGITAL — There’s a slew of new gadgets — from artificially intelligent baby monitors to internet-connected breast bumps — that are designed to make life a little bit easier for harried parents. But some come with trade-offs. Take the cute, furry Woobo, meant to be a real-life version of a child’s imaginary friend that can help set toothbrushing routines, but which raises questions about whether it’s a good idea for kids to befriend machines. By Matt O’Brien. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.
FLEXIN’ IN MY COMPLEXION — A 12-year-old girl bullied for her dark skin tone turned her grandmother’s message of empowerment, “Flexin’ in My Complexion,” into hope for others. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon, photos, video.
FBN--TIM DAHLBERG-COACHING DIVERSITY - Where have all the black coaches gone? To the unemployment line, at least in the NFL. Five of the eight coaches fired over — and since — the last season were black, and so far none of them has been rehired as head coaches in the league. By Sports Writer Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 800 words.
VONN’S QUEST — Three-time Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn doesn’t want health or history to dictate when her storied skiing career ends. SENT: 720 words, photo.
OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING — The Kremlin says there is “understanding” on how crucial data on drug use by Russian athletes will be handed over to the World Anti-Doping Agency, whose representatives arrived in Moscow. WADA officials are making their third visit seeking the Moscow laboratory data, which could help the agency file doping charges against numerous Russian athletes it believes doped in previous years. SENT: 300 words, photos.
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