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BC-AP News Digest 3:10 am

December 22, 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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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-BORDER WALL — The government partially shuts down after President Donald Trump was unable to agree with Democrats and Republicans on spending for his border wall. Government operations will be disrupted and hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be furloughed or forced to work without pay just days before Christmas. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Zeke Miller. SENT: 830 words, photos, video, audio. UPCOMING: Developments through the day; Senate reconvenes at noon. With TRUMP-BORDER WALL-THE LATEST; SHUTDOWN GLANCE — What parts of the government are (and aren’t) affected (sent).

TRUMP-MATTIS — The extraordinary resignation letter Defense Secretary Jim Mattis handed to a surprised President Trump was not just a product of two years of accumulating frustration with an impulsive boss, but an outline of the strategic hazards facing the next Pentagon chief. SENT: 860 words, photos. ′

UNITED STATES-MEXICO-ASYLUM — The Trump administration’s decision to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their cases wind through clogged U.S. courts was made with crucial details still unknown — a move that creates uncertainty along the border and possibly an incentive for people to cross illegally before the change take effect. By Moises Castillo and Elliot Spagat. SENT: 480 words, photos. With SUPREME COURT-ASYLUM SEEKERS — A divided Supreme Court won’t let the Trump administration begin enforcing a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border; IMMIGRATION — Under Trump, a stream of US policy shifts made 2018 a tumultuous year for immigration enforcement; BORDER-TROOPS — US active duty troops at Mexican border decline to 2,600 (all sent).

BRITAIN-GATWICK AIRPORT-DRONES — British police say two people were arrested early this morning for suspected “criminal use of drones’” in the Gatwick Airport case that has created nightmarish holiday travel delays for tens of thousands of passengers. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 730 words, photos.

SAUDI-MOOD — A Formula-E car race and concerts where men and women mingle freely epitomize the reform agenda of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. But there’s a hard limit to the reforms — as revealed by the brutal killing of Saudi critic and writer Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents close to the crown prince in October and the reported torture of five women’s rights activists in detention. The crown prince presides over a nation where he alone defines the pace and scope of change. By Aya Batrawy. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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KASHMIR-FIGHTING — Police say a gunbattle between Indian troops and Kashmir rebels have killed six militants in the disputed Himalayan region and have triggered a new round of anti-India protests and clashes. SENT: 230 words.

FBI AGENT-ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING — An FBI agent who accidentally shot a man in the leg after doing a backflip at a Denver bar will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to third-degree assault. SENT: 300 words, photo.

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLER-DREADLOCKS CUT — A New Jersey high school wrestler had his dreadlocks cut off minutes before his match after a referee told him to lose the hairstyle or forfeit his bout. SENT: 490 words.

ELECTION INTERFERENCE — Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats says his agency has not found any evidence of any direct foreign interference in the midterm elections. SENT: 110 words. SENT: 110 words.

TRADE SECRETS THEFT-CHINA — A Chinese national employed by an Oklahoma petroleum company has been charged with stealing trade secrets. SENT: 280 words.

NICARAGUA-STATION RAIDED — Nicaraguan authorities raid the offices of a critical television station and shut it down, a week after raiding the offices of non-governmental groups and a critical newspaper. SENT: 250 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-GINSBURG — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has surgery to remove two malignant growths in her left lung, the third time the Supreme Court’s oldest justice has been treated for cancer since 1999. Doctors found “no evidence of any remaining disease” and scans taken before the surgery showed no cancerous growths elsewhere in her body. SENT: 620 words, photo.

TRUMP-HOLIDAYS — Melania Trump’s cranberry topiary trees may have left some of her critics seeing red, but they turned out to be a Christmas hit — one of several new ideas the Trumps introduced this holiday season. SENT: 840 words, photo.

TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-THINGS TO KNOW — A look at where the investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him. SENT: 440 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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HUNGARY-PROTESTS-ORBAN — Thousands of people take part in anti-government protests in Budapest sparked by labor reforms but also rooted in discontent with the government’s limits on academic freedom, corruption and other issues. SENT: 810 words, photos.

COLOMBIA-DISSIDENT REBEL — A former leftist rebel who terrorized residents of southern Colombia after abandoning the country’s peace process to plunge headlong into drug trafficking has been killed in combat, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced. SENT: 570 words.

AUSTRALIA-THAILAND-REFUGEE — Human rights groups along with current and former soccer players called on FIFA and the Australian government to intervene to stop a Melbourne-based refugee and semi-professional soccer player being extradited from Thailand to Bahrain.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE BABY — A woman who credits a paramedic for saving her life when she went into premature labor during the devastating wildfire in Northern California has named her baby after him. Mickey Huber helped keep Anastasia Skinner calm while rushing to get her to the hospital where her labor was stopped. She gave birth to the full-term baby girl more than a month after the Nov. 8 fire broke out. SENT: 770 words.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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LEGAL HEMP-FDA — The hemp industry still has work ahead to win legal status for hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil, as an ingredient in food or dietary supplements despite the big farm bill President Donald Trump signed this week designating hemp as an agricultural crop. By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 390 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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EXPLODING AIR BAGS — More than three years after the government took over management of recalls involving dangerous Takata air bag inflators, one third of the recalled inflators still have not been replaced. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 660 words, photo.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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YE-ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR — The AP names video streaming giant Netflix its Entertainer of the Year, besting candidates like Donald Glover, Ariana Grande, Bradley Cooper and Michelle Obama. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 760 words, photo.

CALVIN KLEIN-RAF SIMONS — Less than two years after he shook up the New York fashion world with a splashy debut for Calvin Klein, designer Raf Simons is leaving the company. In a joint announcement, the company and the Belgian designer said they were parting ways amicably after Calvin Klein “decided on a new brand direction different from Simons’ creative vision.” By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 470 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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DODGERS-REDS TRADE — The Los Angeles Dodgers shake up their National League-championship roster, trading Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and left-hander Alex Wood and cash to the Cincinnati Reds for right-hander Homer Bailey. By Sports Writer Joe Kay SENT: 580 words, photos. With RANGERS-A’S-RAYS TRADE — Rangers trade Profar to A’s in 3-team deal involving Rays; MARINERS-BREWERS TRADE — Brewers OF Domingo Santana traded to Seattle for Ben Gamel (both sent).

CFP-NOTRE DAME-STOPPING CLEMSON — The Notre Dame defense knows it will have its hands full in the Dec. 29 playoff game against Clemson. The Tigers average 530 yards and 45 points per game, both fifth-best in the country. The Fighting Irish allow only 17.3 points per game, but the Notre Dame defense is ranked only No. 20 overall. Defensive coordinator Clark Lea says his players are excited for the challenge. UPCOMING: 680 words, photos by 4 a.m.

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