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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 — Who’s in charge of this government shutdown? The Senate’s top Republican says it’s up to President Donald Trump and the Democrats to resolve the impasse. The Senate’s Democratic leader says the shutdown could end immediately if the White House drops its demand for billions in border wall money. Congress meets in a rare Saturday session, but there’s no telling when a compromise might emerge for a vote to end the holiday-season closure. By Lisa Mascaro, Kevin Freking and Darlene Superville. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m.

SHUTDOWN IMPACT — The huddled masses are still able to visit the Statue of Liberty. The Grand Canyon is open for business. But, while the star-spangled banner yet waves at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, the gates at the War of 1812 landmark are locked. Tourists trekking to parks and historic sites across the U.S. on Saturday are seeing a mix of impacts from the federal government’s second shutdown in less than a year. By Michael R. Sisak. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3:30 p.m.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA — The U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, a U.S. official says. Diplomat Brett McGurk joins Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus of experienced national security figures. By Matthew Lee. SENT: 1,090 words, photo.

US ECONOMY-RISKS — Now in its 10th year, America’s economic expansion still looks sturdy. Yet the partial shutdown of the government that began Saturday has added one more threat to a growing list of risks. The stock market’s persistent fall, growing chaos in the Trump administration, higher interest rates, a U.S.-China trade war and a global slowdown have combined to elevate the perils for the economy. By Josh Boak. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

YE-TRUMP-WHAT A YEAR — The stranger-than-sitcom American presidency opened 2018 with a big tease about mutual nuclear destruction from two leaders who then found “love” not war. It seems President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un were just playing hard to get. The presidency ends the year saturated in tumult, with the government in partial shutdown and Trump tweeting a video of himself warbling a parody of the theme song from “Green Acres,” a television sitcom from the 1960s, to mark his signing of a farm bill. By Calvin Woodward. SENT: 1,280 words, photos, video.

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. This story is this week’s Sunday Spotlight.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRITAIN-GATWICK AIRPORT-DRONES — London’s Gatwick Airport took strides toward running a full schedule as police questioned a man and a woman in connection with the drone intrusions that caused mayhem for tens of thousands of holiday travelers. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLER-DREADLOCKS — An Olympic champion wrestler has reached out to a New Jersey high school wrestler who had his dreadlocks cut off minutes before his match after a referee told him to lose the hairstyle or forfeit his bout. SENT: 420 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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OPIOIDS LAWSUIT-MASSACHUSETTS — An updated complaint in Massachusetts’ lawsuit against Purdue Pharma claims members of the family that owns the OxyContin maker are personally responsible for fueling abuse of the deadly painkiller. SENT: 130 words.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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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.” SENT: 470 words, photos.

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