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January 3, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST.

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NEW/ DEVELOPING

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TRUMP-BOOK — President Donald Trump lashes out against criticisms leveled at him in a new “phony book” that recounts back-biting and maneuvering within his White House. The president takes particular aim at ousted senior adviser Steve Bannon, saying the aide “not only lost his job, he lost his mind.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING 800 words by 5 p.m.

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TOP STORIES

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IRAN-PROTESTS — Tens of thousands of government supporters take to the streets across Iran as authorities try to project a sense of stability after a week of nationwide protests sparked deadly clashes and calls for the downfall of the Islamic Republic. But even as state television broadcast swooping helicopter shots of the rallies, videos emerged showing the anti-government unrest that has swept major cities had now spread to the countryside. By Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 p.m. WITH: With IRAN-PROTESTS-THE-LATEST; IRAN-2009 AND NOW — How Iran’s 2009 protests, when millions demanded change, compare to the new wave of protests blazing around the country. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

TRUMP VS WORLD — President Donald Trump has stormed into 2018 in an exceptionally aggressive mood, picking fresh fights with Pakistan and the Palestinians, and touting the size of his “nuclear button” in a threat to North Korea. Is it a new, even brasher Trump on the world stage for Year 2? By Matthew Lee and Josh Lederman. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photo.

PALESTINIANS-TRUMP-CUTTING AID — With a Twitter post threatening to cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinians, President Trump has expressed his frustration over the lack of progress toward Mideast peace. Things could deteriorate further if Trump follows through on the threat. A cutoff in aid would harm the Palestinians, and could also damage U.S. credibility and force Israel to fund services to millions of Palestinians. By Josef Federman. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 p.m.

CONGRESS-BUDGET BATTLE — After pushing thorny issues to 2018, White House officials and congressional leaders from both parties meet at the Capitol to try to avert a threatened government shutdown over spending. By Andrew Taylor. UPCOMING: Developing from 3 p.m. meeting, 750 words by 5 p.m., photos. WITH: SENATE-NEW FACES — The Republican majority in the Senate narrows as two new Democrats are sworn in. SENT: 650 words. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m. Photos.

DEEP FREEZE — A brutal winter storm dumps snow on Tallahassee, Florida, for the first time in nearly three decades before marching up the coast and smacking Southern cities such as Savannah and Charleston, South Carolina, with a rare blast of snow and sleet. Forecasters warn that the same system could soon strengthen into a “bomb cyclone” as it rolls up the East Coast, bringing hurricane-force winds, coastal flooding and up to a foot of snow. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. Developing.

BLINDNESS TREATMENT-PRICE — The maker of a first-of-a-kind treatment for blindness announces a $850,000 price tag, an amount that is sure to fuel debate about the high cost of novel therapies. By Matthew Perrone. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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SENATE-HATCH RETIREMENT — Sen. Orrin Hatch’s decision to step down at the end of his term allows him to go out on a high note after helping to push through the tax overhaul and getting two sprawling national monuments downsized. It also preserves a legacy that could have been tarnished by running again and breaking his promise that this would be his final term. UPCOMING: 600 words with photos by 5 p.m.

2018-STATE ELECTIONS — Buoyed by a string of electoral victories during President Donald Trump’s first year in office, Democrats will be waging a renewed battle to wrest control of Congress from Republicans in 2018. Yet the contests with the greatest long-term consequences for Congress could be listed elsewhere on the ballot —for governors and state legislators who will shape the boundaries of congressional districts for the next decade to come. 900 words. Photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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KOREAS-TENSIONS - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reopens a key cross-border communication channel with South Korea for the first time in nearly two years as the rivals explore the possibility of sitting down and talking after months of acrimony and fears of war. SENT: 690 words, photos. With KOREAS-TENSIONS-Q&A - Q&A: Is there a chance for a breakthrough with the Koreas?

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NATIONAL

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NEXT MORMON PRESIDENT — The man set to become the next Mormon church president is a 93-year-old former heart surgeon who who had a solid conservative track record during his three decades on the church’s top leadership panel. By Brady McCombs. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m., photos.

EXPLOITED IN PARADISE-HUMAN TRAFFICKING LAWSUIT — Two Indonesian fishermen who say they were enslaved on an American fishing boat have settled their lawsuit against the vessel’s owner seven years after escaping and getting special U.S. visas as victims of human trafficking, their lawyers told The Associated Press. By Caleb Jones. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach of 850 words, photos by 6 p.m.

DEPUTIES DOWN-COLORADO — Revelations that a veteran who shot five Colorado officers, killing one, escaped from a psychiatric ward years earlier is creating a clearer picture of an increasingly mentally ill man who descended from law school dean’s list to a threat police felt compelled to warn others about. By Dan Elliott. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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FIRST AMERICANS — DNA from an infant who died in Alaska some 11,500 years ago is giving scientists the best look yet at the genetics of the ancestors of today’s native peoples of the Americas. SENT: 465 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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TAX OVERHAUL-GAUGING THE IMPACT - If Trump and his Republican allies are right, the $1.5 trillion tax cut plan will make individuals and businesses more prosperous. Paychecks will grow. Stocks will surge further. Consumers will spend more. Economic growth will accelerate. Or will they? Here are five ways to gauge whether the tax plan is beginning to deliver on its promises in the coming months. SENT: 900 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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KARDASHIAN BABY BOOM - They Dream. They Reign. One points North and another is a Saint. We’re talking about the Kardashians 2.0 and their numbers are rising. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m., photos.

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