BC-AP Top Stories Digest
Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST.
TRUMP — President Donald Trump defends his mental fitness and boast about his intelligence, saying he is “like, really smart” and “a very stable genius.” Trump’s series of tweets push back against a new book that portrays him a leader who doesn’t understand the weight of his office and whose competence is questioned by aides — and challenged by some Democrats. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 450 words, photo. UPCOMING: 550 words by 3 p.m. p.m.
TRUMP-CONGRESS — Outlining his 2018 agenda, President Donald Trump holds out the prospect of a deal with Democrats on young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, while putting a welfare system overhaul on the back burner. The Senate’s top Republican suggests there are chances for increased bipartisanship this year on Capitol Hill. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 350 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
WINTER WEATHER — The snowstorm that hit the East Coast with frigid, wind-whipped whiteness and ice seems to pick a different bull’s eye target each day. Brutally cold conditions were expected to last most of the weekend, as residents from Philadelphia to Boston braced for temperatures to fall close to zero Saturday night. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
REL-EPIPHANY — Pope Francis is advising against making the pursuit of money, a career or success the basis for one’s whole life. Francis said during his Epiphany that people can find more peace helping the poor and other needy people instead. By Frances D’Emilio. SENT: 600 words, photos.
LEGALIZED POT-INDUSTRY — This week’s announcement that the Justice Department would no longer adopt a “hands-off” approach to states with legal marijuana sent some in the industry into a tailspin, just days after California’s $7 billion recreational weed market opened for business. For long-term pot purveyors accustomed to changing regulatory winds, the decision was just another bump in a long and windy road to proving their business legitimacy. The real effect could be to tamper interest from investors, who were already showing skittishness about the news. By Paul Elias. SENT: 700 words, photos.
OBIT-ASTRONAUT — Astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, has died. He was the only spaceman to span NASA’s Gemini, Apollo and shuttle programs. He was the ninth man to walk on the moon. Young was 87 and died Friday in Houston. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — President Donald Trump says he’s open to talking with the North Korean leader he’s called “Rocket Man” and is hoping some good can come from upcoming talks between the Koreas. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.
SUPREME COURT-TREEHOUSE — A Florida couple spent $30,000 to build their beachfront treehouse and probably five times that in legal fees as they’ve fought local authorities over it. Now, they’re at their last legal stop, and unless the Supreme Court intervenes, the treehouse must come down. SENT: 560 words, photos.
TAX OVERHAUL-STATES — Some state governments are considering tax changes in reaction to the federal tax overhaul. In high-tax states, the big concern is that taxpayers will owe the IRS more because of a new limit on how much they can deduct for paying state and local taxes. California officials have floated the idea of letting people make charitable contributions to the state rather than paying income taxes. 900 words, photos. This story is moving as the Sunday Spotlight.
IRAN-PROTESTS — Iran’s state TV shows several hundred government supporters rallying a day after the foreign minister said a U.S. move to call an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss anti-government protests was another Trump administration “blunder.” SENT: 500 words, photo. With IRAN-ECONOMIC OUTCRY — Iran’s working class, facing dim prospects, fuels unrest (sent)
FBN--FALCONS-RAMS — Todd Gurley and the NFC West champion Rams host Julio Jones and the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons in a wild-card game between potent offenses. Los Angeles is seeing its first playoff football since 1994 when the relocated Rams end their 13-year postseason absence. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m. With FBN--TITANS-CHIEFS— The AFC West-champion Kansas City Chiefs try to win their first postseason game at Arrowhead Stadium since January 1994 when they face Tennessee in the wild card. The Titans haven’t won a playoff game since 2003, and haven’t won one on the road in 18 years. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 4:35 p.m.
FBC--T25-CHAMPIONSHIP — Together Nick Saban and Kirby Smart crafted and coached defenses at Alabama that dominated college football for nearly a decade. Now Saban’s Crimson Tide and Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs meet for the national championship. It should be a matchup with no secrets but one of the hallmarks of the Saban-Smart defense has been the ability to morph into many different shapes. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.