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BC-US--AP News Digest 2:08 pm, US

January 1, 2019

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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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Adds GERMANY-VEHICLE ATTACK; UNITES STATES-RUSSIA-SPYING; SYRIA; EUROPE MIGRANTS; SUDAN; OIL PIPELINE-SETTLEMENT; HOPMAN CUP

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VATICAN-US-SEX ABUSE — The Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures to address the clergy sex abuse scandal because U.S. church leaders kept the legally problematic text to themselves until the last minute and didn’t consult with the Holy See enough. That’s according to a Vatican letter obtained by The Associated Press. The Nov. 11 letter provides the main reason Rome balked at the proposed measures that were to be voted on by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at its November assembly. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

YE-2018 VIEW FROM ABOVE — Memorable news satellite photos of 2018 featured images of lava flows on Hawaii, raging fires in California and Russian war games. SENT: 500 words, 16 photos.

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TOP STORIES

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RUSSIA-BUILDING COLLAPSE — Laboring through sub-freezing temperatures, Russian rescue workers on Tuesday pulled a baby boy out of the rubble of a collapsed apartment building alive, nearly 36 hours after the disaster that blew apart his home. His father called it “a New Year’s miracle.” SENT: 465 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — House Democrats release their plan to re-open the government without approving money for President Donald Trump’s border wall. At the same time, Trump is struggling to find leverage to break the stalemate days before the GOP’s monopoly on Washington power comes to an end. By Zeke Miller and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 860 words, photos.

CONGRESS-TRUMP CRITICS — President Trump’s most prominent GOP critics on Capitol Hill are days away from completing their Senate careers, raising the question of who — if anyone — will take their place as willing to publicly criticize a president who remains popular with nearly 9 in 10 Republican voters. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 910 words, photos.

SCI-BEYOND PLUTO — NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft successfully pulled off the most distant exploration of another world Tuesday, buzzing a tiny, icy object 4 billion miles away that looks to be shaped like a peanut or bowling pin. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 730 words, video, photos. With ASTEROID CHASE — NASA spacecraft goes into orbit around ancient asteroid, setting a record. SENT: 120 words, photos.

DIETING 101 — Two major studies last year offered some insight into the role carbs play in making us fat, but unfortunately they don’t settle the question of how best to lose weight in 2019. What’s most important, experts say, is to find a diet you can stick to over the long term. By Food & Health Writer Candice Choi. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

NEW YEAR-2019 — Fireworks, concerts, spiritual services and political addresses abound to mark the transition to 2019 as revelers around the globe bid farewell to a year filled with challenges to many of the world’s most basic institutions, including politics, trade, alliances and religion. SENT: 1,770 words, photos, videos. With NYC-NEW YEAR — Times Square crowd braves rain to bid wet welcome to 2019. SENT: 640 words, video, photos; VATICAN-NEW YEAR’S DAY — Pope ode to motherhood ushers in 2019. SENT: 300 words, photos; NEW YEAR-2019-PHOTO GALLERY (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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GERMANY-VEHICLE ATTACK

A man has been arrested in Germany after ploughing his car into a crowd of people early Tuesday, injuring at least four in what appears to have been an intentional attack directed at foreigners, police said Tuesday. SENT: 292 words, developing.

SHUTDOWN-NATIONAL PARKS — Amid a partial government shutdown, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behaviors are beginning to overwhelm some of the West’s iconic national parks. SENT: 830 words, photos.

BRITAIN-MANCHESTER STABBING — Police in the English city of Manchester are questioning a man arrested in the New Year’s Eve stabbing of three people at a train station and treating it as a terrorist attack, authorities said Tuesday. SENT: 444 words.

HOPMAN CUP — Roger Federer won the bragging rights over fellow tennis great Serena Williams as they faced each other on court for the first time on Tuesday. SENT: 357 Words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-SPYING — Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine arrested in Russia on espionage charges, was visiting Moscow over the holidays to attend a wedding when he suddenly disappeared, his brother said. By Lynn Berry. SENT: 550 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRAZIL-BOLSONARO — Once an outsider mocked by fellow lawmakers for his far-right positions, constant use of expletives and even casual dressing, former army captain Jair Bolsonaro is taking office as Brazil’s president Tuesday. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from inauguration ceremony at 1 p.m. With BRAZIL-BOLSONARO-CHANGES — Bolsonaro promises to overhaul many aspects of life and government in Latin America’s largest nation. Five things to watch. SENT: 600 words, photo.

SYRIA — Clashes broke out between two powerful insurgent groups in northern Syria on Tuesday, leaving up to seven people dead in the most serious fighting in months in the last major rebel stronghold in the country. SENT: 330 words

EUROPE-MIGRANTS — Desperate to reach Europe from North Africa, two African migrants were discovered by police attempting to cross the Spanish border hidden inside a pair of mattresses. SENT: 250 words.

SUDAN — Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has ordered an investigation into “recent events” after two weeks of violent protests against his 29-year autocratic rule, as he seeks to placate popular anger over worsening economic conditions. SENT: 559 words, photo.

AFGHANISTAN — Afghan special forces launch a new offensive against the Islamic State group in eastern Nangarhar province, killing 27 militants, officials say. Meanwhile, Taliban attacks in northern Afghanistan kill 15 members of the country’s security forces. SENT: 400 words.

LEAVING UNESCO — The United States and Israel have quit the U.N.’s educational, scientific and cultural agency, arguing the organization fosters anti-Israel bias. SENT: 540 words, photos.

IRAQ-BUDGET CRISIS — The latest plunge in oil prices has dealt another heavy blow to Iraq’s stagnating economy, threatening the new government’s ability to rebuild after the devastating war with the Islamic State group and provide basic services to areas roiled by recent protests. SENT: 700 words, photos.

CUBA REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY — Cuba celebrates the 60th anniversary of a socialist revolution that has outlasted 11 U.S. presidents and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Former President Raul Castro is expected to appear with his successor Miguel Diaz-Canel, who is forging a new, more open style of Communist government amid an ongoing economic crisis. By Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 p.m.

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NATIONAL

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OIL PIPELINE-SETTLEMENT

The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline missed a year-end deadline to plant thousands of trees along the pipeline corridor in North Dakota, but the company said it was still complying with a settlement of allegations it violated state rules during construction. SENT: 506 words.

CHILD SHOT-HOUSTON — Investigators in Houston say they have an image from surveillance video of a pickup whose driver fired several shots into a car carrying a family, killing a 7-year-old girl and wounding the child’s mother. SENT: 370 words, video, photos.

OKLAHOMA EARTHQUAKES — The number of magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes in Oklahoma has declined for the third consecutive year since the state began tightening the reins on oil and gas producers. UPCOMING: 430 words by noon. With ALASKA EARTHQUAKE — 5.0 magnitude quake rattles Alaska residents on New Year’s Eve. SENT: 100 words.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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HEALTH OVERHAUL-STATE MANDATES — The mandate directing individuals to obtain health insurance or face tax penalties is ending for most, but not all Americans. SENT: 850 words.

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SPORTS

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ROSE BOWL — Urban Meyer sees the Rose Bowl as the ideal place to close his coaching career. The Ohio State boss is leaving after the Buckeyes (12-1) face Pac-12 champion Washington (10-3). By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 920 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from game at 5 p.m.

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