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BC-AP News Digest 6 pm

December 17, 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








DEPORTATION FLIGHTS — An obscure division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates hundreds of flights each year to remove immigrants. In the last decade, the U.S. government has spent $1 billion on these flights, and the Trump administration is seeking to raise ICE’s budget for charter flights by 30 percent. By Nomaan Merchant and Angeliki Kastanis. SENT: 810 words, video, photos.




TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE SOCIAL MEDIA — Russia’s sweeping political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media was more far-reaching than originally thought, with troll farms working to discourage black voters and “blur the lines between reality and fiction” to help elect Donald Trump in 2016, according to reports released by the Senate intelligence committee. And the campaign didn’t end with Trump’s ascent to the White House. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-SOCIAL MEDIA-KEY TAKEAWAYS (sent).

CHINA-FORCED LABOR — Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China’s far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside. Behind locked gates, men and women are sewing sportswear that can end up on U.S. college campuses and sports teams. By Dake Kang, Yanan Wang and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 2,800 words, photos, video. Abridged version also available. With PAKISTAN-CHINA-UIGHUR WIVES (sent).

TRUMP-BORDER WALL — The standoff over President Trump’s $5 billion wall funds deepens, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 740 words, photos. With SHUTDOWN-GLANCE — A look at what would shut down if Congress and Trump don’t come to an agreement by Dec. 21. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

LIFE EXPECTANCY-THE WAY DOWN, HFR — If you want to understand why U.S. life expectancy is declining, there’s one state that offers clues about what’s happening: West Virginia. Public health problems such as drug overdoses, suicides and obesity became widespread in the state before the rest of the country. There are some signs of hope, but health problems abound. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 2,300 words, photos. Moved in advance for use after 3 a.m. With LIFE EXPECTANCY-NEIGHBORHOODS, HFR — AP analysis: Unemployment, income affect life expectancy. SENT: 460 words. Moved in advance for use after 3 a.m.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Michael Flynn may have given extraordinary cooperation to prosecutors, but the run-up to his sentencing hearing Tuesday has exposed raw tensions over an FBI interview in which the former national security adviser lied about his Russian contacts. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 940 words, photo. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FLYNN — Two of Flynn’s business associates are charged with illegally lobbying; TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS — Former FBI Director James Comey says House Republicans’ silence in response to President Trump’s attacks on the Justice Department is “shameful” (both sent).

CBS-MOONVES — Former CBS CEO Les Moonves won’t receive his $120 million severance package after the company’s board of directors determines he was fired “with cause” over sexual misconduct allegations. The board says it reached its decision after finding that Moonves failed to cooperate fully with investigators. By Alexandra Olson. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m., photos.

GOOGLE-NEW YORK — Silicon Valley is becoming Silicon Nation. Google announces it will spend more than $1 billion to build a new office complex in New York City that will allow the internet search giant to double the number of people it employs there. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 730 words, photos.




TEXT MESSAGING SURCHARGE-CALIFORNIA — California regulators cancel a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones. SENT: 150 words, photo.

TUNNEL-WREATH CONTROVERSY — Gimme an “A″: The great Holland Tunnel wreath controversy is resolved. SENT: 280 words, photo.

CHILD ABUSE-REPORT CARDS — Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released — but only when kids get their grades on a Friday, a study suggests. SENT: 620 words, photo.

UTAH GIRL-WATERBOARDING — A Utah couple is accused of waterboarding their 9-year-old daughter as a form of punishment. SENT: 130 words.

YAEL STONE-GEOFFREY RUSH — “Orange Is the New Black” actress Yael Stone alleges actor Geoffrey Rush engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior. SENT: 340 words, photo.

GIFT GUIDE-GADGETS THAT BREAK THROUGH — Gift Guide: Some tech gadgets that actually fill a real need. SENT: 990 words, photos.




SENATE 2020-TENNESSEE — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says he will not seek re-election in 2020. SENT: 680 words, photos.

TRUMP-SPACE COMMAND — President Trump plans to sign an executive order before the end of the year creating a U.S. Space Command as a major military command. SENT: 220 words.

CONGRESS-ETHICS BLUM — An independent review finds that Rep. Rod Blum likely violated a host of ethics rules in his private business dealings. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.




HOMELESS COUNT — A new federal report offers a possible glimmer of hope for the homeless crisis that has gripped many cities up and down the West Coast. SENT: 710 words, photos.

VATICAN-US ARCHBISHOP — A prominent U.S. archbishop is asking the Vatican for answers about the status of an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct against his predecessor. SENT: 500 words. With CHURCH ABUSE — Jesuits sent abusive priests to retire on Gonzaga’s campus. SENT: 3,600 words, photos. Eds: This article was provided to the AP by the nonprofit news outlet Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

BOMB INSTRUCTIONS-EXTREMISTS — A Florida man is arrested on charges of posting detailed bomb-making instructions to online sites frequented by extremists. SENT: 430 words, photo.

PHILADELPHIA HOMICIDES — Philadelphia has seen more homicides this year than in any other in over a decade, as a particularly violent summer morphed into a deadly fall. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CUOMO-2019 AGENDA — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s agenda for 2019 puts the legalization of recreational marijuana and fixing New York City’s crumbling subway system among his top priorities. SENT: 510 words.

NUNCHUCK BAN — A federal court says New York’s ban on nunchucks, the martial arts weapon made famous by Bruce Lee but prohibited in the state since 1974, is unconstitutional. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing.




US AIRSTRIKES-SOMALIA — A spate of American airstrikes against Islamic extremists in Somalia is the latest in a dramatic uptick in U.S. attacks in the Horn of Africa nation since President Trump took office. SENT: 590 words, photo.

SAUDI ARABIA-US — Saudi Arabia issues an unusually strong rebuke of the U.S., rejecting a bipartisan resolution that put the blame for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on the Saudi crown prince. SENT: 500 words, photo.




FINANCIAL MARKETS — Another day of big losses knock U.S. stocks to their lowest levels in more than a year. By Markets Writer Marley Jay. SENT: 960 words, photo.




HEALTH OVERHAUL LAWSUIT-Q&A — After a judge’s ruling, the fate of the Affordable Care Act will be in the hands of appellate courts, and maybe eventually the Supreme Court’s. Some questions and answers. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With ON-DEMAND HEALTH INSURANCE — Health insurance on demand? Some are betting on it. SENT: 940 words, photos.




YE-TOP 10 FILMS — AP Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr pick their top 10 movies of the year. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.




T25-AP COACH OF THE YEAR — Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly is the AP’s college football Coach of the Year and the third coach to win the award twice since it was established in 1998. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 550 words, photos.




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