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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory,10:35,ADVISORY

December 27, 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




GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN (sent, developing)

TRUMP-IRAQ (sent, developing)


LATINO VOTE (upcoming)









VENEZUELA-EARTHQUAKE — Strong 5.5 quake rattles Venezuela before dawn; people flee. SENT: 260 words.

FRANCE AVALANCHE-BOY RESCUED — Boy, 12, survives avalanche that buried him for 40 minutes. SENT: 220 words.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-KEVIN SPACEY — Court records detail Spacey’s encounter with teenager. SENT: 130 words.

AP EYES ON THE WORLD — AP’s photographers captured a world of awe and beauty. SENT: 220 words, 77 words.

INDIA-MUSLIM DIVORCE LAW — India’s lower house OKs end to instant divorce for Muslims. SENT: 130 words.

ODD NEW ENGLAND — Things got a little wild in New England in 2018 — wild as in actual animals weaseling their way into the headlines. 700 words, photos.

ANTARCTICA SOLO — American man first to solo across Antarctica unaided. SENT: 680 words.




GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — Chances look slim for ending the partial government shutdown any time soon. Lawmakers are away from Washington for the holidays and have been told they will get 24 hours’ notice before having to return for a vote. And although the Senate is slated to come into session Thursday afternoon, few senators were expected to be around for it. By Juliet Linderman and Darlene Superville. SENT: 750 words, photos. Developing.

TRUMP-IRAQ — President Donald Trump once opined that it wasn’t “overly necessary” for him to visit troops in danger zones abroad. But with the lights of Air Force One out and window shutters drawn, the president did just that, slipping into Iraq at night to greet U.S. service members and show that his norm-busting presidency would hew at least to this tradition. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

LATINO VOTE — More Latinos reliably vote Republican than many think and the GOP’s position among Latinos has not weakened during the Trump administration, despite the president’s rhetoric against immigrants and the party’s shift to the right on immigration issues. In November’s elections, 32 percent of Latinos voted for Republicans, according to AP VoteCast data. By Nicholas Riccardi. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 1 p.m., photos.

TRUMP CHANGES WASHINGTON — — Mr. Trump went to Washington. And he changed it. In his first two years in office, President Donald Trump has rewritten the rules of the presidency and the norms of the nation’s capital, casting aside codes of conduct and traditions that have held for generations. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,225 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-CALIFORNIA — Early voting in California will overlap with the first-in-the-nation contests in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. That’s could force the sprawling field to navigate both the traditional early states and California’s notoriously complex landscape, where campaigning is done through paid political ads. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.




RAPE INVESTIGATIONS — The national reckoning over sexual assault has come amid a trend in which police investigations of rape are increasingly unlikely to result in an arrest. The clearance rate of sexual assault fell to its lowest point on record last year, according to FBI data obtained by The Associated Press, a nadir that experts say raises questions about the resources police are devoting to sexual assault. SENT: 900 words, photos.

YE-LEGAL MARIJUANA-BANNER YEAR — 2018 was the year cannabis grew up. The banner year saw a global explosion of interest and unprecedented growth in the pot industry: California, Vermont and Michigan embraced legal marijuana for general use, Canada declared pot legal under federal law and Mexico’s Supreme Court paved the way for future legalization there. A Canadian company because the first marijuana business to complete an initial public offering on a major U.S. stock exchange and major beverage and cigarette brands invested billions in marijuana for the first time. As momentum builds globally, the multi-billion dollar industry is looking ahead to 2019 as the year major barriers to banking, interstate commerce — and even broad federal legalization — could go up in smoke. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.




YE--VATICAN-SEX ABUSE — It has been a wretched year for Pope Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic hierarchy into a credibility crisis not seen in modern times. SENT: 1,330 words, photos.

SAUDI ARABIA — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a wide-ranging overhaul of top government posts, including naming a new foreign minister, following international fallout from the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. SENT: 600 words, photos.

TUNISIA-PROTESTS — Protesters have clashed with police forces for a third consecutive night in several parts of Tunisia after a journalist set himself on fire to denounce the deep economic problems engulfing the North African nations. SENT: 130 words, photos.

ISRAEL-ELECTIONS — Popular former Israeli military chief says he is running in the upcoming election. SENT: 500 words, photos. With SYRIA-ISRAEL — Israeli warplanes flying over Lebanon fire missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus, hitting an arms depot and wounding three soldiers, Syrian state media reports, saying most of the missiles were shot down by air defense units; SYRIA — Turkey says it is working with the United States to coordinate the withdrawal of American forces but remains “determined” to clear U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters from northeastern Syria (both sent).

INDONESIA-TSUNAMI — Indonesian authorities ask people near an island volcano to avoid the coast while eruptions and weather and sea conditions are monitored for tsunami risks. A tsunami last Saturday night killed 420 people and displaced thousands. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.

JAPAN CHINA POACHING — Japan says it protested to Beijing that a Chinese trawler suspected of poaching off Japan’s southern coast sailed away with Japanese inspectors on board. SENT: 280 words.

RUSSIA-WEAPON TEST — Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw a test of a new hypersonic glide vehicle, declaring that the weapon is impossible to intercept and will ensure Russia’s security for decades to come. SENT: 370 words, photos.




FINANCIAL MARKETS-MARKETS RIGHT NOW — Wall Street’s wild Christmas week goes on, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumping 300 points at the open Thursday, a day after notching its biggest-ever point gain. SENT: 150 words, photos.

YE-MARKETS-THE YEAR IN 10 CHARTS — Volatility returned to the stock market in 2018 as interest rates rose, the U.S. and China fought over trade and some investors questioned whether high-fliers like Apple and Amazon were worth the price. A recap of the year in the stock market, told with text and graphics. Moving the week of Dec. 24. With quiz. UPCOMING: By 3 p.m.

LIGHTER LAUNDRY DETERGENT — Amazon’s rise is forcing laundry detergents to shrink. Soap makers Tide and Seventh Generation have introduced redesigned, lighter packaging to please Amazon and other online stores: lighter packaging means those retailers will pay less to ship the detergent to shopper’s doorsteps, making each sale more profitable. By Joseph Pisani. UPCOMING: About 600 words by noon, photos.




FILM-STAN & OLLIE — John C. Reilly talks about the inspiration he got from Oliver Hardy and the camaraderie he had with Steve Coogan that drove him in his Golden Globe-nominated performance in “Stan & Ollie,” which will be released in the U.S. on Friday. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 640 words, photos.

HOUDINI-GREAT NEPHEW — As a child, George Hardeen never thought too much about the fact that he was related to arguably the most famous magician and illusionist of all time. But now, the Arizona man’s journey visiting sites where his great-uncle Harry Houdini once performed is the focus of a new series premiering on the Science Channel next month. SENT: 760 words, photos.

NEW YEAR’S EVE-LAS VEGAS — No other city does it like Las Vegas. Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Gwen Stefani are among the superstars who will be ringing in the New Year on the Las Vegas Strip while more than 300,000 people gather on the world-famous corridor to watch the fireworks. UPCOMING: 620 words, photos.




YE-MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR — AP members and customers vote on the male athlete of the year. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

FOX-25 YEARS — The manner in which football is televised today went in motion 25 years ago this month when Fox won rights to broadcast NFL games for $1.6 billion over four years. By Sports Writer Joe Reedy. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN-NADAL — Rafael Nadal is confident he can be fit for the Australian Open as he chases an 18th Grand Slam title. SENT: 400 words, photos.




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