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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory,10:15,ADVISORY

December 20, 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





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CHICKEN HAPPINESS — What makes for a happy chicken? Researchers studying well-being as chicken industry looks to repair its image. SENT: 900 words, photos.

MARS LANDER — NASA’s new Mars lander places a quake monitor on the planet’s dusty red surface. SENT: 140 words, photo.

ARMORED TRUCK-CASH ON HIGHWAY — A large chunk of cash is still missing from last week’s armored truck spill on a New Jersey highway, and police are warning people to pony up before they get picked up. SENT: 150 words.

RAM PICKUP INVESTIGATION — The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating complaints that the steering can fail on some Ram pickup trucks. SENT: 200 words, photo.

BACK SEAT ROBBER — A man crept into the back seat of an SUV while the driver was returning a shopping cart in a Walmart parking lot and police say he robbed the driver when he re-entered the vehicle. SENT: 150 words.

GERMANY-AMAZON-ALEXA ERROR — A German technology magazine reports that Amazon sent recordings made by its Alexa device to the wrong user, raising fresh privacy concerns about the use of digital assistants. SENT: 150 words.




TRUMP-BORDER WALL-BACKLASH — President Trump is facing scathing criticism from conservative supporters after backing away from his threat to shut down the government over border wall funding, with some aggressively lobbying the president against signing a short-term deal with no wall dollars. By Zeke Miller And Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,088 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA - Against the advice of many in his own administration, President Trump is pulling U.S. troops out of Syria. Could a withdrawal from Afghanistan be far behind? By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 810 words, photo. WITH: UNITED STATES-SYRIA-GLANCE - A look at U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil war, from Obama’s decision to get in to Trump’s decision to get out (sent). WITH: — TRUMP-FACT CHECK-ISLAMIC STATE — President Trump declares victory against the Islamic State group in Syria, but the group remains a deadly force. SENT: 900 words, photos.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-PENALTY — For years most supporters and detractors of the Obama health law have agreed on one question: Its fines on people foregoing coverage were an essential element. Now the answer seems to be, not so much. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar.

UNITED STATES-CHINA-ESPIONAGE — The Justice Department is expected to announce charges against Chinese hackers, the latest U.S. salvo in growing tensions between the two world powers. By Mike Balsamo and Eric Tucker. Developing from 10:30 a.m. announcement.

TRUMP-ATTORNEY GENERAL — President Trump’s pick for attorney general, William Barr, criticized an aspect of the special counsel’s Russia investigation in an unsolicited memo he sent to the Justice Department. SENT: 200 words, photo, developing.

TRUMP’S PROMISE - President Trump appears likely to pass up his last, best chance to secure funding for the “beautiful” wall he’s long promised to construct along the U.S.-Mexico border. By Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

USDA-FOOD STAMPS - The Trump administration is setting out to do what this year’s farm bill didn’t: tighten work requirements for millions of Americans who receive federal food assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing a rule that would restrict the ability of states to exempt work-eligible adults from having to obtain steady employment to receive food stamps. SENT: 710 words, photo.

SENTENCING BILL-FLIPPING MCCONNELL - When Mitch McConnell returned to his home state of Kentucky, he couldn’t escape the debate over criminal justice reform. The noise was encouraged and amplified by advocates who embarked on a single-minded campaign to sway the Senate majority leader, recognizing him as a key to unlocking a historic overhaul of federal sentencing laws. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,060 words, photos. WITH: SENTENCING BILL-Q&A - What’s in the bill, and what’s not; SENTENCING BILL-MINORITIES - Black leaders forged alliance with Trump on sentencing deal (both sent).





STUDENT KILLED-IOWA — Before they arrested a farmhand in the death of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, investigators scrutinized four other potential suspects during their five-week search. Newly unsealed search warrant documents show that those who drew police interest included a neighbor seen washing his SUV hours after Tibbetts vanished, a Nebraska man who ditched his vehicle in Iowa days later and an acquaintance who had recently erased his cellphone data. All have been ruled out as suspects. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 930 words, photo.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WEINSTEIN — A New York judge allows Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault case to move forward. SENT: 630 words, photo.

WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTING — The man accused of killing four people in a Nashville Waffle House used to send his father text messages in which he punctuated everyday chitchat with delusional rants. Police say 29-year-old Travis Reinking was nearly naked, only wearing a green jacket, when he opened fire outside the restaurant on April 22 and then stormed inside. Police have said there would have been far more casualties if it weren’t for a quick-thinking restaurant patron who wrestled the AR-15 rifle away from the gunman. SENT: 855 words, photo.





ITALY-THE MISSING-INVESTIGATING THE DEAD — The quest to trace the identities of all the victims of the Mediterranean’s deadliest migrant shipwreck has revealed that the sinking was far deadlier than anyone knew. One of the two investigators on the project has confirmed that the boat that sank on April 18, 2015 carried not 800 migrants as previously believed, but as many as 1,100. The discovery makes it even harder for the investigators to keep Italy’s promise to name the dead, especially when Europe has turned against migrants. By Lori Hinnant, Trisha Thomas and Krista Larson. SENT: 2,480 words, photos. An Abridged version has also moved. With ITALY-THE MISSING-INVESTIGATING THE DEAD-FAMILIES-PHOTO GALLERY — Migrant families wait, torn between hope and grief (sent).


BANGLADESH-FACEBOOK — Facebook is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections, an official from the social media platform said. The sites — nine Facebook pages designed to mimic legitimate news outlets, as well as six fake personal accounts spreading anti-opposition propaganda — were created by Bangladeshis with government ties, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told the AP in an exclusive interview. SENT: 930 words, photos.

SYRIA — The United States’ main ally in Syria categorically rejected President Trump’s claim that Islamic State militants have been defeated, but Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Trump’s decision to withdraw forces from Syria, saying he agreed a U.S. military presence is no longer needed. SENT: 930 words, photos.

BRITAIN-GATWICK AIRPORT-DRONES — Tens of thousands of passengers were delayed, diverted or stuck on planes as the only runway at Britain’s Gatwick Airport remained closed into a second day after drones were spotted over the airfield. SENT: 650 words, photos.




FEDERAL RESERVE-POWELL’S CHALLENGE — Jerome Powell sounded a note of humility. The question for the Federal Reserve chairman is whether humility plays well with the financial markets. SENT: 900 words, photos. WITH: RISING RATES-CONSUMERS — The Fed has decided to raise its key interest rate once again, but what does that mean for you? It depends on whether you are saving money or borrowing it. SENT: 550 words, photos.

ALTRIA-JUUL — Altria, one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies, is spending nearly $13 billion to buy a huge stake in the vape company Juul as cigarette use continues to decline. SENT: 515 words, photo.




YE-THE YEAR COMEDY ATTACKED ITSELF — While stylistically very different, the standup performances of Drew Michael’s debut HBO comedy special and Hannah Gadsby’s first one for Netflix both managed to shake up the comedy world by the time they finished their hour-long sets. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

MEDIA-MORNING TV — A year after morning news shows at CBS and NBC abruptly lost male anchors Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer in sexual misconduct scandals, the “Today” show has done appreciably better weathering the storm. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.




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