Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST.
NEW & DEVELOPING
TRUMP — President-elect says he will dissolve his charitable foundation. DEVELOPING.
ADDS: TRUMP, ISRAEL-US, VATICAN-CHRISTMAS EVE, KKK-DOCUMENTARY SERIES, GERMANY-WWII BOMB, GRAND CANYON-FAMILY FOUND.
TRUMP — President-elect Donald Trump says he will dissolve his charitable foundation amid efforts to eliminate any conflicts of interest before he takes office next month. By Vivian Salama. UPCOMING: 750 words by 6:30 p.m., photos. With: TRUMP-THE LATEST.
EUROPE-BORDERS VS FREEDOM — The bungled chase for the Berlin Christmas market attack suspect is just one example of recent cross-border security failures that are emboldening nationalists fed up with European unity. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 1,080 words, photos. This story has moved as this week’s Sunday spotlight. With: GERMANY-CHRISTMAS MARKET —Investigators hunt supply network for slain Berlin attacker. By Colleen Barry. SENT: 880 words, photos.
OBAMA LEGACY-POLITICS — When Barack Obama exits the White House, he’ll leave behind a long list of liberal policy achievements, but a party that’s suffered mightily under his watch. Democrats have lost more than 1,000 seats in state legislatures, governor’s mansions and Congress since 2009. By Lisa Lerer. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
ISRAEL-US — Israel’s prime minister lashes out at President Barack Obama, accusing him of a “shameful ambush” at the United Nations over West Bank settlements and saying he is looking forward to working with his “friend” President-elect Donald Trump. SENT: 460 words, photos.
VATICAN-CHRISTMAS EVE — Pope Francis urges Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus by thinking about the plight of today’s children, bemoaning how some must escape bombs or flee in migrant boats and how others are prevented from being born at all. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 340 words, photos. With: IRAQ-CHRISTMAS MASS —Displaced Iraqi Christians head home for ‘wartime’ Christmas; CHRISTMAS-MIDEAST — Thousands of faithful celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem. SENT: 770 words, 11 photos.
HOLIDAY SHOPPING-ALL YEAR — The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power in the year’s sales. The shift is in part because people are spreading out their shopping all year, demanding big discounts and spending more on events rather than more stuff. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 870 words, photo.
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
KKK-DOCUMENTARY SERIES – A&E scraps KKK series after learning of cash payments. SENT: 400 words, photo.
CARRIE FISHER — Best wishes flow in for ‘Star Wars’ star Carrie Fisher. SENT: 510 words, photo.
TRACKING SANTA-Q&A — Santa’s on his way: Military helps kids follow fabled flight. SENT: 400 words, photos.
GERMANY-WWII BOMB — Germans must leave home Xmas morning as WWII bomb is defused. SENT: 190 words, photo.
SUSPECTED OVERDOSE DEATHS-BABY – Baby dies days after parents’ suspected drug overdose deaths. SENT: 330 words.
FINLAND-REINDEER APP — Finnish phone app finds reindeer, helps to avoid road kill. SENT: 510 words, photos.
TAX OVERHAUL — Congressional Republicans are planning a massive overhaul of the nation’s tax system next year, a heavy political lift that could ultimately affect families at every income level and businesses of every size. By Stephen Ohlemacher. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
JOHN LEICESTER-TALKING TO BEARS — Having made their name by breaching a World Anti-Doping Agency database, the so-called “Fancy Bears” hackers appear to be changing tack by seeking to peddle stolen emails directly to the media. Out of the blue and unsolicited, they contacted an AP journalist with a dump of hundreds of emails seemingly stolen from the Canadian and U.S. anti-doping agencies. AP Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.
NIGERIA-BOKO HARAM — The Boko Haram extremist group has finally been crushed — driven from its last forest enclave and has no place to hide, Nigeria’s president declares. But the country is unlikely to soon see an end to the deadly suicide bombings carried out by the Islamic extremist group. SENT: 480 words, photos.
SYRIA — An explosion rocks eastern Aleppo as some residents return to their homes after the government assumes full control of the city earlier this week, state TV reports, while fresh airstrikes on a rebel-held town nearby kill at least five people. SENT: 470 words, photos, video.
YEMEN-UNSTABLE ADEN — SANAA, Yemen — On a rocky hill overlooking the Arabian Sea in the city of Aden sits the palace of Yemen’s internationally recognized president, one of the few places in the country safe for him and his government; just a 10 minute drive away suicide bombers are striking. SENT: 950 words, photos.
ZIMBABWE-NO CHRISTMAS— Who can afford Christmas? Not this once-prosperous country, where the economy has crashed and people sleep outside banks in the hope of withdrawing what little cash they have amid a currency crisis. SENT: 350 words, photos.
GRAND CANYON-FAMILY FOUND — A sheriff’s official says it was “a Christmas miracle” searchers found and rescued members of a Pennsylvania family stranded in two separate locations in a northern Arizona forest after their vehicle got stuck on a snowy road while trying to reach the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, which is closed for winter. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 600 words with new approach by 6:30 p.m., photo. With GRAND CANYON-FAMILY FOUND-THE LATEST.
SAFE HAVEN BABIES— More than 3,300 babies who otherwise might have been abandoned by mothers unwilling or unable to raise them have been rescued across the country in the past two decades, thanks to the efforts of a now-retired ambulance medical technician who grew weary of the heartbreaking task of responding to calls of dead infants. SENT: 650 words, photos.
FIGHTING EXTREMISM-MINNESOTA — Those on the forefront of an effort to counter terror recruiting by providing positive opportunities for youth in Minnesota’s large Somali community say they will continue the work they started, despite unknowns that lie ahead in the new Trump administration. SENT: 690 words, photos.
AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES —Hundreds of communities around the world— both big and small — are working to make sure people can live there from birth to old age. SENT: 750 words, photos.
BRITAIN-OBIT-PARFITT — Rick Parfitt, a hard-rocking British guitarist and songwriter who had multiple hits over the decades with the rock band Status Quo, dies in Spain at age 68. SENT: 370 words, photos.
YE-SHOCKS — In a year of tumultuous change, sports was hardly exempt. In fact, it played right along. From Leicester winning an unfathomable Premier League title to the Golden State Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals after a 73-win season. A look at the most shocking events in sports for 2016. By AP National Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.
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