Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change; see the 2 p.m. News Digest for updates. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory. All times EST.
Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 10:30 a.m. EST:
–US JAPAN (sent, developing)
–TRUMP (sent, developing)
–RUSSIA-MILITARY PLANE (sent, developing)
–SYRIA-FIGHTING IS (sent)
–BRITAIN-GEORGE MICHAEL (sent, developing)
–YE–FINANCIAL MARKETS-2017 OUTLOOK (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
–MALL FIGHTS — Fights break out at malls around the U.S., sending post-holiday shoppers scrambling for the exits. SENT: 320 words, photos. (sent)
–MEXICO-VIRAL PARTY INVITE — Thousands attend Mexican girl’s party following viral invite. SENT: 590 words, photos. (sent)
–AARON HERNANDEZ — Ex-NFL star back in court ahead of double murder trial. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EST):
UNITED STATES-JAPAN-PEARL HARBOR — Putting 75 years of resentment behind them, the leaders of the United States and Japan come together at Pearl Harbor in a historic moment marking reconciliation at the site where Japan’s surprise attack drew the U.S. into World War II. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 920 words. UPCOMING: 950 words by 4 p.m. EST. AP Photos.
TRUMP — The New York attorney general’s office say Donald Trump cannot move ahead with his plan to dismantle his charitable foundation because state prosecutors are probing whether the president-elect personally benefited from its spending. SENT: 680 words. By Vivian Salama and Laurie Kellman. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m. EST.
SYRIA-FIGHTING IS — American officials say U.S.-Russian talks on their separate fights against the Islamic State group are improving and becoming more frequent, with each side trading information and even outlining some of their strategic objectives. SENT: 700 words, photo.
UNITED STATES-JAPAN-PEARL HARBOR — The United States and Japan are coming together at Pearl Harbor for a historic pilgrimage to the site where the devastating surprise attacks thrust America into World War II. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 560 words, photos. Developing from meeting at 2:20, wreath-laying at 410 and speeches after 5:05 GMT.
RUSSIA-MILITARY PLANE — Rescue workers find a flight recorder from the Russian plane that crashed into the Black Sea over the weekend, the defense ministry says. By Veronika Silchenko and Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 410 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With RUSSIA-MILITARY PLANE-THE LATEST.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS —Doubling down on its extraordinary break with the Obama administration, a furious Israeli government says it has received “ironclad” information from Arab sources that Washington actively helped craft the U.N. resolution declaring Israeli settlements illegal. As Israel’s nationalist leadership braces for more in the form of a possible last-minute U.S. peace proposal, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s spokesman says the White House is hiding its behind-the-scenes role in the Security Council vote. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach of 600 words with photos, video by 3 p.m.
SKOREA-POLITICS — While lawyers desperately tried to restore the impeached South Korean president’s powers, politics advanced without her as parties and potential candidates postured for elections that could take place in just months. By Kim Tong-hyung. SENT 830 words, photos.
NKOREA-SANCTIONING STATUES — With somewhere around 4,000 artists and staff, the Mansudae Art Studio, on a campus in the heart of Pyongyang, churns out everything from watercolor tigers to mosaics so large they seem to depict a race from another, taller planet. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 760 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-CHRISTMAS STORM — The Philippine coast guard pressed its search for 18 crewmen from a cargo ship that sank at the height of a typhoon that struck on Christmas DaySent 620 words, photos.
WINTER STORM — The effects of the winter storm that swept into the northern Great Plains on Christmas Day continued to be felt. While travel conditions slowly improved and highways reopened, thousands remained without power in the Dakotas and Michigan. SENT: 340 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
SUBWAY ART-GAY MODELS — The sight of two men holding hands is far from uncommon, but a mural of two men doing just that is showing up in an unusual place — on the walls of a new subway station in New York City. SENT: 790 words, photos.
YE–FINANCIAL MARKETS-2017 OUTLOOK — The fun is likely over for investors. After years of big and steady gains for stocks and bonds around the world, analysts and professional investors are preparing for not only weaker returns in 2017 and beyond, but also for more volatile ones. It’s largely a matter of simple math: Bonds are paying low yields, and rising rates will likely pull down their prices, while stocks are no longer cheap. UPCOMING: 1,000 words.
RETIRING ABROAD — The number of Americans retiring abroad is up 17 percent over five years as a growing number are drawn to a cheaper cost of living. Canada, Japan, Mexico, Germany and Britain are the top draws for U.S. retirees, who can enjoy their Social Security benefits abroad but not Medicare. By Maria Zamudio for AP. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by noon EST.
FINANCIAL MARKETS — Stocks are opening slightly higher in quiet trading on Wall Street as traders return from the Christmas holiday weekend. SENT: 410 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.
CONSUMER CONFIDENCE — The Conference Board releases its December index on U.S. consumer confidence. By Paul Wiseman. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 10 a.m. 300 words by 10:45 a.m.
NERDWALLET-ASK BRIANNA-REFRESH FINANCES — The new year is a great time to fix up your finances. With a few small steps, you can start to get your savings, retirement and debt in better condition. Then you can make a plan that should leave you in a stronger financial position before the next holiday season rolls around. By Brianna McGurran of NerdWallet. UPCOMING: 790 words by 11 a.m., photos.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
BRITAIN-GEORGE MICHAEL — George Michael mourned by boyfriend, ex-boyfriend in London
TV-SHERLOCK — ‘Sherlock’ returns with murder, mystery – and a baby. SENT: 750 words, photos.
NEW YEAR’S EVE DROPS — They drop what on New Year’s Eve? Not just a ball in Times Square but a fish in Ohio, a Peep in Pennsylvania and a beach ball in Florida. UPCOMING: 300 words by noon Tuesday, photos.
YE-MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR — The AP announces its Male Athlete of the Year, as selected by editors around the country. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Announcement at 1 p.m.
FBC–T25-PLAYOFF-FIESTA BOWL — Clemson is back in Arizona, hoping to celebrate a College Football Playoff victory in the same stadium the Tigers lamented coming up just short of a national championship last season. SENT: 600 words, photos.
FBC–HOLIDAY BOWL — The Minnesota Golden Gophers are as ready as they can be to play a bowl game they considered skipping just 10 days ago. SENT: 800 words, photos.
SOC–LIVERPOOL-STOKE — Liverpool looks to move back to within six points of English Premier League leader Chelsea by beating Stoke at Anfield. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2:15 p.m., photos.
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