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 10:15 a.m. EST:
— ISRAEL-US (sent; developing)
— TRUMP (upcoming)
— SYRIA (sent; developing)
— GERMANY-BERLIN ATTACK (sent; developing)
— RUSSIA-MILITARY PLANE (sent; developing)
— CARRIE FISHER coverage (sent; developing)
— GENERATION X-MORTALITY (upcoming)
— FINANCIAL MARKETS-YEAR IN REVIEW (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING (sent; developing)
— LAKE TAHOE QUAKES (sent; developing)
— CAPSIZED BOAT-TEENS RESCUED (sent; may develop)
— BRAIN TUMORS-IMMUNE THERAPY (upcoming)
— FISH OIL-ASTHMA (upcoming)
— ON THE MONEY-SELL YOUR STUFF ONLINE (upcoming)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EST):
ISRAEL-US – Secretary of State John Kerry gives his final speech on the Middle East. Some Israeli officials, incensed that the U.S. didn’t veto a U.N. resolution critical of Israel, are condemning his remarks even before he gives them. “Pathetic,” says Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. Speech scheduled for 11 a.m. SENT: 470 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon, 800 words by 4 p.m, photos.
TRUMP – Trump accused Obama on Wednesday of throwing up “inflammatory” roadblocks during the transition of power and his administration of treating Israel with “total disdain,” further straining the veneer of civility between the incoming and outgoing leaders. SENT: 470 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m.
SYRIA – Turkish and Russian officials are discussing the contours of a cease-fire for Syria, Syrian opposition factions said, building on cooperation between the two countries following a deal they brokered for the evacuation of opposition fighters from the northern city of Aleppo earlier this month. SENT: 580 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
GERMANY-BERLIN ATTACK – German prosecutors said Wednesday that they have detained a Tunisian man they think may have been involved in last week’s truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin. SENT: 270 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
RUSSIA-MILITARY PLANE – Search teams on Wednesday recovered another flight recorder from a military plane that crashed in the Black Sea, killing all 92 people aboard, the Defense Ministry said. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
ISRAEL-MISSING CHILDREN – Israel has declassified reams of documents related to a decades-old mystery of young children who disappeared in the late 1940s and early 1950s. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS – Israel’s military says troops arrested the brother of a senior member of the Islamic militant group Hamas. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
IMPRISONED IN EGYPT – Family and friends of an American jailed in Egypt for nearly three years are hopeful her time in custody may soon come to an end. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo
RUSSIA-MILITARY PLANE – Search teams recover another flight recorder from a military plane that crashed in the Black Sea, killing all 92 aboard, the Defense Ministry says. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
IRAQ – Residents of Iraq’s Islamic State-held city of Mosul say that an airstrike disabled the city’s last functioning bridge across the Tigris River, forcing residents to cross the river in boats and further disrupting the IS group’s movement. SENT: 400 words, photos.
CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING – A judge schedules a hearing in federal court to hear motions before the penalty phase in Dylann Roof’s trial starts next week. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates after 10 a.m. hearing.
LAKE TAHOE QUAKES – Three earthquakes in the magnitude 5 range struck early Wednesday about 70 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe, and their rumblings were felt across areas of Nevada and California. There were no immediate reports of problems. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
MISSOURI REST STOP-GUN THREAT – An armed trucker whose hours-long standoff at a Missouri rest stop snarled a freeway’s traffic for miles heading into the holiday weekend has been charged with making a terrorist threat. SENT: 130 words.
CAPSIZED BOAT-TEENS RESCUED – Three stranded teenage boys from California called 911 and calmly sat atop a capsized boat before being rescued from waters off the Florida Keys, authorities said Wednesday. SENT: 290 words. UPCOMING: May develop.
CHICAGO VIOLENCE-GANG TRIAL – Jurors at a Chicago street-gang trial are heading into a third day of deliberations on whether six alleged Hobos leaders are guilty of a racketeering conspiracy that includes nine murders. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
PANHANDLING METERS – In cities nationwide, parking-style meters collect loose change from donors in an attempt to cut down on panhandling — a strategy critics argue is wrongheaded and in vain. UPCOMING: 750 words by noon, photos.
BRAIN TUMORS-IMMUNE THERAPY (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 5 p.m.) – A man with deadly brain cancer that spread to his spine saw his tumors shrink and, for a time, vanish after a novel therapy to help his immune system attack his disease — another first in this promising field. UPCOMING: 700 words, HOLD FOR RELEASE at 5 p.m.
FISH OIL-ASTHMA (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 5 p.m.) – Children whose moms took high doses of fish oil during their last three months of pregnancy were less likely to develop wheezing problems or asthma by age 5, finds a study that suggests a possible way to help prevent this growing problem. UPCOMING: 500 words, HOLD FOR RELEASE at 5 p.m.
DEADLY SKIN CANCER (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 11 a.m.) – CHICAGO — A decline in melanoma cases and deaths in Northeast states buck a national trend for the deadliest skin cancer and may reflect benefits of strong prevention programs, a study suggests. UPCOMING: For release at 11 a.m.
YE-FINANCIAL MARKETS-YEAR IN REVIEW — Wall Street got off to a dismal start in 2016 as fears of a global slowdown and plummeting oil prices pulled down stocks, triggering the second correction for the market in five months. Britain’s vote to leave the European Union delivered more pain to investors by midyear. But the market ultimately pulled out of its doldrums, on pace to end the year with solid gains, particularly for small company stocks. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by noon, photos. Will be updated Dec. 30 with final closing figures for 2016.
YE-FINANCIAL MARKETS-WINNERS & LOSERS — Some of the biggest-moving stocks on the market in 2016 and why they caught investors’ attention. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon. Will be updated after the close of trading Dec. 30 with final figures for 2016.
YE-FINANCIAL MARKETS-SECTOR BY SECTOR — A look at how the 11 sectors in the S&P 500 performed in 2015. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Will be updated after the close of trading Dec. 30 with final figures for 2016. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos. Will be updated after the close of trading Dec. 30 with final figures for 2016.
NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s election as president has made many small business owners more upbeat about 2017. UPCOMING by noon: 800 words, photo.
DIGITAL LIFE-HOW TO TAKE BETTER PICTURES – Eight tips to keep in mind. UPCOMING: 900 words by noon, photos.
ON THE MONEY-SELL YOUR STUFF ONLINE – If you’re cleaning out your closets for the new year and need to get rid of extra gadgets or unwanted clothing, here’s where you can make some extra bucks selling them online. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photo.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
GENERATION X-MORTALITY – Princess Leia was our first girl movie heroine, and we made our moms braid brunette yarn so we’d have circular earmuff buns for Halloween. Carol Brady on the Brady Bunch was the ideal mother that we probably didn’t have, because our moms had to work and left us latchkey kids home alone, with TV and processed food our only companions. UPCOMING: 940 words by 1 p.m., photos.
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