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:
— TRUMP-TAKING OFFICE (upcoming)
— TRUMP-TEAM OF RIVALS (upcoming)
— HEALTH OVERHAUL-IRS (upcoming)
— TRAFFIC DEATHS (upcoming)
— CHICAGO POLICE-CIVIL RIGHTS (sent; developing)
— OBAMA-CUBA (sent; developing)
— GAS MILEAGE STANDARDS (sent; developing)
— CONGRESS-HEALTH CARE (sent; developing)
— UNITED STATES-ISRAEL (upcoming)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
— VETERANS-TOXIC TAP WATER (sent; developing)
— PARALYZED POLICE OFFICER (sent; developing)
— BRITAIN-JOSEPH FIENNES-MICHAEL JACKSON (sent; may develop)
— KING CAKE FAVORITES (sent)
— LIBERTY COIN (sent; developing)
— DMV-PENNY PAYMENT (sent)
— BIRTHDAY TRIFECTA (sent)
CHUNKY TEXT/ALTERNATIVE FORMATS:
— CHICAGO POLICE-CIVIL RIGHTS-TIMELINE (sent)
— CHICAGO POLICE-CIVIL RIGHTS-THINGS TO KNOW (sent; developing)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EST):
TRUMP-TAKING OFFICE – In one week, Donald Trump will begin his presidency as one of the most unpopular incoming presidents in modern history. He’s spent his transition rehashing campaign fights and picking new ones with the intelligence community. But he’s also thinking about his presidency in ambitious terms, telling friends he’s drawn to the governing styles of Reagan and Kennedy. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p.m., photos.
TRUMP-TEAM OF RIVALS – A week of confirmation hearings suggests Trump’s Cabinet won’t be dominated by “yes men.” Perhaps instead they will be “yes, but” men. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos.
ONLY ON AP: HEALTH OVERHAUL-IRS – If you haven’t signed up for health insurance this year, you may be getting a nudge from the taxman. The IRS is sending personalized letters to millions of uninsured taxpayers that they’re potentially on the hook for hundreds of dollars in fines. A draft of the form letter was obtained by The Associated Press. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2 p.m., photos.
TRAFFIC DEATHS – The government is expected to release new data on traffic fatalities that shows they are continuing to climb at an alarming rate. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. online news conference.
GAS MILEAGE STANDARDS – The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to preserve strict fuel-economy standards put in place by the Obama administration, making it difficult for the Trump administration to undo them. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
UNITED STATES-ISRAEL – Obama’s eight years of unsuccessful Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts culminate with a Paris conference that has little chance of advancing the cause. The administration will leave office with peace hopes in tatters, the sides even further apart. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m., photos.
VETERANS-TOXIC TAP WATER – After years of waiting, veterans who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina may now be able to receive a portion of government disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion. SENT: 510 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:30 a.m. briefing.
CONGRESS-HEALTH CARE – Congress is on the cusp of completing the first – and by far the easiest – step toward gutting Obama’s divisive health care law. Friday’s vote in the House would adopt a House-Senate measure to make it easier for a subsequent “Obamacare” repeal bill to advance through the Senate without the threat of a Democratic filibuster. SENT: 677 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from early afternoon vote.
CUBANS IN TRANSIT – When the U.S. and Cuba normalized relations in late 2014, many Cubans left the island afraid that changes could be coming to the immigration policy known as “wet foot, dry foot,” which allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident. That day arrived on Thursday, leaving in limbo in third countries hundreds of Cubans who have fled their homeland but not yet reached the U.S. border. Some hope to arrive after the inauguration of Donald Trump, who has promised to undo what his predecessor did. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Also: In Havana, Cubans continue to flock to the U.S. Embassy, the only legal way for them to emigrate or visit the United States now that the U.S. has ended the “wet foot dry foot” policy.
SYRIA-ISRAEL – Syria accused Israel of firing missiles early on Friday that struck near a major military airport west of Damascus, sparking a fire, and warned Israel of repercussions without specifying whether it would retaliate for the attack. SENT: 430 words, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
EUROPE-STORMS – Violent overnight storms have hit northern France, injuring scores of people and leaving 200,000 homes without electricity. SENT: 180 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
NORWAY-REINDEER SLAUGHTER – A preschool in Arctic Norway is facing online criticism for taking 5-year-old children on an outing to view the slaughter and skinning of reindeer at a nearby farm. SENT: 350 words, photos.
IRAQ – Iraqi special forces entered Mosul University on Friday in their latest advance along the eastern front as they battle Islamic State militants for control of the city, according to senior Iraqi officers. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
VIETNAM-US-KERRY – Secretary of State John Kerry, making his last trip as the top U.S. diplomat, defends the 12-nation trade pact that the incoming administration says it would scrap and urges countries to refrain from provocative acts in the South China Sea. SENT: 610 words, photos.
CHICAGO POLICE-CIVIL RIGHTS – The U.S. Justice Department plans to release a major report Friday on the Chicago Police Department after a yearlong civil rights investigation that is expected to find a pattern of civil rights abuses over many years. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, fresh photos, video developing from 11 a.m. new conference. With: CHICAGO POLICE-CIVIL RIGHTS-TIMELINE, CHICAGO POLICE-CIVIL RIGHTS-THINGS TO KNOW.
SOUTHERN PLAINS ICE STORM — A winter storm moved into the southern Plains early Friday amid expectations that its freezing rain and sleet would cripple the region through the holiday weekend. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: 500 words with new approach, photos, video from storm developing Friday afternoon.
IMMIGRATION RALLIES-TRUMP – Immigrant rights advocates are planning demonstrations against Trump’s pledged hard line on immigration at dozens of rallies this weekend around the country in what marks the latest step in a movement that has evolved dramatically from raucous protests attended by a million people a decade ago. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.
PARALYZED POLICE OFFICER — A funeral service is planned for a New York police detective who lived out his Roman Catholic faith by forgiving the 15-year-old gunman who paralyzed him in a shooting in Central Park. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: Updates from morning funeral, 400 words by 3 p.m., photos.
ACTRESS-FATAL ACCIDENT — Amy Locane-Bovenizer, a former “Melrose Place” actress who has already served prison time for a fatal drunken driving crash, is scheduled to be resentenced after the judge was ordered to offer a more detailed justification for why he downgraded her sentence to three years. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA POLICE SHOOTINGS — Federal officials will discuss their final report on Philadelphia Police Department reform efforts begun in 2015. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.
BIRTHDAY TRIFECTA – Luke and Hillary Gardner never have a problem remembering each other’s birthday. After all, the husband and wife were born the same day. And so was their son, 27 years later this past December. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING: Trying for photo; prospects uncertain.
KING CAKE FAVORITES – With the beginning of Mardi Gras season, king cakes are everywhere in New Orleans. SENT: 790 words, photos, video. With KING-CAKE FAVORITES-GLANCE.
DMV-PENNY PAYMENT – A Virginia man used 300,000 pennies to pay sales tax on two cars at the Department of Motor Vehicles. SENT: 130 words.
LIBERTY COIN – Liberty depicted as black woman on $100 gold coin. SENT: 130 words.
SPACE STATION – Astronauts took another spacewalk Friday to plug in new and better batteries outside the International Space Station. SENT: 340 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing; spacewalk expected to last until around 1 p.m.
AUTO SHOW-BUILD IT OR BAG IT — Auto shows don’t just display cars you can buy right now. They sprinkle in some prototypes, and the audience reaction helps them decide whether to build them or not. Here are some of the concepts displayed at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. UPCOMING: 400 words by 11 a.m., photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
BRITAIN-JOSEPH FIENNES-MICHAEL JACKSON – A British broadcaster said Friday it was canceling a TV comedy starring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson after the program was condemned by the late musician’s family. SENT: 260 words, photo. UPCOMING: May develop.
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