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:
–GERMANY-CHRISTMAS MARKET (sent, developing)
–MALTA-LIBYA HIJACKING (sent, developing)
–TRUMP (sent, developing)
–SYRIA (sent, developing)
–MICHELLE OBAMA LEGACY (upcoming)
–PAKISTAN-DEBT BRIDES (sent)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT:
–MICHELLE OBAMA-FASHION (upcoming)
–NKOREA-ATHEIST CHRISTMAS (sent)
–SOLO SPEAKS (sent)
–ICE SHOE CHIC (sent)
–INDONESIA-WHAT IS OM TELOLET OM (sent)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EST):
TRUMP — After Trump calls for U.S. to greatly expand its nuclear capability until the rest of the world “comes to its senses,” spokesman says Trump meant to put the world on notice. SENT: 812 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With TRUMP-THE LATEST.
MICHELLE OBAMA-LEGACY – When Michelle Obama considered the daunting prospect of becoming first lady, she purposely avoided turning to books by her predecessors for guidance. Instead, she turned inward. “I didn’t want to be influenced by how they defined the role,” Mrs. Obama once said, explaining that she had to define it “very uniquely and specifically to me and who I was.” That meant doing it her way. When she leaves the White House next month, just a few days after celebrating her 53rd birthday, Mrs. Obama will do so not just as a political figure, but as an international brand. It was a path that friends say she charted largely on her own. By Darlene Superville. UPCOMING: 1,400 words, photos on Dec. 23. With MICHELLE OBAMA-LEGACY-ABRIDGED.
MICHELLE OBAMA-FASHION – From glittering state dinner gowns to sporty cardigans, fashion was good to Michelle Obama — and she was great for fashion. A booster of countless designers and a powerful, stylish example for middle-aged women, she influenced the fashion world like no other first lady before her, designers say. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos on Dec. 23.
MICHELLE OBAMA-LEGACY FOR KIDS – The feel-good initiatives of first lady Michelle Obama have served as both inspiration and eight years of teaching moments for many families. So what, exactly, do they think is her legacy over a period of time that represents a good chunk of lifespan for today’s kids? By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING: 800 words on Dec. 23.
TRUMP-AMBIGUITY — As Donald Trump shapes his policy agenda ahead of next month’s inauguration, he is trafficking in the same ambiguity that was a hallmark of his campaign — but could be a high-risk doctrine once he takes office. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. SENT: 780 words, photo.
ERIC TRUMP-CHARITY — A charity operated by one of Donald Trump’s sons flouts philanthropic standards by financially benefiting charities connected to the Trump family and members of the charity’s board, an Associated Press investigation shows. By National Writer Jeff Donn. SENT: 1,300 words.
OBAMA LEGACY-FOREIGN POLICY — Barack Obama opened a new era of diplomacy in his presidency while running headlong into limitations: His pragmatic approach to world affairs ultimately couldn’t deliver on his promise to end wars. By Bradley Klapper. SENT: 1,250 words, photos. OBAMA-ECONOMIC LEGACY – Barack Obama will leave behind an economy far stronger than the one he inherited but one that did not erase the scars of the collapse — Americans’ deep distrust in their government, banks and institutions. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video. See separate advisory OBAMA-LEGACY for details of upcoming stories
GERMANY-CHRISTMAS MARKET — The Tunisian man suspected of attacking a Christmas market in Berlin has been killed in a shootout with police in Milan during a routine patrol, ending a Europe-wide manhunt. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. GERMANY-CHRISTMAS MARKET-THE LATEST
MALTA-LIBYA-HIJACKING — After hours of tense negotiations, two Libyans who hijacked a plane from Libya to Malta and threatened to blow it up Friday surrendered peacefully, allowing 118 passengers and crew to leave the plane before walking out themselves with the last of the crew. SENT: 460 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: MALTA-LIBYA-HIJACKING-THE LATEST.
PAKISTAN-DEBT BRIDES — KARACHI, Pakistan — The night Jeevti disappeared, the family had slept outside, the only way to beat Pakistan’s brutal summer heat. In the morning she was gone, snatched by a wealthy landlord to whom her parents owed $1,000 dollars. She is one of the estimated 1,000 Christian and Hindu girls taken from their homes every year in Pakistan for supposed repayments of debt, most of them ending up married off to older men and forcibly converted to Islam. By Kathy Gannon. SENT: 2,000 words with photos, video.
SYRIA — Syrian rebels outside Aleppo are shelling a neighborhood in the city, killing three people in the first bombardment since government forces took full control of the city after opposition fighters in the eastern parts were evacuated, state TV reports. SENT: 550 words, photos. WITH: SYRIA-ALEPPO DESTRUCTION — More than four years of brutal street fighting and punishing aerial bombardments in Aleppo have destroyed thousands of homes, wiped out the city’s industrial base and reduced ancient landmarks to rubble; SYRIA-TIMELINE; SYRIA -5 THINGS TO KNOW. (all sent)
RUSSIA-PUTIN —President Vladimir Putin praises U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for “keenly” feeling public sentiment to win the election and denies the White House’s claims of Russia’s meddling in the vote. SENT: 420 words, photos; WITH: RUSSIA-PUTIN-THE LATEST.
ISRAEL-UNITED NATIONS — An Israeli official is accusing President Barack Obama of a “shameful move against Israel at the U.N.” after learning the White House did not intend to veto a Security Council resolution condemning settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. SENT: 870 words, photo.
GAMBIA-ELECTION CRISIS —The head of a West African regional bloc says leaders will send troops into Gambia if its longtime president who lost elections does not step down next month. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
NKOREA-ATHEIST CHRISTMAS — If Santa Claus stops in North Korea this year, he’ll find some trees and lights and might even hear a carol or two, but he won’t encounter even a hint of what Christmas actually means. By Eric Talmadge. 410 words, photos
IRAQ-CHRISTMAS IN CAMPS —The Nativity scene and the tree are in place, standing on the corner of the street. Some of the children are proudly wearing red Father Christmas hats or showing off new toys. Iraq’s Christians are marking the holiday in a camp for displaced people with a sense of worry and despair. By Hamza Hendawi. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video.
INDONESIA-WHAT IS OM TELOLET OM? — Honk if you want to know what the ‘om telolet om’ meme means. SENT: 200 words, photos.
AUSTRALIA-TERROR PLOT — Police in Australia detain five men suspected of planning a series of Christmas Day bomb attacks in the heart of the country’s second-largest city, officials said Friday. SENT: 470 words, photos.
CHINA-US-NAVARRO — A Chinese state newspaper has accused a trade adviser picked by President-elect Donald Trump of “anti-China alarmism” and warned both sides would suffer if commerce is disrupted. SENT: 300 words.
NORTH KOREA UN CHIEF — North Korea mocks outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over his apparent ambitions to run for South Korean president, calling him an opportunistic “chameleon in a human mask” who’s dreaming a “hollow dream.” SENT: 350 words.
CONGO-POLITICS — Negotiators say they’re optimistic that an agreement can be reached to end Congo’s bloody political impasse, though any deal must be officially endorsed by all parties. SENT: 320 words.
CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS-TRUMP —As Donald Trump prepares to take office, some dispirited black and Latino activists are looking to veterans of the Civil Rights Movements on how to respond to strong disappointments amid uncertainty over voting rights, immigration reform and police shootings. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 1 p.m.
ROAD RAGE-BOY KILLED – The U.S. Marshals Service says a Little Rock man accused of fatally shooting a 3-year-old boy in what police called a road-rage incident has surrendered to federal and local authorities. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
CONGRESS RANGEL’S FAREWELL — Charles Rangel, retiring dean of NY congressional delegation, reflects on 46-year career and says he hopes Trump’s presidency unites Democrats and Republicans. SENT: 620 words, photos.
GAMER FOR CONGRESS — Brianna Wu, co-founder of a Boston-based gaming software company, made headlines two years ago when she was threatened with rape and murder from the darker corners of the male-dominated gaming world. Now she is preparing a run for Congress. UPCOMING: 300 words by 11 a.m., photo.
TRIBAL POWER STRUGGLE-NEWS GUIDE — A faction of a Rhode Island Indian tribe has taken over a tribal government building in the latest round of a power struggle with the chief. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.
BETHLEHEM-CHRISTMAS CARDS — The normally tranquil post office in this hillside town goes into overdrive this time of year, as people from across the state and beyond come in to get the Bethlehem post mark. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m.
JEWELRY STORE-EX-OFFENDERS — Shoppers perusing the offerings at a pop-up jewelry store in Newark’s airport might be surprised to learn some of the sales clerks are wearing a different kind of bracelet — the kind that goes around your ankle and tells someone where you are at all times. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m., photos.
ICE SHOE CHIC — In Alaska’s largest city, if you want to walk in winter, you can join a gym or risk your health on icy streets. Fortunately, there’s a world of entrepreneurs dedicated to keeping people upright. Depending on how much you want to spend, the choices range from tiny crampons attached to shoes to boots that click like ruby slippers, instantly sending down titanium spikes to dig into slippery surfaces. By Dan Joling. SENT: 700 words, photos, video
HOLIDAY SHOPPING-GETTING BY — For many low-income families, buying gifts for the holiday season is a constant struggle. They weigh whether to put food on the table or spend on an extra gift for their kids. In comparison, high-income families can spend with abandon on $300 dolls or $500 play kitchen sets. The increasingly wide gap in incomes between the wealth and the poor highlight the struggles during the holiday season. By Anne D’Innocenzio. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos.
NEW HOME SALES — The Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in November. By Paul Wiseman. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 10 a.m., 350 words by 10:45 a.m.
FIAT-CHRYSLER-RECALL — Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 50,000 small SUVs worldwide because the engines could stall while being driven. SENT: 140 words.
FREE STARBUCKS DRINKS — Starbucks aims to drum up holiday sales with promises of free espresso drinks this season — as long as you’re in the right store. SENT: 130 words, photos.
OIL TRAIN ACCIDENTS — The nation’s largest freight railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery oil train derailment in Oregon and the discovery of more than 800 potential safety violations across its sprawling network. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 510 words, photos.
CHINA-GM FINE — General Motors Co.’s main joint venture has been fined 201 million yuan ($29 million) for violating anti-monopoly rules, adding to a string of penalties imposed on foreign auto brands over the past two years. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 550 words.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
FILM-KEN LOACH — Eighty-year-old British director Ken Loach has been making lauded socially realistic dramas for years. But his “I Daniel Blake,” which won the Palme d’Or, has struck a nerve, tapping into the same working-class frustrations that are upending politics in Europe and the U.S. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photos.
TV-KARDASHIAN CHYNA DRAMA — Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna’s reality show has been renewed for a second season and in keeping with Kardashian family tradition, social media is where future plot points are born. By Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m., photos.
YE-INSPIRING SPORTS MOMENTS — We watch sports to see who wins and loses, but also to be inspired — and 2016 offered plenty of examples of the latter, from a touching moment between two strangers on the Olympic track, to a little boy from a war-torn land who met his favorite soccer player, to a warm ovation fueled by empathy for a visiting NHL goalie. Some inspiring sports moments during the past year. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 780 words, photos.
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