BC-AP News Digest 3:10 am


Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP — President-elect Donald Trump offers former military intelligence chief Michael Flynn the position of national security adviser, elevating a fierce critic of current U.S. foreign policy into a crucial West Wing role. By Ken Thomas, Catherine Lucey and Julie Pace. WITH: TRUMP-FLYNN — Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the man President-elect Donald Trump has asked to be his national security adviser, built a reputation in the Army as an astute intelligence professional and a straight talker. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. Highlighting AP Video — US TRUMP KUSHNER (CR).

TRUMP-IMMIGRANT WORRIES — Immigration hotlines are buzzing. Legal clinics are seeing an influx of clients. Public schools are fielding frantic questions from parents. In the past week, concern about President-elect Donald Trump’s immigration policy has stirred anxiety nationwide among all kind of immigrants, who are turning to lawyers, schools, advocacy groups and congressional offices for help. By Sophia Tareen. SENT: 760 words, photos.

IRAQ — Iraqi officers say troops are advancing cautiously into eastern districts of Mosul where they face stiff resistance from Islamic State militants. By Qassim Abdul-Zahra. SENT: 330 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

ISRAEL-JEWISH WWII REFUGEES — The few remaining passengers from the famed 1939 SS St. Louis trans-Atlantic liner, which carried nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees from Germany who were rejected by the United States and Cuba, offer a unique perspective on today’s refugee crisis. By Aron Heller. SENT: 950 words, photos.

CORAL HOPE — In a ghost town of dead coral off a remote Pacific island, scientists have found a bit more life. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 a.m.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BRITAIN-GIRL’S REMAINS — Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen — with the hope she can continue her life in the future if cancer is cured. SENT: 460 words.

TV-DUCK DYNASTY — “Duck Dynasty” takes it last flight, as the A&E reality series will end after this season. SENT: 200 words, photo.

PHILIPPINES-MARCOS-HERO’S BURIAL — Ferdinand Marcos is buried at a heroes’ cemetery in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony, police officials say, despite growing opposition after the Supreme Court ruled that one of Asia’s most infamous tyrants can be entombed in the hallowed grounds. SENT: 710 words, photo.

FACEBOOK LIVE SHOOTING — Police arrest an Ohio teen who they say broadcast himself shooting a rifle into his neighbor’s home on Facebook Live because he was bored. SENT: 130 words.

JOHNNY BENCH-ANTI-BULLYING APP — Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench launches a new cellphone app aimed at combatting bullying in schools nationwide. SENT: 130 words.

TRUMP-SELFIE TOWER — New York’s Trump Tower has quickly become one of the city’s hottest backdrops for selfies. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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OFFICERS KILLED-IOWA — Days before he allegedly killed two Iowa police officers, Scott Michael Greene sent a note to one of their departments apologizing for prior run-ins, saying his “dark days” were over and praising police as “absolute heroes.” SENT: 870 words, photos.

WINTRY WEATHER-PLAINS — The unseasonably mild conditions of recent days will be ushered out by a jolt of wintry weather that’s expected to bring blizzards, freezing temperatures and high winds to northern Plains states. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CHINA-TRUMP-LATIN AMERICA — An expected U.S. retreat from South America under Donald Trump is making struggling Latin American economies even more eager to win business from China, whose President Xi Jinping arrives Thursday to Ecuador for a three-nation tour in which he’s expected to deepen energy and trade ties with the region. By Joshua Goodman.

THAILAND-POLITICS OF RICE — Thailand’s military government is offering new subsidies to help the country’s rice industry. That’s good news for farmers, who are struggling after global prices have plunged to their lowest point in nearly a decade. Critics, though, say the program sounds a lot like the one implemented by former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who has been castigated by the junta and fined $1 billion for her scheme. By Natnicha Chuwiruch and Todd Pitman. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.

MYANMAR-NATIONALIST MONK-TRUMP — Shunned by Myanmar’s new government and its Buddhist hierarchy, a nationalist monk blamed for whipping up at times bloody anti-Muslim fervor said he feels vindicated by U.S. voters who elected Donald Trump to be president. Ashin Wirathu says Trump is “similar to me in prioritizing nationalism.” SENT: 600 words, photos.

INDIA-CURRENCY-CHAOS — The Indian government along with business leaders have lauded the demonetization drive as a way to clean up black money and boost the economy. But analysts say they’re dead wrong. By Tim Sullivan. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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SKOREA-GOOGLE MAPS — Google is disappointed that South Korea rejected the company’s request to use local mapping data in its global maps service. SENT: 460 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-TV ACADEMY-CEO — A veteran producer is the newly elected chief executive of the Television Academy and the first African-American to hold the post in the organization’s 70 years. SENT: 250 words, photo.

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HOW TO REACH US

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At the Nerve Center, Rob Jagodzinski can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). For photos, (ext. 1900). For graphics and interactives, Jen Magno, (ext. 7636). Expanded AP content can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact apcustomersupport@ap.org or call 877-836-9477.

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