BC-AP News Digest 3 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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SYRIA-AFTER ALEPPO-ANALYSIS — The Syrian government’s recapture of Aleppo is a defining moment in the civil war: It leaves Bashar Assad in control of almost all major urban areas — and poised to petition for a role in the world community’s broader war against the Islamic State group. The prospect of such cooperation was once considered implausible, but much has changed. By Zeina Karam and Dan Perry. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. SYRIA — After Aleppo cease-fire, rebel and civilian pullout delayed; ISLAMIC STATE-WEAPONS — Report: Islamic State group manufacturing arms on industrial scale.

TRUMP-PERRY — Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Energy secretary, has close ties to the Texas oil industry and has corporate roles in two petroleum companies pushing to get government approval for the proposed 1,200-mile crude oil pipeline that has stoked mass protests in North Dakota. By Stephen Braun. SENT: 940 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US Tillerson Analysis (CR) — Tillerson Russian ties under scrutiny. Also see TRUMP-ZINKE below.

GREECE-CROSSING THE RIVER — The region near the border of Greece and Turkey is seeing an influx of migrants who are crossing an icy river to take advantage of a legal loophole that allows them to avoid rules governing those who arrive by boat on the Greek islands. By Costas Kantouris. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 a.m., photos.

FED-3 THINGS TO WATCH FOR — Here are three key things to watch for from the Federal Reserve as it issues a statement, updates its economic forecasts and holds a news conference with Chair Janet Yellen. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 800 words, photo.

JAPAN-RUSSIA-5 THINGS TO KNOW — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become the first G-7 leader to allow an official visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 720 words, photos.

CLASSIC FILMS — While not usually regarded as a golden age of American cinema, the 1980s produced plenty of popular classics — and a few more of them have now been added to the prestigious National Film Registry. The Library of Congress announces that “The Breakfast Club,” ”The Princess Bride” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” are among the 25 movies tapped for preservation this year. By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 700 words, photos. With CLASSIC FILMS-LIST.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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AUSTRALIA-DEMOCRACY SAUSAGE — “Democracy sausage” snags Australia’s official word of 2016. SENT: 380 words.

DATE-SEEKING-STATE-TROOPER — Officials: New Jersey state trooper pulled over women to ask them out. SENT: 140 words.

NEWTOWN SCHOOL SHOOTING — Newtown to mark 4th anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre. SENT: 140 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-HEAT-RECORD — Sydney swelters through hottest December night in 148 years. SENT: 310 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CHINA-TRUMP-TAIWAN — Any change in U.S. policy favoring formal recognition of Taiwan will “seriously” damage peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and undermine relations between Beijing and Washington, a Chinese government spokesman says. SENT: 460 words, photos.

INDIA-KASHMIR-LOST EYES — Indian authorities call the shotgun shells filled with hundreds of small metal pellets a “non-lethal” weapon for crowd control, but that does not make them harmless. SENT: 590 words. With 13 photos by Bernat Armangue.

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NATIONAL

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BILL COSBY — In the second day of a pretrial hearing, Bill Cosby’s lawyers fight to block 13 other accusers from offering testimony at his sexual assault trial. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. hearing, then 600 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

COLD SNAP — Arctic cold is expected to spread across the northeastern United States while the Midwest remains frigid through the work week, forecasters say. SENT: 250 words, photos.

POLICE SHOOTING-MAN IN DRIVEWAY — An unarmed 73-year-old California man refused to take his hand out of his pocket and stop walking toward officers who believed he had a gun when they fatally shot him, police say. SENT: 650 words, photos.

COLLEGES-BOMB DOGS — More colleges are getting bomb-sniffing dogs in a time of always-looming security threats. SENT: 400 words, photos.

JUDGE BLOCKS NEWSPAPER — A New Jersey reporter says state officials want him to sign an agreement before allowing him to publish limited details from a child welfare complaint, but he has refused. SENT: 400 words.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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TRUMP-ZINKE — Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana has made no secret of his ambitions to join a Trump cabinet, but the job of Interior Secretary nominee is in many ways an unlikely fit. SENT: 790 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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ANCIENT FOOTPRINTS — Footprints left 3.7 million years ago reveal the tallest known member of the prehuman species known for the “Lucy” skeleton. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 540 words, photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-ALAN THICKE — Alan Thicke’s genial TV sitcom dad in “Growing Pains” straddled the 1950s father-knows-best version and the enlightened 1980s model. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 a.m., photos, video.

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD NOMINATIONS — Hollywood’s award season continues to heat up with the Screen Actors Guild announcing its nominations for best acting in films and TV. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Announcement at 10 a.m., then 700 words, photos, video. With SCREEN ACTORS GUILD NOMINATIONS-LIST.

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SPORTS

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BOWL PICKS-WHY WATCH — Forty bowl games in 17 days? We are here with a reason to watch each and every one. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,900 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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