BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15,ADVISORY

December 21, 2017 - 10:11 am

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.

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HIGHLIGHTING:

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Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. EST:

UNITED NATIONS-US-JERUSALEM (developing)

CONGRESS-GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

VATICAN-POPE (sent)

MYANMAR-ONE BLOODY SUNDAY (sent)

SPAIN-CATALONIA (sent, developing)

TAX OVERHAUL-WHAT FAMILIES NEED TO KNOW (upcoming)

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WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

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AUSTRALIA-CAR RAMS CROWD (developing)

YE-TOP 10 STORIES (sent)

SKOREA-KOREAN AIR NUT RAGE (sent)

POPE-CHRISTMAS CRITIQUE (sent)

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Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EST):

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WORLD

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UNITED NATIONS-US-JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump's threat to cut off U.S. funding to countries that oppose his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has raised the stakes in Thursday's U.N. vote and sparked criticism of his tactics, with one Muslim group calling it bullying or blackmail.. SENT: 800 words, photos; developing after session begins 10 a.m.

AUSTRALIA-CAR RAMS CROWD — Two men are arrested after the car in which they were travelling crashed into pedestrians on a busy central Melbourne street, leaving up to 19 people injured. SENT: 200 words, photos. TOP VIDEO — AUSTRALIA Car Rams Crowd (CR).

VATICAN-BERNARD LAW-FUNERAL — A funeral is held for Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston whose failure to stop child molesters in the priesthood triggered the worst crisis in American Catholicism. Developing from 9:30 a.m. funeral. With photos, video. With VATICAN-CHRISTMAS CRITIQUE — Pope denounces 'cancer' of cliques, ambition in Vatican Christmas greeting. SENT: 300 words.

SPAIN-CATALONIA — Voters in Spain's divided Catalonia region cast ballots for a new regional government in what is shaping up to be a close race between supporters of independence and those who want the region to remain part of Spain. Polls close at 2 p.m. Preliminary results expected around 4:30 p.m. With SPAIN-CATALONIA ELECTION-WHO'S WHO — A look at key players in the Catalan regional election.

MYANMAR-ONE BLOODY SUNDAY — Through interviews with more than 40 survivors, The Associated Press has reconstructed one of the bloodiest army massacres in a Rohingya Muslim village of Myanmar. SENT: 3,000 words, photos, video. An abridged version is also moving.

FRANCE-MACRON TURNS 40 — As French President Emmanuel Macron turns 40 Thursday, he's wrapping up a remarkable year in which he proved to be a key leader in Europe, at the forefront of the battles against terrorism and climate change and mediating in Middle East crises. Now the hard part: transforming France, where critics brand him an arrogant monarch. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by noon.

SKOREA-KOREAN AIR NUT RAGE — The former Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" tantrum delayed a flight in 2014 will avoid jail as South Korea's top court upheld her suspended prison term on Thursday. SENT: 380 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON AND POLITICS

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CONGRESS-GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — Republicans scramble to avert a shutdown at midnight tomorrow as leaders try to rally lawmakers for a short-term spending bill. Major issues such as immigration and health care are getting kicked to next year. SENT: 760 words. Developing through the day.

CHILDREN'S HEALTH — When Congress goes on winter holiday, lawmakers will leave 9 million low-income children uncertain about their health care. The federal program that helps them ran out of money Oct. 1. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2:30 p.m.

AP POLL-HEALTH CARE — Americans are increasingly concerned about health care, and their faith that government can fix it has fallen, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. SENT: 890 words.

MATTIS-GUANTANAMO — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visits the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to offer holiday greetings to troops, on the first trip there by a Pentagon chief in almost 16 years. Mattis is meeting with troops, not touring the detention facilities or discussing detainee policy options. SENT: 560 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m.

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BUSINES/ECONOMY

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YE-FINANCIAL MARKETS-2018 OUTLOOK — Stocks are enjoying an eight-year bull market and coming off a record-setting year that was also one of the least volatile in history. What can investors expect in 2018? By Stan Choe. UPCOMING: 850 words by 11 a.m., photos.

TAX OVERHAUL-STATES A chunky text explainer of how the Republican tax plan could affect the states, including: how high-tax states and local governments might respond; whether low-tax states will reap the benefits; the fallout from changes to 529 plans; and the effect on states that automatically link their tax laws to federal income tax changes. 900 words.

TAX OVERHAUL-WHAT FAMILIES NEED TO KNOW — Federal taxes can be confounding in any normal year. But the mad dash to approve the most sweeping tax overhaul in three decades has left many households unsure of what will actually change for them come Jan. 1 and what they should do — if anything — before or after then. Here are some things to know. By Sarah Skidmore Sell and Ken Sweet. UPCOMING: 850 words by 12 noon.

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US

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TRAIN DERAILMENT-WASHINGTON STATE — Experts say it's possible the engineer on an Amtrak train that derailed as it hurtled into a curve at more than twice the speed limit was distracted for an extended period of time before the train plunged off an overpass and onto a busy interstate, a key factor in the investigation. SENT: 900 words. Developing with new NTSB updates, seeking name of engineer.

SNOWY OWLS — Snowy owls have descended on the Great Lakes region and northeastern U.S. in huge numbers in recent weeks, hanging out at airports, in farm fields, on light poles and along beaches, delighting anyone who spots them. But researchers see the mass migration from above the Arctic Circle as a chance to fit some of the visitors with tiny transmitters to help study the long-misunderstood species. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by noon.

TRAVEL BAN-REFUGEES — Lawyers representing refugees who have legally settled in the U.S. are asking a federal judge to stop the Trump administration from keeping refugee families from entering the country. UPCOMING: 700 words following a 12 p.m. hearing.

RANCHING STANDOFF TRIAL— A judge has declared a mistrial in the case against four men accused of leading an armed standoff with government agents over public land, so what's next for states' rights figure Cliven Bundy and his sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy? UPCOMING: 650 words in chunky-text format, photos.

DEPORTED VETERAN-US RETURN A former Marine deported to Mexico 15 years ago has won his battle to regain his permanent U.S. residency and plans to cross the U.S. border with his parents in an emotional homecoming only days before Christmas. By Julie Watson. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos. Will be updated after expected 1 p.m. crossing, photos, video.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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DRUG OVERDOSES-LIFE EXPECTANCY — Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. climbed 21 percent last year to 63,600, dragging down life expectancy predictions for another year. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 720 words, photos

TECH TOYS-SAFETY TIPS — There's a chance the toys your kids get this holiday season come with a camera, microphone or need to be connected to the internet. Here's some tips on how to protect your kids. By Joseph Pisani. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by noon.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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YE-TOP 10 STORIES — The wave of sexual misconduct allegations that toppled Hollywood power brokers, politicians, media icons and many others was the top news story of 2017, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. SENT: 800 words, photos.

YE-ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR — The Associated Press announces its entertainer of the year. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 300 words by 11 a.m., photos.

FILM-THE FLORIDA PROJECT-WILLEM DAFOE — Willem Dafoe came into "The Florida Project" ready to be transformed, and working in a cheap motel helped him get there. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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SKOREA-OLYMPICS-COLD GAMES — The cold is back for the Winter Games. After two straight balmy Olympics where some might have wondered if it was even winter, let alone the world's pre-eminent freeze-dependent sporting event, athletes and visitors alike will finally experience a no-joke chill in their bones during the games. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

SOC-US SOCCER PRESIDENT CANDIDATES — A look at the eight candidates running for U.S. Soccer Federation president, including former men's national team players Paul Caligiuri, Eric Wynalda and Kyle Martino, and former U.S. women's goalkeeper Hope Solo. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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