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:
-- IRAN-PROTESTS (sent; developing)
-- TRUMP VS WORLD (upcoming)
-- PALESTINIANS-TRUMP-CUTTING AID (upcoming)
-- CONGRESS-BUDGET (upcoming)
-- SENATE-NEW FACES (sent; developing)
-- DEEP FREEZE (sent; developing)
-- SENATE-HATCH RETIREMENT (upcoming)
-- 2018 STATE ELECTIONS (UPCOMING)
-- TAX OVERHAUL-GAUGING THE IMPACT (upcoming)
-- GOLDEN GLOBES-Q&A-SETH MEYERS (upcoming)
WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT:
-- KARDASHIAN BABY BOOM (upcoming)
-- CANADA-AFGHANISTAN-COUPLE RESCUED (sent; developing)
--BLINDNESS TREATMENT-PRICE (sent)
-- BLACK PANTHER-EXCITEMENT (upcoming)
Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today (all times EST):
IRAN-PROTESTS - Tens of thousands of Iranians take part in pro-government demonstrations in several cities across the country, Iranian state media report, a move apparently seeking to calm nerves after a week of protests and unrest that have killed at least 21 people. SENT: 760 words, photo, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
KOREAS-TENSIONS - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reopens a key cross-border communication channel with South Korea for the first time in nearly two years as the rivals explore the possibility of sitting down and talking after months of acrimony and fears of war. SENT: 690 words, photos. With KOREAS-TENSIONS-Q&A - Q&A: Is there a chance for a breakthrough with the Koreas?
PALESTINIANS-TRUMP-CUTTING AID - With a Twitter post threatening to cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinians, Trump has expressed his frustration over the lack of progress in his hoped-for Mideast peace push. But things could deteriorate even further if Trump follows through on the threat. A cutoff in aid would certainly harm the Palestinians, but it could also hurt U.S. credibility and end up forcing Israel to pick up the bill for services to millions of Palestinians. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 3 p.m.
CANADA-AFGHANISTAN-COUPLE RESCUED - Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife and their family spent five years as hostages in Afghanistan before they were rescued last fall and returned to Canada - now he faces 15 charges including sexual assault, forcible confinement and administering a noxious drug. SENT: 700 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. court hearing.
EUROPE-STORM - A violent storm packing winds of up to 100 miles per hour battered many parts of western Europe Wednesday, wreaking havoc on transport and leaving hundreds of thousands of homes across France, Switzerland, Britain and Ireland without power. SENT: 420 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.
TRUMP VS WORLD — Trump has stormed into 2018 in exceptionally aggressive mood, picking fresh fights with Pakistan and the Palestinians, and touting the size of his "nuclear button" in a threat to North Korea. Is it a new, even brasher Trump on the world stage for Year 2? UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
SENATE-NEW FACES — Two Democrats will be sworn in as senators, narrowing the Republican majority and complicating efforts by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to advance the White House's legislative agenda before the November midterm elections. SENT: 660 words. UPCOMING: Developing from noon swearing-in, 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.
CONGRESS-BUDGET — Top White House officials meet at the Capitol with Republican and Democratic leaders to try to reach agreement on a spending plan that would avert a government shutdown. UPCOMING: Developing from mid-afternoon meeting, 790 words by 5 p.m., photos.
SENATE-HATCH-RETIREMENT - Sen. Orrin Hatch's decision to step down at the end of his term this year allows him to go out on a high note after helping to push through the tax overhaul and get two sprawling national monuments downsized and preserves his legacy among the Utah's GOP built that could have been tarnished by running again and breaking his promise that this would be his final term. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m., photos.
2018 STATE ELECTIONS - Buoyed by a string of electoral victories during President Donald Trump's first year in office, Democrats will be waging a renewed battle to wrest control of Congress from Republicans in 2018. Yet the contests with the greatest long-term consequences for Congress could be listed elsewhere on the ballot —for governors and state legislators who will shape the boundaries of congressional districts for the next decade to come. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.
DEEP FREEZE - Brutal winter weather that's brought subzero temperatures to parts of the U.S. is threatening to dump snow and ice across parts of the South that rarely see frozen flurries, much less accumulation. SENT: 830 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.
DEEP FREEZE-NIAGARA FALLS - Bone-chilling cold that has brought misery to much of the nation has created dreamlike beauty at Niagara Falls with the famed mist from the surging waters freezing instantly on everything it touches. SENT: 460 words, photos, video.
DRY CALIFORNIA - It's been almost a year since Los Angeles residents felt any real rain, and precious little snow is in the Sierras, but water managers say it's too early for fears that California is sliding back into drought as abruptly as the state fell out of it. SENT: 420 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after results of snow survey, expected around 2 p.m.
TURKEY-US-CORRUPTION TRIAL - After an extended holiday break, a New York jury is poised to resume deliberating the fate of a Turkish banker charged with helping Iran evade U.S. economic sanctions. SENT: 460 words.
TAX OVERHAUL-GAUGING THE IMPACT — If Trump and his Republican allies are right, the $1.5 trillion tax cut plan they drove into law will make individuals and businesses more prosperous. Paychecks will grow. Stocks will surge further. Consumers will spend more. Economic growth will accelerate. Or will they? Here are five ways to gauge whether the tax plan is beginning to deliver on its promises in the coming months. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1 p.m.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-2018 OUTLOOK - A look at five things small business owners need to know about or do in 2018. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon, photos.
FEDERAL RESERVE MINUTES — The Federal Reserve releases minutes from its December meeting, when it hiked interest rates for the third time this year. UPCOMING: 130 words after 2 p.m. release. 350 words by 2:45 p.m.
AUTO SALES — The U.S. auto industry's historic growth streak may be ending, but demand for new cars and trucks remains healthy as the new year begins. UPCOMING: 130 words by 8 a.m.; Will be expanded as companies release sales figures.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
GOLDEN GLOBES-Q&A-SETH MEYERS — Seth Meyers talks about preparing for Sunday's Golden Globes Awards and how to find humor in a year of bad news. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2 p.m., photos.
KARDASHIAN BABY BOOM — They Dream. They Reign. One points North and another is a Saint. We're talking about the Kardashians 2.0 and their numbers are rising on regular as the reality TV and makeup mogul family of Ks and Jenners gets busy with a baby boom. UPCOMING: 650 words by 10 a.m., photos.
BLACK PANTHER-EXCITEMENT — There's a Black Panther party going on all around the country. Even though the film isn't out until next month, "Black Panther" viewing parties are already being scheduled around the country for its February release, smack dab in the middle of Black History Month. UPCOMING: About 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.
BLINDNESS TREATMENT-PRICE - A first-of-its kind genetic treatment for blindness will cost $850,000, less than the $1 million price tag that had been expected, but it's still among the most expensive genetic therapies in the world. SENT: 640 words, photo.
FIRST AMERICANS (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1 p.m.) Scientists have deciphered the DNA of an infant who died in Alaska more than 11,000 years ago, giving them their best look yet at the genetics of a population whose descendants became the native peoples of the Americas. UPCOMING: HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1 p.m., 350 words, photos.
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