BC-AP News Digest 2:15 pm

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





— No. 2 Ohio St. vs. No. 3 Michigan, game underway

— No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 16 Auburn, at 3:30 p.m.

— No. 4 Clemson vs. South Carolina, at 7:30 p.m.




CUBA-CASTRO-FUTURE — As weeping Cubans mourn a man who shaped every aspect of life in modern Cuba, many hope his passing will pave the way for faster and deeper changes in a country frozen in time with severe economic troubles. By Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez. UPCOMING by 3 p.m.: 800 words, photos, videos. WITH: CUBA-OBIT-FIDEL CASTRO-THE LATEST: CUBA-OBIT-FIDEL CASTRO — Castro, who led his bearded rebels to victorious revolution in 1959, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half-century of rule in Cuba, has died at age 90. SENT: 1,550 words, photos, video; CUBA-OBIT-FIDEL CASTRO-PHOTO GALLERY; CUBA-CASTRO-FUNERAL PLANS; FIDEL CASTRO-KEY EVENTS; FIDEL CASTRO-CUBA-GLANCE; FIDEL CASTRO-BIO BOX; FIDEL CASTRO-QUOTES (all sent).

CUBA-FIDEL CASTRO-A LIFE — Fidel Castro brought the planet to the brink of nuclear war in 1962, sent tens of thousands of troops to aid leftist governments in Africa and nurtured guerrilla movements that fought U.S.-backed governments across Latin America. By Michael Weissenstein and Paul Haven. SENT: 3,900 words, photos. WITH: CUBA-CASTRO FAMILY — Castro clan torn by dysfunction and disagreements; CUBA-FIDEL CASTRO-HEALTH PROBLEMS — Secrecy shrouded details of Fidel Castro’s health (both sent).

FIDEL CASTRO-FLORIDA — Fidel Castro’s death triggered a long-awaited celebration in Miami’s Cuban-American community, an expression of joy that gave way to a bittersweet realization that the dictator’s passing will not translate into freedom or democracy on the oppressive communist island. By Curt Anderson, Ian Mader and Tamara Lush. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach of 800 words by 3 p.m. WITH: CUBA-FIDEL CASTRO-WORLD REACTION — Celebration, sorrow and slights greet news of Castro’s death (sent).

Editors: please see separate advisory for more Fidel Castro coverage details — CUBA-OBIT-FIDEL CASTRO, ADVISORY.

TRUMP-ALT-RIGHT — Donald Trump’s disavowal this week of white supremacists who have cheered his election as president hasn’t quieted concerns about the movement’s impact on his White House or whether more acts of hate will be carried out in his name. By Bill Barrow and Jonathan Lemire. This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight. SENT: 1,030 words, photos. WITH: TRUMP — Trump is ignoring recount efforts in three states pivotal to his victory, focusing on filling foreign policy and national defense jobs. SENT: 890 words, photos.

IRAQ — Iraq’s parliament votes to accord full legal status to government-sanctioned Shiite militias as a “back-up and reserve” force for the military and police and empower them to “deter” security and terror threats facing the country, like the Islamic State group (sent). WITH: IRAQ-MOSUL INTELLIGENCE — With heavy weapons less useful in the dense, urban alleyways of Iraq’s second city, local intelligence is growing in value. By Brian Rohan. SENT: 1100 words, photos, video.

OIL PIPELINE-PROTESTS — About two months after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it wouldn’t force the Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters off of federal land, it set a Dec. 5 deadline for them to clear out. The Native American tribe leading the legal fight against the $3.8 billion, four-state pipeline says its resolve is “stronger than ever.” SENT: 600 words, photos. WITH: OIL PIPELINE-SHERIFF — Don’t look for apologies from the North Dakota sheriff leading the response to the Dakota Access oil pipeline protests, especially for the recent — and, in some circles, controversial — action against demonstrators whom he believes have become increasingly aggressive. SENT: 800 words, photos.




TEXAS-HERMAN — AP Source: Houston’s Tom Herman will become next head coach at Texas. SENT: 130 words, photos.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING-ONLINE SALES — First numbers are in out on Thanksgiving and Black Friday online sales. UPCOMING by 6 p.m.: 450 words, photos.

INMATES ESCAPE-CALIFORNIA — $20,000 reward offered as sheriff vows to capture jail escapees. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BIRDS AND BREWS — Tours and events aimed at attracting both beer nerds and bird enthusiasts are popping up all over, attracting folks with a passion for both suds and sparrows. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BOY CALLS 911 — While his mother was preparing food in the kitchen, a 5-year-old Florida boy called 911 to invite law enforcement officers over for Thanksgiving dinner. SENT: 130 words.




TRUMP-INCOME TAX HIKES — Donald Trump’s proposals would modestly cut income taxes for most middle-class Americans. But for nearly 8 million families — including a majority of single-parent households — the opposite would occur: They’d pay more. By Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 990 words, photos

TRUMP-MANAGEMENT STYLE — Donald Trump’s hands-on, minutiae-obsessed management style will be tested by the presidency, in which only the biggest and most difficult decisions even make it to the Oval Office. SENT: 870 words, photos.




TAXING E-CIGARETTES — As smoking declines nationwide, states are increasingly turning to taxing electronic cigarettes, a trend that concerns some public health experts who fear it could deter smokers from switching to the safer alternative. SENT: 800 words, photos.

OUT OF STATE TUITION — The University of Southern Mississippi is the latest public university to cut tuition across the board for out-of-state students. SENT: 750 words, photos.

TRUMP-LIBERTY UNIVERSITY — After a rift caused by Donald Trump’s candidacy at the Rev. Jerry Falwell-founded Liberty University, students say they hope he’ll be key to progress on some of the religious right’s most important issues. SENT: 850 words, photos.

ALASKA HOTEL-FOUR BODIES — Police in Alaska say no one else is at risk following the deaths of four people, including an infant, in a hotel in what appears to be a murder-suicide. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.




SKOREA-POLITICS-COUNTING PROTESTERS — South Korea is seeing its biggest wave of street demonstrations in decades but nobody is sure how many people are taking to the streets each week. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. WITH: SKOREA-POLITICS — Anti-Park protesters march in Seoul for 5th straight week. SENT:

SOMALIA-VIOLENCE — Somali police say a car bomb exploded near a police station in a busy market in the capital on Saturday, killing at least 11 people and injuring 16 others. SENT: 200 words, photos.

ISRAEL-FIRES — More than 40 homes have been burned in a Jewish West Bank settlement and all 1,000-plus of its residents evacuated as firefighters continue battling blazes across the country for a fifth day. SENT: 400 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-TALIBAN RELOCATION — After operating out of Pakistan for more than a decade, the leaders of Afghanistan’s Taliban movement may have moved back to their homeland to try to build on this year’s gains in the war and to establish a permanent presence. If confirmed, the move would be a sign of the Taliban’s confidence in their fight against the U.S.-backed government in Kabul. SENT: 860 words , photos

SOUTH SUDAN-UN TROOPS — South Sudan accepts more UN peacekeepers with no conditions. SENT: 400 words, photos.




GREENLAND-WASTE — Greenland is urging Denmark to clean up after more than 30 former U.S. military installations that dotted the Arctic island during the Cold War, including a never-completed nuclear missile launch site under the vast ice cap. Many native Inuits fear global warming will expose the junk and potentially release toxins into the pristine environment. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FISHING ABUSES-TECH SOLUTIONS — Fishing boats have used high-tech systems to find vast schools of fish for decades, depleting stocks of some species and leading to the complete collapse of others. Now more than a dozen apps, devices and monitoring systems aimed at tracking unscrupulous vessels and the seafood they catch are being rolled out — high-tech solutions some say could also help prevent labor abuse at sea. SENT: 730 words, photos.




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