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CUBA-CASTRO CULT? — Fidel Castro’s likeness stares from billboards and official portraits, yet there are no statues of him in Cuba, no school, street, government building or city bears his name, and his visage is absent from pesos and postage stamps. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 810 words, photos by 4 p.m. WITH: CUBA-CASTRO-TOURISTS— They came for salsa and mojitos and ended up wandering through a city turned still and silent by mourning for Fidel Castro. As Cuba prepares a huge commemoration for the leader of its socialist revolution, tens of thousands of high-season find themselves accidental witnesses to history. By Peter Orsi. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.; CUBA-CASTRO-HUMAN RIGHTS — Imagining Cuba’s human rights situation after Fidel Castro. By Anita Snow. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.

FIDEL CASTRO-FLORIDA — Celebration turns to reflection and church services as Cuban-Americans in Miami largely stay off the streets following a raucous daylong party to mark the death of Fidel Castro. One car dealer, however, sought to commemorate the event by offering a $15,000 discount on some models. And on the airwaves, top aides to President-elect Donald Trump promised unspecified changes in the recent thaw in relations between Cuba and the U.S. By Adrian Sainz and Curt Anderson. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m. AP Photos, AP Video.

TRUMP-CUBA — Advisers to Donald Trump say the Cuban government must move toward enacting greater freedoms for its people and giving Americans something in return if the Castro government wants to keep warmer U.S. relations initiated by President Barack Obama. By Anne Flaherty. SENT: 470 words, photos. WITH: UNITED STATES-CUBA-ANALYSIS — Fidel Castro’s passing removes what was long the single greatest psychological barrier to a warmer U.S.-Cuba relationship, but adds to the uncertainty ahead with the transition from an Obama to a Trump administration. An AP News Analysis. SENT: 920 words, photo.

Editors: Please note that a separate advisory on Fidel Castro coverage has moved, and will be updated as events warrant: CUBA-CASTRO, ADVISORY.

TRUMP — Donald Trump and his lieutenants are assailing an effort — now joined by Hillary Clinton — to recount votes in up to three battleground states, calling the push fraudulent, the work of crybabies and, in the president-elect’s estimation, “sad.” A top adviser expresses astonishment that 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney remains under consideration for secretary of state after his campaign-long questioning of Trump’s character, intellect and integrity. By Steve Peoples and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 740 words, photos. WITH: TRUMP-ROMNEY — Key Trump aide all for party unity, but that’s not stopping her from publicly thrashing Romney after weighing in privately to her boss about the vocal Trump critic now in the mix to be top U.S. diplomat. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

SYRIA — Simultaneous advances by Syrian government and Kurdish-led forces into eastern Aleppo on set off a tide of displacement inside the divided city, with thousands of residents evacuating their premises, and threatened to cleave the opposition’s enclave. “Aleppo is going to die,” a photographer for the search-and-rescue group known as the White Helmets says on Twitter. By Phillip Issa. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: Developing. WITH: ISRAEL-SYRIA — Israeli military kills 4 IS militants in Syria after ambush; TRUMP-SYRIAN REFUGEES — Election throws US plans for Syrian refugees into question (both sent).

IRAQ-MOSUL INTEL — With heavy weapons less useful in the dense urban alleyways of Iraq’s second city, intelligence is growing in value. Special forces on the front lines are beefing up efforts to win civilians’ trust, passing out food and medicine and gleaning real-time information about the extremists they are fighting in pitched, house-to-house combat. By Brian Rohan. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

DEEP SOUTH DROUGHT — Beaver dams have been demolished, burbling fountains silenced, and the drinking water in one southern town has taken on the light brownish color of sweet tea. Though water shortages have yet to drastically change most southerners’ lifestyles, they’re realizing they’ll need to preserve their drinking supplies. The eight-month drought has seen watering lawns and washing cars is restricted in some parts of the South and more restrictions loom if forecasts of below-normal rain hold true through the rest of 2016. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 800 words, photos.




T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL — South Florida and Pittsburgh were among six teams to enter The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, matching a record for the Top 25 era

AIRLINE APOLOGY-PRO-TRUMP PASSENGER — Delta Air Lines is apologizing for not removing a passenger from a flight to Pennsylvania who rudely professed his support for President-elect Donald Trump and insulted those who didn’t. SENT: 130 words.

SEIZED ART FIGHT — Masterpieces by Monet and other Impressionists have been stored away in a New York City warehouse for years while a legal battle rages. SENT: 580 words, photo.

INDIA-GAY PRIDE PARADE — Gay rights activists march in annual New Delhi parade. SENT: 200 words, photos.

FOX-BOX OFFICE — ‘Moana’ cruises with $81.1M Thanksgiving weekend. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

TRUMP TOWER-GOOGLE MAPS — For a few hours, someone renamed Trump Tower “Dump Tower” on Google Maps. SENT: 80 words.




CALIFORNIA ATTORNEYS-SEX BAN — Some California lawyers are not happy about a proposal that would ban sex with clients. SENT: 750 words, photos.

NEW ORLEANS SHOOTING — One dead, nine injured in shooting in New Orleans French Quarter. SENT: 300 words, photos.

DETROIT NEIGHBORHOODS-RECOVERY — The return of professional basketball to downtown Detroit adds another piece to the city’s fast-paced economic rebound two years out of bankruptcy, but some say all neighborhoods have to share in the turnaround. SENT: 675 words, photos.

CINCINNATI POLICE SHOOTING — Observers say they’re surprised by an Ohio prosecutor’s desire to move the retrial of a white police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a black motorist. SENT: 650 words, photos.

WIND FARM BLOWBACK — Wind power industry’s move to increasingly tall turbine towers collides with well-organized opponents in a scenic stretch of Lake Ontario shoreline. SENT: 600 words, photos.




TRUMP-HEALTH OVERHAUL LESSONS — Donald Trump has promised to undo much of what Barack Obama put in place, and pledged to make the system better. What lessons might the president-elect learn from Obama’s rough ride? SENT: 780 words, photo. WITH: MEDICAID EXPANSION-GOP STATES — Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, an early Trump supporter, hopes one of the pillars of Obama’s health care law can be saved — Medicaid expansion (sent).

SUPREME COURT-DEATH PENALTY — The Supreme Court is set to examine whether the nation’s busiest state for capital punishment is trying to put to death a convicted killer who’s intellectually disabled, which would make him ineligible for execution under the court’s current guidance. By Michael Graczyk. SENT: 610 words, photo.




FRANCE-ELECTION — French conservatives vote for their nominee in next year’s presidential election, choosing between two former prime ministers with some similar ideas on the economy but divergent views on how to prevent further terror attacks on French soil. SENT: 650 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing. Results expected later Sunday night.

SWITZERLAND-NUCLEAR REFERENDUM — Swiss voters reject a plan to accelerate the country’s exit from nuclear energy in a referendum, turning down an initiative that would have forced their government to shut the last plant in 2029. SENT: 450 words, photos.

BRAZIL-POLITICAL CRISIS — Brazil’s president says there will be no amnesty for politicians who have taken illegal campaign contributions as he tries to quell growing discontent with his government. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.




SOUTH AFRICA-HIV VACCINE TRIAL — A new vaccine against HIV, to be tested in a trial to be launched in South Africa, could be “the final nail in the coffin” for the disease if it is successful, scientists say. SENT: 400 words, photo.




SOC–ENGLAND-SOCCER ABUSE SCANDAL — English soccer’s governing body launches a review into an escalating child sex-abuse scandal to discover what professional clubs knew about crimes being committed by coaches and what action should have been taken at the time. SENT: 368 words, photos.




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