BC-What We’re Talking About 8:30,ADVISORY

A selection of AP offerings that are especially good reads, shareable, consumer-friendly, or likely to generate talk or buzz. Please see the News Digest and News Coverage Advisory 10:15 for top stories and other highlights. All times EST.


EX-REALIT Y SHOW CONTESTANT — The body of a woman believed to be a losing contestant on the ‘Bridalplasty’ reality show was found in a grave in a Los Angeles-area man’s backyard; the man was arrested on suspicion of murder. SENT: 415 words, photos.

LENA DUNHAM-APOLOGY — Lena Dunham has apologized for saying she wished she had an abortion. 130 words, photo.

YE-ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR — Lin-Manuel Miranda named AP Entertainer of the year. SENT: 900 words, photos.

PEOPLE-RICHARD MARX — ’80s singer Richard Marx says he’s no ‘big hero’ after helping restrain passenger on Korea Air flight, posting video on Facebook. SENT: 210 words, photo.

PHILIPPINES-JAMES TAYLOR — James Taylor cancels Manila concert over Duterte’s drug war. SENT: 280 words, photo.

ALAN THICKE-FUNERAL — Alan Thicke’s wife: ‘Profound mourning’ after actor’s death. SENT: 130 words, photos.

LENA DUNHAM-APOLOGY — Lena Dunham has apologized for saying that she wished she had an abortion. SENT: 150 words.

DELINQUENT LUNCH ACCOUNTS — Utah man donates money to cover kids’ school lunches. SENT: 340 words.




ACCIDENTAL SHOOTINGS-HOLIDAYS The happiest of seasons is also among the deadliest: Unintentional shootings spike during the holidays, and are more likely to occur than any other time of the year, according to an analysis by The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

UMBILICAL CORD-WHEN TO CUT Don’t cut that umbilical cord too soon: Delaying just a bit after birth — about a minute or so — could benefit most newborns. That’s the new recommendation for U.S. obstetricians, the latest in a debate over how quick to snip. UPCOMING 550 words, photos, video at 5 p.m.

DIGITAL LIFE-HOLIDAY HACKING With Christmas just days away, people are using their smartphones and other devices to get a handle on their last-minute shopping. But hackers are on the hunt too, looking to steal personal information from easy targets. Here are some other tips for keeping yourself safe. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 2 p.m.




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