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TOP STORIES

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TURKEY-ATTACK — The Islamic State group claims responsibility for the New Year’s attack at a popular Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people and wounded scores of others. By Dusan Stojanovic and Bassem Mroue. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With TURKEY-ATTACK-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-1980S — President-elect Donald Trump has seemingly internalized the ethos of the 1980s, the decade that brought him fame. The era is reflected both in the decor of Trump Tower lobby and in the lineup of celebrities he appeared with during the campaign. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 930 words, photos.

OBAMA — His last vacation behind him, President Barack Obama is entering a final three-week push to tie up loose ends and put the finishing touches on his legacy. As he prepares the White House for Donald Trump, Obama is planning last-minute pardons and one final speech in his hometown Chicago. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 830 words, photos.

REINVENTING MEDICARE — Heart attacks and broken hips are the cause of much suffering as people grow older, and now Medicare is trying to change the way it pays for treatment to promote better quality and try to contain costs. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 750 words, photos.

YEMEN-STARVING CHILDREN — As the first light of dawn trickles in through the hospital window, 19-year-old Mohammed Ali learns that his two-year-old cousin has died of hunger, but he has to stay strong, because he fears his little brother could be next. They are among countless Yemenis who are struggling to feed themselves amid a grinding civil war that has pushed the Arab world’s poorest nation to the brink of famine. By Maad al-Zikry. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MARIAH CAREY-NYE — Dick Clark Productions rejects Mariah Carey’s sabotage claim. SENT: 430 words, photos.

RUSSIA-DIPLOMATS’ CHILDREN — Kremlin visit for children of diplomats expelled by the U.S. SENT: 130 words, photo.

THAILAND-CROCODILE-SNAP — Crocodile bites French tourist posing for photo at Thai park. SENT: 130 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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IRAQ — A suicide bomber blows up his explosives-laden vehicle in a bustling market area in Baghdad, killing at least 22 people, Iraqi officials say, hours after the arrival of French President Francois Hollande to the country and amid a fierce fight against the Islamic State group. SENT: 730 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SKOREA-POLITICS — South Korean prosecutors say the daughter of the confidante of disgraced President Park Geun-hye has been arrested in Denmark and authorities are working to get her returned home in connection with a huge corruption scandal. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

SOMALIA-BLASTS — A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint near Mogadishu’s international airport Monday, killing at least three people, a Somali police officer says. SENT: 300 words.

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NATIONAL

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CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING — The same jury that last month unanimously found Dylann Roof guilty in the slayings of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church is returning to court to begin contemplating his punishment. SENT: 830 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

MARIJUANA-BANKING — As marijuana shops sprout in states that have legalized the drug, they face a critical stumbling block — lack of access to the kind of routine banking services other businesses take for granted. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, is leading an effort to make sure vendors working with legal marijuana businesses, from chemists who test marijuana for harmful substances to firms that provide security, don’t have their banking services taken away. SENT: 670 words, photos. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

AHMAD’S SCARS — A Syrian boy who lost his arms to a bomb is thriving in his new life in Massachusetts but isn’t sure whether he’ll be reunited with his family anytime soon. SENT: 750 words, photos.

HORSE SANCTUARY-DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT — A federal lawsuit accuses a wealthy philanthropist and ex-wife of Oklahoma energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens of racial discrimination at her rural Nevada dude ranch. SENT: 680 words, photos.

KITTY LITTER MINES — The market for a peculiar type of clay mined in Wyoming is looking up, thanks to a better outlook for oil and gas drilling and to kitty litter. SENT: 740 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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ON-FOOTBALL-DROPPING-THE-AX — Bono and the guys in U2 are big football fans, as in soccer. So when they sang about “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “New Year’s Day,” they had no intention of describing the end of the 2016 NFL season. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 690 words, photos.

AROUND THE NBA — With 2016 over and the NFL regular season as well, it’s about time for the NBA to start showing up more often on more nights. The new year will feature a new night of national TV games, one of the highlights of a busy January, when there are nearly half as many nationally televised games as in the previous two months combined. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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