BC-What We’re Talking About 4:30,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.


OBIT-JOHN BERGER — John Berger, pioneering art critic and author, dies at 90. SENT: 130 words.

HURRICANES-UNLIKELY GOALIE — A 37-year-old former Marine, ex-minor leaguer and veteran of the team’s equipment staff suddenly found himself in uniform for an NHL game as the Carolina Hurricanes’ emergency goalie. SENT: 550 words, photos.

KATIE COURIC-TODAY RETURN — Longtime “Today” show viewers are being treated to a familiar sight this week as Katie Couric returns to the co-anchor chair for the first time in more than a decade. SENT: 140 words, photo.

TRUMP-INAUGURATION-BLACK MARCHING BAND — Outcry arises after the marching band of Alabama’s oldest private, historically black liberal arts college accepted an invitation to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural parade. SENT: 550 words.

FINLAND-BASIC INCOME — Finland has become the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income of 560 euros ($587) in a social experiment hoped to cut government red tape, reduce poverty and boost employment. SENT: 320 words.

HASIDIC WOMAN JUDGE —A real estate lawyer in New York City is believed to be the first woman from Judaism’s ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community to be elected as a judge in the United States. SENT: 700 words, photos.

POPE FRANCIS-RELIGIOUS EQUALITY-FACT CHECK — A widely shared story that claimed Pope Francis called for merging Islam and Christianity is false. SENT: 130 words, photo.

PEOPLE-LAUREN CONRAD — Lauren Conrad is celebrating the new year by announcing she’s expecting a baby. SENT: 90 words, photo.

ROSE PARADE — Colorful, lively Rose Parade marches safely under cloudy skies and the watchful presence of more than 1,000 law enforcement officers. SENT: 300 words, photos.




TURKEY US SURVIVOR — William Jacob Raak, a United States citizen who survived a nightclub attack that killed 39 people on New Year’s in Istanbul, was interviewed by the Turkish media outlet, Dogan News Agency, in Istanbul on Monday before his flight back home.




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