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

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NEW & DEVELOPING

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ONLY ON AP

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HEROIN-A PROSECUTOR’S PAIN — The top federal prosecutor for central and northeastern Pennsylvania has announced a strategy to combat the heroin and prescription painkiller crisis that is claiming thousands of lives. What few people know is that Bruce Brandler, a veteran prosecutor recently named interim U.S. attorney, lost his own son to a heroin overdose. Brandler tells his story for the first time to the AP. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TURKEY-ATTACK — The Islamic State group makes an unusual claim of responsibility for a major terrorist attack in Turkey, saying a “soldier of the caliphate” carried out the mass shooting at an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people as they welcomed the new year. The group said Christian revelers were targeted in response to Turkish military operations against IS in northern Syria, but most of the dead were foreign tourists from Muslim countries. By Lori Hinnant and Dusan Stojanovic. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. WITH: TURKEY-ATTACK-THE LATEST; TURKEY ATTACK-DELAWARE — A Delaware man wounded in an attack at a New Year’s Eve celebration in Istanbul says he survived the attack by playing dead. SENT: 300 words; TURKEY-ATTACK-VICTIMS, TURKEY-ATTACKS-GLANCE (all sent).

OBAMA — President Barack Obama returns to Washington from Hawaii with just two-and-a-half weeks left in office. His final days will largely be consumed by a bid to protect his endangered health care law, a major farewell speech and the ongoing handover of power to Trump. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 850 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.

HURRICANES-UNLIKELY GOALIE — It’s been a wild past few days for Jorge Alves, the 37-year-old equipment manager for the Carolina Hurricanes. He suddenly found himself in uniform for an NHL game — and even, for 7.6 unforgettable seconds, on the ice — as the Hurricanes’ emergency goalie while regular backup Eddie Lack was too sick to play. By AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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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.

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.

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.

DOG-SWEATER ATTACK— Police in Florida say an angry dog sent three people to the hospital after one tried to put a sweater on it. SENT: 140 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ISRAEL-NETANYAHU — Police investigators grill Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office for more than three hours, opening what could be a politically damaging criminal investigation into suspicions that he improperly accepted gifts. SENT: 540 words, photos.

IRAQ — A suicide bomber driving a pickup loaded with explosives struck a bustling market in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 36 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group hours after French President Francois Hollande arrived in the Iraqi capital. SENT: 640 words, photos.

PUERTO RICO-NEW LEADERSHIP — Puerto Rico’s new governor was sworn in Monday, promising an immediate push for statehood in a territory facing a deep economic crisis. SENT: 690 words, photo.

BRAZIL PRISON KILLINGS — At least 60 inmates died during a prison riot in the northern state of Amazonas, including several who were beheaded or dismembered, Brazilian state authorities said Monday. SENT: 300 words.

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WASHINGTON

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DEMOCRATS-FRUSTRATED STATE PARTIES — As the Democratic National Committee scrambles to find a new leader, officials from Michigan to Mississippi are demanding change from an organization they say has focused too heavily on the White House at the expense of governorships, legislatures and state party operations. SENT: 750 words, photos.

NEW CONGRESS-THINGS TO KNOW — Congress ushers in a new era of all-Republican rule. On Tuesday at noon, with plenty of pomp and pageantry, members of the 115th Congress will be sworn in, with an emboldened GOP intent on unraveling eight years of President Barack Obama’s Democratic agenda. SENT: 840 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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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.

NEIGHBORHOOD-MOSQUE — A federal judge says an upscale New Jersey town violated anti-discrimination laws by insisting that a proposed mosque have more parking spaces than churches or synagogues because of its unique worship times and traditions. SENT: 340 words.

ARIZONA SHERIFF-LEGACY — The outgoing sheriff of metro Phoenix will be remembered for leading immigration crackdowns and creating tough conditions in his jails. SENT: 950 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE — As California lawmakers return to Sacramento this week, liberal dreams of expanding safety-net benefits and providing health coverage to immigrants have given way to a feverish push to protect the gains made in the past. SENT: 750 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-JOHN BERGER — John Berger, a British art critic, Marxist intellectual and prodigious author who ushered in a political perspective to art criticism dies at 90. SENT: 500 words, photos.

FILM-BOX OFFICE — “Rogue One” and “Sing” could remain the top draws in the crowded holiday box office as Hollywood ends a record-grossing year. Ben Affleck’s “Live By Night” opened in limited release as did “20th Century Women,” starring Annette Bening. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 770 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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FBC–T25-ROSE BOWL — No. 5 Penn State plays No. 9 Southern California in the 103rd Rose Bowl. After similarly slow starts, the Nittany Lions (11-2) have won nine straight and the Trojans (9-3) have run off eight in a row. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game now underway.

DUKE-KRZYZEWSKI —Hall of Fame Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is stepping away from the team to have lower back surgery. SENT: 500 words, photo.

OIL PIPELINE-PROTEST-VIKINGS STADIUM — Three people are in custody awaiting formal charges after two Dakota Access pipeline protesters rappelled from the roof of the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to hang a banner during the Minnesota Vikings’ season finale against the Chicago Bears. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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