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

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TRUMP-DUBAI — An 18-hole golf course in Dubai bearing Donald Trump’s name shows the questions surrounding his international business interests. The course will open in February in the United Arab Emirates, but concerns about security, financial agreements and other matters have yet to be answered by the incoming 45th American president. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,600 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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CONGRESS RDP — Members of the 115th Congress will be sworn in at noon, setting off an aggressive campaign by Republicans who control the House and Senate to dismantle eight years of President Barack Obama’s Democratic policies. By Richard Lardner. SENT: 790 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words after noon event. With HOUSE REPUBLICANS-ETHICS — GOP votes to eviscerate Office of Government Ethics.

NKOREA-TRUMP — Trump takes to Twitter to vow that North Korea’s push to develop a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the United States “won’t happen.” It may already have. By Foster Klug. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 a.m., photos.

TURKEY-ATTACK — Turkish media run a “selfie video” of a man they say is the gunman who killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub. By Dusan Stojanovic. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated. With TURKEY-ATTACK-THE LATEST.

DEEP SOUTH-SEVERE WEATHER — Parts of the South brace for more rain, a day after severe storms killed four people in Alabama. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 550 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US AL Severe Weather (CR) — Severe weather kills four in Alabama town. With DEEP SOUTH-SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST.

CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING — After a judge ruled that Dylann Roof is competent to represent himself, the same jury that last month unanimously found him guilty in the slayings of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church will return to court to begin contemplating his punishment. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 850 words, photos. With CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING-NEWS GUIDE.

NEW YEAR RES-ILLUSIONS — Diet resolutions fall like needles on Christmas trees in January. Genes can work against us. Metabolism, too. But a food behavior scientist has tested a bunch of little ways you can tip the scale toward success. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 990 words, photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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IRAQ — U.N.: At least 6,878 civilians killed in Iraq violence in 2016. SENT: 140 words.

CUSTOMS OUTAGE-AIRPORTS — Officials: Customs system outage causes waits at airports. SENT: 160 words, video.

OBIT-BISHOP THOMAS DUPRE — First bishop indicted in U.S. on sexual-abuse claim dies at 83. SENT: 410 words, photo.

FATAL GAS POISONING-TEXAS — Four children die in Texas gas poisoning; others injured. SENT: 250 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CHINA-POLLUTION — China’s environmental ministry says that an unspecified number of companies have violated measures meant to reduce smog during a period of particularly noxious pollution in the country. SENT: 310 words, photos.

SOUTH KOREA — South Korean President Park Geun-hye refuses to testify in a case that will decide her future following her impeachment over a corruption scandal, forcing the Constitutional Court to delay the start of oral arguments. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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GEORGE LUCAS MUSEUM — Filmmaker George Lucas is no stranger to epic struggles on the big screen, but he didn’t expect one off-camera when it came to his art collection. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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PLAYOFF-CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCHES — Alabama and Clemson put together a classic title game last season, and now face the challenge of recreating it for the sequel. By Sports Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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