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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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ISRAEL-NETANYAHU — Israeli leader denies wrongdoing after police grilling. SENT: 120 words, photos.

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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: 1,670 words, photos. UPCOMING: Video.

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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: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words after noon event. With HOUSE REPUBLICANS-ETHICS — House GOP votes to gut independent ethics office.

TURKEY-ATTACK —Turkish state media air new footage of a man believed to be the Islamic State gunman who killed 39 people at a nightclub, showing a grim selfie video of the suspect as he circles Istanbul’s most famous square. By Dusan Stojanovic. SENT: 570 words. TOP PHOTO — TH802, Image shows man identified by police as main suspect in club shooting. TOP VIDEO: — TURKEY Selfie Video (CR) — Raw: “Selfie video” of suspected gunman. With TURKEY-ATTACK-VICTIMS; TURKEY-ATTACK-THE LATEST.

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.” But it might already have done so. By Foster Klug. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

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: 540 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US AL Severe Weather (CR) — Severe weather kills four in Alabama town. With DEEP SOUTH-SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST.

SYRIA — Pro-government forces press on with their offensive targeting the water-rich Barada Valley northwest of the Syrian capital, as a group of Syrian rebel groups say they were suspending talks about planned peace negotiations because of what they describe as ongoing government violations of a four-day old cease-fire deal. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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: 1,070 words, photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PEOPLE-RYAN GOSLING-DEBBIE REYNOLDS — Ryan Gosling: Debbie Reynolds inspired “La La Land” cast. SENT: 120 words, photos, video.

TWO-YEAR TWINS-FLORIDA — Florida twins born in different years, delivered 18 minutes apart. SENT: 140 words.

FIREFIGHTER-OLD STREETCAR TICKETS — Nearly century-old streetcar tickets found in NYC firehouse. SENT: 130 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.

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INTERNATIONAL

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IRAQ — Violence claims the lives of at least 6,878 civilian Iraqis last year, the United Nations says, as the Iraqi government struggles to maintain security nationwide and to dislodge Islamic State group militants from areas under their control. SENT: 440 words.

MYANMAR-ROHINGYA — Newly revealed video of Myanmar police beating Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine state weakens months of government claims that its forces have not committed abuses in the tense and isolated region it has largely closed off to foreigners since a deadly insurgent attack in October. SENT: 630 words.

SOUTH KOREA —South Korean President Park Geun-hye refuses to testify in the impeachment trial that will decide her future, prompting the prosecutors to question why she has publicly denied the charges of corruption but will not do so before the court. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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.

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NATIONAL

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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 Wednesday to begin contemplating his punishment. SENT: 940 words, photos. With CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING-NEWS GUIDE.

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BUSINESS

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CHINA-SALT — China starts an overhaul of its salt industry, easing a monopoly that has existed in some form for more than 2,000 years and predates the Great Wall. SENT: 350 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: 1,030 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: 1,100 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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