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UKRAINE-LA-RESISTANCE – Some people in Ukraine’s second-largest city are preparing to fight back if Russia invades. Kharkiv is only 40 kilometers from some of the tens of thousands of Russian soldiers massed on the border. It is also one of the industrial centers of the country and includes two facilities that restore old Soviet-era tanks or build new ones. Some of the city’s more than one million residents say they are ready to abandon their ordinary civilian lives and wage a guerrilla campaign against one of the world’s greatest military powers if Russia invades. By Mstyslav Chernov and Lori Hinnant. SENT: 1,260 words, photos. For comprehensive coverage of Ukraine.
SUPREME COURT VACANCY — President Joe Biden meets with leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy and the President’s promise to appoint a black woman to the High Court. By Colleen Long and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 690 words, photos. COMING: 900 words after the 1:45 p.m. meeting.
AFGHANISTAN – TALIBAN WITH HEAVY HANDS – The Taliban are trying to maintain discipline over thousands of young fighters who are introducing heavy-handed methods of warfare into their new roles as Afghanistan’s security forces These young men have only known war, most have not been to school and cannot read or write. In Kabul, many are afraid of them. On a recent night, a Taliban security guard at a checkpoint in the capital opened fire on a car carrying a family home from a wedding, killing 25-year-old Zainab Abdullahi. The Taliban say it was a mix-up between the guards. But the shooting highlights a dilemma facing the new Afghan leadership. By Kathy Gannon. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
CHINA-XINJIANG-TEXTBOOKS – As the Chinese government tightened its grip on its ethnic Uyghur population, it sentenced one man to death and three others to life in prison last year for textbooks taken in part from resistance movements historic events that had once been sanctioned by the ruling Communist Party. An AP review of images and stories presented as problematic in a state media documentary, and interviews with people involved in editing the textbooks, revealed that they were rooted in previously accepted narratives. By Huizhong Wu. SENT: 1,320 words, photos.
TRIAL OF BREONNA TAYLOR-EX-OFFICER — Potential juror questioning begins for the trial of a former Kentucky police officer involved in a botched raid that killed Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Louisville emergency medical technician. By Piper Hudspeth Blackburn. SENT: 450 words, photos.
MYANMAR – Opponents of military rule in Myanmar have marked the first anniversary of the military’s takeover with a nationwide strike to show strength and solidarity in the face of concern over what has become a power struggle more and more violent. By Grant Peck. SENT: 800 words, photos. With UNITED NATIONS – MYANMAR – NEW ENVOY – UN envoy: A year of violence has hardened positions in Myanmar.
WINTER GAMES EXPLANATION — From 1924 to 1992, the Winter and Summer Olympics were held in the same year. Then the change happened. Since 1994, the Olympic Games have been held every two years. This pattern was broken by the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Summer Games in 2020. By sportswriter Stephen Wade. SENT: 590 words, photos.
EXPECTATIONS EVERYWHERE — Mikaela Shiffrin, a two-time gold medalist in alpine skiing, has been thinking a lot about the stress and pressure gymnast Simone Biles and swimmer Caeleb Dressel spoke about at the Tokyo Olympics last year. By national writer Howard Fendrich. COMING SOON: 1,000 words, photos before 4 a.m.
WHITE’S GOODBYE – One last time, Shaun White will stand atop the Olympic halfpipe, clap his hands, give his coach a high-five and take his snowboard, and the snowboard, on the kind of ride that only he can imagine. By national writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.
CANADA-POULIN — Canadian hockey star Marie-Philip Poulin blushes at the mention of her nickname “Captain Clutch”. By hockey writer John Wawrow. SENT: 940 words, photos.
AUSTRALIA’S FIRST CURLERS – In a sun-scorched, ice-free country, Australian curlers Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt had to practice their sport’s legendary sweep in the most ironic place: their kitchens. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.
PEOPLE-RIHANNA – Rihanna is pregnant, making her walking debut with A$AP Rocky. SENT: 310 words, photo.
NEW-YORK-TIMES-WORDLE — The New York Times is buying viral word game Wordle. SENT: 310 words, photo.
JAPAN-TOYOTA SUICIDE SETTLEMENT — Toyota apologizes for suicide after overwork, harassment. SENT: 290 words, photo.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK
VIRUS OUTBREAK-KID VACCINES – U.S. regulators are urging drugmaker Pfizer to seek emergency approval for a two-dose regimen of its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 and under pending treatment data in three doses, aiming to pave the way for shots as early as the end of February. SENT: 600 words, photo.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-INDIA-MASKS-PHOTO GALLERY — Wearing a mask is compulsory in India. And the police are on the streets, watching people to make sure they are in place. SENT: 210 words, photos.
FBI-CHINA DIRECTOR – FBI Director Christopher Wray said the threat the Chinese government poses to the West is “more brazen” and more damaging than ever. SENT: 610 words, photo.
OUTBREAK-BIDEN VIRUS – Biden’s staff are going to extraordinary lengths to prevent him from contracting COVID-19, even though he has been vaccinated three times and is unlikely to make him seriously ill with the virus. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
GEORGE FLOYD-OFFICERS-CIVIL RIGHTS — The chief medical examiner who ruled George Floyd’s death a homicide will return to take the stand in the trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating Floyd’s civil rights. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. COMING SOON: Trial resumes at 10:30 a.m.
FEDERAL PRISONS — The federal prison system has been placed on a nationwide lockdown after two inmates were killed and two others injured in a gang altercation at a federal penitentiary in Texas. SENT: 600 words, photo.
DEATH OF ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN DETAINEE – The Israeli military has said it will reprimand a senior officer and remove two others from their leadership roles over the death of a 78-year-old Palestinian man who was dragged from a car, tied up and blindfolded after being stopped at a checkpoint. SENT: 970 words, photos.
NEW ZEALAND-AFGHANISTAN – A pregnant New Zealand journalist who found herself stranded in Afghanistan has said she will return home after her government finally offered her a route back. SENT: 600 words, photo.
FINANCIAL MARKETS – Asian stocks gained, reflecting broad overnight gains on Wall Street, while trading in China and most other regional markets was closed for the Lunar New Year holiday. By business writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 620 words, photos.
JOB OPENINGS – The Labor Department reports job openings and labor turnover for December. By economics writer Christopher Rugaber. COMING SOON: 130 words after the 10 a.m. outing, then fleshed out, photo.
CULTURE & LEISURE
MEDIA-MSNBC-MADDOW – Rachel Maddow, MSNBC’s most popular personality, says she will be taking a break from her prime time show until April to work on a new podcast and a movie is in the works making his first book and podcast on former Vice President Spiro Agnew. By media writer David Bauder. SENT: 290 words, photo.
MUSIC-SPOTIFY-EXPLAINER – Neil Young’s protest against Spotify over podcaster Joe Rogan rocks the world’s most popular streaming service and shines a light on its business priorities. SENT: 870 words, photos.
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