Law enforcement officials work following an explosion near New York's Times Square on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Police said a man with a pipe bomb strapped to his body set off the crude device in a passageway under 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

BC-AP News Digest 3 am

December 12, 2017 - 2:56 am

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

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ONLY ON AP

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UMPIRE RETIRES-CONCUSSIONS — As a big league umpire, Dale Scott saw maybe 1 million pitches from the field. His final call, it turned out, was the easiest of all. Rather than risk yet another concussion, Scott has decided to retire at 58. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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ALABAMA-SENATE — An internationally watched Senate election is down to Alabama voters. The controversies surrounding Republican Roy Moore give Democrat Doug Jones an opening in the GOP-dominated state. By Bill Barrow and Kim Chandler. SENT: 800 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US AL Senate Race Debrief (CR) — AP breaks down the Moore-Jones Senate race. UPCOMING: Polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. With ALABAMA SENATE-THINGS TO WATCH — What to look for in the results; ALABAMA-SENATE-THE LATEST.

NYC SUBWAY EXPLOSION — A would-be suicide bomber's rush-hour blast in the New York City subway system is adding new fuel to President Donald Trump's push to limit immigration based on family ties. By Colleen Long and Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 650 words, photos, videos. With SUBWAY EXPLOSION-IMMIGRATION Q&A; BANGLADESH-US-SUBWAY-EXPLOSION — Bangladesh condemns U.S. attack in which citizen is suspect; NYC SUBWAY EXPLOSION-THE LATEST.

FRANCE-US-CLIMATE — It's a dream come true for U.S.-based climate scientists — the offer of all-expenses-paid life in France to advance their research in Europe instead of in the United States under climate skeptic Trump, two of the winners say. By Sylvie Corbet. SENT: 410 words, photo. With CLIMATE SUMMIT — World leaders, high security at Paris climate summit; CLIMATE SUMMIT-THE LATEST.

CONGRESS-TAXES — The Trump administration says the Republican tax plan will deliver a swift adrenaline shot to the economy that will send hundreds of billions pouring into federal tax coffers, but nonpartisan analysts make a less rosy projection. By Business Writer Marcy Gordon. SENT: 780 words, photo.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-ICELAND — Iceland scores high on studies of gender equality but still has high rates of violence against women. A push for equality is intensifying, with campaigners working in classrooms and nightclubs to educate both men and women. By Egill Bjarnason. UPCOMING: 880 words by 3:30 a.m., photos.

EGYPT-PRISON RADICALIZATION — An Irish citizen recently acquitted after four years imprisoned in Egypt says he saw dozens of cellmates radicalize and adopt views of the so-called Islamic State during his brutal captivity in overcrowded jails. Ibrahim Halawa, 21, was arrested after security forces broke up a 2013 sit-in protesting the army's overthrow of an elected Islamist president, and was released in October after being held in a half-dozen detention centers. By Brian Rohan. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

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PEOPLE-JIMMY KIMMEL — Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel holds son during monologue, pleads for health care. SENT: 140 words, photo.

MERRIAM-WEBSTER-WORD OF THE YEAR — Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: "Feminism." SENT: 780 words, photos.

QUOTES OF THE YEAR — "Alternative facts" tops 2017 list of notable quotes. SENT: 450 words, photos.

HOUSTON-ARREST-ISLAMIC-STATE — Houston teenager arrested on charges of trying to aid Islamic State group. SENT: 140 words.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA-WILDFIRES — Winds aren't changing for Southern California's wildfires yet as the fifth largest blaze in state history is threatening thousands of homes as it churns through coastal mountains amid persistently dangerous weather conditions. SENT: 620 words, photos, videos. With CALIFORNIA-WILDFIRES-THE LATEST.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRAZIL-RIO HOMELESS-TENSIONS — A year after Rio de Janeiro hosted the Olympic Games, a grinding economic crisis has led to a flood of homeless people, creating tensions that city officials are scrambling to address. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

ISRAEL-DIVIDED DEMOCRACY — A new survey shows deep divisions in Israel and widespread frustration with the country's leaders. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3:30 a.m., photos.

JAPAN-OBIT-US NKOREA DESERTER — Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army deserter to North Korea who married a Japanese abductee and lived in Japan after their release, is dead at 77. SENT: 390 words, photos.

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