A supporters of opposition presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla shatters a window during clashes with military police near presidential house in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Following a disputed election marred by irregularities, incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez was declared the victor and will be inaugurated on Jan. 27. The opposition does not recognize Hernandez's victory and is protesting against the result. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)

BC-AP News Digest 3 am

January 13, 2018 - 3:02 am

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

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP — President Donald Trump offers a partial denial in public but privately defended his extraordinary remarks disparaging Haitians and African countries a day earlier. Trump said he was only expressing what many people think but won't say about immigrants from economically depressed countries, according to a person who spoke to the president as criticism of his comments ricocheted around the globe. SENT: 1,204 words. With Trump-Racism; Trump-Immigration-World Reaction (both sent).

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION FOES — The movement to limit the number of migrants into the U.S. and end a system that favors family members has long been criticized as a poorly veiled attempt to produce a whiter America, a charge that has new weight in the wake of President Trump's comments that the U.S. needs fewer immigrants from Africa and more from places like Norway. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 800 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA STORMS —Frustrations and dark discoveries mounted for a California town ravaged by a deadly and destructive mudslide. Most of the people of Montecito, a town usually known for its serenity and luxury, were under orders to stay out of town as gas and power were expected to be shut off for repairs. By Michael R. Blood and Krysta Fauria. SENT: 720 words, video, photos, audio. With CALIFORNIA STORMS-VIGNETTES; CALIFORNIA-STORMS-BUSINESS. (both sent).

HAITI-EARTHQUAKE CAMP — Eight years ago, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake upended life in Haiti, killing more than 300,000 people by some estimates and destroying hundreds of thousands of homes. For many of those left homeless, life hasn't yet returned to normal. By Chery Dieu-Nalio. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

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PROSPECT PARK RAPE — New York City police official has apologized to a rape victim he helped discredit almost 24 years ago. SENT: 540 words.

IRAN-US — Iran says it won't accept any changes to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after President Donald Trump vowed to pull out of the accord in a few months if European allies did not fix its "terrible flaws." SENT: 120 words.

CHINA-SEA COLLISION — Chinese state media say rescuers have recovered the bodies of two crew members of an Iranian oil tanker that's been burning after it collided with a freighter last week in the East China Sea. SENT: 260 words, photos.

HONDURAS-VIOLENCE — Protests against the re-election of Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez have turned violent as a march devolved into tear gas and property damage. SENT: 120 words, photos.

DAILY FANTASY SPORTS-DRAFTKINGS — The daily fantasy sports company DraftKings is expanding. The Boston-based company says it'll hire about 300 new workers by mid-2019, bringing its total staff from 425 workers to more than 700. SENT: 110 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-NEWS GUIDE — If there was hope in the White House that Donald Trump might be moving past the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, 2018 is beginning with no signs of abatement. In fact, the new year set off a flurry of developments in the probes by special counsel Robert Mueller and Congress, ranging from the trivial to the ominous. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. With TRUMP-ONE YEAR-RUSSIA PROBE (sent).

ARIZONA SENATE-MCSALLY — Martha McSally is betting big that she needs President Trump's most passionate supporters on her side if she's to protect Arizona's Senate seat from slipping into Democrats' hands. SENT: 820 words, photos.

TRUMP-PHYSICAL —President Donald Trump's White House physician declares him in "excellent health" after the president received his first medical checkup at Walter Reed military hospital, undergoing a physical examination amid suggestions in a recent book and by his detractors that he's mentally unfit. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-SALES TAX — The Supreme Court agrees to wade into the issue of sales tax collection on internet purchases in a case that could force consumers to pay more for certain purchases and allow states to recoup what they say is billions in lost revenue annually. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 590 words.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-STATISTICS — The Treasury Department has paid out almost $300,000 in taxpayer funds to settle claims brought against Congressional offices that include sexual harassment and sex discrimination since 2003. SENT: 460 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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OBIT-EDGAR RAY KILLEN — Edgar Ray Killen, a 1960s Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted decades later in the "Mississippi Burning" slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state's corrections department announced. SENT: 980 words, photos.

OBIT-JOHN TUNNEY — John V. Tunney, whose successful campaign for a California seat in the U.S. Senate became the basis for the 1972 Robert Redford film "The Candidate," has died. He was 83. SENT: 440 words, photos.

MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT — The 20-year-old Florida man who claimed the $451 million Mega Millions jackpot choose to get $282 million at once instead of more in annual installments. "I'm only 20, but I hope to use it to pursue a variety of passions, help my family and do some good for humanity," Shane Missler, of Port Richey, said in a statement. SENT: 310 words, photo.

LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-WARRANTS — FBI agents knew the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history left behind big caches of guns, ammunition and explosives when they sought warrants to search his properties and online accounts, according to court documents. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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VATICAN-POPE-THINGS TO KNOW — Pope Francis' trip to Chile and Peru, originally aimed at highlighting the plight of indigenous peoples and the delicate Amazon ecosystem, is being overshadowed by the Catholic Church's dismal record confronting priestly sex abuse in Chile and political turmoil in Peru. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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EPA-PESTICIDES — Federal scientists determine that a family of widely used pesticides poses a threat to dozens of endangered and threatened species, including Pacific salmon, Atlantic sturgeon and Puget Sound orcas. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-GENDER PAY DISPARITY — Stars are sharing their shock at reports of a significant pay disparity between Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams for reshoots on the Ridley Scott film "All the Money in the World." By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT: 560 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FALCONS-EAGLES — Quarterback Matt Ryan has another shot at a happy homecoming. A berth in the NFC championship game is at stake when Ryan leads the Falcons against the Eagles in a divisional playoff on Saturday. Ryan, who grew up rooting for the Eagles and went to Philadelphia's William Penn Charter School, is 1-3 at the Linc. Rob Maaddi. SENT: 820 words, photos. With TITANS-PATRIOTS (sent).

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