BC-TN--News Coverage,ADVISORY, TN

Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Tennessee. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Tennessee Interim News Editor Joe Danborn at 404-736-9144 or jdanborn@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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TOP STORIES:

BLUE CHRISTMAS

ST. LOUIS — The crowd was small for a Christmastime church service, the atmosphere quiet and solemn. There were no joyous carols, no children dressed as nativity characters, no festive decorations. About two dozen people gathered Monday night for a "Blue Christmas" service at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis. It's among many nationwide providing a special service aimed directly at those in need of spiritual healing — whether due to divorce, tough economic times, the loss of a loved one or whatever has them feeling down at the holidays. By Jim Salter. 555 words. Sent. AP Photos.

OBIT-LATEEF

SHUTESBURY, Mass. — Grammy-winning musician and composer Yusef Lateef, one of the first to incorporate world music into traditional jazz, has died. He was 93. Lateef died Monday at his home in Shutesbury in western Massachusetts, according to the Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst. 640 words. Sent.

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HEALTH CARE BLITZ

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Tennessee residents can expect to hear a lot more about the federal health care law from the White House in the coming weeks. The Obama administration is planning a blitz of positive information about the Affordable Care Act and the law's various impacts in the state. 275 words. By noon.

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