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January 23, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org .

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN _ Senate leaders agree to hold votes this week on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with Trump or vote to temporarily end the shutdown and keep negotiating. By Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor. SENT: 1,210 words, photos. With TRUMP-STATE OF THE UNION _ Trump wants to deliver State of Union next week as planned; SHUTDOWN-TODAY’S BRIEFING. For comprehensive coverage: https://apnews.com/GovernmentShutdown

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS _ Venezuela’s re-invigorated opposition faces a crucial test as it seeks to fill streets nationwide with protesters in an appeal to the military and the poor to shift loyalties that until recently looked solidly behind President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government. The protests have been called to coincide with a historic date for Venezuelans _ the anniversary of the 1958 coup that overthrew military dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez. Government supporters are also expected to march in downtown Caracas in a rival show of strength. By Joshua Goodman. SENT: 930 words, photos.

LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE _Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers plan to return to work after voting to ratify a deal between their union and school officials, ending a six-day strike in the nation’s second-largest district. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 770 words, photos, videos. With LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE-THE LATEST. With DENVER TEACHERS-STRIKE VOTE _ Denver teachers vote to go on strike over pay.

GIULIANI’S ROLE _ Rudy Giuliani’s latest scattershot media blitz, which was filled with a dizzying array of wild misstatements, hurried clarifications and eyebrow-raising assertions, agitated President Donald Trump and some of his allies, who have raised the possibility that the outspoken presidential lawyer be at least temporarily sidelined from televised interviews. By Jonathan Lemire and Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,200 words, photo. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-TIMELINE.

POPE-PANAMA _ Pope Francis is looking to leave the sex abuse scandal buffeting his papacy behind as he heads to Central America amid a standoff over Trump’s promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a new caravan of migrants heading north. History’s first Latin American pope, the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina, has made the plight of migrants and refugees a cornerstone of his papacy. He is also expected to offer words of encouragement to young people gathered in Panama for World Youth Day, the church’s once-every-three-year pep rally that aims to invigorate the next generation of Catholics in their faith. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 750 words, photos.

MIGRANT-FAMILIES-CRISIS _ Trump’s push for a $5.7 billion wall is unlikely on its own to stop many of the thousands of families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border each month. That’s because many migrants are entering at crossings, like Maria Orbelina Cortez, who says she fled El Salvador after her husband attacked her and knocked a pan of scalding oil onto her youngest son’s head. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 990 words, photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PEOPLE-ALEC BALDWIN _ Alec Baldwin due in court on charges he punched over parking. SENT: 140 words, photo.

CHINA-DOLCE & GABBANA _ Chinese model in derided Dolce & Gabbana ads apologizes. SENT: 220 words, photo.

NEWARK AIRPORT-DRONES _ Newark operations resume after drone reports halt arrivals. SENT: 320 words, photo.

ORACLE-PAY DISCRIMINATION _ Oracle accused of underpaying women, minorities by $400 million. SENT: 130 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-TRANSGENDER-Q&A _ A sharply divided Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women while court challenges continue. SENT: 690 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS _ Even before he announces whether he’s a 2020 presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders is working to avoid the drubbing South Carolina’s African-American voters handed him in 2016. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ISRAEL-ENERGY POLITICS _ A decade after discovering natural gas fields off its Mediterranean coast, Israel is starting to feel the geopolitical boost. SENT: 990 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-NORTHERN IRELAND’S FEARS _ Northern Ireland’s conflict is still fresh in people’s memories as Brexit negotiations risk awakening old fears. By Tamer Fakahany. SENT: 870 words, photos.

CHILE-TRANSGENDER SCHOOL _ After suffering years of discrimination, about 20 transgender minors in Chile find hope at Latin America’s first school for trans children. SENT: 670 words, photos.

SOUTH KOREA-SPORTS ABUSE _ South Korea’s human rights commission plans to interview possibly thousands of adult and child athletes about a culture of abuse in sports after a wave of female athletes came forward to say they had been raped or assaulted by their coaches. SENT: 580 words, photos.

THAILAND-ELECTIONS _ Thailand’s royal palace issued a decree Wednesday authorizing the first general election since the military took power in 2014. SENT: 270 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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NEVADA KILLINGS-IMMIGRANT _ A Nevada community shaken by the fatal shootings of four people over the past two weeks is grateful that the suspect is behind bars, but a motive for the crimes remains unknown. SENT: 960 words, photos.

OBIT-RUSSELL BAKER _ Russell Baker, the genial, but sharp-witted writer who won Pulitzer Prizes for his humorous columns in The New York Times and a moving autobiography of his impoverished Baltimore childhood and later hosted television’s “Masterpiece Theatre,” has died. He was 93. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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HOME AFFORDABILITY WORSENS _ Despite slowdown in price gains, more middle-class Americans find home ownership unaffordable. An AP Analysis. By Economics Writer Josh Boak. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN _ Serena Williams was one point _ just one _ from quite a comeback victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals when she turned her left ankle. Everything unraveled from there. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 920 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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OSCAR NOMINATIONS-SPIKE LEE _ Spike Lee on his first Oscar nomination for directing, three decades after “Do the Right Thing”: “Thirty years is a long time, ain’t it?” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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