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BC-AP News Digest 7 am

January 10, 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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NEW & DEVELOPING

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POLAND-ESCAPE ROOM DEATHS — Five victims of Poland escape room fire laid to rest together. SENT: 140 words.

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IRAQ-EXPELLED FROM CAMPS — A little over a year since the country fought its last battle against IS, but well before it has gotten a handle on reconstruction, Iraq is closing its camps for the displaced in the country’s western Anbar province and casting vulnerable families into a maelstrom of peril. Accused by their tribes of collaborating with IS, many families cannot return home. Others worry there is no work, schooling, or housing to return to. By Philip Issa. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — President Donald Trump is taking the shutdown battle to the U.S.-Mexico border, seeking to bolster his case for a border wall after the latest negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding demands. By Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 860 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Roundtable on immigration and border security scheduled for 2:10 p.m. in McAllen; visit to Rio Grande scheduled for 3:30 p.m. With SHUTDOWN-TODAY’S BRIEFING — Day 20 of the partial government shutdown. Also see MORE ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN below. For comprehensive coverage: https://apnews.com/GovernmentShutdown

US-CHINA-FORCED LABOR — A U.S. company that stocks college bookstores with t-shirts and other team apparel cut ties with a Chinese company that drew workers from an internment camp holding targeted members of ethnic minority groups. By Martha Mendoza and Yanan Wang. SENT: 650 words, photos.

YEMEN — A bomb-laden drone flown by Yemen’s Houthi rebels flies into a military parade outside of the southern port city of Aden, killing at least six troops from a Saudi-led coalition and their allies in a brazen attack threatening U.N.-brokered peace efforts to end the yearslong war tearing at the Arab world’s poorest nation. By Ahmed Al-Haj. SENT: 900 words, photo, graphic. With YEMEN-THE LATEST.

CONGO-ELECTION — Supporters of surprise Congo presidential winner Felix Tshisekedi celebrate in the capital, while rival opposition candidate Martin Fayulu denounces the result as fraud after the long-delayed election marred by irregularities. By Mathilde Boussion. SENT: 910 words, photos. With CONGO-ELECTION-THE LATEST.

CALIFORNIA V TRUMP — California’s top prosecutor, Xavier Becerra, has been among the most aggressive of the Democratic state attorneys general who have fought Trump in court. He has taken on the Trump administration in 45 lawsuits, mostly over immigration, the environment and health care. The attorney general says he looks to defend issues he championed as a 12-term Congressman and listens to what the president says to prepare for future litigation. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 1,140 words, photos. With CALIFORNIA V TRUMP-GLANCE.

MEASURING PAIN — Researchers are hunting the first objective way to measure pain, what the National Institutes of Health calls a pain meter. That’s because there’s no stethoscope for pain, and doctors can’t measure it like they measure blood pressure or a fever. Patients must describe what they’re feeling and hope they’re believed. Among the devices in early-stage testing: one that peeks into the eyes to link pupil reactions to pain. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 1,010 words, photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MCDONALD’S COFFEE ASSAULT — Police: Man threw coffee in face of teen fast food worker in South Carolina. SENT: 140 words.

BRITAIN-ROYALS — Meghan moves into more visible roles in U.K. royal family. SENT: 130 words, photo.

FILM-GREEN BOOK-FARRELLY — “Green Book” director: “I was an idiot” for genital-flashing. SENT: 190 words, photo.

FILM-BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY — “Bohemian Rhapsody” sing-along versions coming to theaters. SENT: 140 words, photo.

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL-MICHAEL JACKSON-STEVE BANNON — Sundance adds documentary about Michael Jackson accusers. SENT: 200 words, photo.

VATICAN-SPORT — Vatican launches athletics team of Swiss Guards, priests. SENT: 130 words.

NEPAL-MENSTRUAL EXILE — Woman, two sons die in Nepal town in suspected menstrual exile. SENT: 300 words.

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MORE ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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SHUTDOWN POLITICS — As the third government shutdown of Trump’s administration stretches into its 19th day, political pressures on Trump and the Democrats leave little room for compromise in the standoff over funding for a border wall. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

BORDER WALL-EMINENT DOMAIN — As Trump travels to the border in Texas to make the case for his $5.7 billion wall, landowner Eloisa Cavazos says she knows firsthand how the project will play out if the White House gets its way. SENT: 1,090 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US TX Eminent Domain (CR) — Texas landowners dig in to fight Trump border wall.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SAUDI-RUNAWAY WOMAN — Australia’s foreign minister praises Thailand for its handling of a young Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum in Australia, but also reminded it of continuing concern about a Bahraini soccer player granted asylum in Australia who remains in Thai detention. SENT: 810 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-EGYPT — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds talks with Egyptian leaders in Cairo as he continues a nine-nation Mideast tour aimed at reassuring America’s Arab partners that the Trump administration is not walking away from the region and is continuing to step up pressure on Iran. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 660 words, photos.

CHINA-NKOREA — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly tells the leader of his only major ally, China, that he wants to “achieve results” on the nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula during a second summit with Trump. SENT: 790 words, photos.

KOREAS-DIPLOMACY — South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in urges North Korea to take firmer disarmament measures and the U.S. to reward them, suggesting he’ll push for sanction exemptions to restart dormant economic cooperation projects with the North. SENT: 680 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will be sworn in to a second term amid international calls for him to step down and a devastating economic crisis, but with some long-time friends in attendance both from abroad and at home. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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DEMOCRATS-DRUG PRICES — Liberal lawmakers challenge Trump with drug cost legislation that echoes some of his own themes. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: News conference planned for 11:30 a.m.

CONGRESS-ATTORNEY GENERAL — The new Senate Judiciary chairman says Attorney General nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and will let him complete his Russia investigation. SENT: 570 words, photos. With TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-THINGS TO KNOW.

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BUSINESS

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US-CHINA-TRADE — The United States and China give no indication of their next step after wrapping up talks aimed at resolving a tariff fight that threatens to chill global growth. By Business Writers Joe McDonald and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 680 words, photos. With FINANCIAL MARKETS — World stocks slip as U.S.-China talks end with no quick fixes; CHINA-TRADE-THE LATEST.

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NATIONAL

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KANSAS-ABORTION LAWSUIT — Abortion opponents in Kansas have been bracing themselves for nearly two years for a ruling from the state’s highest court that protects the right to have an abortion and potentially upends politics in a state long at the center of the national debate. By Political Writer John Hanna. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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VONN’S QUEST — Three-time Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn doesn’t want health or history to dictate when her storied skiing career ends. SENT: 720 words, photo.

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