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January 12, 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 — The partial government shutdown became the longest closure in U.S. history at when the clock ticked past midnight Friday as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way out of the mess. By Jonathan Lemire, Lisa Mascaro and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,220 words, photos. With SHUTDOWN-TODAY’S BRIEFING — Shutdown officially becomes longest ever. SENT: 480 words, photos.

SOFTENING THE SHUTDOWN — The government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many Americans: Hundreds of thousands of federal employees don’t know when they’ll see their next paycheck, and low-income people who rely on the federal safety net worry about whether they’ll make ends meet should the stalemate in Washington carry on another month. By Juliet Linderman. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

TRUMP-UAE AMBASSADOR — A key diplomatic post in the United Arab Emirates remains empty as Trump’s nominee for the post is in limbo. The selection of Republican donor John Rakolta Jr. illustrates the challenges of filling a high-level government position with a candidate from the corporate world who has no prior diplomatic experience. By Richard Lardner. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA — The U.S. military says it has started pulling equipment, but not troops, out of Syria as a first step in meeting President Donald Trump’s demand for a complete military withdrawal. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 1,030 words, photo.

TWO DEAD-CHILD MISSING — A 21-year-old man killed a Wisconsin couple in a scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, then held the girl captive for nearly three months before she managed to escape and reach safety as he drove around looking for her, authorities say. By Jeff Baenen and Gretchen Ehlke. SENT: 1,000 words, video, photos, audio. With TWO DEAD-CHILD MISSING-TRAUMA — Former kidnapping victims say Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs needs space and time to process the trauma of her kidnapping and parents’ deaths on her own terms (sent).

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MORE ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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SHUTDOWN-EXECUTIVE POWER — President Barack Obama stunned Republicans when he bypassed Congress and — relying on what he called his pen and his phone — used executive powers to enact his agenda, including protecting millions of young immigrants from deportation. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 900 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATIC OUTSIDERS — The Democratic presidential sweepstakes might seem like a tale of Joe Biden and the Seven Senators, but there are plenty of governors and mayors looking for a chance to steal the spotlight from the former vice president and other headliners. SENT: 880 words.

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NATIONAL

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OFFICER KILLED-CALIFORNIA — A gunman on a bicycle ambushed a rookie policewoman in Northern California, shooting her from the shadows, then reloaded and narrowly avoided wounding others before walking home and calmly watching the chaos he had caused, police say. SENET: 990 words, video, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SAUDI-RUNAWAY WOMAN — An 18-year-old Saudi runaway who said she was abused and feared death if deported back home was expected to arrive in Canada, which has granted her asylum. SENT: 830 words, photos.

CHINA-US-MILITARY — The U.S. Navy’s top officer will visit China starting Sunday amid increasing frictions in the South China Sea and other tensions underscoring their rivalry for dominance in Asia. SENT: 700 words photo.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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GADGET SHOW-SPYING GADGETS — Privacy, please: The latest gadgets want even greater access to your life. This week’s CES tech show in Las Vegas is a showcase for cameras that can livestream the living room, a bathroom mirror that captures your face to offer beauty tips and a gizmo that tracks the heartbeat of an unborn child. By Rachel Lerman and Joseph Pisani. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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NBC-MEGYN KELLY — NBC News announces its professional divorce agreement with Megyn Kelly late Friday, ending an association with the former Fox News Channel star whose attempt to become a network morning television star as part of the “Today” show floundered. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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COWBOYS-RAMS PREVIEW — The Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys are meeting under the Hollywood spotlight on Saturday night for a trip to the NFC championship game. Several lengthy postseason droughts will end for two proud franchises no matter who wins. The Rams haven’t won a playoff game since January 2005 or made the conference title game since the 2001 season. The Cowboys haven’t won a road playoff game in 26 years or made the NFC title game in 23 years. By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

COLTS-CHIEFS PREVIEW — The Chiefs have never beaten Indianapolis in four tries in the playoffs. They will try to end that era of heartache in the divisional round on Saturday. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ record-setting offense may have to outscore Andrew Luck and the Colts, who hope to put up big numbers against a suspect Kansas City defense at Arrowhead Stadium. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 920 words, photos.

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