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February 11, 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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TRUMP-WALL POLITICS — President Donald Trump is trying to turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to become a model of unfulfilled promises. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,020 words, photos. UPCOMING: Rally in El Paso, Texas, scheduled for 9 p.m.

VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE — Virginia lawmakers will reluctantly face the unprecedented prospect of impeaching the state’s second most powerful leader as they struggle to address revelations of past racist behavior and allegations of sexual assault roiling its highest levels of office. At least one lawmaker says he will try to pursue impeachment of Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax after two women accused Fairfax of sexual assault in the 2000s, a move that experts believe would be a first in Virginia. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 1,110 words, photos, video.

CYBERSECURITY-PRIVATE SPYING OPERATIVES — When mysterious operatives lured two cybersecurity researchers to meetings at luxury hotels last month, it was an apparent bid to record them making inflammatory statements about an Israeli company that makes smartphone hacking technology used by some governments. The Associated Press has learned of similar efforts targeting at least four other individuals who have raised questions about the use of the Israeli firm’s spyware. By Cybersecurity Writer Raphael Satter. SENT: 2,260 words, photos.

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY — Iranians are pouring out onto the streets of Tehran and other cities and towns across the country, marking the date 40 years ago that’s considered victory day in the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. On Feb. 11 that year, Iran’s military stood down after days of street battles, allowing the revolutionaries to sweep across the country while the government of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi resigned. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.

FOREVER CHEMICALS-EMERGING THREAT — These chemical compounds are all around you — on many fabrics, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, dental floss and more. As increasing numbers of states find them seeping into water supplies, the Environmental Protection Agency is considering stricter regulations. By Ellen Knickmeyer, Michael Casey and John Flesher. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-A MOTHER’S GRIEF — In the year since her 14-year-old daughter was gunned down at a Parkland high school, Lori Alhadeff called out Trump in a gut wrenching speech on live TV, won a seat on the local school board and started a foundation to make schools safer. She keeps a dizzying pace, saying the advocacy helps with her grief. But there’s a sense that if she allowed herself to stop, the grief might be too much to bear. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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GRAMMYS — Women and rap triumph at the Grammys as female acts take home top prizes including album of the year and best new artist, and Childish Gambino makes history when his hit “This Is America” became the first rap-based track to win record and song of the year. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 1,140 words, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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DENVER TEACHERS-STRIKE — Denver teachers are planning to strike for the first time in 25 years after failed negotiations with the school district over base pay. SENT: 420 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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RED STOCKINGS-150TH — The 2019 Cincinnati Reds will play games in 15 sets of throwback uniforms — including navy blue and a “Palm Beach” style — during a season-long celebration of the 1869 Red Stockings who pioneered professional baseball. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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