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Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST.
NEW & DEVELOPING
GRAMMYS — Show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Adds: ISRAEL-POLAND-HOLOCAUST LAW, GANG VICTIM-STATE OF UNION.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-GENERATIONAL DIVIDE — Where there has been solidarity and safety in numbers in the #MeToo movement, there is now also an increasingly apparent generational divide. And it’s not just among women. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. By David Crary and Tamara Lush.
ATTORNEY GENERAL-SURVIVING TRUMP — Almost a year on the job, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has survived a barrage of insults from President Donald Trump, antipathy from some Justice Department employees and even calls from fellow Republicans to resign. But hanging on as the nation’s top law enforcement official gives Sessions his best and perhaps final chance to carry out the policy changes he long has sought, from immigration to crime-fighting. By Sadie Gurman. SENT: 960 words, photos. A longer version of 1,300 words also is available.
IRAN-THE HALAL NET — Guns drawn, Iranian intelligence agents rushed into the apartment of a Washington Post reporter and his journalist wife in Tehran. They forced the couple to hand over the passwords to their email and social media profiles. The raid demonstrated how much of a threat Iran’s theocratic government sees the internet. It has long sought to strictly control cyberspace and social media — and, thereby, the flow of information to the public. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,900 words, photos, 900-word abridged version. This is this week’s Monday Spotlight.
TRUMP-STATE OF UNION — The White House says President Donald Trump, in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, will “talk about how America’s back” and appeal to Democrats to work with him on improving the nation’s infrastructure. Trump also is expected to press for additional military spending in light of “dramatic threats” across the globe. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 730 words, photos. WITH: GANG VICTIM-STATE OF UNION — The mother of a 16-year-old Long Island girl who was beaten to death by alleged MS-13 gang members receives an invitation to President Trump’s State of the Union address. SENT: 260 words.
AFGHANISTAN-ATTACKS-Q&A — Why Afghanistan suffers from relentless attacks, claimed by the Taliban and the Islamic State group, and what can be done to stop them. By Kathy Gannon. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. WITH: AFGHANISTAN — Afghan authorities have raised the death toll from Saturday’s suicide bombing in Kabul to 103, as hundreds of people gathered for funerals or awaited word of loved ones outside hospitals and morgues. By Rahim Faiez. SENT: 400 words, photos, video.
GRAMMYS — The Grammys are almost guaranteeing that a rap, R&B or Latino artist will win in its top three categories, where Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Luis Fonsi and Bruno Mars dominate. The show airs live tonight on CBS from New York City. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 760-word preview, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated throughout the evening with early winners, arrivals and other color prior to the show. The pre-show concludes at 6 p.m. Further updates will move throughout the ceremony, beginning with the first presentations about 8:10 p.m. A wrap-up lead will move as soon as the show ends about 11:45 p.m., followed by a more analytical new approach by David Bauder around 3 a.m. Eastern.
GRAMMYS-THE LATEST— Short blurbs on the top moments from the show as it happens live, including winners in significant categories, quotes from artists backstage and more.
GRAMMYS-FASHION — A look at the best dressed musicians, and some of the worst. By Entertainment Writer Leanne Italie. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos, video.
GRAMMYS-LIST — List of winners in the top categories. First list will move at 6:30 p.m. Eastern with about 15 categories from the pre-telecast. A complete list of winners in major categories will move at 11:30 p.m. Eastern.
GRAMMYS-TOP MOMENTS — A chunky-text list of the top moments at the Grammys. By Music Writer Kristin M. Hall. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 a.m. Monday, photos.
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
TRUMP — Trump urges his Twitter followers to inform rapper Jay-Z that “because of my policies,” unemployment among black Americans is at the “LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!” SENT: 130 words.
SWEDEN-OBIT-IKEA-KAMPRAD — Ingvar Kamprad, the IKEA founder who turned a small-scale mail order business into a global furniture empire, has died at 91. IKEA Sverige, the chain’s Swedish unit, said he died peacefully following a short illness. By Karl Ritter. SENT: 870 words, photos.
STOWAWAY ARRESTED-CHICAGO — Authorities say a serial stowaway who sneaked onto a plane in Chicago earlier this month and made it to London has been arrested again after being spotted at O’Hare International Airport. Marilyn Hartman is charged with trespassing and violating the conditions of her bail bond. SENT: 140 words, photo.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Lawmakers suggest Trump is best served by keeping a public silence on the investigation and that special counsel Robert Mueller should look into reports Trump wanted him fired. SENT: 730 words, photo.
BRITAIN-TRUMP — U.S. President Donald Trump says in an ITV interview with Piers Morgan that he would take a “tougher” attitude toward Brexit negotiations than the approach now being used by British Prime Minister Theresa May. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 650 words, photo.
RUBIO-CHIEF OF STAFF — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announces that he fired his chief of staff after getting reports of “improper conduct” with subordinate staffers. His office did not respond to requests for details on Sunday. SENT: 300 words, photo.
2018-HEALTH OVERHAUL-CAMPAIGNS — Health care is emerging as a top issue on the campaign trail this year, with Democrats eager to attack Republicans over their efforts to repeal the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. By James Anderson. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
EGYPT-THROWBACK ELECTION-ANALYSIS — To some Egyptians, it looks like the old days are back. The presidential election is increasingly taking on the character of the one-candidate referendums held for decades by Egypt’s authoritarian rulers. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. WITH: EGYPT-ELECTIONS — Five opposition figures call for a boycott of the presidential vote. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 600 words, photo.
SYRIA — Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters capture a strategic hill in northwestern Syria as their offensive to root out Kurdish fighters entered a second week. Associated Press reporters in the Turkish border town of Kilis heard constant shelling and clashes as Turkish aircraft flew overhead and plumes of smoke rose in the distance. By Mehmet Guzel and Lefteris Pitarakis. SENT: 940 words, photos.
NKOREA-SKI DIPLOMACY — North Korea’s only luxury ski resort is getting a taste of the Olympic spotlight, though it is a long way from hosting any events. The Masik Pass ski resort has become something of a symbol of a budding detente between the two Koreas after a year of particularly high tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons and long-range missile tests. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 600 words, photos.
ISRAEL-POLAND-HOLOCAUST LAW — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel and Poland agree to talks seeking to resolve the uproar over proposed Polish legislation that would outlaw blaming Poland for any crimes committed during the Holocaust. By Josef Federman. SENT: 640 words, photo.
RUSSIA-OPPOSITION — Protesters gather across Russia to support opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s call to boycott the March presidential election, and Navalny himself was arrested while walking to the Moscow demonstration. By Jim Heintz. SENT: 580 words, photos, video.
FINLAND-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION — Finnish President Sauli Niinisto crushes competition with 62.7 percent of vote in landslide re-election victory. By Jari Tanner. SENT: 280 words, photos.
DEADLY CAR WASH SHOOTING — Five people are found dead at a car wash southeast of Pittsburgh; police are trying to determine a motive. By Bruce Shipkowski. SENT: 370 words, photo.
SAFE INJECTION SITES-PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia wants to establish safe havens where people can inject drugs, an effort to combat skyrocketing opioid overdoses in the city. By Kristen De Groot. SENT: 900 words, photos.
SHACKLED CHILDREN-HOME SCHOOLING — The revelation that 13 malnourished siblings allegedly held captive by their parents were home-schooled is intensifying tensions between child advocates who say closer oversight would prevent such horrors and those who see additional government control as unfairly punishing other families. By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.
TET OFFENSIVE-ANNIVERSARY-PHOTO — A photograph of an execution on a Saigon street remains one of the defining images of the Vietnam War, 50 years later. It haunted the man who took it. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 700 words, photo.
MARDI GRAS KIDS — Carnival time is in full swing in New Orleans, and it’s not all drunken roguishness and women flashing their breasts for beads. Children and families are at the very center of the revelry, with many kids donning Mardi Gras costumes and riding in parades — some of them just toddlers. By Stacey Plaisance. SENT: 790 words, photos.
FILM-BOX OFFICE — “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is the highest grossing film of the weekend, but according to studio estimates, many moviegoers also chose the first weekend after Oscar nominations to catch up with some awards contenders like “The Shape of Water.” By Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 760 words, photos.
TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN — Back where his career resurgence began with a drought-breaking triumph last year, Roger Federer cried as he lifted and kissed the Australian Open trophy for a sixth time and celebrated his 20th Grand Slam title. Federer started Sunday’s final with an intensity that stunned sixth-seeded Marin Cilic, then held his nerve in a tense, momentum-shifting match before winning 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. By John Pye. SENT: 950 words, photos.
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