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January 24, 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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ONLY ON AP

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AP POLL-TRUMP-SHUTDOWN _ A strong majority of Americans blame President Donald Trump for the record-long government shutdown and reject his primary rationale for a border wall, according to a new poll that shows the turmoil in Washington is dragging his approval rating to its lowest level in more than a year. By Steve Peoples and Emily Swanson. SENT: 1,180 words, photos, graphic. TOP VIDEO: _ US Trump Wall Poll (CR) _ AP-NORC Poll: Trump’s approval drops from December.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-STATE OF THE UNION _ Trump says he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, yielding after a weeklong showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Following a high-stakes game of dare and double-dare, Trump concedes that “no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber” and that he was not looking for an alternate option after Pelosi served notice that he won’t be allowed to deliver the address to a joint session of Congress next week. By Kevin Freking, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,080 words, photos. With TRUMP-STATE OF THE UNION-THE LATEST.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN _ The Senate is taking a new approach to ending the partial government shutdown by actually taking votes instead of just pointing fingers. But competing bills appear likely to fail, caught in a poisonous Washington impasse. By Andrew Taylor and Alan Fram. SENT: 720 words, photo. UPCOMING: Voting expected by 2:30 p.m. With GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-ECONOMIC IMPACT _ Government shutdown poses increasing risk to wider economy; SHUTDOWN-TODAY’S BRIEFING. See MORE ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN below. For comprehensive coverage: https://apnews.com/GovernmentShutdown

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS _ Venezuelans head into uncharted political waters, with the young leader of a newly united and combative opposition claiming to hold the presidency and socialist President Nicolas Maduro digging in for a fight with the Trump administration. Violence flared again during big anti-government demonstrations across Venezuela, and at least seven protesters were reported killed in the escalating confrontation with Maduro, who has been increasingly accused of undemocratic behavior by the United States and many other nations in the region. By Joshua Goodman. SENT: 1,010 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ Venezuela Protests (CR) _ Anti-Maduro demonstrations turn violent in Caracas. With VENEZUELA-MADURO’S CHALLENGER _ Juan Guaido leaps from back-bench to center stage; VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS-GLANCE; VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS-THE LATEST.

POPE-PANAMA _ Pope Francis arrives in Panama amid a political crisis in nearby Venezuela, a migration standoff over the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall and tens of thousands of wildly excited young Central Americans welcoming him. As Francis opens his first full day, all eyes will be on whether he refers to the upheaval in Venezuela when he addresses Panama’s president and later the region’s bishops. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 480 words, photos. With POPE-PANAMA-THE LATEST.

BANK SHOOTING-FLORIDA _ A former prison guard trainee who recently moved to Florida from Indiana kills five people during a standoff at a small town bank before surrendering to a SWAT team that stormed the building, police say. By Terry Spencer and David Fischer. SENT: 500 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: News conference at 11 a.m.

FUTURE OF WORK-ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE _ Robots aren’t replacing everyone, but a quarter of U.S. jobs will be severely disrupted as artificial intelligence accelerates the automation of existing work, according to a new Brookings Institution report. By Technology Writer Matt O’Brien. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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OSAKA-SPONSOR _ Nissin takes down ad after complaints on Osaka’s depiction. SENT: 470 words, photos.

WISCONSIN KILLINGS-KIDNAPPING _ Jennie-O to donate $25,000 in reward money to Jayme Closs. SENT: 190 words, photos.

KEN STARR-PRESIDENTIAL INVESTIGATIONS _ Ken Starr urges trust in system for probing presidents. SENT: 360 words, photos.

PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE COLLAPSE _ Packard pedestrian bridge collapses onto Detroit boulevard. SENT: 140 words, photos.

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MORE ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH _ Environmental research projects across the country are being delayed and disrupted by the monthlong partial federal government shutdown _ and not just those conducted by government agencies. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-HOUSE DEMOCRATS _ Trump has done something remarkable in the government shutdown: He’s unified the diverse new House Democratic majority firmly behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

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SCIENCE

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INDIAN OCEAN MISSION _ A ship carrying submarines that will take scientists to the unexplored depths of the Indian Ocean is preparing to set sail from Germany for the start of a three-year mission to explore one of the world’s last great frontiers. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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IRAN-SINKING COUNTRYSIDE _ Fissures appear along roads while massive holes open up in the countryside, their gaping maws a visible sign from the air of something Iranian authorities now openly acknowledge: the area around Tehran is literally sinking. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

NKOREA-US-DIPLOMACY _ North Korean leader Kim Jong Un orders preparations for a second summit with Trump, saying he’ll “wait with patience and in good faith” to work toward a common goal, the North’s state media reports. SENT: 620 words, photos.

CHINA-AUSTRALIAN WRITER _ Australia’s defense minister says he will press Chinese officials to treat a Chinese-Australian writer fairly and release all information about his case, days after the man was detained during a visit to his homeland. SENT: 800 words, photos.

INDONESIA-BLASPHEMY _ A polarizing Christian politician whose campaign comments ignited protests that were the largest in Muslim-majority Indonesia in years is freed after serving nearly two years in prison for blasphemy. SENT: 630 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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NEVADA KILLINGS-IMMIGRANT _ Nervous neighbors are burning lights at night in a northern Nevada community where two women were killed this month in slayings that authorities blame on a 19-year-old from El Salvador said to be in the U.S. illegally. SENT: 880 words, photos. UPCOMING: Court hearing at 4:30 p.m.

IRAN-JOURNALIST DETAINED _ A prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television held in the U.S. as a material witness is released from jail. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-REPUBLICAN PARTY _ As Trump’s approval rating falls, the Republican Party is grasping him ever tighter. SENT: 870 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS _ The early days of the Democratic primary campaign are highlighting the party’s diversity as it seeks a nominee who can build a coalition to take on Trump. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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CHINA-HUAWEI _ Chinese tech giant Huawei announces plans to release a next-generation smartphone based on its own technology instead of U.S. components, stepping up efforts to compete with Western industry leaders in the face of Washington’s warnings the company might be a security risk. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 490 words, photos.

TAX SEASON-Q&A _ What you need to know about the start of tax season amid federal shutdown and new tax law. By Personal Finance Writer Sarah Skidmore Sell. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN _ Naomi Osaka never made it past the fourth round at any of the first 10 Grand Slam tournaments of her career. Now, still just 21, she’s suddenly on the verge of a second consecutive major championship. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 910 words, photos.

SAILGP _The new sailing league SailGP will leap from concept to reality next month with the inaugural regatta on Sydney Harbor. By Sports Writer Bernie Wilson. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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