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BC-AP-News Coverage Advisory 10:15, AP

January 28, 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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HIGHLIGHTING

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TRUMP-BORDER WALL (sent, developing)

OPIOIDS-LEFT BEHIND: A FAMILY’S FIRST YEAR (sent)

VENEZUELA-ECONOMIC PAIN (sent)

CUBA-TORNADO (sent, developing)

WORKING LONGER-DEMENTIA (sent)

FBN--YOUNGER AND CHEAPER-DISAPPEARING CENTERS (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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WINTER WEATHER _ Heavy snow hitting Upper Midwest; dangerous cold to follow. SENT: 340 words, photos.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR PROBE _ Toshiba unveils robot to probe melted Fukushima nuclear fuel. SENT: 140 words, photos.

SHARK BITES _ Significant drop in shark bites reported worldwide in 2018. SENT: 140 words.

NORTHERN IRELAND-PANDA MISSING _Rare red panda found after escape from Belfast Zoo. SENT: 130 words, photos.

FRANCE-BATACLAN-BANKSY _ Police are investigating the theft of an artwork by the British artist Banksy that was painted as a tribute to the victims of the 2015 terror attacks at the Bataclan music hall in Paris. SENT: 140 words.

AUSTRALIA-DYING FISH _ Hundreds of thousands of fish have died in the third mass death in recent weeks on a stretch of a major Australian river that local officials blamed on drought but critics said at least partly stemmed from water mismanagement. SENT: 430 words, photos.

GREGORY HINES-STAMP _ Postal Service honors entertainer Gregory Hines with stamp. SENT: 100 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-BORDER WALL _President Donald Trump is raising doubts about whether he can get an acceptable deal on the border wall. He says the odds congressional negotiators will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with Congress are “less than 50-50.” By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 980 words, photos, video.

UNITED STATES-IRAN _ The White House is putting Europeans on notice that if they attempt to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran, they’ll face stiff penalties. The Trump administration is closely eyeing efforts in Europe to set up an alternative money transfer system to ease doing business with Iran without running afoul of U.S. sanctions on the Islamic republic. SENT: 770 words, photo.

AP POLL-TRUMP-FOREIGN POLICY _A new survey finds the public split about President Donald Trump’s plan to remove U.S. troops from wars abroad and highlights the nation’s partisan divide on foreign issues. It also finds a majority of Americans disapprove of the way Trump is handling U.S. foreign policy and about half think the country’s global standing will deteriorate during the next year. By Deb Riechmann and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-DONORS _ The presidential primary is jolting to life without a traditional mainstay: Donors. More specifically, their contribution checks. More than 20 Democrats could be running for the White House. But the money race in the early days of the primary is largely frozen. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 1,080 words, photo.

WORKING LONGER-DEMENTIA _ Experts say that U.S. companies are increasingly navigating delicate conversations with employees suffering from cognitive declines as the American workforce ages. Workers experiencing early stages of dementia may struggle with tasks they’ve long completed without difficulty. By Andrew Soergel. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

FACT CHECK-WEEK _ President Donald Trump actually did propose a concrete wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, despite what he now says, plus myths about tariffs and exaggerations on North Korea and the economy. SENT: 2766 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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OPIOIDS-LEFT BEHIND: A FAMILY’S FIRST YEAR _ Twenty years into the opioid epidemic, the crisis has claimed more than 400,000 lives. Each of those lost left behind a family now grappling with grief and shame, relief and regret. By National Writer Claire Galofaro. SENT: 4,465 words, photos. Abridged version of 1,205 words also available. WORKING LONGER-DEMENTIA _ Experts say that U.S. companies are increasingly navigating delicate conversations with employees suffering from cognitive declines as the American workforce ages. Workers experiencing early stages of dementia may struggle with tasks they’ve long completed without difficulty. By Andrew Soergel. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

OPIOID KICKBACK SCHEME _ The wealthy founder of a drug company is heading to trial on allegations that he led a scheme to bribe doctors into prescribing a highly addictive fentanyl spray. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

CHILD VICTIMS ACT _ A bill to ease the statute of limitations on child molestation and create a one-year window for lawsuits now barred by time constraints is expected to easily pass the New York legislature. Democrats say giving molestation victims more time to seek justice is a top priority. By David Klepper. SENT: 340 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CUBA-TORNADO _ A tornado and pounding rains smashed into the eastern part of Cuba’s capital overnight, toppling trees, bending power poles and flinging shards of metal roofing through the air as the storm cut a path of destruction across eastern Havana. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

VENEZUELA-ECONOMIC PAIN _The U.S. recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president is being touted by the Trump administration as the only way to restore the country’s democracy. But as Elizabeth Pineda was stocking up on staples Sunday at a sidewalk market near a Caracas slum, she was bracing for things to get a lot worse, not better. By Joshua Goodman and Scott Smith. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

BRAZIL-DAM COLLAPSE _ Firefighters carefully moved over treacherous mud, sometimes walking, sometimes crawling, in search of survivors or bodies, four days after a dam collapse that buried mine buildings and surrounding neighborhoods with iron ore waste. The confirmed death toll rose to 58, with up to 300 people still missing. By Marcelo Silva de Sousa and Peter Prengaman. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-CHURCH ATTACK _President Rodrigo Duterte and his top security officials on Monday visited a Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines where suspected Islamic militants set off bombs that killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 100. SENT: 610 words, photos.

CHINA-DETAINED LAWYER _ Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was sentenced to 4½ years in prison on the charge of subversion of state power Monday, more than three years after he was detained in a sweeping crackdown on the legal profession. SENT: 650 words, photos.

IRAQ-SHIITE CLERIC-INTERVIEW _ The leader of one of Iraq’s most powerful Iranian-backed Shiite militias says he expects a vote by the Iraqi parliament calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country within the next few months. SENT: 560 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-US ENVOY _ The Afghan president assured his people that their rights will not be compromised in the name of peace with the Taliban, days after the U.S. envoy tasked with resolving America’s longest war reported significant progress in talks with the insurgents. SENT: 760 words, photos.

BREXIT _ Pro-Brexit British lawmakers are mounting a campaign to rescue Prime Minister Theresa May’s rejected European Union divorce deal in a parliamentary showdown this week. Lawmakers threw out May’s Brexit deal two weeks ago and will debate and vote Tuesday on competing plans for what to do next about Britain’s impending departure from the bloc. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 700 words, photos.

JAPAN-POLITICS _ Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to further expand Japan’s already improving ties with China but stressed the need to bolster defense capability as far as space amid concern about China’s military activity. SENT: 620 words, photos.

IRAQ-DEATH OF A DIALECT _ Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul have for centuries spoken a unique form of Arabic enriched by the Iraqi city’s long history as a crossroads of civilization, a singsong dialect that many now fear will die out after years of war and displacement. By Sam Kimball. SENT: 1,035 words, photos.

DENMARK-SWINE FEVER _ Denmark has begun erecting a 43.4-mile fence along the German border to keep out wild boars in an attempt to prevent the spread of African swine fever, which could jeopardize the country’s valuable pork industry. SENT: 340 words, photos.

EGYPT-FRANCE _French President Emmanuel Macron said he encouraged respect for human rights when he met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is seen as a key ally in the fight against Islamic extremists but has led an unprecedented crackdown on dissent. SENT: 550 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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BUDGET DEFICIT _ A new government report says that the U.S. budget deficit is set to hit $897 billion this year and predicts that economic growth will slow as the effects of President Donald Trump’s tax cut on business investment begin to drop off. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN _ Nissan Motor Co. says it has received an inquiry from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, suggesting investigations into dealings by its former chairman Carlos Ghosn could expand beyond Japan. SENT: 210 words, photo.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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SAG AWARDS _ “Black Panther” took the top award at Sunday’s 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, giving Ryan Coogler’s superhero sensation its most significant awards-season honor yet and potentially setting up Wakanda for a major role at next month’s Academy Awards. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. WITH SAG-AWARDS-BACKSTAGE _ While actors are accustomed to being on camera, not every starry moment at the Screen Actors Guild Awards makes the screen. Here’s a look at some of the best moments that took place off-camera. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 860 words, photos.

MICHAEL JACKSON-ACCUSERS DOCUMENTARY _ Michael Jackson’s family members say they are “furious” that two men who accuse him of sexually abusing them as boys have received renewed attention because of a new documentary. By Andrew Dalton. SENT: 370 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FBN--YOUNGER AND CHEAPER-DISAPPEARING CENTERS _ Center is the only NFL position guaranteed to touch the ball on every play. They call the shots for the line and start each play. A new Associated Press analysis revealed that veteran centers have become less valuable for teams. The average experience level for NFL centers has dropped nearly two years since the 2009 season. By Mark Long. SENT: 810 words, photos.

FBN--YOUNGER AND CHEAPER-UNION _ Though the fight is more than two years off, one issue is already clear. Avoiding a work stoppage in 2021 could depend on whether players can secure more guaranteed money in the next collective bargaining negotiations with the NFL. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 930 words, photos.

PARA WORLDS-MALAYSIA STRIPPED _ Malaysia’s government has remained defiant despite losing the rights to host the World Para Swimming Championships for banning Israelis from competing in the event, which serves as a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. SENT: 200 words.

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