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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: 1,330 words, photos. With SHUTDOWN-TODAY’S BRIEFING _ Shutdown officially becomes longest ever (sent).

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.

FRANCE-EXPLOSION _ A powerful explosion and fire apparently caused by a gas leak at a Paris bakery injured several people, blasted out windows and overturned cars, police say. SENT: 540 words, photos. With FRANCE-EXPLOSION-THE LATEST.

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).

SUDAN-THE WAY AHEAD _ Violent anti-government protests are entering their fourth week in Sudan. The country appears headed toward political paralysis, with drawn-out unrest across much of the country and a fractured opposition without a clear idea of what to do if their wish to see the country’s leader of 29 years ago comes true. By Hamza Hendawi SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

ZIMBABWE-COLLAPSED HEALTH SYSTEM _ A doctors’ strike in Zimbabwe has crippled a health system that was already in intensive care from neglect. It mirrors the state of affairs in a country that was full of promise a year ago with the departure of longtime leader Robert Mugabe but now faces economic collapse. By Farai Mutsaka. SENT: 920 words, photos. This story is the Saturday Spotlight.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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CUBA-BUS ACCIDENT _ Seven people died and five are in critical condition after a bus crashed carrying tourists and local travelers in far eastern Cuba. SENT: 140 words.

CANADA BUS CRASH _ A double-deck city bus smashes into a transit shelter during rush hour, and Ottawa authorities say three people were killed and 23 were injured. SENT: 330 words, photos.

MARKLE BROTHER-DUI _ The half-brother of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is facing a drunken-driving charge after an arrest in Oregon. SENT: 140 words.

SPACEX LAYOFFS _ SpaceX is laying off 10 percent of its roughly 6,000 workers, saying it needs to get leaner so it can succeed in enormous projects such as creating an interplanetary spacecraft. SENT: 260 words.

JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN _ Nissan Chief Performance Officer Jose Munoz, who took a leave of absence a week ago, has resigned, the first high-profile departure at the Japanese automaker publicly acknowledged as related to the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. SENT: 130 Words.

TRUMP-CLEMSON TIGERS _ President Donald Trump says he’s looking forward to celebrating Clemson’s national champion football team at the White House on Monday. SENT: 70 words, photo.

MONGOLS MOTORCYCLE CLUB-RACKETEERING _ A California jury decides that the Mongols motorcycle gang should be stripped of its trademarked logo in a first-of-its-kind verdict. SENT: 230 words, photo.

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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.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-AVIATION _ The partial government shutdown is starting to strain the national aviation system, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors off the job. Facing staffing problems, Miami International Airport will close one of its concourses most of the weekend. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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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.

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.

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.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ Law enforcement officials became so concerned by President Donald Trump’s behavior in the days after he fired FBI Director James Comey that they began investigating whether he had been working for Russia against U.S. interests, The New York Times reports. SENT: 330 words, photo. With TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-THINGS TO KNOW _ A look at where the investigations related to Trump stand (sent).

UNITED STATES-VENEZUELA _ The United States ramped up its criticism of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro with an explicit call for the formation of a new government in the country. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 480 words, photo.

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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.

NIGERIA-OIL TANKER _ An overturned oil tanker exploded in Nigeria while dozens of people were scooping up the leaking fuel and many were killed, police and witnesses say. SENT: 260 words.

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.

CONGO-ELECTION _ The ruling coalition of Congo’s outgoing President Joseph Kabila has won a large majority of national assembly seats, the electoral commission announced, while the presidential election runner-up was poised to file a court challenge alleging fraud. SENT: 640 words, photo.

CANADA -CHINA-HUAWEI _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Chinese officials are not respecting the diplomatic immunity of one of the Canadians detained in China last month as he ramped up efforts to get them released. SENT: 380 words.

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NATIONAL

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LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE _ A massive teachers strike in Los Angeles is still planned for Monday after a union rejected a new offer from the nation’s second-largest school district and declared an impasse following 21 months of increasingly heated negotiations. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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.

POLICE STREET FIGHT VIDEO _ New York City’s police commissioner praises officers who were recorded bludgeoning two people with batons, saying the officers were defending themselves after being attacked by a man who had a history of getting into fights with police and then filing lawsuits over the altercations. SENT: 810 words.

CALIFORNIA TERROR PROBE _ A federal magistrate recommends overturning the controversial 2006 conviction of a California man accused of attending a terrorist training camp in Pakistan and plotting an attack in the United States. SENT: 650 words, photos.

R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS _ An attorney for R. Kelly says the R&B star denies all allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls, including those made in a recent documentary, although he says neither he nor Kelly has watched the entire movie. SENT: 620 words, video, photos.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-SHERIFF _ Florida’s new governor suspends the sheriff whose deputies were assigned to protect the school where 17 died in a February massacre. SENT: 840 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.

PUERTO RICO-HAMILTON _ Lin-Manuel Miranda is reprising his lead role in the hit musical “Hamilton” to start a two-week run in Puerto Rico expected to raise thousands of dollars for artists and cultural groups struggling in the wake of Hurricane Maria. SENT: 810 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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