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January 25, 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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IRAN-JOURNALIST DETAINED — A prominent American-born anchorwoman for Iran’s state television tells The Associated Press that she believes the U.S. government jailed her because of her work as a journalist and for her beliefs, and as a warning to her to “watch your step.” By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 980 words, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — A splintered Senate voted down competing Democratic and Republican plans for ending the 35-day partial government shutdown, but the twin setbacks prompted a burst of bipartisan talks aimed at temporarily halting the longest-ever closure of federal agencies and the damage it’s inflicting around the country. By Andrew Taylor and Alan Fram. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US Senate Vote Reaction (CR) — Bipartisan Senate group pushes to end shutdown. With SHUTDOWN-TODAY’S BRIEFING. For comprehensive coverage: https://apnews.com/GovernmentShutdown

TRUMP-OUT OF TOUCH — With hundreds of thousands of federal workers going without pay during the monthlong partial government shutdown, Presidential Donald Trump and his team, which includes the wealthiest Cabinet ever assembled, have struggled to deliver a full dose of empathy for those who are scraping to get by. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 880 words, photos, video. Also see MORE ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN below.

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS — Backed by Venezuela’s military, President Nicolas Maduro goes on the offensive against an opposition leader who declared himself interim president and his U.S. supporters, setting up a potentially explosive struggle for power in the crisis-plagued South American nation. A defiant Maduro calls home all Venezuelan diplomats from the United States and closes its embassy, a day after ordering all U.S. diplomats out of Venezuela by the weekend because Trump had supported the presidential claim of Juan Guaido. By Scott Smith and Christine Armario. SENT: 910 words, photos. With VENEZUELA-LATIN INTERVENTIONS — Before Venezuela, U.S. has long involvement in Latin America; VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS-THE LATEST.

PANAMA-POPE — Pope Francis is bringing World Youth Day to Panama’s juvenile delinquents who can’t participate in the Catholic Church’s big festival of faith. Francis will celebrate a special penitential Mass inside the Las Garzas de Pacora detention center, which is Panama’s main youth lockup. In a twist, he will also hear the inmates’ confessions inside confessionals the detainees made themselves. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 470 words, photos. UPCOMING: Mass at juvenile center begins at 10:30 a.m. With PANAMA-POPE-HIV SHELTER — HIV shelter outside Panama City readies for papal visit.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Paul Manafort will make his first court appearance in months as prosecutors and defense lawyers argue over whether the former Trump campaign chairman intentionally lied to investigators, including about sharing polling data with a business associate the U.S. says has ties to Russian intelligence. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 330 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. court appearance. With TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-THINGS TO KNOW.

WINTER WEATHER-DEEP FREEZE — An arctic wave wraps the Upper Midwest in numbing cold. But the worst may be yet to come. Wind chill advisories are issued for a broad swath of the region, where wind chill factors could dip to 40 to 50 degrees below zero in parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota and to 30 to 35 below in the Dakotas. SENT: 280 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated with developments.

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MORE ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-COLLEGE HELP — A growing number of colleges and universities are postponing tuition payments, waiving late fees and providing emergency grants to students whose finances have been tied up by the longest government shutdown in history. SENT: 860 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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OPIOID KICKBACK SCHEME — The trial of a drug company founder accused of scheming to bribe doctors into prescribing a powerful painkiller is putting a spotlight on the deadly opioid crisis. UPCOMING: 920 words by 6 a.m., photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL-OPENING NIGHT — For director Bart Freundlich and Julianne Moore, having their film “After the Wedding” premiere opening at the Sundance Film Festival holds a special significance. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 320 words, photos. With SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL-THE INVENTOR — Sundance: Documentary dives deep into the fraud of Theranos.

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SPORTS

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KELLY CLARK RETIRES — Five-time Olympic snowboarder Kelly Clark is retiring after 20 years in the halfpipe. An APNewsBreak. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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