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January 18, 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-MCCONNELL — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been conspicuously deferential in the shutdown debate, standing aside to let President Donald Trump deal with Democrats. McConnell sees no other choice than to wait for a president who took the country into the shutdown to decide how he wants to get out of it. By Lisa Mascaro and Adam Beam. SENT: 1,080 words, photo.

BREXIT — British Prime Minister Theresa May continues efforts to find a Brexit plan that can win the support of Britain’s Parliament without alienating European Union leaders. She is reaching out to opposition figures but Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn refuses to meet with her and has instructed Labour legislators to do the same. By Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka. UPCOMING: 130 words by 3:30 a.m., 500 words by 9 a.m., photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-RACE — Monday’s observance of what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday is emerging as an important moment for Democrats eying the White House to talk about one of the most divisive issues in politics: race. By National Writer Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-SECURITY BIND — The Palestinian security forces feel increasingly abused by their allies. Israel has been launching raids into the heart of Ramallah, and the U.S. is cutting off aid and taking actions that many fear will obliterate any remaining hope for a two-state solution. But despite the complaints, the Palestinian security forces are likely to continue to cooperate with Israel against Hamas, if only to shore up President Mahmoud Abbas’ increasingly unpopular rule in the occupied West Bank. By Mohammed Daraghmeh and Joseph Krauss. SENT: 900 words, photos.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD — A judge rejects allegations that the shocking video of Laquan McDonald’s death proved that Chicago police officers tried to stage a cover-up in the fatal shooting of the black teen. Now another judge must decide how long the officer who pulled the trigger spends behind bars. By Don Babwin and Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,160 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Sentencing hearing scheduled for 10 a.m.

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NATIONAL

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POLICE SHOOTING-ARIZONA — Police in a Phoenix suburb say a burglary suspect shot to death by an officer was a 14-year-old boy carrying a replica gun. SENT: 520 words, photos.

LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE — Los Angeles teachers will walk picket lines for a fifth day after the union and school district officials returned to the bargaining table with hopes of ending the massive strike in the nation’s second-largest school district. SENT: 500 words, photos. video.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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CHINA-ECONOMY BLUES — China’s slowing economy is squeezing the urban workers and entrepreneurs the ruling Communist Party is counting on to help transform this country from a low-wage factory floor into a prosperous consumer market. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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