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January 1, 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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DEVELOPING

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ROSE BOWL — Game starts 5 p.m.

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ONLY ON AP

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VATICAN-US-SEX ABUSE — When Cardinal Daniel DiNardo told a stunned meeting of U.S. bishops that the Vatican wouldn’t let them adopt new measures to address clergy sex abuse, he said the Holy See wanted them to wait until after a February abuse prevention summit called by Pope Francis. That was only part of the story. A letter from the Vatican’s Cardinal Marc Oullet, obtained this week by The Associated Press, said the main reason the Vatican objected to the vote was because U.S. bishops had withheld the problematic texts from the Vatican until the last minute, and didn’t consult Rome in drafting them. By Nicole Winfield. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 7 a.m., photo.

YE-2018 VIEW FROM ABOVE — Memorable news satellite photos of 2018 featured images of lava flows on Hawaii, raging fires in California and Russian war games. UPCOMING: 500 words by 11 a.m., 16 photos.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — House Democrats release their plan to re-open the government without approving money for President Donald Trump’s border wall. At the same time, Trump is struggling to find leverage to break the stalemate days before the GOP’s monopoly on Washington power comes to an end. By Zeke Miller and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 860 words, photos.

NEW YEAR-2019 — Fireworks, concerts, spiritual services and political addresses abound to mark the transition to 2019 as revelers around the globe bid farewell to a year filled with challenges to many of the world’s most basic institutions, including politics, trade, alliances and religion. SENT: 1,770 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing. With NYC-NEW YEAR — Times Square crowd braves rain to bid wet welcome to 2019. SENT: 640 words, video, photos; NEW YEAR-2019-PHOTO GALLERY (sent)

CONGRESS-TRUMP CRITICS — President Trump’s most prominent GOP critics on Capitol Hill are days away from completing their Senate careers, raising the question of who — if anyone — will take their place as willing to publicly criticize a president who remains popular with nearly 9 in 10 Republican voters. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 910 words, photos.

SCI-BEYOND PLUTO — The NASA spacecraft that yielded the first close-up views of Pluto opens the new year at an even more distant world, a billion miles beyond. Flight controllers say everything looked good for New Horizons’ flyby of the tiny, icy object shortly after midnight Tuesday. Confirmation was not expected for hours, though, given the vast distance. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 730 words, video, photos. With ASTEROID CHASE — NASA spacecraft goes into orbit around ancient asteroid, setting a record. SENT: 120 words, photos.

NKOREA-NEW YEAR’S SPEECH-TAKEAWAYS — Looking almost banker-like in a business suit and sitting in an upholstered leather armchair, Kim Jong Un gives his annual televised New Year’s address. Here are four key takeaways. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 980 words, photos. With NKOREA-NEW YEAR’S SPEECH — Kim ready to talk more with Trump but says not to test North. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

DIETING 101 — Two major studies last year offered some insight into the role carbs play in making us fat, but unfortunately they don’t settle the question of how best to lose weight in 2019. What’s most important, experts say, is to find a diet you can stick to over the long term. By Food & Health Writer Candice Choi. UPCOMING: 850 words by 8 a.m., photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SHUTDOWN-NATIONAL PARKS — Amid a partial government shutdown, human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior are beginning to overwhelm some of the West’s iconic national parks. SENT: 830 words, photos.

STRATEGIC COMMAND-BOMB TWEET — The U.S. Strategic Command apologizes for tweet about dropping bomb. SENT: 120 words.

RUSSIAN DOPING — Deadline passes without Russian turnover of data, samples to the World Anti-Doping Agency. SENT: 240 words, photo.

PEOPLE-RICKY MARTIN — Ricky Martin announces birth of baby daughter, says his family, including his 10-year-old sons, have “fallen in love” with the girl. SENT: 100 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-PENTAGON — Jim Mattis ends one of history’s more turbulent tenures as defense secretary by re-emphasizing a key difference with President Trump and encouraging Pentagon employees, civilian and military, to “hold fast” in safeguarding the nation. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 980 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRAZIL-BOLSONARO — Once an outsider mocked by fellow lawmakers for his far-right positions, constant use of expletives and even casual dressing, former army captain Jair Bolsonaro is taking office as Brazil’s president Tuesday. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. With BRAZIL-BOLSONARO-CHANGES — Bolsonaro promises to overhaul many aspects of life and government in Latin America’s largest nation. Five things to watch. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photo.

IRAQ-BUDGET CRISIS — The latest plunge in oil prices has dealt another heavy blow to Iraq’s stagnating economy, threatening the new government’s ability to rebuild after the devastating war with the Islamic State group and provide basic services to areas roiled by recent protests. SENT: 700 words, photos.

CUBA REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY — Cuba celebrates the 60th anniversary of a socialist revolution that has outlasted 11 U.S. presidents and the fall of the Berlin Wall. UPCOMING: 800 words by 9 a.m., photos, video.

AFGHANISTAN — An Afghan official says the Taliban launched two blistering attacks in northern Sar-e-Pul province, killing 15 members of the country’s security forces. SENT: 130 words.

PERU-ODEBRECHT — Peru’s attorney general dismisses a team investigating the far-reaching Odebrecht corruption scandal, setting off street protests in cities across the country. SENT: 360 words.

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NATIONAL

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CHILD SHOT-HOUSTON — Investigators in Houston say they have an image from surveillance video of a pickup whose driver fired several shots into a car carrying a family, killing a 7-year-old girl and wounding the child’s mother. SENT: 370 words, photos.

OKLAHOMA EARTHQUAKES — The number of magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes in Oklahoma has declined for the third consecutive year since the state Corporation Commission began directing oil and gas producers to close some wells and reduce injection volumes in others. UPCOMING: 430 words by noon. With ALASKA EARTHQUAKE — 5.0 magnitude quake rattles Alaska residents on New Year’s Eve. SENT: 100 words.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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FINANCIAL MARKETS — Wall Street closes out a dismal, turbulent year for stocks on a bright note, but still finishes 2018 with the worst showing in a decade. By Business Writer Alex Veiga. SENT: 900 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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HEALTH OVERHAUL-STATE MANDATES — The mandate directing individuals to obtain health insurance or face tax penalties is ending for most, but not all Americans. UPCOMING: 850 words by noon.

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SPORTS

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ROSE BOWL — Urban Meyer sees the Rose Bowl as the ideal place to close his coaching career. The Ohio State boss is leaving after the Buckeyes (12-1) face Pac-12 champion Washington (10-3). By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 920 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from game at 5 p.m.

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