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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:25

January 15, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org




BREXIT (sent, developing)

KENYA-ATTACK (sent, developing)

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN (sent, upcoming)


SENATE-ATTORNEY GENERAL (sent, developing)





PEOPLE-KIM KARDASHIAN _ Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting their fourth child. Kardashian confirmed the surrogate pregnancy during an appearance Monday on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” SENT: 75 words, photo.

NETFLIX-PRICE INCREASE _ Netflix raising prices for 58M US subscribers as costs rise. SENT: 640 words, photos.

THE SITUATION-TAXES _ “Jersey Shore” cast member Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is trading life on the beach for time behind prison bars. The 36-year-old is scheduled to report to Otisville Federal Correctional Institution in upstate New York on Tuesday to begin serving an eight-month sentence for tax fraud. SENT: 125 words, photo.

TRUMP-CLEMSON _ Lovin’ it: Trump fetes champion Clemson with burgers, fries. SENT: 340 words, photos, video.

TV-FALLON-PUERTO RICO _ Jimmy Fallon: Puerto Rican episode a “love letter” to the island. SENT: 640 words, photo.

CONFEDERATE-MONUMENTS-NORTH-CAROLINA _ University of North Carolina removes Confederate pedestal from campus overnight. SENT: 730 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-DYING FISH _ Australian state to pump oxygen into rivers as fish die. SENT: 320 words, photos.

INDIA-KUMBH-TOXIC AIR _ India’s mega Hindu festival begins under cloud of toxic air. SENT: 900 words, photos.




GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN _ Bypassing Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, President Donald Trump invites a group of centrist Democrats to the White House in an effort to break the logjam over border wall funding that has created the longest government shutdown. SENT: 1100 words. UPCOMING: Developing throughout the day, lunch scheduled for 12:30 p.m., 1000 words by 4 p.m., photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-DC _ No city experiences a shutdown quite like Washington. Besides the economic impact, a shutdown warps the nation’s capital on a cultural, recreational and logistical level. The current partial shutdown, now in a record fourth week, has also provided a quiet boon for city government. Officials are claiming unprecedented new powers while making a public show of literally cleaning up the federal government’s mess. SENT: 940 words, photo.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-GOING PUBLIC STALLED _ The partial government shutdown is slowing plans by some companies to issue stock to the public and potentially cutting off a key source of capital for the financial markets. The shutdown has all but shuttered the Securities and Exchange Commission, which oversees the markets, including initial public offerings. Companies that have been moving toward IPOs in coming months include Uber, Lyft and Pinterest. By Marcy Gordon. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1 p.m.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-GIG ECONOMY _ When he was furloughed from the Treasury Department in Kansas City, Israel Diaz sought out a side gig that has become a popular option in the current economy: He applied to drive at Uber. The tens of thousands of out-of-work government employees have more options than in past shutdowns given the prevalence of the gig economy that has made an entire workforce out of driving for companies like Uber, Lyft and Postmates and doing side gigs like handyman work. UPCOMING: 800 words, with photos.




SENATE-ATTORNEY GENERAL _ President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee will have to navigate his confirmation hearing skillfully, emphasizing his support for President Donald Trump’s policies while assuring Democrats he will act independently and won’t interfere with the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Barr will face questions Tuesday from the Senate Judiciary Committee about his relationship with Trump and his views on executive powers. SENT: 670 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 9:30 a.m. hearing, 890 words by 4 p.m., photos. With SENATE-ATTORNEY GENERAL-NEWS GUIDE _ Things to watch for at the confirmation hearing. SENT: 900 words, photo.

CONGRESS-STEVE KING _ Veteran Republican Rep. Steve King will be blocked from committee assignments for the next two years after lamenting that white supremacy and white nationalism have become offensive terms. SENT: 550 words, photo.

TRUMP-CLEMSON _ Junk food is on the menu as President Donald Trump salutes college football’s Clemson Tigers for winning the national championship. Trump, a fast food lover, said he even paid for their meal himself because of the partial government shutdown. Otherwise, he jokes, Melania Trump and Karen Pence would have to make salads. SENT: 330 words, photo.

TRUMP-DAVOS _ The White House has named the members of a scaled-back delegation that will represent the Trump administration next week at an annual economic conference in Switzerland. SENT: 130 words.

TRUMP-BIRTH CONTROL-NEWS GUIDE _ Two judges now have stopped the Trump administration from going ahead with its plan to allow more employers to opt out of providing free birth control coverage. A look at the rule, how Trump wants to change it, the rulings and what’s next. UPCOMNG: 800 words by 4 p.m., photo.

SUPREME COURT-LIQUOR SALES _ The Supreme Court is set to hear a dispute this week over Tennessee’s residency requirements for liquor store owners. Doug and Mary Ketchum moved from Utah to Memphis and say Tennessee makes it almost impossible for someone to break into the liquor business from out of state. They contend that Tennessee law forcing people to live in the state for two years to get a license to sell alcohol and 10 years to renew a license is unconstitutional because it discriminates against out-of-state interests. SENT: 930 words, photo

EPA-ENFORCEMENT DECLINE _ Government figures show the Environmental Protection Agency has hit a 30-year low in the number of pollution cases referred for criminal prosecution. Justice Department data released Tuesday by the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and obtained by The Associated Press show the EPA referred 166 cases for federal prosecution in fiscal year 2018 under the Trump administration. SENT: 519 words, photo.




LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE _ Parents are concerned that little learning is happening at Los Angeles schools staffed by substitutes during a massive teacher strike in the nation’s second-largest school district. Tens of thousands of teachers will walk picket lines again, a day after striking for the first time in three decades over issues including salary and class sizes. Some parents say they would keep their children home after hearing they weren’t receiving much schooling. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. With LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE-THE LATEST; TEACHER STRIKES-ISSUES (sent).

WISCONSIN KILLINGS-KIDNAPPING _ For nearly three months, 13-year-old Jayme Closs was forced to hide in a 2½-foot space beneath her kidnapper’s bed, going without food, water or a bathroom for hours, too terrified to flee from a man she knew had fatally shot both of her parents. But when Jake Thomas Patterson left the remote cabin on the 88th day of her captivity, she finally made a break for freedom, authorities say. She put on Patterson’s sneakers so hastily that they ended up on the wrong feet. After a neighbor called 911, Patterson was soon captured as he drove around the rural area searching for her. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, videos. With WISCONSIN KILLINGS-KIDNAPPING-TIMELINE.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-UTILITY _ The announcement by the nation’s largest utility that it is filing for bankruptcy puts Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s problems squarely in the hands of Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, who now must try to keep ratepayer costs down, ensure wildfire victims get the money they’re owed and rethink California’s energy picture in the face of climate change. SENT: 920 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA STORMS _ A year after a mudslide swept through a fire-devastated California town, killing 21 people, residents of hundreds homes in burn areas are told to pack up and leave as a Pacific storm threatens potential catastrophe. SENT: 640 words, photos, videos.

INTERNET GAMBLING _ A legal opinion from the U.S. Department of Justice made public could threaten the viability of online gambling that crosses state lines such as poker. SENT: 740 words, photo.

AP WAS THERE-GREAT MOLASSES FLOOD _ AP Was There: Boston’s Great Molasses Flood of 1919 killed 21, injured 150. SENT: 510 words, photos, video.




BREXIT _ British lawmakers are preparing to deliver their verdict on Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union after more than two years of political upheaval. By Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: vote expected around 2 p.m. With EU-BREXIT-PLAN-B _ If U.K. Parliament rejects May’s deal, what’s Plan B? BREXIT-TIMELINE-GLANCE ; BREXIT-THE LATEST; BREXIT-VOTE TIMETABLE; FINANCIAL MARKETS _ World shares rally ahead of vote on Brexit deal (all sent).

KENYA-ATTACK _ Terrorists have launched an attack on an upscale hotel complex in Kenya’s capital, sending people fleeing in panic as explosions and heavy gunfire reverberate through the neighborhood

IRAN _ Iran conducts one of at least two satellite launches it plans despite criticism from the United States, but the satellite fails to reach orbit. SENT: 640 words, photos. With IRAN-THE LATEST.

MIGRANT CARAVAN _ Another caravan of Central American migrants sets out from Honduras seeking to reach the U.S. border, following the same route used by thousands last year in at least three caravans. SENT: 300 words, photo.

SOUTH SUDAN-FRAGILE PEACE _ Since a fragile peace deal was signed in September, South Sudan’s previously warring parties have been trying to rebuild trust in some of the country’s hardest-hit areas. Opposition fighters listen to trainings in humanitarian law and are embedded with their former rivals. But on an AP visit to one desolate town near the Ugandan border, wary residents in a squalid displacement camp say the peace is still too uncertain for them to return home. By Sam Mednick. SENT: 660 words, photos. ONLY ON AP.

CUBA-TOURISM _ Trump’s Cuba policy is driving hundreds of millions of dollars from the island’s private entrepreneurs to its military-controlled tourism sector, the opposite of its supposed goal, new statistics say. SENT: 600 words, photo.

LEBANON-ARAB ECONOMIC SUMMIT _ An Arab economic development summit that Lebanon is hosting this weekend has been marred by controversy days before delegates arrive. SENT: 880 words, photos. With LIBYA _ Libya’s paramilitary force to “cleanse” country’s south.

CHINA-CANADA-GLOVES OFF-ANALYSIS _ Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government is sparing no expense to its international reputation in its determination to force Canada to back down over the case of a Chinese telecommunications executive it detained last month. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

CHINA-CANADA _ China expresses its “strong dissatisfaction” with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his criticism of a death sentence given to an alleged Canadian drug smuggler at a hastily conducted retrial that followed a chilling of relations over the arrest of a senior Chinese technology executive. SENT: 790 words, photos.

SAUDI-RUNAWAY WOMAN _ A Saudi woman accepted as a refugee in Canada says in an Australian television interview that she expected her experience would inspire other women to flee her homeland. SENT: 430 words, photo.

INTERNATIONAL COURT-IVORY COAST _ Judges at the International Criminal Court acquitt former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and former youth minister Charles Ble Goude of crimes committed following disputed elections in 2010, saying prosecutors failed to prove their case. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ZIMBABWE-FUEL CRISIS _ A Zimbabwean military helicopter fires tear gas at demonstrators blocking a road and burning tires in the capital on a second day of deadly protests after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in the economically shattered country. SENT: 410 words, photos. With ZIMBABWE-FUEL CRISIS-THE LATEST; RUSSIA-ZIMBABWE _ Zimbabwe’s president in Russia to meet Putin and seek loans.

FRANCE-PROTESTS _ French President Emmanuel Macron is formally launching a “grand debate” to try to appease the yellow vest movement following weeks of anti-government protests. SENT: 260 words, photos.

KOREAS-DIPLOMACY _ North Korea is no longer South Korea’s “enemy,” though Pyongyang’s nuclear program still poses a security threat, according to Seoul’s biennial defense document. SENT: 710 words, photos.




AUTO SHOW-LOSING CLOUT? _ Auto shows may be losing their influence on buyers, and if Detroit is any indication, automakers are realizing it. BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Audi and Mazda have all pulled out of the January show, many citing a lack of bang for their buck or a bad date for their cycle of new vehicles. Debuts of new vehicles and attendance may be down at major U.S. and international shows as companies save money and get more buzz by doing introductions digitally outside of the organized shows. By Jeff Karoub and Tom Krisher. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m. With VOLKSWAGEN-FORD _ Volkswagen and Ford say they’re forming a global alliance in which they will develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups together while exploring broader cooperation on future battery-powered and autonomous vehicles. SENT: 410 words, photo.

CHINA-ECONOMY _ China plans to slash taxes, step up spending and provide ample financing to private and small enterprises to help counter the country’s worst slowdown since the global financial crisis and the impact of a bruising trade war with the U.S. SENT: 730 words, photos.




GROWING UP DIGITAL-EDUCATION AS A GAME _ A vast array of apps, websites and software in schools today borrow elements from video games to help teachers connect with students living technology-infused lives. Studies have found that some can be effective. But there is also skepticism about how often students who use them are better educated, or just better entertained. SENT: 960 words, photos, video.

FACEBOOK-LOCAL NEWS INVESTMENT _ Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in local news programs, partnerships and other initiatives. The cash investment includes reporting grants for local newsrooms and investing in nonprofits aimed at helping support local news. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 530 words, photo.

CHINA-HUAWEI _ The founder of Huawei, in a new effort to allay Western security concerns, says that the Chinese tech giant would not comply with Chinese government requests to disclose confidential information about its foreign customers and their communication networks. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 360 words, photos.




OBIT-CAROL CHANNING _ Carol Channing, whose career spanned decades on Broadway and on television, has died at age 97. Her publicist says she died of natural causes in Rancho Mirage, California. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

DRAGON BALL FANDOM _ Dragon Ball is a revered classic anime that has influenced pop culture for years earning praise from the likes of Michael B. Jordan, Ronda Rousey and Chris Brown. With the new film “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” releasing Wednesday in U.S. theaters, the increasing fandom is showing the 35-year-old Japanese anime franchise his here to stay. SENT: 800 words, photos.




COACH HEALTH AND WELLNESS _ Coaches around the NBA are putting priority on their health in order to get through the grind, intense travel and stresses of a pro basketball season. By Sports Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TOKYO-CORRUPTION PROBE _ Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a powerful IOC member, again denies corruption allegations against him, suggesting that any guilt was with others at the Japanese body. By Sports Writer Stephen Wade. SENT: 920 words, photos.




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