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January 6, 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 — Newly empowered House Democrats have a plan to pressure President Donald Trump and majority Republicans in the Senate to reopen the government, though he shows no signs of buckling and the GOP leadership has stayed on the sidelines so far. Trump acknowledges that shutdown talks he set up won’t break the impasse and says a 20-minute sit-down with the Democratic leaders could get the government back in business. By Catherine Lucey and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words by 3 p.m.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA — U.S. troops will not leave northeastern Syria until Islamic State militants are defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected, a top White House aide says, signaling a pause to a withdrawal abruptly announced last month and initially expected to be completed within weeks. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 750 words, photos.

CHILD SHOT-HOUSTON — A black man was arrested and charged with murder in the killing of a 7-year-old black girl in a drive-by shooting in Houston prosecutors said Sunday was a case of mistaken identity. By Juan Lozano. SENT: 700 words, photos.

CONGO-ELECTION — Congo’s government postpones the release of the results of last weekend’s presidential election, fueling suspicions President Joseph Kabila’s ruling party is maneuvering to cling to power. By Mathilde Boussion and Saleh Mwanamilongo. SENT: 550 words, photos.

TWO ENCOUNTERS — Two Milwaukee men had encounters with police that ended drastically different in the same neighborhood: One suspect was armed, the other wasn’t. One was white, the other black. Only one was shot. The police department now faces a federal lawsuit. By Ivan Moreno. SENT: 1,400 words, photos. An abridged version has also been sent. This is the Monday Spotlight.

GOLDEN GLOBES — Lady Gaga is poised to win not just one but two awards when the 76th annual Golden Globes get under way Sunday night. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 600 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated after start of the red carpet around 5 p.m. Eastern. The Globes air live on NBC beginning at 8 p.m.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PACIFIC OCEAN-PLASTIC CLEANUP — Huge trash-collecting boom in Pacific Ocean needs repairs. SENT: 300 words.

MALAYSIA-KING ABDICATES — Malaysia’s king abdicates in unexpected and rare move. SENT: 250 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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DEAD POET — The late founder of the Dead Poets Society of America is about to become a posthumously published poet. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos, by 2 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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POLAND-ESCAPE ROOM DEATHS — Polish officials have shut down 13 escape room entertainment sites for safety flaws and the prime minister asked people Sunday to report such lapses to firefighters and police after five teenage girls were killed in a fire. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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GADGET SHOW-CHINA’S RISE — The CES 2019 gadget show is showcasing the expanding influence and sway of China’s rapidly growing technology sector. But some of its firms are stepping back from the spotlight amid rising U.S. national-security concerns over Chinese tech and a trans-Pacific trade war. No Chinese technology executives will deliver CES keynotes in Las Vegas this week. SENT: 975 words, photos.

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