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January 16, 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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FRANCE-MATCH FIXING — Four tennis players are in French custody on suspicion of helping an organized gambling syndicate believed to have fixed hundreds of lower-tier matches. They are suspected of working for a ringleader who police call the “Maestro.” Police believe he may have paid more than 100 players from at least half a dozen countries. The detentions are part of a months-long police investigation around Europe. By John Leicester. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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UNITED STATES-SYRIA — U.S. service members are among 16 people killed in Syria in a bombing claimed by the Islamic State group, an attack that comes less than a month after President Donald Trump declared the group defeated and ordered with withdrawal of American troops, despite the objections of senior advisers. The president has said IS would be “doomed” if they attack the U.S. but there was no immediate word of any response. By Lita Baldor. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photo. Will incorporate SYRIA.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — Shutdown pressure on President Trump mounts as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls on him to delay his State of the Union address and his own economists acknowledge the prolonged standoff has a greater economic drag than previously thought. By Catherine Lucey, Jill Colvin and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 880 words. UPCOMING: Updates expected, 940 words by 5 p.m., photos.

BREXIT — Prime Minister Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote, one day after Parliament rejects her Brexit deal by a historic margin and unleashes a power struggle over control of Britain’s planned withdrawal from the European Union. By Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing with photos and video after vote, which begins at 2 p.m.

IRAN-US-JOURNALIST DETAINED — A prominent American anchorwoman on Iranian state television has been arrested by the FBI after flying to the U.S. Marzieh Hashemi’s son said his mother is apparently being held in a prison as a material witness. By Janet McConnaughey.

SEARS-SURVIVAL — Sears has won a reprieve in a desperate attempt to stave off its own demise. The company’s largest shareholder and chairman, Eddie Lampert, won a bankruptcy auction in New York, according to a source familiar with negotiations. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 800 words, photos.

KENYA-ATTACK — All the gunmen who staged a deadly attack on a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi were killed, Kenya’s president says, declaring an end to the brazen siege that underscored the ability of al-Shabab extremists to strike despite military setbacks. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 500 words, photos.

HOLLYWOOD-COLORISM — The last year has been hailed as a breakthrough for representation in Hollywood with box-office hits like “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” And that has revived a frequently overlooked discussion about whether prejudice isn’t just about the color of a person’s skin, but the shade. The concept of “colorism” is the focus of Tuesday’s episode of the ABC sitcom “black-ish.” The show’s producers say they wanted to address colorism for several seasons. By Terry Tang. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN STATE — Michigan State president faces ouster amid Nassar fallout. SENT: 730 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE — There’s a hint of a potential resumption of talks as the Los Angeles teachers strike enters its third day. SENT: 775 words, photos.

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SCIENCE

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TEEN VAPING-ADDICTION — What’s the best way to treat teens hooked on nicotine from vaping with Juuls and other electronic cigarettes? No one seems to know. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MEDIA-LOCAL NEWS — Local news outlets have been struggling for years, with hundreds of newspapers closing their doors since 2004 and sparking talk of “news deserts” where local journalism sources are scarce. On Tuesday some potential relief for local news organizations was announced with Facebook committing $300 million to support local outlets, but on the opposite side a company known for making deep cuts to newsrooms said it was making a bid for Gannett, the owner of USA Today and numerous local papers throughout the country. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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