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January 10, 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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NEW & DEVELOPING

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YEMEN — Yemen officials: Deadly strike by rebels hits base near Aden. SENT: 140 words.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — President Donald Trump is taking the shutdown battle to the U.S.-Mexico border, seeking to bolster his case for a border wall after the latest negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding demands. By Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 860 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Roundtable on immigration and border security scheduled for 2:10 p.m. in McAllen; visit to Rio Grande scheduled for 3:30 p.m. With SHUTDOWN-TODAY’S BRIEFING — Day 20 of the partial government shutdown. Also see MORE ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN below. For comprehensive coverage: https://apnews.com/GovernmentShutdown

US-CHINA-FORCED LABOR — A U.S. company that stocks college bookstores with t-shirts and other team apparel cut ties with a Chinese company that drew workers from an internment camp holding targeted members of ethnic minority groups. By Martha Mendoza and Yanan Wang. SENT: 540 words, photos.

CONGO-ELECTION — Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi is declared the winner of the long-delayed, disorganized and controversial presidential election, in an announcement by the electoral commission that surprised many, as the vast country braces for possible protests over alleged rigging. By Mathilde Boussion, Saleh Mwanamilongo and David Keyton. SENT: 1,030 words, photos. With CONGO-ELECTION-THE LATEST.

US-CHINA-TRADE — The United States says talks in Beijing on ending a bruising trade war focused on Chinese promises to buy more American goods, but it gave no indication of progress on resolving disputes over Beijing’s technology ambitions and other thorny issues. By Business Writers Joe McDonald and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 730 words, photos. With FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian markets settle after rallying on U.S.-China trade hopes.

CALIFORNIA V TRUMP — California’s top prosecutor, Xavier Becerra, has been among the most aggressive of the Democratic state attorneys general who have fought Trump in court. He has taken on the Trump administration in 45 lawsuits, mostly over immigration, the environment and health care. The attorney general says he looks to defend issues he championed as a 12-term Congressman and listens to what the president says to prepare for future litigation. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 1,140 words, photos. With CALIFORNIA V TRUMP-GLANCE.

MEASURING PAIN — Researchers are hunting the first objective way to measure pain, what the National Institutes of Health calls a pain meter. That’s because there’s no stethoscope for pain, and doctors can’t measure it like they measure blood pressure or a fever. Patients must describe what they’re feeling and hope they’re believed. Among the devices in early-stage testing: one that peeks into the eyes to link pupil reactions to pain. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 1,010 words, photos, video.

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MORE ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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SHUTDOWN POLITICS — As the third government shutdown of Trump’s administration stretches into its 19th day, political pressures on Trump and the Democrats leave little room for compromise in the standoff over funding for a border wall. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

BORDER WALL-EMINENT DOMAIN — As Trump travels to the border in Texas to make the case for his $5.7 billion wall, landowner Eloisa Cavazos says she knows firsthand how the project will play out if the White House gets its way. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US TX Eminent Domain (CR) — Texas landowners dig in to fight Trump border wall.

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INTERNATIONAL

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KOREAS-DIPLOMACY — South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in urges North Korea to take firmer disarmament measures and the U.S. to reward them, suggesting he’ll push for sanction exemptions to restart dormant economic cooperation projects with the North. SENT: 670 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CONGRESS-ATTORNEY GENERAL — The new Senate Judiciary chairman says Attorney General nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and will let him complete his Russia investigation. SENT: 570 words, photos. With TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-THINGS TO KNOW.

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NATIONAL

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KANSAS-ABORTION LAWSUIT — Abortion opponents in Kansas have been bracing themselves for nearly two years for a ruling from the state’s highest court that protects the right to have an abortion and potentially upends politics in a state long at the center of the national debate. By Political Writer John Hanna. SENT: 990 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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VONN’S QUEST — Three-time Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn doesn’t want health or history to dictate when her storied skiing career ends. SENT: 720 words, photo.

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