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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:20, ADVISORY

January 11, 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

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HIGHLIGHTING

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN (sent).

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-SKEWED ECONOMIC DATA (sent).

TRUMP-VISAS (sent).

SYRIA (sent, developing)

CONGO-ELECTION (sent)

TWO DEAD-CHILD MISSING (sent, developing).

ATTORNEY GENERAL-SENTENCING REFORM (upcoming).

VEGETATIVE STATE-BIRTH (sent)

BEER-NUTRITION LABELS (sent).

GADGET SHOW-SPYING GADGETS (upcoming).

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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RARE PENNY SOLD _ A rare copper penny that a Massachusetts man found in his lunch money more than 70 years ago sells at an auction for more than $200,000. SENT: 150 words.

OBIT-VERNA BLOOM _ Verna Bloom, the actress who portrayed the wife of the dean in the movie “Animal House,” has died. SENT: 150 words.

PRAYER LAWSUIT-NORTH CAROLINA _ The years-long fight over a North Carolina county commission’s practice of opening meetings with Christian prayers and inviting audience members to join is over, with commissioners agreeing to pay $285,000 in legal fees. SENT: 150 words.

BURIED ALIVE-SURVIVOR _ A Florida construction worker is recovering after being buried alive. SENT: 150 words.

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BORDER WALL/GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN _ President Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay. SENT: 850 words. UPCOMING: Developments expected, Trump roundtable at 2:30 p.m., 900 words by 5 p.m., photos, video. With: GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-EMERGENCY DECLARATION _ The Trump administration is considering where it could find money to pay for President Trump’s border wall. It is eyeing billions in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-pounded Puerto Rico as Trump weighs signing a national emergency declaration to get it built without Congress’ approval. SENT: 820 words, photo.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-SUPERFUND SITES_ The partial government shutdown has forced suspension of federal work at the nation’s Superfund sites unless it is determined there is an “imminent threat” to life or property. SENT: 1140 words, photos. WITH: SHUTDOWN-END GAME-Q&A _How the government shutdown might end. SENT: 950 words, photo. WITH: SHUTDOWN-TODAY’S BRIEFING _ Shutdown ties longest record. SENT; 490 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated with day’s developments.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-SKEWED ECONOMIC DATA _ The partial shutdown of the U.S. government has begun to make it harder to assess the health of the economy by delaying or distorting key reports on growth, spending and hiring. SENT: 870 words, photos. With: FEDERAL SHUTDOWN-PERSONAL FINANCE _ There’s no end in sight to the partial federal shutdown and, more distressing to federal workers, no paycheck in sight either. Some experts weigh in with tips on how to cope. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ONLY ON AP

CHILD MARRIAGE-IMMIGRATION _ The U.S. approved thousands of requests by men to bring child and teenage brides from another country. That’s according to data provided to The Associated Press. In one case a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl. The petitions are legal. But they raise questions on how the immigration system may enable forced marriage and how lax marriage laws within the U.S. contribute. By Colleen Long. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video, graphic.

TRUMP-VISAS _ President Trump promises changes are afoot to help highly skilled people come to the US to work. SENT: 300 words, photo, developing.

ATTORNEY GENERAL-SENTENCING REFORM _ President Trump’s pick to be the next attorney general will assure lawmakers that he supports the recently approved criminal justice overhaul, despite a long history of advocating for tough-on-crime policies. UPCOMING: 860 words by 4 p.m., photos.

ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS _ Allies of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are rallying behind the embattled presidential prospect, even as they reluctantly begin to ponder a painful possibility: a 2020 presidential field without him. The 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist has been forced to confront a series of reports detailing allegations of sexual harassment of women by male staffers when he ran for president in 2016. SENT: 1000 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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TWO DEAD-CHILD MISSING _ A Wisconsin teenager missing for nearly three months after her parents were killed in the family home is found alive barely an hour’s drive away, by a woman who stumbled across the 13-year-old girl and pounded on her neighbors’ door shouting: “This is Jayme Closs! Call 911!” Jayme was skinny and dirty, wearing shoes too big for her feet, but appeared outwardly OK when she was discovered near the small town of Gordon, the neighbors say. By Todd Richmond. SENT: 770 words, photos

VEGETATIVE STATE-BIRTH _ A doctor examined an Arizona woman in a vegetative state nearly nine months before she gave birth but did not find that she was pregnant, and medical experts said that it’s possible she displayed no outward signs that workers who cared for her every day would have noticed either. SENT: 685 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SYRIA _ A U.S. defense official says no American troops have withdrawn yet from Syria, but some military cargo has been pulled out. The official said the movement of equipment is part of what the military calls the start of a deliberate withdrawal from Syria, where about 2,000 troops have been working with a coalition of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters to defeat the remnants of the Islamic State group. SENT: 675 words, photos, developing.

SAUDI-RUNAWAY WOMAN _ Several countries including Canada and Australia are in talks with the U.N. refugee agency to accept a Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse from her family, Thai police say. SENT: 360 words, photos.

CONGO-ELECTION _ Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu announced he would file a court challenge to the presidential election results, while his coalition asserted he actually received 61 percent of the vote according to the findings of the influential Catholic Church’s election observers. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

POMPEO-MIDDLE EAST _ U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought the Trump administration’s anti-Iran message to Gulf Arab states, arriving in Bahrain to continue a nine-nation tour of the Middle East aimed at reassuring America’s partners that withdrawing troops from Syria does not mean Washington is abandoning the region. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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BEER-NUTRITION LABELS _ Beer drinkers can’t claim blissful ignorance for much longer. Starting next month, packages of Bud Light will have prominent labels showing the beer’s calories and ingredients as well as the amount of fat, carbohydrates and protein in a serving. By Business Writer Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 500 words, photos.

GADGET SHOW-SPYING GADGETS _ Many products unveiled at CES this week have a wow factor, but are they safe from a privacy standpoint? The AP looks at potential pitfalls with facial recognition, data collection and other practices. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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