BC-AP Top Stories Digest
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 .
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — Senate votes begin at 2:30 p.m.
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — The Senate presses ahead with votes on competing Democratic and Republican plans to end the 34-day partial government shutdown, but both measures appear likely to fall victim to a poisonous Washington impasse that shows little signs of easing. Either measure would reopen federal agencies and pay 800,000 federal workers who are about to miss yet another paycheck. By Andrew Taylor and Alan Fram. SENT: 950 words. UPCOMING: Senate votes begin at 2:30 p.m., 970 words by 5 p.m., photos.
TRUMP CAVES — President Trump’s decision to postpone his State of the Union address under pressure from Nancy Pelosi was a rare cave by the man whose advice is to always hit back. His fold was a clear sign of the importance he attaches to the optics of a speaking from the grand setting of the House chamber. And now all sides are trying to parse what it means for his willingness to make a deal to reopen the government. By Jill Colvin. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-RIPPLE EFFECTS — restaurants to a Colorado company that makes belt buckles for U.S. Forest Service uniforms, businesses that rely on federal employees as customers are feeling the pinch from the government shutdown. By Chistopher Rugaber. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 4 p.m.
VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS — All eyes are on Juan Guaido’s next step a day after the popular Venezuelan opposition leader declared he was temporarily assuming presidential powers in a high-stakes bid to unseat Nicolas Maduro, as the top military brass continue to stand behind the embattled socialist president. Guiado has disappeared from public view since swearing before tens of thousands of cheering supporters to uphold the constitution and rid Venezuela of dictatorship. By Scott Smith. Sent: 1,100 words. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 5 p.m.
ITALY-KNOX-HUMAN RIGHTS — Europe’s human rights court ordered Italy to pay Amanda Knox financial damages for police failure to provide legal assistance and an independent interpreter during a long night of questioning following the Nov. 1, 2007 murder of her British roommate. But the court said there was insufficient evidence to support claims of psychological and physical mistreatment. SENT: 700 words, photos.
HOMES-PROJECT LOOP — A new shopping platform announced at the World Economic Forum aims to change the way we buy many brand-name products. Loop, as the platform is called, would do away with disposable containers for things like shampoo and laundry detergent from some of the world’s biggest manufacturers. Instead, those goods will be delivered in sleek, reusable containers that will be picked up at your door, washed and refilled. SENT: 830 words, photos.
TRUMP-OUT OF TOUCH — With hundreds of thousands of federal workers going without pay during the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump and his team are struggling to strike an empathetic tone Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, one of the richest people in the Cabinet, questions why furloughed federal workers were using food banks instead of taking out loans. That prompts a response from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “Is this the ‘Let them eat cake’ kind of attitude?” By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 570 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — A Senate committee has subpoenaed President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, a day after Cohen postponed his public testimony scheduled for February to a House committee. Word of the subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee comes from one of Cohen’s lawyers, Lanny Davis. That committee generally has held its Russia-related hearings in private. SENT: 150 words, photo. Developing.
NEVADA KILLINGS-IMMIGRANT — A man suspected of being in the U.S. illegally and accused of killing four people in Nevada over the past two weeks is due in court on burglary, stolen property and immigration charges. Prosecutors say murder charges are expected later. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 4:30 p.m. ET court appearance.
BANK SHOOTING-FLORIDA — A gunman who overtook a SunTrust Bank branch in Florida apparently made the five women inside lie down on the lobby floor before shooting them in the backs of their heads, police said. Sebring police Chief Karl Hoglund said there’s no indication Zephen Xaver intended to rob the bank, and no apparent connection among him, the bank or the victims. SENT: 735 words, photos.
CONGO-NEW PRESIDENT — Felix Tshisekedi is sworn in as Congo’s president in the country’s first peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium nearly 60 years ago. He immediately pledges tolerance and the release of all political prisoners. SENT: 735 words, photos.
WILDLIFE WATCHDOGS — When Chinese police found them in the trunk of a smuggler’s car, 33 of the trafficked pangolins — endangered scaly mammals from southern China — were still alive, wrapped in plastic bags soaked with their own urine. But the fate of the critters — whose scales are worth nearly their weight in silver on the black market — was not a happy one. Every last pangolin died in government captivity within a few months. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photo.
TWEETING FAKERY — A tiny fraction of Twitter users spread the vast majority of fake news in 2016, with conservatives and older people sharing misinformation more, a new study finds. SENT: 630 words, photo.
BOOKS-JIM ACOSTA — CNN’s Jim Acosta is writing a book on covering Donald Trump’s White House, The Associated Press has learned. SENT: 330 words, photo.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN — Still just 21, Naomi Osaka is on the verge of a second consecutive major championship. And the No. 1 ranking, too. The U.S. Open winner faces two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. SENT: 850 words, photos.
GLF--FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN — Tiger Woods makes his 2019 debut at the Farmers Insurance Open against a field that includes Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. His last tour start was four months ago, a victory at the season-ending Tour Championship. Woods, an eight-time winner at Torrey, tied for 23rd last year. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.