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January 11, 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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ONLY ON AP

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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.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — The political impasse over President Donald Trump’s long-sought border wall comes into sharper focus as federal workers get paychecks with zeros on them. With the government shutdown about to become the longest in history, quiet momentum builds among Republicans to find a way out. By Jonathan Lemire, Lisa Mascaro and Jill Colvin. SENT: 830 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., with developments expected through the day.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-PAYDAY — Federal employees around the country receive pay stubs with nothing but zeroes on them, deepening anxieties among the 800,000 workers caught in the middle of the government shutdown. All told, an estimated 800,000 government employees missed their paychecks for first time since the shutdown began three weeks ago. By Brady McCombs and Michelle Smith. SENT: 925 words, with photos.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA — The U.S. starts to withdraw military equipment, but not troops, from Syria as part of a gradual pullout that could take months to comply with President Trump’s order to bring American forces home. His decision has raised fears of eroding gains made against the Islamic State group, putting Kurdish allies at risk of attack by Turkey and bolstering Russia and Iranian influence in Syria. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 3 p.m.

TWO DEAD-CHILD MISSING — A 21-year-old man is jailed and accused of killing a Wisconsin couple and holding their teenage daughter captive for three months before she managed to escape. By Todd Richmond. SENT: 1,000 words. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 4 p.m.

GROVELAND FOUR — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and a Cabinet granted posthumous pardons to four African-American men accused of raping a white woman nearly 70 years ago in a case now seen as a racial injustice. The unanimous vote came minutes after alleged victim pleaded with DeSantis and the Cabinet members, meeting as the clemency board, not to grant the pardons, saying she still relives the horror of the rape she said happened in 1949. But DeSantis said the case against the men known as the Groveland Four was clearly mishandled. By Brendan Farrington. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 800 words, by 3 p.m.

SAUDI-RUNAWAY WOMAN — A Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse by her family left Bangkok to fly to Canada to take up an offer of asylum, Thailand’s immigration police chief said. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, took a flight to Seoul, South Korea, with a final destination of Toronto, said Police Chief Surachate Hakparn. Several countries, including Canada and Australia, had been in talks with the U.N.’s refugee agency to accept Alqunun, he said earlier in the day. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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MORE ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-EXECUTIVE POWER — Obama stunned Republicans when he said he’d bypass their majority in Congress and use executive powers to enact his agenda. Now, with Trump proposing an even more dramatic end-run around Congress, many of those same Republicans are cheering him on. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-SUPERFUND SITES — Shutdown stops work at the nation’s most polluted sites unless there’s an “imminent threat” to life or property. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ATTORNEY GENERAL-SENTENCING OVERHAUL — President Trump’s pick to be the next attorney general will assure lawmakers that he supports the recently approved criminal justice overhaul despite his long history of advocating tough-on-crime policies. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 860 words, photos.

TRUMP-VISAS — President Trump says changes are coming in how the U.S. handles temporary visas that allow American companies to bring high-tech and other skilled workers into the U.S. from abroad. To those workers, he is pledging “simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship.” By Colleen Long. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo by 3:30 p.m.

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NATIONAL

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VEGETATIVE STATE-BIRTH — 911 audio reveals that staff on duty the day an Arizona woman in a vegetative state gave birth at a long-term care facility were dealing with their own shock as they frantically tried to save the baby’s life. SENT: 500 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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POLAND-HUAWEI-CHINA-ESPIONAGE — Poland arrested a director at the Chinese tech giant Huawei and one of its own former cybersecurity experts and charged them with spying for China, authorities said. The development comes as the U.S. is exerting pressure on its allies not to use Huawei, the world’s biggest maker of telecommunications network equipment, over data security concerns. SENT: 1,055 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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FLU SEASON — It’s early, but officials say the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter’s unusually brutal one. In most parts of the country right now, the flu strain causing the most illness is a somewhat milder virus. It tends not to cause as many hospitalizations and deaths as the kind of flu that dominated a year ago. Flu vaccines also work better against it. SENT: 375 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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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. By Joseph Pisani, Matt O’Brien and Rachel Lerman. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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BBO--ARBITRATION — AL MVP, Mookie Betts, NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, major league home run champion Khris Davis and NL home run, Nolan Arenado are among more than 150 players eligible to exchange proposed arbitration salaries with their teams on the busiest day of the offseason. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 8 p.m.

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