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January 13, 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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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-THE TRUMP SHOW-ANALYSIS — President Donald Trump likes to put a premium on stagecraft. But he’s discovering he can’t resolve the shutdown simply by putting on a show. A News Analysis by Catherine Lucey. SENT: 890 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — A White House confidant encourages President Donald Trump to reopen government for a few weeks to try to negotiate a deal with Democrats that would break the shutdown impasse. But that may be wishful thinking: Trump wants a deal first on his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall and a leading Democratic negotiator insists that the shutdown end before any talks take place. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 620 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m.

PAYING FOR TRUMP’S TARIFFS — President Donald Trump says the import taxes he’s slapped on steel, aluminum and thousands of Chinese products are making America richer by swelling Treasury’s coffers. But it’s companies like Linton Crystal Technologies that are actually paying the price: The Rochester, New York, furnace manufacturer is moving its R&D operations to China to dodge Trump’s tariffs. Likewise, other companies are losing their competitive edge because they have to pay tariffs on imported components that foreign competitors don’t. And part of what the Treasury gains in tariff revenue it loses in bailout payments to American farmers hurt by the president’s trade wars. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: 900 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE — Beto O’Rourke is doing anything he can to keep interest in his potential 2020 run for the presidency alive without actually jumping in the race yet. But how long can the former Texas congressman wait as the pace picks up around him? SENT: 840 words, photos.

SYRIA-REHABILITATING ASSAD — Syrian President Bashar Assad has moved closer to being readmitted to the fold of Arab nations, a feat once deemed unthinkable as he brutally crushed a years-long uprising against him. Gulf Arab countries, once the main supporters of rebels trying to topple him, are now lining up to reopen their embassies in Syria, driven by concerns about leaving the country at the heart of the Arab world to rivals Iran and Turkey. But relations with the West will be harder to mend. By Zeina Karam. SENT: 970 words, photos. This is the Monday Spotlight.

ITALY-FUGITIVE MILITANT — A left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder in his home country nearly three decades ago is arrested in Bolivia, setting the stage for a climactic end to one of Italy’s longest-running efforts to bring a fugitive to justice. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 780 words, photos.

THE MEANING OF MEAT — Three months after Missouri became the first U.S. state to regulate the term “meat” on product labels, Nebraska farm groups are pushing for a similar law in hopes of protecting the state’s livestock industry. But the measure is certain to face resistance from food producers who are quickly developing lab-grown meat alternatives. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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CONGRESS-STEVE KING — House GOP leader to meet with King over race remarks. SENT: 330 words, photos.

OFFICER KILLED-CALIFORNIA — Man who killed officer said he was hit by ultrasonic waves. SENT: 515 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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IRAN-NUCLEAR — The head of Iran’s nuclear program says the Islamic Republic has begun “preliminary activities for designing” a modern process for 20-percent uranium enrichment for its 50-year-old research reactor in Tehran, signaling new danger for the nuclear deal. SENT: 560 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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WINTER WEATHER — A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummeled the mid-Atlantic region for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, cancelled flights and contributed to hundreds of car accidents. More than 200,000 people in Virginia and North Carolina were without power. SENT: 340 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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AUTO SHOW-WHEELS TO WATCH — SUVs and a big pickup truck will get top billing at Detroit’s auto show this year, but there are some surprise sports cars and electric vehicles on the agenda. Press days for the show begin Monday, although there are a couple of unveils set for before the show starts. The most popular vehicle of the bunch is the Ford Explorer, to be revealed Wednesday night at Ford Field, the home of the National Football League’s Detroit Lions. Cadillac will show off its family hauling XT6 SUV, while Ram unveils its heavy-duty pickup and Toyota revives the sporty Supra. By Tom Krisher, 300 words by 12:01 a.m. Will be updated as more embargoes lift on Monday. With photos, video

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