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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

January 20, 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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ZIMBABWE-PROTESTS _ Before the family of Kelvin Tinashe Choto knew he had been killed, social media in Zimbabwe was circulating a photo of his battered body lying on the reception counter of a local police station. Angry protesters had left him there. The 22-year-old was shot in the head, one of at least a dozen people killed since Monday in a violent crackdown by security forces on protests against a dramatic increase in fuel prices. By Farai Mutsaka. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN _ In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Donald Trump offered to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for his long-promised border wall. But while Trump cast the move as a “common-sense compromise,” Democrats were quick to dismiss it at a “non-starter.” By Jill Colvin, Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,330 words, video, photos. With: SHUTDOWN-TODAY’S BRIEFING _ A new proposal from Trump, more border security money from Democrats (sent).

MEXICO-PIPELINE FIRE _They were warned to stay away from the geyser of gasoline gushing from the ruptured pipeline in central Mexico, but Gerardo Perez says he and his son joined others in bypassing the soldiers. As they neared the spurting fuel he was overcome with foreboding. Perez told his son: “Let’s go ... this thing is going to explode.” And it did, with a fireball that engulfed locals collecting the gasoline and underscored the dangers of an epidemic of fuel theft that Mexico’s president has vowed to fight. By Mark Stevenson. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

NATIVE AMERICAN MARCH-VIDEOS _ A diocese in Kentucky apologized after videos emerged showing students from a Catholic boys’ high school mocking Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial after a rally in Washington. By Adam Beam and Brian Melley. SENT: 810 words, photo.

CONGO-ELECTION _ Congo’s election crisis deepened when the Constitutional Court confirmed the win of Felix Tshisekedi, rejecting claims of fraud, and runner-up Martin Fayulu promptly declared himself the country’s “only legitimate president.” By Saleh Mwanamilongo and Carley Petesch. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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FRANCE-SKI RESORT-FIRE _ Officials in Courchevel say two people have been killed and 22 others injured in a large blaze that broke out in the French ski resort. SENT: 110 words.

SYRIA _ Syrian state TV is reporting a bombing in a southern neighborhood of the capital, Damascus. SENT: 160 words.

YEMEN _ The Saudi-led coalition has launched a series of airstrikes against targets in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, including a military base and drones facility. SENT: 130 words.

CHILE-EARTHQUAKE _ A 6.7-magnitude earthquake shakes cities and towns on Chile’s northern coast, but there were no immediate reports of damages. SENT: 160 words.

JAPAN-WORLD’S OLDEST MAN _ The world’s oldest man has died at his home _ a hot springs inn _ in northern Japan at the age of 113. SENT: 120 word, photos.

PEOPLE-JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE _ Justin Timberlake pulls some sunshine from his pocket for the patients at a Texas children’s hospital. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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WOMEN’S MARCH _ Amid internal controversies and a capital city deeply distracted by the partial government shutdown, the third Women’s March returned to Washington with an enduring message of anger and defiance aimed directly at President Donald Trump’s White House. SENT: 800 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-FACT CHECK _ AP FACT CHECK: Trump makes an untenable case, in remarks aimed at ending shutdown, that a border wall can be a magic bullet for the drug problem. SENT: 490 words, photos. WITH: FACT CHECK-WEEK _ In Trump’s Washington, a week of half-truths, changed stories and fabrications. SENT: 1,890 words, photo.

TRUMP-SYRIA _ A solemn procession. A long salute. A chaplain’s prayer. President Donald Trump traveled to Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base to pay his respects to the returning remains of four Americans who were killed this week in a suicide bomb attack in Syria. SENT: 920 words, video, audio, photos.

TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-THINGS TO KNOW _ Where the investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him. SENT: 530 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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WINTER WEATHER _ A major winter storm that blanketed most of the Midwest with snow earlier in the weekend barrels toward New England, where it was expected to cause transportation havoc ranging from slick and clogged roads to hundreds of cancelled airline flights. SENT: 520 words, photos.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD _ Activists and others who were disappointed by the outcome of two historic cases involving the killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white Chicago police officer see a way forward _ by turning tragedy into political power. SENT: 830 words photos, video.

OBIT-NATHAN GLAZER _ Sociologist Nathan Glazer, who assisted on a classic study of conformity, ‘The Lonely Crowd,’ and co-authored a groundbreaking document of non-conformity, ‘Beyond the Melting Pot,’ has died at age 95. SENT: 840 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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DAVOS-ELITES VS POPULISTS _ As the world’s financial and political elites convene here in the Swiss Alps for the World Economic Forum, their vision of ever-closer commercial and political ties is under attack _ and the economic outlook is darkening. SENT: 970 words, photo.

BRITAIN-PRINCE PHILIP _ British police speak with Prince Philip after the husband of Queen Elizabeth II was photographed apparently driving without wearing a seatbelt _ just two days after he was involved in a serious car crash. SENT: 450 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN _ Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah have registered to run for president later this year, setting up a rematch after a bitterly disputed 2014 vote led to a power-sharing agreement brokered by the United States. SENT: 330 words.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS _ The Oscars race may have gotten a little clearer as the race-themed road trip drama “Green Book” drove off with the top honor at the Producers Guild Awards, winning out over presumed front-runners like “Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Black Panther.” By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FBN--PATRIOTS-CHIEFS PREVIEW _ The NFC championship game between the Saints and Rams features coaches with more in common than their first names. New Orleans’ Sean Payton and Los Angeles’ Sean McVay design and call plays for two of the NFL’s top offenses. Both got their first NFL jobs working under current Raiders coach Jon Gruden. The big differences are in age and experience. The 55-year-old Payton has been a head coach since 2006. The 32-year-old McVay is in his second season on the job. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 1,120 words, photos. With: DEFENSIVE CHIEFS _ Chiefs suddenly stingy defense gets test in AFC title game (sent).

BOX--PACQUIAO-BRONER — Manny Pacquiao showed he’s still got plenty of fight for a fighter on the wrong side of 40. Whether Pacquiao’s dominating win over Adrien Broner gets him a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, though, is a question that will have to be answered another night. By Boxing Writer Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 250 words, photos.

TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN — The so-called Barty Party will run into the Australian Open quarterfinals after Ash Barty beat 2008 champion Maria Sharapova to become the first local woman in a decade to reach the last eight at Melbourne Park. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova took 59 minutes to beat American teenager Amanda Anisimova and return to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time since 2012. No. 2 Angelique Kerber crashed out. By Sports Writer John Pye. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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