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February 12, 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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TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY — Congressional negotiators reach agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues. Republicans tentatively agree to far less money for President Donald Trump’s border wall than his $5.7 billion request, settling for a figure of nearly $1.4 billion, according to congressional aides. SENT: 950 words, photo, video.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-PHOTO —It’s an image that has become emblematic of the Parkland school massacre: Two terrified mothers photographed in an embrace outside the high school in Florida where 17 people were killed a year ago. The women’s children, it turned out, were safe. But the bond between Cathi Rush and Mechelle Boyle in that photo didn’t survive. They have found themselves at odds — like the nation itself — over gun control. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 820 words, photos, video.

IRANIAN REVOLUTION-40TH ANNIVERSARY-CALIFORNIA — Minoo Sharifan came to the United States from Iran in the 1970s for graduate school, and like many others, wound up settling in America, starting a career and raising her family while a revolution upended her homeland and fractured relations with the U.S. The two countries remain bitter adversaries. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 1,090 words, photos, video.

NIGERIA-ELECTIONS-EXTREMIST RESURGENCE — Nigeria’s government is acknowledging an extremist resurgence, this time by a Boko Haram offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province. It has become IS’ largest presence outside the Middle East with more than 3,000 fighters, triple that of Boko Haram. Their near-daily attacks have many traumatized Nigerians questioning whether they can vote for President Muhammadu Buhari this weekend as he seeks a second term. By Haruna Umar and Cara Anna. UPCOMING: 1,020 words by 5 a.m., photos.

UNITED STATES-IRAQ — The top Pentagon official arrives in Baghdad to consult with American military commanders and Iraqi government leaders on the future U.S. troop presence in Iraq. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 530 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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JOHN DINGELL — Former Vice President Joe Biden and other dignitaries are expected at John Dingell’s funeral after hundreds of people passed his coffin and were personally greeted by the family of America’s longest-serving member of Congress. SENT: 310 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Funeral at 11 a.m.

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NATIONAL

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DENVER TEACHERS-STRIKE — Denver school leaders and teachers are set to resume negotiations to end a strike over pay amid a swell of educator activism that has affected at least half a dozen states over the past year. SENT: 560 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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UNDERSIZED SCORERS — Campbell’s Chris Clemons is leading the country in scoring and moving up the Division I career scoring list to headline a crop of big-time undersized scorers in college basketball. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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EMIRATES-PEOPLE-HARRISON FORD — Actor Harrison Ford offers an emphatic plea for protecting the world’s oceans, calling out Trump and others who “deny or denigrate science.” SENT: 350 words, photos.

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