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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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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — On shutdown Day 30, those entrusted to run the government seem no closer to ending the impasse than when it began before Christmas. Democrats give the back of the hand to President Donald Trump’s offer of a compromise and Trump brands the House speaker a “radical” who’s acting “irrationally.” With Tuesday the deadline for the next federal pay period, the Senate’s leader plans action, against steep odds, on the president’s proposal. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 890 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m. With SHUTDOWN-TODAY’S BRIEFING — Shutdown seems back to square one. SENT: 490 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

NATIVE AMERICAN MARCH-VIDEOS — A Native American organizer of a march in Washington, D.C., says he felt compelled to get between a group of black religious activists and largely white students with his ceremonial drum to defuse a potentially dangerous situation. Videos show a youth staring at and standing extremely close as Nathan Phillips sang and played a drum, while surrounding students chanted, laughed and jeered. Phillips says he saw “my country being torn apart.” By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 475 words, photos. UPCOMING: New 850-word version by 4 p.m.

WINTER WEATHER — A major winter storm brought some of the coldest temperatures of the season and covered a large swath of the country in snow as it wreaked havoc on air travel and caused slick road conditions throughout New England. By Philip Marcelo and Catherine Perloff. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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).

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — Giuliani: ‘So what’ if Trump and Cohen discussed testimony. SENT: 430 words, photos.

LUNAR ECLIPSE — Curtain rising Sunday night on total lunar eclipse. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Eclipse begins around 10:34 p.m. EST, with totality beginning around 11:41 p.m. EST.

OBIT-TONY MENDEZ — Tony Mendez, former CIA officer portrayed in ‘Argo,’ dead at 78. SENT: 450 words.

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NATIONAL

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LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-CLASS SIZES — Most educators and parents see class size as an indicator of a quality education and have made it a priority in teacher strikes across the United States, but its effectiveness is still up for debate. There’s no universal standard for the optimal class size, though some states and school districts have instituted policies. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ZIMBABWE-PROTESTS-PRESIDENT — Zimbabwe’s president announced that he will return home and skip the World Economic Forum after a week of turmoil in which activists have said at least a dozen people have been killed in a government crackdown. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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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.

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TECHNOLOGY

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AP EXPLAINS-AFRICA-INTERNET SHUTDOWNS — 2019 is already a busy year for internet shutdowns in Africa, with governments ordering cutoffs as soon as a crisis appears. Here’s how governments do it. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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