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January 8, 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 — President Donald Trump will argue his case to the nation that a “crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border requires the long and invulnerable wall he’s demanding before ending the partial government shutdown. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers face missed paychecks Friday as the shutdown drags through a third week. By Matthew Daly, Catherine Lucey and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,250 words, photos, video.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-AVIATION Q&A — Longer lines at security checkpoints and a reduction in safety inspections are the early signs of how the partial government shutdown is affecting air travel. Security officers and air traffic controllers are working but not getting paid right away. Over the weekend, some airports had long lines at checkpoints as TSA acknowledged an increase in absences. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 980 words, photos.

NKOREA-CHINA — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives in Beijing at the start of a four-day visit, in what’s likely an effort to coordinate with his only major ally ahead of a summit with Trump that could happen early this year. A long motorcade including motorcycle outriders reserved for state leaders left a Beijing train station shortly after the arrival of an armored train consisting of 20 to 25 cars — most of whose windows were blacked-out — along tracks lined by police and paramilitary troops. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 870 words, photos.

SAUDI-RUNAWAY WOMAN — Thailand’s immigration police chief meets with officials of the Saudi Embassy in Bangkok, and say the officials told him they are satisfied with how the case of the young Saudi woman who claims to be fleeing her abusive family has been handled. SENT: 320 words, photos, videos.

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SPORTS

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CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP — With stunning ease and a freshman quarterback, Clemson topples Alabama — college football’s greatest dynasty — to become the first perfect playoff champion. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,230 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS

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JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN — Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn tells a Tokyo court that he is innocent, defending his honor in his first public appearance since he was arrested on Nov. 19 and charged with false financial reporting. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

US-CHINA-TRADE — An official Chinese newspaper warns Washington not to demand too much from Beijing as talks on ending their tariff war enters a second day with no word on possible progress. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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TEEN-LIFE SENTENCE-CLEMENCY — Fifteen years after Cyntoia Brown was charged with murder, the woman who says she was a 16-year-old sex trafficking victim when she killed a man in 2004 is no longer under a life sentence. SENT: 900 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SENATE-ISRAEL BOYCOTT — Senate Republicans’ first bill of the new Congress aims to insert the legislative branch into Trump’s Middle East policy, but it also tries to drive a wedge between centrist and liberal Democrats over attitudes toward Israel. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 710 words, photo.

TEACHERS-POLITICS — After a campaign buoyed by a surge in teacher activism, Arizona’s new schools chief takes office with a pledge to address the kind of grievances that led to school-shuttering walkouts in several states last spring. SENT: 730 words, photos, video.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-KEVIN SPACEY — Kevin Spacey pleads not guilty to groping an 18-year-old busboy in 2016 in the first criminal case brought against the disgraced actor following a string of sexual misconduct allegations that crippled his career. SENT: 830 words, photos, video.

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