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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

January 3, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org

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HIGHLIGHTING

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CLERGY ABUSE-PENNSYLVANIA AFTERMATH (sent)

NEW CONGRESS-PELOSI (sent, developing)

CHINA-SPACE (sent, developing)

KOREAS-DIPLOMAT IN HIDING (sent, developing)

FINANCIAL MARKETS (sent)

GROWING UP DIGITAL-SMARTPHONE PSYCHIATRY (upcoming)

ESPORTS-GETTING WOMEN IN THE GAME (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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GOLDEN GLOBES-PRESENTERS — Michael B. Jordan, Ben Stiller among Golden Globe presenters. SENT: 130 words, photos.

MUSIC-COACHELLA — Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino among Coachella headliners. SENT: 160 words, photos.

SOUTHEAST ASIA-TROPICAL STORM — Thailand braces for powerful storm at southern beach towns. SENT: 710 words, photos.

DOUGHNUT TRUCK FIRE — Krispy Kreme delivers doughnuts to officers over pastry loss. SENT: 150 words.

AUSTRALIA-YACHT FOUND — Californian solo sailor says her “heart skipped a beat” with news that the yacht she abandoned during an ill-fated round-the-world attempt in 2010 has been found off the Australian coast. SENT: 250 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CLERGY ABUSE-PENNSYLVANIA AFTERMATH — A review by the AP finds an unprecedented public reckoning is underway in the nation’s Roman Catholic Church since the release of a shocking grand jury report in Pennsylvania four months ago. Nearly 50 dioceses and religious orders across the U.S. have publicly named more than 1,000 predator priests, and 55 more dioceses plan to release names in the next few months. By Claudia Lauer. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

US-KALAMAZOO SHOOTINGS — The jury selection process is set to begin in the trial of a man charged with killing six strangers in southwestern Michigan nearly three years ago. SENT: 140 words, photos. Upcoming: DEVELOPING.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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NEW CONGRESS-PELOSI — Nancy Pelosi is poised to be elected as House speaker with the first vote of the new Democratic majority. She remains a highly polarizing figure, vilified by Republicans as a San Francisco liberal and a caricature of big government. SENT: 810 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, speaker vote expected about 12:45 p.m. WITH NEW CONGRESS-VIEWERS’ GUIDE — What to watch in Thursday’s proceedings (sent)

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN —On Day 13 of a partial government shutdown incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says “there’s no amount of persuasion” President Donald Trump can use to get her to fund his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. Trump, meanwhile, is dug in on his demand for funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. SENT: 900 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-SANDERS — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his chief lieutenants are offering contrition as his staffers face allegations of sexual harassment that plagued his last presidential campaign and threaten to derail a second White House bid before it begins. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CHINA-SPACE — China’s burgeoning space program achieved a first on Thursday: a landing on the so-called dark side of the moon. The United States, the then-Soviet Union and more recently China have all sent spacecraft to the near side of the moon, which faces Earth, but this is the first-ever landing on the other side. By Ken Moritsugu. SENT: 540 words, photos, video.

KOREAS-DIPLOMAT IN HIDING — North Korea’s top diplomat in Italy and his wife have gone into hiding, according to a South Korean lawmaker, raising the possibility of a rare defection of a senior North Korean official. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 950 words, photos.

SAUDI-WRITER KILLED —Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday it will seek the death penalty against five suspects in the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a killing that has seen members of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage implicated in the writer’s assassination. SENT: 710 words, photo.

RUSSIA-BUILDING COLLAPSE — Russian officials ended the search of a collapsed apartment building and said the rescue crews that raced through concrete rubble found 39 people dead and one survivor. SENT: 380 words, photos.

SUDAN-CHALLENGING AL-BASHIR — Street protests against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir show no sign of abating. A growing number of his former allies are clamoring for his departure. None of his friends in the region are stepping up to help. One of the Mideast’s longest-ruling autocrats may be on the way out. SENT: 1,150 words, photos. WITH SUDAN — Sudan opposition calls for more protests against al-Bashir. (sent)

GREECE-RAISING SHIPWRECKS-PHOTO GALLERY —The hulking remains of a cargo ship rise up through the water, listing to one side with a rusting hull exposed, its glory days of sailing the world’s seas and oceans long gone. By Thanassis Stavrakis. SENT: 380 words, photos, video.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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GROWING UP DIGITAL-SMARTPHONE PSYCHIATRY — Smartphones have been blamed for contributing to anxiety, depression and suicidal behavior in susceptible teens. But what if they could be used instead to identify kids at risk? By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS

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APPLE-IPHONE SALES-CHINA —Apple Inc.’s $1,000 iPhone is a tough sell to consumers in China unnerved by an economic slump and the trade war with the U.S. CEO Tim Cook said in a letter to shareholders released that demand for iPhones is waning and revenue for the last quarter of 2018 will fall well below projections. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 830 words, photos.

FINANCIAL MARKETS —Apple’s warning that its sales in China weakened over the holidays added to investors’ fears that the global economy is losing strength, with the trade fight between the U.S. and China making the situation worse. U.S. stock indexes fell sharply. SENT: 560 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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ESPORTS-GETTING WOMEN IN THE GAME — Most professional esports are devoid of female players at their highest levels, even though 45 percent of U.S. gamers are women or girls. By Sports Writer Jake Seiner. SENT: 1,430 words, photos.

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