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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

January 15, 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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SOUTH SUDAN-FRAGILE PEACE _ Since a fragile peace deal was signed in September, South Sudan’s previously warring parties have been trying to rebuild trust in some of the country’s hardest-hit areas. Opposition fighters listen to trainings in humanitarian law and are embedded with their former rivals. But on an AP visit to one desolate town near the Ugandan border, wary residents in a squalid displacement camp say the peace is still too uncertain for them to return home. By Sam Mednick. UPCOMING: 620 words by 5 a.m., photos.

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TOP STORIES

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SENATE-ATTORNEY GENERAL _ President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee will have to navigate his confirmation hearing skillfully. William Barr will need to emphasize that he supports Trump’s policies while assuring Democrats he will act independently and won’t interfere with the special counsel’s Russia investigation. By Michael Balsamo and Eric Tucker. SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words after 9:30 a.m. hearing. With SENATE-ATTORNEY GENERAL-NEWS GUIDE _ Questions Barr is likely to hear; SENATE-ATTORNEY-GENERAL-THE-LATEST.

BREXIT _ British lawmakers are set to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal with the European Union and all indications are that she will suffer a heavy defeat. What happens thereafter is unclear but the timetable is closing. Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29. By Jill Lawless. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 a.m., photos; vote expected around 1 p.m.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-DC _ No city experiences a shutdown quite like Washington. Besides the economic impact, a shutdown warps the nation’s capital on a cultural, recreational and logistical level. By Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 910 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ US LA Trump Speech Reaction (cr) _ Farmers, protesters react to Trump’s Louisiana speech. With GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN _ Trump says solution to shutdown impasse “so simple”; TRUMP-BORDER PATROL _ No winners in a government shutdown? You haven’t met Brandon Judd. With abridged; SHUTDOWN-TODAY’S BRIEFING. For comprehensive coverage: https://apnews.com/GovernmentShutdown

WISCONSIN KILLINGS-KIDNAPPING _ For nearly three months, 13-year-old Jayme Closs was forced to hide in a 2½-foot space beneath her kidnapper’s bed, going without food, water or a bathroom for hours, too terrified to flee from a man she knew had fatally shot both of her parents. But when Jake Thomas Patterson left the remote cabin on the 88th day of her captivity, she finally made a break for freedom, authorities say. She put on Patterson’s sneakers so hastily that they ended up on the wrong feet. After a neighbor called 911, Patterson was soon captured as he drove around the rural area searching for her. By Amy Forliti and Todd Richmond. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, videos. With WISCONSIN KILLINGS-KIDNAPPING-TIMELINE.

LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE _ Parents are concerned that little learning is happening at Los Angeles schools staffed by substitutes during a massive teacher strike in the nation’s second-largest school district. Tens of thousands of teachers will walk picket lines again, a day after striking for the first time in three decades over issues including salary and class sizes. Some parents say they would keep their children home after hearing they weren’t receiving much schooling. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. With LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE-THE LATEST.

GROWING UP DIGITAL-EDUCATION AS A GAME _ Peek inside your average classroom these days, and you’re likely to see teachers using apps, websites and software that borrow elements from video games to connect with students living technology-infused lives. Studies have found that some can be effective. But there’s also skepticism about how often students who use them are better educated, or just better entertained. By Michael Melia. UPCOMING: 920 words by 6 a.m., photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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TRUMP-CLEMSON _ Lovin’ it: Trump fetes champion Clemson with burgers, fries. SENT: 340 words, photos, video.

TV-FALLON-PUERTO RICO _ Jimmy Fallon: Puerto Rican episode a “love letter” to the island. SENT: 640 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-DYING FISH _ Australian state to pump oxygen into rivers as fish die. SENT: 320 words, photos.

INDIA-KUMBH-TOXIC AIR _ India’s mega Hindu festival begins under cloud of toxic air. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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CUBA-TOURISM _ Trump’s Cuba policy is driving hundreds of millions of dollars from the island’s private entrepreneurs to its military-controlled tourism sector, the opposite of its supposed goal, new statistics say. SENT: 600 words, photo.

LEBANON-ARAB ECONOMIC SUMMIT _ An Arab economic development summit that Lebanon is hosting this weekend has been marred by controversy days before delegates arrive. SENT: 880 words, photos.

IRAN _ Iran conducts one of at least two satellite launches it plans despite criticism from the United States, but the satellite failed to reach orbit, an official says. SENT: 350 words.

MIGRANT CARAVAN _ Another caravan of Central American migrants sets out from Honduras seeking to reach the U.S. border, following the same route used by thousands last year in at least three caravans. SENT: 300 words, photo.

SAUDI-RUNAWAY WOMAN _ A Saudi woman accepted as a refugee in Canada says in an Australian television interview that she expected her experience would inspire other women to flee her homeland. SENT: 430 words, photo.

KOREAS-DIPLOMACY _ North Korea is no longer South Korea’s “enemy,” though Pyongyang’s nuclear program still poses a security threat, according to Seoul’s biennial defense document published. SENT: 710 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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EPA-ENFORCEMENT DECLINE _ The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show. SENT: 520 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-LIQUOR SALES _ The Supreme Court is set to hear a dispute over Tennessee’s residency requirements for liquor store owners. SENT: 970 words, photo.

CONGRESS-STEVE KING _ Veteran Republican Rep. Steve King will be blocked from committee assignments for the next two years after lamenting that white supremacy and white nationalism have become offensive terms. SENT: 960 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-UTILITY _ The announcement by the nation’s largest utility that it is filing for bankruptcy puts Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s problems squarely in the hands of Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, who now must try to keep ratepayer costs down, ensure wildfire victims get the money they’re owed and rethink California’s energy picture in the face of climate change. SENT: 920 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA STORMS _ A year after a mudslide swept through a fire-devastated California town, killing 21 people, residents of hundreds homes in burn areas are told to pack up and leave as a Pacific storm threatens potential catastrophe. SENT: 640 words, photos.

INTERNET GAMBLING _ A legal opinion from the U.S. Department of Justice made public could threaten the viability of online gambling that crosses state lines such as poker. SENT: 740 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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CHINA-ECONOMY _ China plans to slash taxes, step up spending and provide ample financing to private and small enterprises to help counter the country’s worst slowdown since the global financial crisis and the impact of a bruising trade war with the U.S. SENT: 730 words, photos. With FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asian shares recover as China outlines 2019 policy plans.

FINANCIAL MARKETS-CASH RULES _With the Federal Reserve raising short-term rates four times last year, money-market funds and online savings accounts have begun paying interest that is coming close to approaching inflation. By Business Writer Stan Choe. SENT: 600 words, photo.

JAPAN-NISSAN GHOSN _ The Tokyo District Court turns down a request by Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn for release on bail, prolonging his detention by weeks and possibly months. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 280 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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COACH HEALTH AND WELLNESS _ Coaches around the NBA are putting priority on their health in order to get through the grind, intense travel and stresses of a pro basketball season. By Sports Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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