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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory,10:15,ADVISORY

December 19, 2018

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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HIGHLIGHTING

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TRUMP-BORDER WALL (sent)

SPEAKER RYAN’S FAREWELL (sent)

IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN’S SHELTERS (sent)

ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE (sent)

CONGRESS-SENTENCING BILL (sent)

FEDERAL RESERVE (sent, upcoming)

YEMEN-CHILD SOLDIERS (sent)

FILM-SECOND ACT-JENNIFER LOPEZ (upcoming)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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ESCAPED INMATE-HOT TUB — An escaped inmate is back in custody after being found soaking in a hot tub at a southern Ohio senior living community, still wearing her yellow jail outfit. SENT: 150 words.

INMATE FREED-DOPPELGANGER — Kansas will pay $1.1 million to a Missouri man who spent nearly 17 years in prison for a robbery that he argued was committed by his doppelganger. SENT: 150 words.

PRO BOWL — The Los Angeles Chargers placed seven players in the Pro Bowl, including safety Derwin James, one of six rookies across the league to make the game. SENT: 600 words, photos.

POPULAR POEM — The Academy of American Poets say Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Kindness” was the most popular work on poets.org. SENT: 150 words, photo.

FINIAL HEIST-ST PAUL — A golden ball swiped from the top of the conservatory at St. Paul’s Como Park has been returned — gift wrapped in a giant Christmas stocking. SENT: 200 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-BORDER WALL — President Donald Trump appears to back off his demand for $5 billion to build a border wall, signaling he might be open to a deal that would avoid a partial government shutdown. By Lisa Mascaro, Catherine Lucey and Matthew Daly. SENT: 1,030 words, photos. With: BORDER WALL-EXPLAINER - What’s the status of the wall? Depends whom you ask (sent).

SPEAKER RYAN’S FAREWELL — Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan is bemoaning America’s “broken politics.” He’s also using a farewell speech to say that Washington’s failure to overhaul costly federal benefit programs is “our greatest unfinished business.” SENT: 860 words, photo. UPCOMING: 950 words after 1 p.m. speech.

ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE — As Beto O’Rourke mulls a 2020 White House run, a small but vocal segment of activists are suggesting he’s not liberal enough — more feel-good flashiness than commitment to values that will excite his party’s ascendant leftist wing. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1 p.m.

LEAD-BASED PAINT — The Trump administration announces a new strategy that’s supposed to protect children from lead-based paint. But early drafts lacked mandates and enforcement provisions, public health groups say. By Ellen Knickmeyer. Developing from 10:30 a.m. announcement.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-SIGN-UPS — The government releases final figures for people signing up for health care in the 39 states served by HealthCare.gov, and they are likely to show a decline in enrollments. The announcement comes as a legal fight develops over the future of the Affordable Care Act following a federal judge’s ruling declaring it unconstitutional. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. Developing from mid-morning release.

CONGRESS-SENTENCING BILL - The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill that addresses concerns that the nation’s war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 840 words, photo. WITH: CONGRESS-SENTENCING BILL-GLANCE - Highlights of the bill; TRUMP-KUSHNER - Jared Kushner is being credited for helping spearhead what could be the first major bipartisan legislative success of the Trump era (both sent).

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE - A federal judge who described himself as disgusted by Michael Flynn’s behavior upended a straightforward sentencing hearing, postponing punishment for President Trump’s first national security adviser and telling him in a stinging rebuke, “Arguably you sold your country out.” By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video. WITH: TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-TAKEAWAYS - Cooperation counts, but so does the crime. SENT: 510 words, photos.

VICE PRESIDENT-CHRISTMAS - Christmas at Vice President Mike Pence’s official residence jumps out of the pages of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” SENT: 290 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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ONLY ON AP

IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN’S SHELTERS — Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed most of the 14,300 migrant children in its care in detention centers and residential facilities packed with hundreds, or thousands, of kids. UPCOMING: 2,400 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,000 words is also available.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ONLY ON AP

YEMEN-CHILD SOLDIERS — An AP investigation has found that thousands of children have been recruited by Yemen’s Houthi rebels to fight in the country’s civil war. Boys describe being thrown into the heat of battle, amid bombardment and airstrikes, watching friends die. By Maggie Michael. SENT: 2,500 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 950 words is also available.

CHINA-FORCED LABOR-REACTION — The U.S. government is reviewing reports of forced labor at a Chinese internment camp where ethnic minorities are sewing clothes that have been shipped to the U.S. market. By Martha Mendoza and Yanan Wang. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BREXIT — With British politics gridlocked and just 100 days until Brexit, the European Union triggered contingency plans designed to cushion some of the shock of a “no-deal” U.K. exit from the bloc. SENT: 925 words, photos

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BUSINESS

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FEDERAL RESERVE — The Federal Reserve is expected to raise its benchmark rate for a fourth time this year despite President Trump’s repeated assertions that doing so would be a terrible idea. SENT: 650 words, photos, developing.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-SECOND ACT-JENNIFER LOPEZ — Jennifer Lopez returns to her cinematic bread and butter in “Second Act,” a new kind of rom-com about evolution, but this time she’s working as a producer as well. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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