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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

January 8, 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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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN (sent, developing)

UNITED STATES-SYRIA (sent, developing)

ATTORNEY GENERAL-EXECUTIVE POWERS (sent, developing)

INDIA-CITIZENSHIP BILL (sent, developing)

FLORIDA FELON-VOTING RIGHTS (sent, developing)

CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — With no breakthrough in sight, President Donald Trump will argue his case to the nation Tuesday night 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. SENT: 1100 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates likely, speech at 9 p.m.

ATTORNEY GENERAL-EXECUTIVE POWERS — William Barr once advised that a president didn’t need Congress’ permission to attack Iraq, that his administration could arrest a deposed foreign dictator and capture suspects abroad without that country’s permission. It’s an expansive view of presidential power and an unsettling one for Democrats as the Senate holds a confirmation hearing next week for Barr, a onetime attorney general who is President Trump’s pick to again serve as America’s top law enforcement official. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BRITAIN-FATBERG — Officials say a giant “fatberg” — a mass of hardened fat, oil and baby wipes measuring 64 meters (210 feet) long — has been found blocking a sewer in a southwestern English town. SENT: 130 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-SYRIA — A senior U.S. official trying to negotiate the safety of Kurdish allies in northeastern Syria is apparently rebuffed by Turkey’s president, who says there would be “no concession” in Ankara’s push against what he describes as terror groups in the war-torn country. White House national security adviser John Bolton met for roughly two hours with his Turkish counterpart Ibrahim Kalin and other senior officials at Ankara’s presidency complex but got no assurances on the safety of Syrian Kurdish allies — a condition for President Donald Trump’s planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-HARRIS — As she nears a decision on whether to seek the presidency, California Sen. Kamala Harris is striking a delicate balance on what could be a hurdle in a Democratic primary: her past as a prosecutor. In her memoir published Tuesday, Harris describes herself as a “progressive prosecutor” and says it’s a “false choice” to decide between supporting the police and advocating for greater scrutiny of law enforcement. SENT: 1,160 words, photo.

SENATE-ISRAEL BOYCOTT — Senate Republicans’ first bill of the new Congress inserts the legislative branch into President Donald Trump’s Middle East policy but also tries to drive a wedge between centrist and liberal Democrats over attitudes toward Israel. SENT: 700 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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FLORIDA FELON-VOTING RIGHTS — Many Florida felons see their voting rights restored, and some celebrate by registering on the first day they become eligible. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

TEEN-LIFE SENTENCE-CLEMENCY — Woman sentenced to life as teen in killing wins clemency from outgoing Tennessee governor. SENT: 870 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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NKOREA-CHINA — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to meet with China’s president at the start of a visit to Beijing believed to be an effort to coordinate with his only major ally ahead of a possible second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video. WITH: NKOREA-CHINA-ANALYSIS — Analysis: While President Trump waits in the wings for a second summit, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un arrives in Beijing to court the leader he sees as the real locus of power, Chinese President Xi Jinping. SENT: 880 words, photos.

SYRIA — A top Syrian Kurdish official says his fighters are prepared to confront Turkish forces if they enter northeastern Syria, adding that it’s clear from Ankara’s latest statements that Turkey has a plan to invade the region. SENT: 470 words, photos.

INDIA-CITIZENSHIP BILL — India’s lower house of Parliament approves a bill to grant residency and citizenship rights to non-Muslims who entered India illegally, allegedly after fleeing persecution in several neighboring nations, despite protests against the legislation. SENT: 440 words, photos.

BREXIT — The British government rules out seeking an extension to the two-year period taking the country out of the European Union, as Prime Minister Theresa May seeks further concessions from the EU ahead of a crucial parliamentary vote next week on Brexit. SENT: 700 words, photos.

EUROPE-WEATHER — Hundreds of people are snow bound in Alpine regions and face a high risk of avalanches, parts of Scandinavia lose power, and high winds cause flight delays and cancellations in the Netherlands as deadly winter weather continues to blast Europe. SENT: 590 words, photos.

CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP — With stunning ease — and a freshman quarterback — Clemson rolls past Alabama 44-16, toppling college football’s greatest dynasty again to become the first perfect playoff champion. SENT: 1,150 words, photos. WITH: CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-BEST EVER? — With a dominating victory over Alabama, Clemson becomes the first 15-0 champion in the history of the Football Bowl Subdivision and makes its bid to be remembered as one of the best teams ever. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN — Former chairman of Japan’s Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, denies wrongdoing and proclaims his loyalty to the company at a court hearing in Tokyo as he faces charges of false financial reporting. SENT: 970 words, photos.

KROGER-DIGITAL SHELF TECHNOLOGY — Kroger works with Microsoft to test an upgraded digital shelf technology that the Cincinnati-based supermarket chain says could speed up shopping for its customers. SENT: 130 words.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-TIA FULLER — Saxophonist Tia Fuller, who teaches at the Berklee College of Music and famously toured with Beyonce as part of her all-female band, is nominated for her first Grammy in the best instrumental jazz album category. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.

MUSIC-BONNAROO — The 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will feature Childish Gambino, Post Malone, Cardi B, the Lumineers and multiple sets from Phish. SENT: 120 words, photo.

GERMANY-LOOTED ART — Officials return a painting looted by the Nazis to heirs of a Jewish French politician and resistance figure who was executed during World War II. SENT: 130 words. Photos, video planned.

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HEALTH

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MED--CANCER DECLINE — The U.S. cancer death rate hits milestone: It’s been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report. SENT: 660 words, photo.

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SCIENCE & TECH

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GADGET SHOW-NEW EXHIBITORS — CES, the world’s largest technology show, welcomes old-guard companies like John Deere and Procter & Gamble, who are first-time exhibitors this year. SENT: 110 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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FBN--BEHIND THE CALL — The NFL’s wild weekend of wild-card games demonstrated that even in this age of explosive offenses, defense still dominates in the playoffs and it often comes down to a toe, a few fingers or even a 40-year-old hamstring. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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