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January 3, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — No one budged at President Donald Trump’s closed-door meeting with congressional leaders, so the partial government shutdown persisted over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. By Lisa Mascaro and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,140 words, photos, video.

NEW CONGRESS-PELOSI — Nancy Pelosi knew this moment would come, even if others had their doubts — or actively worked to stop her. The California Democrat is poised to return as House speaker as the new Congress convenes Thursday. By Congressional Correspondent Lis Mascaro. SENT: 530 words, photos.

CHINA-SPACE — A Chinese spacecraft made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon in the latest achievement for the country’s growing space program. A photo taken by the lunar explorer shows a small crater and a barren surface that appears to be illuminated by a light from the probe. By Ken Moritsugu. SENT: 390 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-SANDERS — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his chief lieutenants are offering contrition and defiance as they face allegations of sexual harassment that plagued his last presidential campaign and now threaten to derail a second White House bid before it begins. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

APPLE-IPHONE SALES — In a warning sure to roil financial markets, Apple says it foresees further weakness in iPhone sales and expects a significant drop in revenue from the crucial holiday shopping season. The announcement embodies some of the worst fears of investors. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 660 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-REPUBLICANS — Donald Trump declared himself “the most popular president in the history of the Republican Party,” but his allies fear a primary challenge from a high-profile Republican could doom his re-election. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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GREECE-RAISING SHIPWRECKS — Dozens of abandoned cargo and passenger ships lie semi-submerged or completely sunken around the Gulf of Elefsina, near Greece’s major port of Piraeus. Now authorities are beginning to remove the dilapidated ships, some of which have been there for decades. By Thanassis Stavrakis. Sent 380 words; upcoming 800 words by 6 a.m., photos, video.

SOUTH KOREA-JAPAN-FORCED LABOR — Lawyers for South Koreans forced into wartime labor have taken legal steps to seize the South Korean assets of a Japanese company they are trying to pressure into following a court ruling to provide them compensation. SENT: 380 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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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. Will be updated after 9 a.m.

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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. SENT: 800 words, video.

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BUSINESS

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FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian shares are mixed after tumbling more than 1 percent on the first trading day of 2019. A downgrade of sales projections by Apple exacerbated fears over slowing Chinese growth. SENT: 590 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: 1,200 words, video, photos.

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