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January 26, 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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ONLY ON AP

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CYBERSECURITY-UNDERCOVER OPERATIVES _ The Associated Press has found that researchers who reported the role of Israeli spyware in the targeting of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s inner circle are in turn being targeted by international undercover operatives. Twice in the past two months men masquerading as socially conscious investors have lured members of the Citizen Lab internet watchdog group to meetings at luxury hotels to quiz them for hours about their work exposing Israeli surveillance. By Cybersecurity Writer Raphael Satter. SENT: 1,900 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN _ Submitting to mounting pressure, President Donald Trump has signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks, backing down from his demand that Congress give him money for his border wall before federal agencies go back to work. By Jill Colvin, Lisa Mascaro and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,140 words, video, photos. With: TRUMP’S RETREAT-ANALYSIS _ President Donald Trump will emerge from the longest government shutdown in U.S. history politically weakened, his reputation questioned and his signature campaign promise still glaringly unfulfilled. An AP News Analysis. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 800 words, video, photo.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ President Donald Trump’s confidant Roger Stone has been charged with lying about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election bid. Prosecutors allege that senior Trump campaign officials sought to leverage the stolen material into a White House win. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 1,140 words, video. Photos.

ROGER STONE-PROFILE _ It was vintage Roger Stone: The longtime Republican operative flashed a Nixonesque double-armed victory sign after being indicted for lying to federal investigators. Stone, with his self-professed political dirty tricks and the tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back, has long lurked in the shadows of Donald Trump’s world and was instrumental in guiding him on his first steps to the White House. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS _ Venezuela’s political showdown moves to the United Nations where a Security Council meeting called by the United States will pit backers of President Nicolas Maduro against the Trump administration and supporters of the country’s self-declared interim leader Juan Guaido. By Edith M. Lederer and Scott Smith. SENT: 1,040 words, video, photos. With VENEZUELA-SECRET DIPLOMACY _ The coalition of Latin American governments that joined the U.S. in quickly recognizing Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president came together during weeks of secret diplomacy. SENT: 940 words, photos.

SAUDI ARABIA-BALLISTIC MISSILES _ A military base deep inside Saudi Arabia appears to be testing and possibly manufacturing ballistic missiles, experts and satellite images suggest, evidence of the type of weapons program it has long criticized its archrival Iran for possessing. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 960 words, photos.

SOUTH SUDAN-THE DISPLACED _ Tens of thousands of people are still sheltering in United Nations protected camps across South Sudan, the legacy of an unprecedented decision by a U.N. peacekeeping mission to throw open its doors to people fleeing civil war. What began as a temporary experiment is looking more like a permanent refuge for more than 190,000 people living in squalor. Now the U.N. has pushed for the camps to close, amid warnings by the international community that rushing the process could re-ignite violence. By Sam Mednick. SENT: 740 words. This is the Sunday spotlight.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SAN BERNARDINO ATTACK _ The man who bought two rifles that terrorists used to kill 14 people in a 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino wants to withdraw his guilty plea. SENT: 130 words.

AFGHANISTAN _ Afghan officials say an accidental explosion killed four insurgents and a civilian near a sporting event in an area controlled by the Taliban. SENT: 120 words.

BOXER KILLED-JUVENILE CHARGED _ Police say a 12-year-old boy has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a boxer at the victim’s South Texas home. SENT: 130 words, photos.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS-LGBTQ SUPPORT _ Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is trying to tell the story of an Oklahoma woman whose pledge to stand in as a mom at same-sex weddings went viral. SENT: 140 words, photo.

MALI-ATTACK _ Two Sri Lankan peacekeepers with the U.N. force in Mali were killed after their convoy struck an explosive device in the central Mopti region, the U.N. says. SENT: 310 words.

SCHOOL BUS-TRAIN COLLISION _ An East Texas school district says one student has been killed and two other individuals were injured after a school bus was hit by a train. SENT: 180 words, photos.

FRANCE-OBIT-LEGRAND _ Oscar-winning composer and pianist Michel Legrand, whose hits included the score for “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” and the song “The Windmills of Your Mind,” has died at age 86. SENT: 130 words.

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MORE ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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GOVERNMENT REOPENS-Q&A _ With the longest shutdown in U.S. history officially over, a look at how the federal government will get back to regular business. SENT: 590 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-TAKEAWAYS _ The Russia investigation snared another associate of President Donald Trump with the arrest of self-described political “dirty trickster” Roger Stone. SENT: 890 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-KAMALA HARRIS _ Sen. Kamala Harris returned to South Carolina, using her first visit to this early-voting state as an official presidential contender to tap into a sorority network that could prove crucial as she develops her campaign. SENT: 570 words, photos.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR-GILLUM _ A long-simmering ethics investigation of former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum heated up when a state ethics panel said there was probable cause that Gillum violated Florida’s ethics law. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRAZIL-DAM COLLAPSE _ A mine tailings dam in Brazil collapses, flooding a nearby community in reddish-brown sludge and leaving an estimated 200 people missing, authorities and the mining company say. By Anna Jean Kaiser and Marcelo Silva de Sousa. SENT: 720 words, photos.

PANAMA-POPE _ Pope Francis has sought to inspire Panama’s young people, its prisoners, its politicians and its bishops. Today he turns his attention to the country’s priests and religious sisters as he reaches the midway point in his Central American visit. SENT: 560 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-CLIMATE CHANGE _ The U.N. system’s chief scientist on weather and climate warns climate change has “a multitude of security impacts” and is increasingly regarded as a national security threat _ with global warming records broken in 20 of the last 22 years. SENT: 730 words, photo.

CANADA CHINA HUAWEI _ Canada’s ambassador to China says it would be “great” if the United States dropped its extradition request for a Chinese telecommunications executive arrested in Canada. SENT: 660 words, photo.

GERMANY COAL _ In a pioneering move, a government-appointed panel on Saturday recommended that Germany stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2038 at the latest, as part of efforts to curb climate change. SENT: 520 words, photos.

RUSSIA-LENINGRAD SIEGE _ Tamara Chernykh, 81, still can’t forget those tiny pieces of bread that her granny used to put under her pillow as a night treat for a starving four-year-old girl in besieged Leningrad during the deadly winter of 1941-1942. The Nazi siege of Leningrad lasted nearly 2 ½ years until Jan. 27, 1944. On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, a native of the city, will lead events marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the blockade of the city that has regained its old name, St. Petersburg. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN McDONALD-Q&A _ Legal experts believe there’s a reasonable chance the prison sentence of less than seven years imposed on a white Chicago police officer last week for fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times could be tossed out and a new sentencing ordered. Questions and answers about the case. SENT: 1,310 words, video, photos.

BANK SHOOTING -MARSY’S LAW _ A Florida police chief’s decision not to release the names of some of the five women killed in a bank shooting this week represents the first high-profile test of a law being enacted in several states that pits victim privacy against the public’s right to know. SENT: 780 words photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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SUNDAN FILM FESTIVAL-MICHAEL JACKSON ACCUSERS _ It’s not uncommon for audiences at the Sundance Film Festival to give standing ovations, but the ceremonial act took on a solemn air as two men who accuse Michael Jackson of molesting them as boys walked onstage following the festival’s only screening of “Leaving Neverland,” a documentary about their stories. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT; 870 words, photos.

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL-HARVEY WEINSTEIN _ Harvey Weinstein’s name was intrinsically linked to the Sundance Film Festival for years, which makes it somewhat fitting that 14 months after his demise the festival played host the world premiere of a documentary about his rise and fall. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 580 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN _ Naomi Osaka recovered after wasting three championship points and reasserted herself down the stretch to win the Australian Open for a second consecutive Grand Slam title, edging Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 350 words, photos. With AUSTRALIAN OPEN-THE LATEST.

SUPER BOWL-SOCIAL INJUSTICE _ With the Super Bowl at the birthplace of the civil rights movement, some marquee entertainers are spurning NFL events in response to the protests ignited by Colin Kaepernick. But other performances, not tied to the league, will highlight social injustice during Super Bowl week. By George Henry and Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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