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January 8, 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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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — Making his case on prime-time TV, President Donald Trump is stressing humanitarian concerns at the U.S.-Mexico border as he tries to convince the American people he must get funding for his long-promised border wall before ending a partial government shutdown that has hundreds of thousands of federal workers facing missed paychecks. Trump is delivering his first Oval Office address Tuesday night, and then visiting the southern border on Thursday, as he tries to put pressure on resistant Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are to deliver the Democratic response. By Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. UPCOMING: Trump speaks at 9 p.m., 1,100 words, photos, video by 10 p.m.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA — Turkey’s president accuses the U.S. national security adviser of making “a very serious mistake” by demanding that Ankara guarantee the safety of Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria before the U.S. withdraws its troops from the war-torn country. A strained morning of negotiation in Turkey ended without assurances of protection for forces that fought alongside U.S. troops against the Islamic State group, and indeed brought them fresh new threats from Turkey. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

RUSSIAN LAWYER CHARGED — A Russian lawyer who became a focal point of the investigation into whether there was collusion between Russians and President Trump’s election campaign faces obstruction of justice charges in an unrelated case. SENT: 400 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-CATCH AND RELEASE — President Trump says he has ended “catch-and-release” for asylum seekers but in cities on the U.S. border with Mexico it is catch and can’t release fast enough. Since late October, the U.S. has been releasing asylum-seeking families so quickly they don’t even have time to make travel arrangements, which it blames on lack of detention space. Families are often given court dates without even having to pass initial screenings by asylum officers. By Elliot Spagat. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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 Trump. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video.

SEARS UNRAVELING — A bankruptcy judge is deciding the fate of Sears, the everything-under-one-roof department store that has been in a long, slow death spiral.

CFP-CHAMPION CLEMSON — Dabo Swinney won’t be celebrating for long. After leading Clemson to its second national title in three years, he’s itching to get started on another. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-MEDIA — Television networks airing President Trump’s Oval Office speech on his proposed border wall and the partial government shutdown also commit to airing the Democratic response to the president. SENT: 250 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA VS TRUMP — California’s top prosecutor, Xavier Becerra, has been among the most aggressive of the Democratic state attorneys general who have fought President Trump in court. The attorney general says he looks to defend issues he championed as a 12-term Congressman and listens to what the president says to prepare for future litigation. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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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.

FERGUSON-MICHAEL BROWN — New St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Wesley Bell is wasting no time making big changes to the way his office works, but so far he’s showing no eagerness to address the biggest issue he’ll face — whether to reopen the investigation of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

NYC PUBLIC HEALTH CARE — New York City will spend up to $100 million per year as part of an effort to expand health care coverage to people without health insurance, including immigrants in the U.S. illegally, the mayor announced Tuesday. The plan involves expanding the city’s existing public insurance program and giving uninsured people access to affordable care at city-owned health facilities. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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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.

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BUSINESS

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JOB OPENINGS — U.S. job openings fall from previous month, but the number of available positions remain healthy. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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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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