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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

February 11, 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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CARTOON-TRUMP INSULT _ Pennsylvania newspaper drops “Non Sequitur” cartoon over Trump insult. SENT: 150 words.

GERMANY-PEACE PRIZE-NAPALM GIRL _ ‘Napalm Girl’ Kim Phuc receives German prize for peace work. SENT: 140 words, photos.

SOUTH KOREA _ South Korea picks Seoul for 2032 Olympic bid. SENT: 530 words, photo.

CAR INTO POLICE STATION _ LA woman drives car into police station lobby. SENT: 110 words.




TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY _Budget negotiators will meet Monday to revive talks over border security issues that are central to legislation to prevent key parts of the government from shutting down on Saturday, but an air of pessimism remains after talks broke down over the weekend. SENT: 1,130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developments possible.

TRUMP-WALL POLITICS _ President Donald Trump is trying to turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to become a model of unfulfilled promises. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,070 words, photo.

FOREVER CHEMICALS-EMERGING THREAT _ These chemical compounds are all around you _ on many fabrics, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, dental floss and more. As increasing numbers of states find them seeping into water supplies, the Environmental Protection Agency is considering stricter regulations. By Ellen Knickmeyer, Michael Casey and John Flesher. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-AMY KLOBUCHAR _Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota says she’s taking her campaign for president _ and her Midwest sensibilities _ directly to parts of the region Donald Trump won and that her party wants to recapture in 2020. SENT: 1,350 words, photos.




CYBERSECURITY-PRIVATE SPYING OPERATIVES _ When mysterious operatives lured two cybersecurity researchers to meetings at luxury hotels last month, it was an apparent bid to record them making inflammatory statements about an Israeli company that makes smartphone hacking technology used by some governments. The Associated Press has learned of similar efforts targeting at least four other individuals who have raised questions about the use of the Israeli firm’s spyware. By Cybersecurity Writer Raphael Satter. SENT: 2,260 words, photos.

SYRIA _ Fierce fighting is underway between U.S.-backed Syrian forces and the Islamic State group around the extremists’ last foothold in eastern Syria, with the besieged militants fighting back using suicide car bombs, snipers and booby traps, a Syrian war monitor and a Kurdish news agency said. SENT: 350 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-HUNGARY _ U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Hungary to begin a five-nation European tour on which he’ll raise concerns about China and Russia’s growing influence in Central Europe. Pompeo is to stress the importance of promoting democracy and the rule of law. SENT: 650 words, photos. WITH HUNGARY-RIGHTS _ The Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner says Hungary is facing “many interconnected human rights challenges,” including legislation targeting civic groups, backsliding on women’s rights and the systematic detention of asylum-seekers. SENT: 130 words, photo.

BRITAIN-ECONOMY _ Britain’s economy slowed last year to its weakest growth rate since the global financial crisis as mounting uncertainty over Brexit weighed on businesses and kept a lid on their investments, official figures show. SENT: 760 words, photo. WITH BREXIT _ British Prime Minister Theresa May sought a compromise with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn in hopes of securing his backing for a divorce deal with the European Union. SENT: 540 words, photos.

SPAIN-CATALONIA TRIAL-PREVIEW _ Spain is bracing for the nation’s most sensitive trial in four decades of democracy this week, with a dozen Catalan separatists facing charges including rebellion over a failed secession bid in 2017. SENT: 800 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-NAJIB-CORRUPTION _ From appearing in an R&B music video and trolling social media to vilify the new government, former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been combative before the start of his graft trial, linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund that battered the country’s standing abroad. SENT: 830 words, photos. With MALAYSIA-NAJIB-CORRUPTION-THE LATEST.

UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN _ The Pentagon’s top official makes an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to meet with U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders amid a push for peace with the Taliban. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 640 words, photos, video.

THAILAND-BAHRAIN REFUGEE _ A Thai court orders the release of a refugee soccer player after prosecutors say they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain in a case that has drawn worldwide attention. SENT: 840 words, photos. With THAILAND-BAHRAIN REFUGEE-THE LATEST.

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY _ Waving Iranian flags, chanting “Death to America” and burning U.S. and Israeli flags, hundreds of thousands of people pour out onto the streets across Iran, marking the date that’s considered victory day in the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: Video. With AP WAS THERE-IRAN REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY; IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-TIMELINE.

IRAQ-CHRISTIAN-TOWN _ Few Christian residents have returned to northern Iraqi town of Bartella, two years after its liberation from the Islamic State group. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-CURRENCY CRISIS _ The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is encouraging Venezuelans to sell their greenbacks to the official financial system by for the first time giving a better exchange rate than is offered on the black market. SENT: 920 words, photos.

POLAND-US-MIDEAST MEETING _ The Polish government joins forces with the United States to co-host an international conference on the Middle East, hoping to strengthen its ties with Washington as its seeks greater protection from Russia. SENT: 820 words, photos. With ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS _ Palestinians ask Arabs to boycott Mideast summit in Poland.

EAST TIMOR-PRIEST ABUSE _ An American missionary who was a hero in East Timor for founding children’s shelters that have operated for more than two decades has been expelled from his Catholic congregation after admitting to sexual abuse of minors, a church official and a family member said. SENT: 350 words.




VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE _ A Virginia lawmaker backed off his plans to swiftly introduce an impeachment bill seeking the ouster of the state’s leading black elected official as Democrats struggled to address revelations of past racist behavior and allegations of sexual assault roiling its highest levels of office. SENT: 1,220 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ US Northam CBS (CR) _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he thought about resigning.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-A MOTHER’S GRIEF _ In the year since her 14-year-old daughter was gunned down at a Parkland high school, Lori Alhadeff called out Trump in a gut wrenching speech on live TV, won a seat on the local school board and started a foundation to make schools safer. She keeps a dizzying pace, saying the advocacy helps with her grief. But there’s a sense that if she allowed herself to stop, the grief might be too much to bear. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video. This is the Tuesday Spotlight. With SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-SPORTS REMEMBERS _ A year after Parkland, Wade and Luongo still feel anguish.

DENVER TEACHERS-STRIKE _ Denver teachers went on strike after failing to reach a deal with administrators on pay. The school district said schools will remain open during the strike and will be staffed by administrators and substitute teachers SENT: 620 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

GUN INITIATIVE-SHERIFFS _ Sheriffs in a dozen Washington counties say they won’t enforce the state’s sweeping new restrictions on semi-automatic rifles until the courts decide whether they are constitutional. SENT: 950 words, photos.

BORDER TROOPS-CALIFORNIA _ California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to withdraw several hundred National Guard troops from the state’s southern border with Mexico in defiance of the Trump administration’s request for support from border states. SENT: 530 words, photos.

WINTER WEATHER _ Pacific Northwest residents, more accustomed to rain than snow, find themselves digging out yet again as a fresh round of storms move over the area, with an additional punch to come early this week. SENT: 310 words, photos. With HAWAII STORMS _ Strong storm brings damage _ and snow _ to Hawaii.




GRAMMYS _ Rap artists and women have felt shunned by the Grammy Awards in recent years. But this year, they both took center stage. Childish Gambino’s disturbing look at race relations, “This is America,” won record and song of the year on Sunday’s telecast. It was the first time a rap-based song won both of those awards, considered _ with album of the year _ the recording industry’s most prestigious. By David Bauder. SENT: 990 words, photos, video. WITH GRAMMYS-ARIANA GRANDE, GRAMMYS-CARDI B, GRAMMYS-JENNIFER LOPEZ, GRAMMYS-MICHELLE OBAMA, GRAMMYS-LIST (all sent)

GRAMMYS-FASHION _ Sparkly, studded and strutting in designer looks, the Grammys parade of often out-there fashion kicks off in a downpour, but that didn’t dampen spirits as the music industry’s best showed off their myriad outfits. SENT: 660 words, photos. With GRAMMYS-TRUMP FASHIONS _ Two singers wear their pro-Trump fashions on Grammy carpet.

MICHAEL JACKSON-ACCUSERS DOCUMENTARY _ The Michael Jackson estate sends a letter to the U.K.’s Channel 4 warning that a documentary on men who accuse the singer of molesting them as boys violates the network’s programming guidelines. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 570 words, photos.




RED STOCKINGS-150TH _ The 2019 Cincinnati Reds will play games in 15 sets of throwback uniforms _ including navy blue and a “Palm Beach” style _ during a season-long celebration of the 1869 Red Stockings who pioneered professional baseball. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

TIM DAHLBERG-VONN’S LAST RUN _ A perfect day for racing, and a perfect way for Lindsey Vonn to say goodbye. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 890 words, photos.

DOG SHOW-DNA TESTS _ DNA testing for dogs has surged in recent years, with more than 1 million dogs tested in little over a decade. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With DOG SHOW-THINGS TO KNOW.




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