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January 23, 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 — Senate leaders agree to hold votes this week on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with Trump or vote to temporarily end the shutdown and keep negotiating. By Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS — Venezuela’s re-invigorated opposition faces a crucial test as it seeks to fill streets nationwide with protesters in an appeal to the military and the poor to shift loyalties that until recently looked solidly behind President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government. The protests have been called to coincide with a historic date for Venezuelans — the anniversary of the 1958 coup that overthrew military dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez. Government supporters are also expected to march in downtown Caracas in a rival show of strength. By Joshua Goodman. SENT: 930 words, photos.

LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE —Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers plan to return to work after voting to ratify a deal between their union and school officials, ending a six-day strike in the nation’s second-largest district. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 770 words, photos, videos.

GIULIANI’S ROLE — Rudy Giuliani’s latest scattershot media blitz, which was filled with a dizzying array of wild misstatements, hurried clarifications and eyebrow-raising assertions, agitated President Donald Trump and some of his allies, who have raised the possibility that the outspoken presidential lawyer be at least temporarily sidelined from televised interviews. By Jonathan Lemire and Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,200 words, photo.

POPE-PANAMA — Pope Francis is looking to leave the sex abuse scandal buffeting his papacy behind as he heads to Central America amid a standoff over Trump’s promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a new caravan of migrants heading north. History’s first Latin American pope, the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina, has made the plight of migrants and refugees a cornerstone of his papacy. He is also expected to offer words of encouragement to young people gathered in Panama for World Youth Day, the church’s once-every-three-year pep rally that aims to invigorate the next generation of Catholics in their faith. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 750 words, photos.

MIGRANT-FAMILIES-CRISIS — Trump’s push for a $5.7 billion wall is unlikely on its own to stop many of the thousands of families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border each month. That’s because many migrants are entering at crossings, like Maria Orbelina Cortez, who says she fled El Salvador after her husband attacked her and knocked a pan of scalding oil onto her youngest son’s head. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 990 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-TRANSGENDER-Q&A — A sharply divided Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women while court challenges continue. SENT: 690 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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HOME AFFORDABILITY WORSENS — Despite slowdown in price gains, more middle-class Americans find home ownership unaffordable. An AP Analysis. By Economics Writer Josh Boak. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN — Serena Williams was one point — just one — from quite a comeback victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals when she turned her left ankle. Everything unraveled from there. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 920 words, photos.

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