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January 2, 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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INDIA PRIESTS-PREYING ON NUNS — An AP investigation has uncovered a decades-long history of nuns in India enduring sexual abuse from within the church. Nuns describe in detail the sexual pressure they endured from priests, and nearly two dozen other people, including nuns, former nuns and priests, and others, say they had direct knowledge of such incidents. By Tim Sullivan. SENT: 2820 words, photos, with abridged.

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TOP STORIES

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NEW CONGRESS — House Democrats sweep into power this week on a campaign promise of improving government for ordinary Americans. But first, they’ll have to get government re-opened. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 950 words, photos. With GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — President Donald Trump meets with congressional leaders for a White House briefing on border security as the partial government shutdown drags on over funding for a border wall. SENT: 740 words, photos.

TRUMP-ROMNEY — Days away from joining the Senate’s Republican majority, Sen.-elect Mitt Romney broadly criticized President Donald Trump’s policies and character and argued that the president “has not risen to the mantle of the office.” SENT: 530 words, photo.

CLERGY ABUSE-PRAYER RETREAT-NEWS GUIDE — U.S. Catholic bishops gather for a weeklong prayer retreat at a seminary near Chicago to reflect on the clergy sexual abuse scandal. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 930 words, photo.

RUSSIA-BUILDING COLLAPSE — Laboring through sub-freezing temperatures, Russian rescue workers pulled a baby boy out of the rubble of a collapsed apartment building alive, nearly 36 hours after the disaster that blew apart his home. His father called it “a New Year’s miracle.” By Jim Heintz. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ISRAEL-SETTLEMENT SURGE — Data obtained by The Associated Press shows that the Israeli government — with little resistance from a friendly White House — has gone on a settlement push in the West Bank since President Trump took office. By Joseph Federman. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos, by 2 a.m.

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FIRE AT SEA — 16 of 21 crew members rescued from burning ship near Hawaii. SENT: 200 words, photos.

OBIT-TYLER TRENT-PURDUE — Purdue super fan who inspired with fight against cancer dies. SENT: 330 words, photos.

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UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-SPYING — Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine arrested in Russia on espionage charges, was visiting Moscow over the holidays to attend a wedding when he suddenly disappeared, his brother says. By Lynn Berry. SENT: 570 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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ROSE BOWL — Urban Meyer finished his coaching career at Ohio State with a 28-23 victory over Washington in the 105th Rose Bowl. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

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