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CAMPUS-SEXUAL ASSAULT — Several of the nation’s largest universities receive more sexual assault complaints from students off-campus than occur on school property, but their obligation to address off-campus cases could be dramatically reduced under a federal proposal. Data obtained by The Associated Press show off-campus cases outnumber those from school grounds at University of Texas, Texas A&M University, Arizona State University and elsewhere. By Collin Binkley. UPCOMING: 1560 words by 2 p.m., photos. Abridged version of 840 words is available.
EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION — Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was convicted of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted guns and a naked escape with his mistress through a tunnel. Guzman faced a drumbeat of drug-trafficking and conspiracy convictions that could put the 61-year-old escape artist behind bars for decades in a maximum-security U.S. prison selected to thwart another one of the breakouts that embarrassed his native country. SENT: 900 words, photos.
EL CHAPO-PRISON — Experts say Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman will likely be sentenced to the ADX Supermax in Florence, Colorado, the most secure prison ever constructed in the United States. The facility houses some of the most notorious criminals to ever set foot in an American courtroom, including ‘Unabomber’ Ted Kaczynski and Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. Guzman poses an unprecedented flight risk due to his almost mythical profile and two sensational escapes from high-security prisons in Mexico. By Jim Mustian. 960 words, photos by 3:30 p.m.
TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY — President Donald Trump pronounces himself “unhappy” with a congressional deal to prevent a new government shutdown that provides less money than he wants to build wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. GOP congressional leaders swing behind it, selling it as a necessary compromise. By Jill Colvin, Andrew Taylor and Alan Fram. SENT: 1100 words. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5:30 p.m., photos, video.
ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-GUNS — Democrats feel that gun control has become a winning issue after years of high-profile mass shootings, culminating with last year’s Parkland attack and the group of young activists who tried to make it a generational issue for younger voters. They’re buoyed by November victories in several competitive, suburban swing districts where candidates highlighted gun control. By Nicholas Riccardi. UPCOMING: 1000 words by 4 p.m., photos. WITH: ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-DEMOCRATS — Beto O’Rourke’s rally across the street from President Trump’s El Paso rally demonstrates Democrats’ difficulty in counter-programming against the president. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.
VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS — Opposition leader Juan Guaido calls for mobilizing caravans of Venezuelans to bring emergency food and medicine across the border from Colombia in a daring plan to outmaneuver President Nicolas Maduro. Guaido tells thousands of cheering supporters he has set a Feb. 23 deadline to bring in the badly needed assistance — exactly one month after he declared himself Venezuela’s rightful president. By Scott Smith and Christine Armario. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.
CLIMATE CITIES — The climate in New York City in 60 years could feel like Arkansas now. Chicago could seem like Kansas City and San Francisco could get a Southern California climate if global warming pollution continues at the current pace, a new study finds. In 2080, North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh, could feel more like Florida’s capital, Tallahassee, while the nation’s capital will have a climate more akin to just north of the Mississippi Delta, if the globe stays on its current carbon pollution trend. Miami might as well be southern Mexico and the beautiful mornings in future Des Moines, Iowa, could feel like they are straight out of Oklahoma. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 500 words, photos.
ELECTION 2020-SHERROD BROWN — Sen. Sherrod Brown, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, shrugged off arguments from liberals on Tuesday that signing onto the climate change plan known as the Green New Deal is essential to winning over the party’s base. SENT: 390 words, photo.
ELECTION 2020-SENATE-ARIZONA — Retired astronaut Mark Kelly says he’s running to finish John McCain’s term in the U.S. Senate. Kelly announced his plans in a video message he tweeted. He’s married to former Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived being shot in the head during a constituent event in Tucson eight years ago. SENT: 525 words, photos.
TRUMP-CUOMO — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo visits the White House to urge President Trump to reconsider part of the recent tax overhaul that sharply limits a federal deduction for state and local taxes. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:15 p.m. meeting, 400 words by 5 p.m., photos.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-STATE OFFICIALS — Virginia’s lieutenant governor has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted two women years ago and has vowed to continue serving in office. It’s a scenario that has played out in several other states, with differing conclusions. At least a half dozen officials elected statewide have faced allegations of sexual misconduct since 2017, when the #MeToo movement erupted. 700 words, photos.
SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-PHOTO — It’s an image that has become emblematic of the Parkland school massacre: Two terrified mothers photographed in an embrace outside the high school in Florida where 17 people were killed a year ago. The women’s children, it turned out, were safe. But the bond between Cathi Rush and Mechelle Boyle in that photo didn’t survive. They have found themselves at odds — like the nation itself — over gun control. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 820 words, photos, video.
SPAIN-CATALONIA TRIAL — A politically charged trial of a dozen Catalan separatist leaders got underway in Spain’s Supreme Court amid protests and the possibility of an early general election being called in the country. SENT: 778 words, photos.
PERINATAL DEPRESSION — Doctors already are supposed to screen new mothers for depression. Now they’re also being urged to identify women at risk — because counseling could prevent depression from setting in. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued the recommendation. SENT: 500 words.
NEW NAFTA-DRUG PRICES — Democrats have hit on a politically potent reason to oppose President Donald Trump’s revamped North American free trade deal: They say it would drive up drug prices. A provision in the deal would give drug companies 10 years of protection from lower-priced competition. Focusing on the hot-button issue of drug prices could help Democrats out of an awkward fix: Trump’s revamped deal addressed some of their objections to the old North American Free Trade Agreement, but they’re loath to hand him a victory by backing his new deal. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m., photos.
FILM-GLENN CLOSE — Six times a nominee before, Glenn Close appears to be finally in line to win her first Academy Award. In an interview, Close discusses “The Wife,” what an Oscar would mean to her and the family history that fueled her performance. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
DOG SHOW — Terriers, sporting groups and more are set to compete on Day 2 at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. The event culminates in the best in show competition. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m. Will be updated with final results around 11 p.m.