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January 26, 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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ONLY ON AP

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CYBERSECURITY-UNDERCOVER OPERATIVES — The Associated Press has found that researchers who reported the role of Israeli spyware in the targeting of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s inner circle are in turn being targeted by international undercover operatives. Twice in the past two months men masquerading as socially conscious investors have lured members of the Citizen Lab internet watchdog group to meetings at luxury hotels to quiz them for hours about their work exposing Israeli surveillance. By Cybersecurity Writer Raphael Satter. SENT: 1,900 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — Submitting to mounting pressure, President Donald Trump has signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks, backing down from his demand that Congress give him money for his border wall before federal agencies go back to work. By Jill Colvin, Lisa Mascaro and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,140 words, video, photos. With: TRUMP’S RETREAT-ANALYSIS — President Donald Trump will emerge from the longest government shutdown in U.S. history politically weakened, his reputation questioned and his signature campaign promise still glaringly unfulfilled. An AP News Analysis. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 800 words, video, photo.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — President Donald Trump’s confidant Roger Stone has been charged with lying about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election bid. Prosecutors allege that senior Trump campaign officials sought to leverage the stolen material into a White House win. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 1,140 words, video. Photos.

ROGER STONE-PROFILE — It was vintage Roger Stone: The longtime Republican operative flashed a Nixonesque double-armed victory sign after being indicted for lying to federal investigators. Stone, with his self-professed political dirty tricks and the tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back, has long lurked in the shadows of Donald Trump’s world and was instrumental in guiding him on his first steps to the White House. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

BRAZIL-DAM COLLAPSE — A mine tailings dam in Brazil collapses, flooding a nearby community in reddish-brown sludge and leaving an estimated 200 people missing, authorities and the mining company say. By Anna Jean Kaiser and Marcelo Silva de Sousa. SENT: 720 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS — Venezuela’s political showdown moves to the United Nations where a Security Council meeting called by the United States will pit backers of President Nicolas Maduro against the Trump administration and supporters of the country’s self-declared interim leader Juan Guaido. By Edith M. Lederer and Scott Smith. SENT: 1,040 words, video, photos.

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MORE ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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GOVERNMENT REOPENS-Q&A — With the longest shutdown in U.S. history officially over, a look at how the federal government will get back to regular business. SENT: 590 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-KAMALA HARRIS — Sen. Kamala Harris returned to South Carolina, using her first visit to this early-voting state as an official presidential contender to tap into a sorority network that could prove crucial as she develops her campaign. SENT: 570 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN McDONALD-Q&A — Legal experts believe there’s a reasonable chance the prison sentence of less than seven years imposed on a white Chicago police officer last week for fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times could be tossed out and a new sentencing ordered. Questions and answers about the case. SENT: 1,310 words, video, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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SUNDAN FILM FESTIVAL-MICHAEL JACKSON ACCUSERS — It’s not uncommon for audiences at the Sundance Film Festival to give standing ovations, but the ceremonial act took on a solemn air as two men who accuse Michael Jackson of molesting them as boys walked onstage following the festival’s only screening of “Leaving Neverland,” a documentary about their stories. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT; 870 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN — Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova meet in the Australian Open final with a championship and the No. 1 ranking at stake. Neither has ever won the title at Melbourne Park or been atop the WTA rankings. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing. Women’s final scheduled to begin at about 3:30 a.m. EST

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