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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

January 13, 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 _ As the partial government shutdown slipped into the record books, members of Congress had left town, no negotiations were scheduled and President Donald Trump tweeted into the void. By Jonathan Lemire, Lisa Mascaro, Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville. SENT: 950 words, photos. With SHUTDOWN-TODAY’S BRIEFING _ The shutdown today: Trump tweets he’s waiting for Democrats (sent).

SOFTENING THE SHUTDOWN _ The government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many Americans: Hundreds of thousands of federal employees don’t know when they’ll see their next paycheck, and low-income people who rely on the federal safety net worry about whether they’ll make ends meet should the stalemate in Washington carry on another month. By Juliet Linderman. SENT: 1,190 words, photos.

SAUDI-RUNAWAY WOMAN _ Tired but smiling, an 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she feared death if deported back home arrived in Canada, which offered her asylum in a case that attracted global attention after she mounted a social media campaign. By Rob Gillies. SENT: 970 words, video, photos.

SYRIA-REHABILITATING ASSAD _ Syrian President Bashar Assad has moved closer to being readmitted to the fold of Arab nations, a feat once deemed unthinkable as he brutally crushed a years-long uprising against him. Gulf Arab countries, once the main supporters of rebels trying to topple him, are now lining up to reopen their embassies in Syria, driven by concerns about leaving the country at the heart of the Arab world to rivals Iran and Turkey. But relations with the West will be harder to mend. By Zeina Karam. SENT: 970 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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EUROPE-WEATHER _ Police say three German skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps and a fourth is missing. SENT: 120 words photos.

OBIT SHIRLEY BOONE _ Shirley Boone, the longtime wife of singer Pat Boone as well as a philanthropist, has died. SENT: 210 words, photos.

GIRL’S BODY FOUND-ALBUQUERQUE _ An Albuquerque man says his landscaper requested permission to bury a cat in his backyard, but police looking for the landscaper’s missing 1-year-old daughter found her body instead. SENT: 130 words.

FATAL FREEWAY SHOOTING _ Authorities say an armed suspect who led officers on a high-speed chase was fatally shot during a standoff on a busy Southern California freeway. SENT: 130 words.

CHINA-MINE DEATHS _ Chinese state TV says 21 coal miners were killed when their mine collapsed. SENT: 80 words, photo.

EBOLA QUARANTINE-NEBRASKA _ An American being monitored at a Nebraska medical center for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus has been released from the hospital, having shown no signs of the disease. SENT: 130 words.

COLOMBIA-REBEL COMMANDER REAPPEARS _ A former Colombian rebel leader has resurfaced in a video months after he turned his back on the peace process amid a U.S. drug-trafficking probe. SENT: 130 words.

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MORE ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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TSA HIRING-SHUTDOWN _ A day after its officers went without a paycheck for the first time during the government shutdown, the Transportation Security Administration drew in almost 200 people still interested in the airport security job during a fast-track hiring event in Tennessee. SENT: 380 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-JULIAN CASTRO _ Assailing President Trump for “a crisis of leadership,” former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro joins the 2020 presidential race as the rush of Democrats making early moves to challenge the incumbent accelerates. With anticipation growing around bigger names still considering a White House run, Castro could end up being the only Latino in what is shaping up to be a crowded Democratic field. SENT: 1,020 words, audio, photos.

TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-THINGS TO KNOW _ A look at where the investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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IRAN-POLAND-US _ Angered by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement that Poland will host an international conference on Iran in mid-February, Iranian authorities summoned Warsaw’s top diplomat in the country and called off a Polish film festival.

ISRAEL-HEZBOLLAH _ Israeli troops discovered the sixth and final tunnel dug by Hezbollah militants for cross-border attacks, the military announced, saying it was wrapping up its operation along the Lebanese border. SENT: 580 words.

ITALY-FUGITIVE MILITANT _ Italy is praising the capture in Bolivia of fugitive Italian communist militant Cesare Battisti and is vowing that he will “finish his days in prison” to serve murder convictions dating from 1990. SENT: 130 words. With ITALY-FUGITIVE MILITANT-THE LATEST.

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NATIONAL

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LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE _ Strike or no strike, after a deal is ultimately reached on a contract for Los Angeles teachers, the school district will still be on a collision course with deficit spending because of pensions and other financial obligations. School systems across California are experiencing burdensome payments to the state pension fund while struggling to improve schools. SENT: 840 words, photos.

OFFICER KILLED-CALIFORNIA _ Man who shot and killed a rookie police officer in California and later took his own life was a convict who had been ordered to surrender a semi-automatic rifle. SENT: 360 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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AUTO SHOW-WHEELS TO WATCH _ SUVs and a big pickup truck will get top billing at Detroit’s auto show this year, but there are some surprise sports cars and electric vehicles on the agenda. SENT: 340 words, photos.

DP WORLD-CHILE _ Dubai-based DP World, one of the world’s largest port operators, says it will buy a 71.3 percent stake in Chile’s Puertos y Logistica SA, a port services firm in the South American nation. SENT: 120 words.

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SPORTS

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FBN--CHARGERS-PATRIOTS PREVIEW _ Tom Brady and the Patriots will be looking to make their eighth straight trip to the AFC championship game when they host the surging Los Angeles Chargers in the divisional playoffs. Los Angeles is coming off a wild-card win at Baltimore and is 8-1 on the road this season. But Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is 0-7 against Brady, including 0-2 in the playoffs. They will become the oldest pair of quarterbacks to face each other in an NFL playoff game. By Sports Writer Kyle Hightower. SENT: 860 words, photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m.

FBN--EAGLES-SAINTS PREVIEW _ Saints coach Sean Payton dismisses the premise that the Eagles could derive extra motivation from the perception that New Orleans ran up the score when they met in November. Payton says the prospect of elimination with a loss or advancement to the conference title game with a win should inspire maximum effort from both teams. The Saints routed the Eagles 48-7 in November. But Payton says he expects a more competitive rematch because Philadelphia has played better since. By Sports Writer Brett Martel. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Game starts at 4:40 p.m.

FBN--COWBOYS-RAMS _ C.J. Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley rushes for 115 more yards and another TD in the Los Angeles Rams’ first playoff victory in 14 years, 30-22 over the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round. By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 940 words, photos.

FBN--COLTS-CHIEFS _ Patrick Mahomes picked apart the Colts in his postseason debut, the Chiefs defense answered their chorus of critics with a stout performance, and Kansas City rolled to a 31-13 victory over Indianapolis in the divisional round to end 25 years of playoff frustration. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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