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January 19, 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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ZIMBABWE-PROTESTS — Before the family of Kelvin Tinashe Choto knew he had been killed, social media in Zimbabwe was circulating a photo of his battered body lying on the reception counter of a local police station. Angry protesters had left him there. The 22-year-old was shot in the head, one of at least a dozen people killed since Monday in a violent crackdown by security forces on protests against a dramatic increase in fuel prices. By Farai Mutsaka. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — President Donald Trump is expected to tell the country he is open to trading protections for young people brought to the country illegally as children if Congress will hand over the money he wants for the U.S.-Mexico wall. The offer is intended to break the stalemate behind a partial government shutdown now reaching a record 29th day, but Democrats have previously rejected such a deal. By Jill Colvin and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 880 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words after 5 p.m., developing from Trump remarks scheduled for 4 p.m

MEXICO-PIPELINE FIRE —Forensic experts attempted to separate and count charred heaps of corpses in central Mexico on Saturday after a massive fireball erupted at an illegal pipeline tap, killing at least 66 people. More than 85 other people were listed as missing as relatives of the deceased and onlookers gathered around the scene of carnage. SENT: 870 words, photos.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD — While many activists and others in Chicago were disappointed by rulings this week in two historic cases involving the murder of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer, others say there is reason to believe the city, and the country, are changing - albeit slowly. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

KENYA ATTACK-THE SCENE — Days after the assault on a Kenya hotel, individual stories have emerged, bringing depth to the jarring images of civilians fleeing the chaos broadcast around the world. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 940 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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WOMEN’S MARCH — Thousands of women march in Washington, New York, other cities amid an ideological split and the government shutdown. SENT: 370 words, photos. DEVELOPING.

TRUMP-SYRIA — President Donald Trump has paid his respects to the returning remains of four Americans who were killed this week in a suicide bomb attack in Syria. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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EUROPE-MIGRANTS — Three survivors of a rubber dinghy that sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya say up to 117 other migrants were aboard at the time of the capsizing, a U.N. migration official says. SENT: 360 words.

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NATIONAL

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WINTER WEATHER — A heavy and steady snowfall forced the cancellation of hundreds of airline flights and made driving dangerous in parts of the Midwest. It’s part of a wall of hazardous weather trekking from the Dakotas, across the Great Lakes states and into New England. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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SPORTS

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TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN — Consoling her tearful opponent at the net, Serena Williams routs 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine in the third round of the Australian Open. Also advancing are Naomi Osaka, who beat Williams in last year’s chaotic U.S. Open final, Madison Keys and Garbine Muguruza. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 900 words, photos. Play resumes 7 p.m.

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