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January 28, 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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OPIOIDS-LEFT BEHIND: A FAMILY’S FIRST YEAR — Twenty years into the opioid epidemic, the crisis has claimed more than 400,000 lives. Each of those lost left behind a family now grappling with grief and shame, relief and regret. By National Writer Claire Galofaro. SENT: 4,465 words, photos. Abridged version of 1,205 words also available.

AP POLL-TRUMP-FOREIGN POLICY — A majority of Americans disapprove of the way President Donald Trump is handling U.S. foreign policy and about half think the country’s global standing will deteriorate during the next year. That’s according to new poll conducted by Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. By Deb Riechmann and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-BORDER WALL —President Donald Trump is raising doubts about whether he can get an acceptable deal on the border wall. He says the odds congressional negotiators will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with Congress are “less than 50-50..” By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 975 words, photos, video.

VENEZUELA-ECONOMIC PAIN — The Trump administration’s recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president is being touted by the U.S. as the only way to restore the country’s democracy. But the high-risk strategy, if it fails to force Nicolas Maduro from power, could end up ushering in an economic catastrophe as the socialist government is blocked from accessing overseas oil revenues at a time Venezuelans are already suffering from widespread shortages and hyperinflation. By Joshua Goodman and Scott Smith. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

BRAZIL-DAM COLLAPSE — Brazilian firefighters are carefully crawling over treacherous mud in search of survivors or bodies after a dam collapse that buried mine buildings and surrounding neighborhoods with a flood of iron ore waste. The confirmed death toll has risen to 58, with up to 300 people still missing. By Marcelo Silva de Sousa and Peter Prengaman. SENT: 935 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-CHURCH ATTACK — The Philippine president is visiting a Catholic cathedral in the restive southern region where suspected Islamic militants set off bombs that killed 20 people. The attack occurred on Jolo island, where Abu Sayyaf militants have carried out years of bombings and aligned themselves with the Islamic State group. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 620 words, photos.

CHINA-DETAINED LAWYER — Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison on the charge of subversion of state power, more than three years after he was detained in a wide-ranging crackdown on the legal profession. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MUELLER’S TACTICS — Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone may be accused of lying and tampering with witnesses, but it’s equally notable what he’s not charged with: colluding with the Kremlin in a grand conspiracy to help Trump win the presidency in 2016. The case is the latest in a series brought by special counsel Robert Mueller that focuses on cover-ups but lays out no underlying crime. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 930 words, photos, videos.

ELECTION 2020-KAMALA HARRIS — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is offering herself as the leader who can best unite the country. She told supporters that those in power are trying to turn people against each other, which she says is “not our America.” The senator from California spoke Sunday at a rally in her hometown of Oakland, the formal kickoff of her campaign. SENT: 970 words, photo.

WORKING LONGER-DEMENTIA — Experts say that U.S. companies are increasingly navigating delicate conversations with employees suffering from cognitive declines as the American workforce ages. Workers experiencing early stages of dementia may struggle with tasks they’ve long completed without difficulty. By Andrew Soergel. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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JAPAN-POLITICS — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to further expand Japan’s already improving ties with China but stressed the need to bolster defense capability as far as space amid concern about China’s military activity. SENT: 620 words, photos.

IRAQ-DEATH OF A DIALECT — Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul have for centuries spoken a unique form of Arabic enriched by the Iraqi city’s long history as a crossroads of civilization, a singsong dialect that many now fear will die out after years of war and displacement. By Sam Kimball. SENT: 1,035 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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ECONOMY-BUSINESS-SURVEY — A majority of business economists foresee no recession in the United States within the next 12 months but do predict a slowdown in growth this year. By Josh Boak. SENT: 290 words.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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SAG AWARDS — “Black Panther” has taken home the top award at Sunday’s 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, giving Ryan Coogler’s superhero sensation it’s most significant honor yet and potentially setting it up for more wins at the Academy Awards. In the lead acting categories, Glenn Close and Rami Malek also solidified themselves as Oscar front-runners. By Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. With: SAG AWARDS-BACKSTAGE — What you didn’t see on the SAG Awards telecast: ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ cast members letting reporters hold their trophies, Emily Blunt giving her younger self advice and stars rushing to their seats to watch Alan Alda get his lifetime achievement award. By Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 890 words, photos.

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