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February 10, 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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TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY — Congressional negotiators trying to reach a border security compromise and avoid a government shutdown are clashing over the powers of the agency Republicans see as an emblem of tough immigration policies and that Democrats accuse of often going too far. The sides also remain separated by hundreds of millions of dollars over how much money to spend on border barriers. By Jonathan Lemire and Alan Fram. SENT: 870 words, photo.

TRUMP-BORDER VISIT — In his State of the Union speech, President Donald Trump said a “powerful barrier” had cut crime rates and turned El Paso from one of the nation’s most dangerous cities to one of its safest. He’s holding a rally in the city Monday. But many residents bristle at the prospect of becoming border-wall poster children. They say the city has been safe for decades and embodies a cross-border spirit that transcends walls rather than prove they work. By Will Weissert. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE-1980s — At the time Virginia’s future political leaders put on blackface in college for fun, Dan Aykroyd wore it too — in the hit 1983 comedy “Trading Places.” Sports announcers of that time often described Boston Celtics player Larry Bird, who is white, as “smart” while describing his black NBA opponents as athletically gifted. Such racial insensitivities ran rampant in popular culture during the 1980s. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-AMY KLOBUCHAR — Another day, another Democratic senator jumps into the 2020 presidential race. Amy Klobuchar is set to become the most prominent Midwestern candidate so far vying to be president as her party tries to win back voters in a region that helped put Donald Trump in the White House. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 950 words, photos. UPCOMING: Announcement expected after 2:30 p.m.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-DRILL DEBATE — Long before an ex-student opened fire on his former classmates in Parkland, Florida, many school districts conducted regular shooting drills — exercises that sometimes included simulated gunfire and blood and often happened with no warning that the attack wasn’t real. Parents are increasingly questioning elements of the practice, including whether the drills traumatize kids. By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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JEFF BEZOS-NATIONAL ENQUIRER —A lawyer for the head of the National Enquirer’s parent company says the tabloid committed neither extortion nor blackmail by threatening to publish intimate photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. SENT: 750 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN — Back in Iowa as a full-fledged presidential candidate, Democrat Elizabeth Warren took aim at President Donald Trump, saying he “may not even be a free person” by next year’s election. SENT: 220 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.

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NATIONAL

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VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE — Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam considered resigning amid a scandal that he once wore blackface, but the pediatric neurologist now says he’s “not going anywhere” because the state “needs someone that can heal” it. SENT: 930 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SKOREA-US-TROOP DEPLOYMENT — South Korea and the United States struck a new deal that increases Seoul’s contribution for the cost of the American military presence on its soil, overcoming previous failed negotiations that caused worries about their decades-long alliance. SENT: 770 words, photos.

BREXIT-NORWAY-SWEDEN-BORDER — As Britain prepares for possible hard borders and new tariffs with Ireland, France and the rest of the European Union, the Norway-Sweden border may provide hints of what to expect. SENT: 990 words, photos. WITH: BREXIT — With Brexit just 47 days away, the British government asks lawmakers to give Prime Minister Theresa May more time to rework her divorce deal with the European Union. SENT: 300 words, photo.

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