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January 24, 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-STATE OF THE UNION — Trump says he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, yielding after a weeklong showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Following a high-stakes game of dare and double-dare, Trump concedes that “no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber” and that he was not looking for an alternate option after Pelosi served notice that he won’t be allowed to deliver the address to a joint session of Congress next week. By Kevin Freking, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — The Senate is taking a new approach to ending the partial government shutdown by actually taking votes instead of just pointing fingers. But competing bills appear likely to fail, caught in a poisonous Washington impasse. By Andrew Taylor and Alan Fram. SENT: 720 words, photo. UPCOMING: Voting expected by 2:30 p.m.

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS — Venezuelans head into uncharted political waters, with the young leader of a newly united and combative opposition claiming to hold the presidency and socialist President Nicolas Maduro digging in for a fight with the Trump administration. Violence flared again during big anti-government demonstrations across Venezuela, and at least seven protesters were reported killed in the escalating confrontation with Maduro, who has been increasingly accused of undemocratic behavior by the United States and many other nations in the region. By Joshua Goodman. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

POPE-PANAMA — Pope Francis arrives in Panama amid a political crisis in nearby Venezuela, a migration standoff over the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall and tens of thousands of wildly excited young Central Americans welcoming him. As Francis opens his first full day, all eyes will be on whether he refers to the upheaval in Venezuela when he addresses Panama’s president and later the region’s bishops. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 480 words, photos.

FUTURE OF WORK-ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE — Robots aren’t replacing everyone, but a quarter of U.S. jobs will be severely disrupted as artificial intelligence accelerates the automation of existing work, according to a new Brookings Institution report. By Technology Writer Matt O’Brien. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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MORE ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH — Environmental research projects across the country are being delayed and disrupted by the monthlong partial federal government shutdown — and not just those conducted by government agencies. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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BANK SHOOTING-FLORIDA — A former prison guard trainee who recently moved to Florida from Indiana kills five people during a standoff at a small town bank before surrendering to a SWAT team that stormed the building, police say. SENT: 500 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: News conference at 11 a.m.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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CHINA-HUAWEI — Chinese tech giant Huawei announces plans to release a next-generation smartphone based on its own technology instead of U.S. components, stepping up efforts to compete with Western industry leaders in the face of Washington’s warnings the company might be a security risk. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 490 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN — Naomi Osaka never made it past the fourth round at any of the first 10 Grand Slam tournaments of her career. Now, still just 21, she’s suddenly on the verge of a second consecutive major championship. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 910 words, photos.

SAILGP _The new sailing league SailGP will leap from concept to reality next month with the inaugural regatta on Sydney Harbor. By Sports Writer Bernie Wilson. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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