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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:25

January 9, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org

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HIGHLIGHTING

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN (sent, developing)

BORDER WALL-EMINENT DOMAIN (upcoming)

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-STATES (upcoming)

SHUTDOWN-POLITICS (upcoming)

ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA (sent)

ROSENSTEIN (sent, developing)

SAUDI-RUNAWAY WOMAN (sent, developing)

CHINA-NKOREA (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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ROSE MCGOWAN-DRUG CHARGE — A lawyer for Rose McGowan says the actress and activist will plead no contest to a reduced drug charge in Virginia and avoid jail time. SENT: 125 words, photo.

MUSIC-IHEARTRADIO AWARDS — Cardi B has 13 reasons to celebrate: She’s nominated for 13 honors at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. SENT: 130 words, photos.

STAN LEE MEMORIAL — Stan Lee’s devoted fans can mourn him at Hollywood memorial. SENT: 275 words, photos.

OSCARS-KEVIN HART — Kevin Hart says he won’t be hosting the Academy Awards, is done with giving explanations. SENT: 130 words, photo.

R KELLY DOCUMENTARY — Georgia man tells police R. Kelly’s manager threatened him. SENT: 540 words, photos, video.

HELPFUL HOMELESS MAN — Judge issues arrest warrant for man accused in GoFundMe scam. SENT: 140 words.

ISRAEL-PEOPLE-KRAFT — Israel awards Patriots owner Kraft the “Jewish Nobel” prize. SENT: 730 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES — Several foreign diplomatic missions were evacuated in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Canberra after they received packages containing suspicious substances. SENT: 320 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-CATHOLIC PROCESSION — Huge crowd of Filipino Catholics gathers amid terror fears. SENT: 780 words, photos.

IRAN-US — Iran supreme leader calls U.S. officials “first-class idiots.” SENT: 140 words, photo.

BRITAIN-FILM AWARDS — Wickedly funny royal comedy-drama “The Favourite” lived up to its name, leading the race for the British Academy Film Awards. SENT: 260 words, photos.

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BORDER WALL/GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — President Donald Trump meets with congressional leaders in the latest round of talks over his proposed border wall that has led to a partial government shutdown, now in its 19th day. Trump’s somber televised address to the nation was heavy with dark immigration rhetoric but offered no new concessions to break the impasse. SENT: 1000 words. UPCOMING: Updates from Trump 12:30 visit to Capitol, 3 p.m. meeting with congressional leaders, 1000 words by 5 p.m., photos, video. With GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-FACT CHECK — President Donald Trump declared a border crisis that’s in sharp dispute, wrongly accused Democrats of refusing to pay for border security and ignored the reality of how drugs come into the country as he pitched his wall as a solution to varied ills. SENT: 1900 words, photo.

BORDER WALL-EMINENT DOMAIN — To get a glimpse of how a $5 billion wall will affect people on the border, the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has several places where the government has crews out doing land surveying and drilling on residents’ property for wall construction that has already been funded. One vulnerable location is a historic 19th century Catholic church that could be in jeopardy because it’s located where a wall will be built. By Nomaan Merchant. UPCOMING: 800 words, with photos, video.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-STATES — The partial government shutdown is forcing some states to delay approving some new road and bridge construction projects, yet another fallout from the stoppage that has dragged on for nearly three weeks. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.

SHUTDOWN-POLITICS — There is no easy way out. As the third government shutdown of the Trump presidency stretched into its 19th day, the Republican president — and his Democratic rivals — were dug in as never before, aware that they risked an all-out revolt from their most passionate supporters should they back down in the high-stakes fight over a massive border wall. By Steve Peoples. UPCOMNG: 1000 words by 2 p.m., photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA — Nearly a decade before accusations of absentee ballot fraud in a small North Carolina county cast doubt on the results of a heated 2018 congressional race, a state elections investigator spent weeks probing whether the man at the center of the current scandal was paying cash for votes. By Michael Biesecker and Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 1,250 words, photos. ONLY ON AP.

ROSENSTEIN — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller and remains his most visible Justice Department protector, is expected to leave his position soon after William Barr is confirmed as attorney general, a person familiar with the plans says. SENT: 550 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates expected, 750 words by 3 p.m., photo.

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NATIONAL

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SEATTLE TRAFFIC SQUEEZE — A major thoroughfare for commuters along downtown Seattle’s waterfront is set to shut down for good, ushering in what officials say will be one of the most painful traffic periods in the history of the booming Pacific Northwest city. SENT: 960 words, photos.

LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE — Teachers in Los Angeles are ready to strike Thursday over a contract dispute that follows teacher walkouts in other states that emboldened organized labor. SENT: 870 words, photos.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD-NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court plans to hear arguments on a lawsuit claiming the state of Louisiana is needlessly and illegally delaying a license enabling Planned Parenthood to perform abortions at a new facility in New Orleans. SENT: 390 words.

TRANSGENDER WOMAN-ASSAULT — Police: Two assault transgender woman in North Carolina bathroom. SENT: 150 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SAUDI-RUNAWAY WOMAN — Australia’s government says that it will assess the resettlement case of a Saudi woman who fled from her family now that the United Nations has deemed her a refugee, taking the woman’s high-profile quest for asylum a step forward. By Kaweewit Kaewjinda and Trevor Marshallsea. SENT: 780 words, photos. With SAUDI-RUNAWAY WOMAN-THE LATEST.

CHINA-NKOREA — A special train believed to be carrying Kim Jong Un departs Beijing after a two-day visit by the North Korean leader to the Chinese capital. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 580 words, photos. With CHINA-NKOREA-THE LATEST.

CHINA-RELEASING KAZAKHS — China is allowing more than 2,000 ethnic Kazakhs to abandon their Chinese citizenship and leave the country, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry says, in a sign that Beijing may be starting to feel a mounting backlash against its sweeping crackdown on Muslims in the far west region of Xinjiang. By Dake Kang. SENT: 730 words, photos.

MIDEAST ABANDONED KURDS — Over the past century Kurds have gotten close to setting up their own state or autonomous regions on several occasions only to have their dreams shattered by being abandoned by world powers. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

BREXIT — Britain’s government and its lawmakers are set to clash as Prime Minister Theresa May brings her little-loved Brexit deal back to Parliament, a month after postponing a vote on the agreement to stave off near-certain defeat. SENT: 640 words, photos.

ISRAEL-FIGHTING-POLYGAMY — Israel tries to crack down on polygamy among its Bedouins, drawing complaints from the impoverished community. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

COLOMBIA-PEACE-COURT — One by one the victims of Latin America’s longest-running conflict are providing a brutal testimony of the war that gripped Colombia to a now up-and-running Special Peace Jurisdiction. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

POMPEO-IRAQ — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Iraq in an unannounced stop on his Mideast tour meant to promote the White House’s hardline position on Iran. SENT: 330 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-HUMAN RIGHTS — Law enforcement forces in Venezuela have detained and tortured military personnel accused of plotting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, according to two prominent human rights organizations. SENT: 540 words, photo.

SOUTH KOREA-JAPAN-FORCED LABOR — A South Korean court orders the seizure of local assets of a Japanese company after it refused to compensate Korean laborers who were forcibly employed during Japan’s colonial rule, in an escalation of a diplomatic brawl between the Asian neighbors. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 620 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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GADGET SHOW-VIRTUAL REALITY-FAILURE TO LAUNCH — Once again, virtual reality (and augmented reality) have been touted as the next big thing and once again, they have failed to take off despite high-profile hardware debuts and splashy ad campaigns. Clunky headsets and a lack of compelling VR software has held the industry back. By Mae Anderson. UPCOMING: 780 words by 10 a.m., photos.

CHINA-TRADE — Three days of U.S.-Chinese talks aimed at ending a costly tariff battle wrapped up in an optimistic atmosphere after President Donald Trump said they were “going very well!” By Joe McDonald. SENT: 910 words, photos.

JAPAN-NISSAN — Nissan is showing the beefed up version of its hit Leaf electric car as the Japanese automaker seeks to distance itself from the arrest of its star executive Carlos Ghosn. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 460 words, photos. With

JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN — The appeal by the lawyers of Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s former chairman, against his prolonged detention since his arrest Nov. 19 is rejected by the Tokyo District Court. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 370 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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BOOKS-IMMIGRATION NOVELS — A wave of immigration-themed novels in 2019 reveal both the timeliness of immigration as an issue and how many current concerns date back well before Trump. By National Writer Hillel Italie. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3 p.m., photos.

FILM-NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW — While Sunday’s Golden Globes were notable for their lack of political speeches, Donald Trump couldn’t be avoided at Tuesday night’s National Board of Review Awards which, it turned out, were scheduled concurrently with the president’s nationally televised address advocating for a border wall with Mexico. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 840 words, photos, video

FLEXIN IN MY COMPLEXION — A 12-year-old girl bullied for her dark skin tone turned her grandmother’s message of empowerment, “Flexin’ in my Complexion,” into hope for others. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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OLY--RUSSIAN DOPING — The Kremlin says there is “understanding” on how crucial data on drug use by Russian athletes will be handed over to the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA officials are due to arrive in Moscow on Wednesday for their third visit seeking the lab data. The Moscow laboratory data could help WADA file doping charges against numerous Russian athletes. SENT: 255 words, photos.

CYC--JOHN LEICESTER-DOPING AT 90 — Carl Grove, a 90-year-old record-setting American cyclist who failed a doping test, tells The Associated Press that anti-doping agencies are wasting time and taxpayer dollars on cases like his. The former U.S. Navy Band saxophonist who played for U.S. presidents says the failed test was caused by eating contaminated meat. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1700 GMT, photos.

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