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February 7, 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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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TURKEY-BUILDING COLLAPSE — Rescuers pull out 12 injured in Turkey building collapse that killed three. SENT: 120 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNOR-BLACKFACE-TURBULENT HISTORY — Virginia has become more diverse and socially liberal in recent years. But the state continues to struggle with mindsets shaped by its turbulent racial history. When a blackface photo was discovered last week on Gov. Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page, it was but the latest reminder of the state’s hateful past. Statues of Confederate leaders line Richmond’s Monument Avenue and the state legislature still honors Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 900 words, photos. With VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE — Political crisis engulfs Virginia’s top three elected officials. Also see VIRGINIA POLITICS-DEMOCRATS below.

BORDER WALL-VIEW FROM MEXICO — Building a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico frontier is a delicate dance. Some Mexican homes encroach on U.S. soil, posing a dilemma for authorities. The path of a new San Diego barrier threatened structures in two Tijuana neighborhoods, including a shrine built by an 84-year-old Mexican man to honor his family and celebrate his recovery from a heart attack. By Elilot Spagat. SENT: 1,360 words, photos, video. With BORDER FENCE-ARIZONA — Arizona city officials want border wall’s razor wire removed.

VENEZUELA-HUMANITARIAN AID — As Venezuela sinks deeper into economic crisis, emergency supplies of food and medicine can’t come soon enough. But many aid experts fear the Trump administration and Venezuela’s opposition are repeating President Nicolas Maduro’s mistake of playing politics with humanitarian aid, creating false expectations as supplies arrive at the Colombian border to pressure the Venezuelan military to abandon its support for the embattled socialist leader. By Joshua Goodman and Christine Armario. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

TRUMP-ABORTION-STATES — President Donald Trump’s call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress, but Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with anti-abortion bills they hope can pass muster with the Supreme Court. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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VIRGINIA POLITICS-DEMOCRATS — Prominent Democrats came down hard on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam after he apologized for a racist photo. But they were quieter as two more scandals — one involving race, another a sexual assault allegation — rocked Virginia’s statehouse. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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COSTA RICA-ARIAS-SEXUAL ASSAULT — Two more women accuse former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, a Nobel peace laureate, of sexual misconduct after a criminal complaint alleging sexual assault against another woman was filed against him this week in the Central American nation. SENT: 1,560 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SAN FRANCISCO GAS EXPLOSION — A gas explosion in San Francisco shoots a tower of flames into the sky and burns five buildings including one of the city’s popular restaurants before firefighters brought the blaze under control. SENT: 620 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US CA Gas Explosion Neighbors (CR) — No injuries in San Francisco gas leak, fire.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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CHINA-HIV SCARE — Chinese investigators say tests on a batch of a plasma product feared to have been contaminated with HIV turn up negative for the virus that causes AIDS. SENT: 250 words.

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BUSINESS

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ELECTRIC CARS-COLD WEATHER — Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used, a new study found. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 490 words.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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BOOKS-JILL ABRAMSON — Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson is facing allegations that she lifted material from other sources for her new book, “Merchants of Truth.” By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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ARGENTINA-WOMEN’S SOCCER — Macarena Sanchez takes a stand to turn female soccer professional in Argentina. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

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