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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

January 4, 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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ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT (sent, developing)

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN (sent, developing)

TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT (sent, developing)

AP POLL-AMERICAN PRIORITIES (sent)

RHODES SCHOLAR-DACA RECIPIENT (sent)

ZINKE-LEGACY (sent)

FINANCIAL MARKETS (sent, developing)

CHINA-TARIFFS (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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FATAL CRASH-INTERSTATE FIRE-FLORIDA — Two big rigs and two passenger vehicles collided and spilled diesel fuel across a Florida highway, sparking a massive fire that killed seven people, authorities said. SENT: 350 words, photos, video.

MANSON FOLLOWER-PAROLE — California parole panel recommends for the first time that Charles Manson follower Robert Beausoleil be freed after nearly a half-century in prison. SENT: 425 words, photos.

CHILDREN FOUND DEAD-TEXAS — Texas authorities take a 27-year-old man into custody after three young children were found dead in an apartment. SENT: 200 words, video.

GERMANY-EXPLOSION — Explosion outside an office of the far-right Alternative for Germany party in an eastern town damages windows and doors in the building. SENT: 130 words.

GERMANY-POLITICIANS HACKED — German broadcaster says private data and documents belonging to hundreds of German politicians have been hacked and posted on Twitter. SENT: 200 words.

MARRIOTT DATA BREACH — Marriott says fewer guest records were compromised than feared in a previously announced data breach. SENT; 130 words.

FORD-RECALL — Ford is recalling more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel. SENT: 180 words, photos.

ROCKETS-WARRIORS — James Harden hit a contested 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in overtime and finished with his second triple-double of the week and fifth straight 40-point game, rallying the Houston Rockets past the Golden State Warriors 135-134. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — Amid signs of Republican unease over the prolonged partial government shutdown, congressional leaders planned to meet Friday with President Donald Trump, a day after House Democrats muscled through legislation to fund the government but not his border wall. SENT: 740 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:30 a.m. White House meeting, new approach of 900 words by 3 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT — President Donald Trump is pushing back on talk by some House Democrats of impeaching him. On Friday, Trump asked in a tweet: “How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong” and has had the “most successful two years of any president.” SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates expected, 300 words by 11 a.m.

AP POLL-AMERICAN PRIORITIES — Nearly half of Americans identify immigration as a top issue for the government to work on this year. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll finds that both Republicans and Democrats are far more likely to include immigration in their list of top issues facing the country this year compared with a year ago. SENT: 1100 words, photo.

DEMOCRATS-ELECTION REFORM — House Democrats are unveiling a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package that targets what they call a “culture of corruption in Washington” and aims to reduce the role of money in politics. SENT: 660 words, photos.

ZINKE-LEGACY — As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington amid a cloud of unresolved investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press that he has lived up to the conservation ideals of Teddy Roosevelt and insisted that the myriad allegations against him will be proven untrue. SENT: 1,025 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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RHODES SCHOLAR-DACA RECIPIENT — He became the first “Dreamer” to win the prestigious Rhodes scholarship, but for recent Harvard University graduate Jin Park, the joy of that achievement has given way to uncertainty. The 22-year-old, who lives in New York City, risks not being allowed back in the country if he enrolls at the University of Oxford in England in the fall. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 830 words, photos, video.

NAVY SEAL-MURDER CHARGE — A decorated Navy SEAL is facing charges of premediated murder and numerous other offenses in connection with the fatal stabbing of a teenage Islamic State prisoner under his care in Iraq in 2017, along with the shooting of unarmed Iraqi civilians. Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher plans to plead not guilty to all the charges Friday during an arraignment hearing at Naval Base San Diego. SENT: 700 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ISRAEL-FRAGMENTED ELECTION — Barring a devastating legal ruling against him in a series of corruption allegations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks to be cruising toward re-election and a historic fifth term in office after the upcoming April 9 vote. Part of his longevity is due to Israel’s splintered electoral system, which allows him to rule with just a quarter of the vote for his ruling Likud Party. By Aron Heller. SENT: 990 words, photos.

SOUTHEAST ASIA-TROPICAL STORM — Rain, winds and surging seawater buffeted coastal villages and world-famous tourist resorts, as Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall on southern Thailand’s east coast. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 70 kph (42 mph), hit the shore of Nakhon Si Thammarat province. SENT: 700 words, photos, developing.

VATICAN-ARGENTINA-ABUSE — The Vatican has confirmed that an Argentine bishop, who resigned suddenly in 2017 for stated health reasons and then landed a top administrative job at the Holy See, is under preliminary investigation after priests accused him of sexual abuse and other misconduct. In a statement to The Associated Press, Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti stressed that the allegations against Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta only emerged in recent months, nearly a year after Pope Francis created the new position for him as “assessor” of the Holy See’s office of financial administration. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-ELECTION — Congratulatory messages are flowing to Bangladesh’s Prime Minister-elect Sheikh Hasina, ensuring she will withstand the reverberating calls to investigate serious allegations of widespread irregularities in Sunday’s election that was dominated by her coalition. Hasina is set to form her third consecutive government and fourth overall. SENT: 1,235 words, photos.

KOREAS-NORTH KOREAN DEFECTIONS — North Korea’s top diplomat to Italy, who South Korea’s spy agency says has gone into hiding along with his wife, appears to be the latest member of the North’s elite to abandon the secretive totalitarian state. Many of them have expressed frustration over what they described as an oppressive police state in Pyongyang or desires for their families to have new lives in South Korea or the West. A look at some of the high-profile defections from North Korea. SENT: 630 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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CHINA-SPACE — A Chinese lunar rover began exploring the terrain in the world’s first mission on the surface of the far side of the moon. Jade Rabbit 2 drove off a ramp and onto the soft, snow-like surface after a Chinese spacecraft made the first-ever soft landing Thursday on the moon’s far side. A photo posted online by China’s space agency showed tracks left by the rover as it headed away from the spacecraft. SENT: 475 words, photos, video. WITH: CHINA-SPACE TIMELINE — Key milestones in China’s space odyssey, and a look at the missions ahead. SENT: 482 words.

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BUSINESS

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ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT — U.S. employers dramatically stepped up their hiring in December, adding 312,000 jobs in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war, slowing global growth and a partial shutdown of the federal government. By Josh Boak. SENT: 520 words, photos.

FINANCIAL MARKETS — Stocks are jumping at the open on Wall Street as investors welcome news of trade talks between the U.S. and China and a big gain in jobs in the U.S. SENT: 180 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated through 5 p.m.

CHINA-TARIFFS — American envoys are due in Beijing for talks Monday in a tariff battle over Chinese technology ambitions that threatens to hobble global economic growth. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BKW--T25-UCONN’S STREAK SNAPPED — UConn All-America players Katie Lou Samuelson and Naphessa Collier won a national title and went to two other Final Fours before experiencing this. The team’s only seniors are coming off a loss in the regular season for the first time. SENT: 720 words, photos. WITH: BKW--T25-UCONN-BAYLOR— No. 1 UConn’s 126-game win streak ends 68-57 at No. 8 Baylor. SENT: 665 words, photos.

FBN--NFL TO CURLING — Defensive lineman Jared Allen retired from the NFL in 2015 and wasn’t ready to give up on the competition he’d come to enjoy as a five-time All-Pro in a 12-year career. His solution: Make it to the 2022 Olympics — in curling. Less than a year later, he and three other former NFL players who have never curled before will attempt to qualify for the U.S. championships against curlers who have been throwing stones for most of their lives. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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