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February 4, 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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ONLY ON AP

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AP POLL-FINANCIAL SECURITY — Just how financially secure you feel depends on your age, your race, your education and — perhaps not surprisingly — your income. The results of a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reflect the sharp demographic divides in the U.S. economy. The nation’s prosperity since the Great Recession ended nearly a decade ago has benefited some groups far more than others and is obscuring economic soft spots caused by a persistent wealth gap. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, graphic.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNOR-KLAN-BLACKFACE — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam met privately with top administration officials but gave no public signal he intends to step down amid unrelenting pressure to resign over a racist photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 930 words, photos, videos.

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS — More than a dozen European Union countries endorse Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president, piling the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to resign and clear the way for a new presidential election. By Scott Smith and Barry Hatton. SENT: 740 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach of 8 p.m. by 4 p.m.

STATE OF UNION —President Donald Trump will call for optimism and unity in his State of the Union address. The question is, after two years of bitter partisanship and deeply personal feuds, will anyone believe him? By Julie Pace. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 p.m., photos.

EMIRATES-POPE — Pope Francis urged religious leaders to work together to reject the “miserable crudeness” of war as he opened the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, with a strong denunciation of violence committed in God’s name. By Nicole Winfield and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

SUPER BOWL-CHAMPION PATRIOTS — Bill Belichick now stands besides the NFL’s greatest coaches, transcending the Super Bowl era. With the Patriots’ latest title, Belichick coach joins George Halas and Curly Lambeau as the only coaches to win six NFL titles. Belichick calls it “incredibly flattering.” By Charles Odum. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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BORDER WALL-TERRORISM-VERMONT — When President Donald Trump pushes for his border wall he often cites the threat of terrorists crossing into the United States from Mexico, but the only time people with apparent terrorist intent have been caught crossing a U.S. land border they came from Canada. In one of those cases, in 1987, Richford, Vermont, police chief Richard Jewett stopped three men with a bomb from entering Vermont from Quebec. SENT: 890 words, photos.

EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION — After nearly three months of testimony about a vast drug-smuggling conspiracy steeped in violence, a jury begins deliberations in the U.S. trial of the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. SENT: 430 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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IRAQ-US —Iraq’s president hit back at Donald Trump Monday for saying U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran, saying the U.S. leader did not ask for Iraq’s permission to do so. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES-NOT READY YET — In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles when we might actually see them carrying passengers in every city, and you’ll get an almost universal answer: Not anytime soon. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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