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January 9, 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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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.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — In a somber televised plea, President Donald Trump urges congressional Democrats to fund his long-promised border wall, blaming illegal immigration for the scourge of drugs and violence and framing the debate over the partial government shutdown as “a choice between right and wrong.” By Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video, graphic.

SAUDI-RUNAWAY WOMAN — Australia will assess runaway Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun for settlement after she was deemed a refugee by the United Nations. By Trevor Marshallsea. SENT: 610 words, photos.

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.

LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE — Teachers in Los Angeles, whose 640,000 students make it the nation’s second-largest school district, are ready to strike over a contract dispute that follows teacher walkouts in other states that emboldened organized labor after a critical defeat at the U.S. Supreme Court. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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US-CHINA-TRADE — U.S. and Chinese envoys extend trade talks into a third day after Trump says negotiations aimed at ending a tariff war were “going very well!” By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 540 words, photos, graphic.

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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.

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.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW — While the Golden Globes were notable for their lack of political speeches, Trump couldn’t be avoided at the 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: 880 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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HAMPTON-SIX STROKE — Fortunate to be alive, Hampton coach David Six has cherished being able to lead the Lady Pirates after suffering a stroke this summer. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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