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January 27, 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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YOUNGER AND CHEAPER _ In a first-of-its-kind analysis, The Associated Press looks at how the 2011 collective-bargaining agreement affected NFL rosters. By Eddie Pells and Larry Fenn. SENT: 1,440 words, photos. With YOUNGER AND CHEAPER-RETIRED AT 27 (1,000 words, photos; sent); YOUNGER AND CHEAPER-ROOKIE CONTRACTS (150 words; sent); YOUNGER AND CHEAPER-MINIMUM SALARIES (100 words; sent).

TRUMP ROLLBACKS-INDUSTRY SAVINGS _ As the Trump administration rolls back rules on the U.S. energy sector, government projections show the savings reaped by companies come at steep cost: increased premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution and a jump in climate-warming emissions. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,600 words, photos. With TRUMP ROLLBACKS-INDUSTRY SAVINGS-GLANCE (800 words; sent).

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TOP STORIES

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OPIOIDS-LEFT BEHIND: A FAMILY’S FIRST YEAR _ Twenty years into the opioid epidemic, the crisis has claimed more than 400,000 lives. Each of those lost left behind a family now grappling with grief and shame, relief and regret. By National Writer Claire Galofaro. SENT IN ADVANCE: 4,000 words for use at 12:01 a.m. Monday, with photos and abridged version of 1,100 words.

TRUMP-BORDER WALL _ The White House makes clear President Donald Trump is prepared to shutter the government again without a deal from Congress on border-wall funding by a Feb. 15 deadline. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-BACK TO WORK _ Federal employees are turning on office lights and reopening parks, but many government contractors face still more uncertainty and anxiety over when they’ll resume work or ever be paid for time lost to the record federal shutdown. By Jay Reeves. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m., photos.

BRAZIL-DAM COLLAPSE _ Brazilian officials resume the search for hundreds of missing people in the wake of a massive dam collapse, with firefighter crews returning after a suspension over fears that a second dam was at risk. By Marcelo Silva de Sousa and Peter Prengaman. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-CHURCH ATTACK _ Two bombs minutes apart tear through a Roman Catholic cathedral on a southern Philippine island where Muslim militants are active, killing at least 20 people during a Sunday Mass. SENT: 960 words, photos.

LOUISIANA SHOOTING _ A man suspected of killing his parents and three other people, including a girl he was dating, is arrested when he shows up at his grandmother’s house in Virginia. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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WAYNE NEWTON-LAS VEGAS _ Mr. Las Vegas is marking his 60th anniversary of performing there in 2019 with a return to Caesars Palace casino-resort. SENT: 630 words, photos.

PEOPLE-XXXTENTACION BABY _ Seven months after XXXTentacion was killed, the rapper’s son has been born. SENT: 130 words, photo.

THAILAND-SWASTIKA SINGER _ A popular Thai music act has set off a scandal after one of its members wore a shirt showing the swastika flag of Nazi Germany during a performance. SENT: 480 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-PELOSI VS TRUMP-ANALYSIS _ In the year’s first test of divided government, give round one to Nancy Pelosi. And it wasn’t really competitive. An AP News Analysis. SENT: 910 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-SCHULTZ _ For a businessman who has given about $150,000 to Democratic campaigns, former Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz is generating tepid _ or even hostile _ responses within the party as he weighs a presidential bid in 2020. SENT: 920 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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TEACHING RADICALISM _ Handling clashes of disparate ideas like last week’s videotaped encounter at the Lincoln Memorial is at the core of a political radicalism course at an Ohio high school. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

MILITARY SNEAKERS _ Thanks to congressional intervention, military recruits are going be outfitted in Made-in-the-USA goods right down to their sneakers used for physical fitness training. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS-DIASPORA _ Venezuelans living abroad anxiously watch events unfolding in Caracas and wonder whether they may soon be able to go home. SENT: 760 words, photos. With VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS _ The battle for control of Venezuela has turned to the armed forces; President Nicolas Maduro attended army exercises, and supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaido handed out leaflets to soldiers (1,000 words, photos; sent).

PANAMA-POPE _ Pope Francis calls for a “just and peaceful solution” to Venezuela’s political crisis as he wraps up a visit to Panama for a World Youth Day rally that was overshadowed by the upheaval unfolding nearby. SENT: 590 words, photos.

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY _ The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day amid a revival of hate-inspired violence and signs that younger generations know less about the genocide. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m. With ISRAEL-HOLOCAUST BIRTHDAY _ On the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, death camp survivor Cipora Feivlovich marks her own personal milestone as she turns 92 (980 words, photos; sent).

RUSSIA-LENINGRAD SIEGE _ The Russian city of St. Petersburg marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the devastating World War II siege by Nazi forces with a large military parade in the city’s sprawling Palace Square. SENT: 570 words, photos.

FRANCE-PROTESTS _ Some 10,000 people wearing red scarves march through Paris to protest acts of violence and vandalism on the sidelines of anti-government demonstrations by the largely peaceful yellow vest movement. SENT: 460 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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SAG AWARDS _ “Black Panther” and “BlacKkKlansman” are among the films vying for the top prize at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. SENT: 440 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated during and following the ceremony, which runs from 8-10 p.m.

TV-RENT-ORIGINAL STARS _ “Rent” fans will get an extra treat Sunday night during Fox’s live broadcast when stars from the original Broadway musical enjoy cameos. SENT: 130 words, photos. With TV REVIEW-RENT (500 words upcoming by 11:30 p.m.)

FILM-BOX OFFICE _ M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” remains No. 1 at the box office, while Matthew McConaughey’s tropical noir “Serenity” flops and Oscar nominees see only modest bumps. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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HKN--RISE OF HAT TRICKS _ Around the NHL, there have been 61 hat tricks through the first 770 games of the season _ the most since 1995-96, according to research by the league. SENT: 800 words, photos.

TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN _ In a breathtakingly mistake-free performance that yielded a remarkably lopsided result, the No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic overwhelms Rafael Nadal to win a record seventh Australian Open championship and a third consecutive Grand Slam title, raising his count to 15 overall. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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