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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

January 21, 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




GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN —Thirty-one days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse than when it began, with President Donald Trump lashing out at his opponents after they dismissed a plan he’d billed as a compromise. Trump on Sunday branded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a “radical” and said she was acting “irrationally.” The president also tried to fend off criticism from the right, as conservatives accused him of embracing “amnesty” for immigrants in the country illegally. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 995 words, photos. WITH: SHUTDOWN-TODAY’S BRIEFING — Trump lashes out after Dems reject offer. SENT: 675 words, photos.

NATIVE AMERICAN MARCH-VIDEOS — The student who stared and smiled at Nathan Phillips, an elderly Native American protester drumming in his face outside the Lincoln Memorial as his schoolmates chanted and laughed, says he did nothing to provoke the man in the videotaped confrontation and was only trying to calm the situation. By Jeff Karoub and Adam Beam. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

LUNAR ECLIPSE —The only total lunar eclipse this year and next came with a supermoon bonus. The moon, Earth and sun lined up Sunday night to create the eclipse. There won’t be another until 2021. It was the year’s first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter thanks to its slightly closer position. The entire eclipse was visible in North and South America, where skies were clear, and parts of Europe. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 140 words, photos.

BOLTON’S TEST — In President Donald Trump’s Washington, matters of war and peace are decided in 280-character bursts. It’s up to John Bolton to massage them into a foreign policy. The mustachioed national security adviser developed a reputation as a bureaucratic bulldozer through more than three decades in and out of government. But the wrangling over Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria demanded a new skill — the ability to dramatically redraft the president’s policy without provoking a hint of protest from the commander in chief. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,165 words, photos.

WINTER WEATHER —A winter storm that covered parts of the Midwest and Northeast in snow this weekend has manifested into a bitter freeze. The National Weather Service says temperatures across the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic will drop 10 to 20 degrees below average Monday, with wind chills near 40 below zero hitting the Northeast. By Philip Marcelo and Catherine Perloff. SENT: 830 words, photos, video.

SYRIA — In an extraordinary statement, the Israeli military has confirmed that it attacked Iranian military targets in Syria, hours after carrying out a rare daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport. The statement was issued early Monday hours after Israeli missile defenses intercepted an incoming missile over the Golan Heights in the wake of the airport raid. Until now Israel has largely refrained from public admissions of its covert military operations in neighboring Syria. SENT: 615 words.

SUPER BOWL PREVIEW — It’s never been so clear: This year’s Super Bowl matchup between the Patriots and Rams is a showdown between the NFL’s past and its future. Led by 24-year-old quarterback Jared Goff, the Rams and their 21st-century offense will take on 41-year-old Tom Brady and the Patriots. New England is in search of a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 815 words, photos. With: SUPER BOWL-ODDS — Oddsmakers made the Super Bowl essentially a tossup in opening lines Sunday, though bettors quickly turned the New England Patriots into a slight favorite in what is expected to be the most heavily bet — at least legally — title game ever. SENT: 370 words, photo.




TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE —President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani left open Sunday the possibility that Trump and former personal attorney Michael Cohen might have discussed Cohen’s congressional testimony. But, he added, “so what” if he did? By Eric Tucker. SENT: 430 words, photos.




FAMILY MEMBERS KILLED — A rural Oregon man kills four members of his family and is shot by sheriff’s deputies as he tries to kill a girl, authorities say. SENT: 325 words, photo.




POPE-MIGRATION — When Pope Francis visits Panama this week, he arrives not only as the first Latin American pontiff to visit Central America but as perhaps the world’s most prominent advocate for migrants at a time when migration has become a pressing political issue in the region and elsewhere. By Sonia Perez D. and Maria Verza. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-MUSLIM REFERENDUM — Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants. By Joeal Calupitan. SENT: 670 words, photos.

SUDAN-PROTESTERS — The anti-government protests that have rocked Sudan for the past four weeks are reminiscent of the Arab Spring uprisings of nearly a decade ago. They seek to remove an authoritarian leader and win freedoms and human rights. The protesters who have challenged President Omar al-Bashir’s autocratic rule appear to have learned from their Arab Spring counterparts and introduced tactics of their own. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 930 words, photo.

MEXICO-PIPELINE FIRE — People in the town where a gasoline explosion killed at least 85 people say the section of pipeline that gushed fuel has been a habitual gathering site for thieves, repeatedly damaged and patched like a trusty pair of jeans. By Mark Stevenson. SENT: 1,175 words, photos.




CHINA-ECONOMY — China’s 2018 economic growth fell to a three-decade low, adding to pressure on Beijing to settle a tariff war with Washington. The world’s second-largest economy expanded by 6.6 percent over a year earlier, down from 2017′s 6.9 percent, official data showed Monday. Activity has been hurt by weak global demand for Chinese exports, government lending controls and slower domestic consumer spending. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 685 words, photos.

DAVOS-GLOBAL INEQUALITY — Wealth inequality around the world is “out of control” and doing particular harm to women, anti-poverty campaigner Oxfam warned Monday ahead of the annual gathering of business and political leaders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 435 words, photos.

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