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February 2, 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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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNOR-KLAN-BLACKFACE — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam appears to have almost no choice but to resign after losing support from virtually the entire state Democratic party and other key allies, who urged the governor to leave office because of a racist photo in which he appeared more than 30 years ago. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 610 words, video, photos. With GOVERNOR-KLAN-BLACKFACE-THE LATEST.

STATE OF UNION-HISTORY — President Donald Trump is the latest chief executive to deliver a State of the Union address during a time of national turmoil, though others may have had it worse. Abraham Lincoln had the Civil War, Richard Nixon had Watergate and Bill Clinton was impeached. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 690 words, photos. With TRUMP-WORLD — Trump’s State of the Union address will be dissected for clues to how he’ll deal with challenges from abroad. SENT: 1,350 words, photo, graphic; STATE OF UNION-TRUMP-PREVIEW — Trump plans to embrace unity — at least for one night. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-ARMS TREATY — The Trump administration is pulling the plug on a decades-old nuclear arms treaty with Russia, lifting what it sees as unreasonable constraints on competing with a resurgent Russia and a more assertive China. The move sets the stage for delicate talks with U.S. allies over potential new American missile deployments. By Deb Riechmann, Robert Burns and Matthew Lee. SENT: 1,120 words, video, photos, audio.

ELECTION 2020-CORY BOOKER — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker declared his bid for the presidency in 2020 with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a “common purpose.” The New Jersey Democrat, who is the second black candidate in a primary field that’s already historically diverse, delivered his message of unity amid an era marked by bitter political division. By Elana Schor. SENT: 920 words, photos, audio.

BRAZIL-DAM COLLAPSE-REGULATIONS — Lax regulations, chronic short staffing and a law that muffled the voices of environmentalists on mining licenses made the devastating collapse of a dam in southeastern Brazil all but destined to happen, experts and legislators say. By Anna Jean Kaiser. SENT: 860 words, video, photos.

SUPER BOWL PREVIEW — Nothing about the biggest stage in American sports rattles the New England Patriots. If the Los Angeles Rams are as calm in the Super Bowl, it just might be a classic. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 750 words, photos. With SUPER BOWL-WHY THE PATRIOTS WILL WIN; SUPER BOWL-WHY THE RAMS WILL WIN (both sent).

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — A federal judge cautions longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone not to treat the charges against him like a public relations campaign or book tour, and says she may issue a gag order. SENT: 630 words, photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS — Senate investigators have evidence revealing the identities behind mysterious phone calls that Donald Trump Jr. had with blocked numbers during the 2016 presidential campaign. SENT: 660 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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IMMIGRATION-FORCE-FEEDING — A hunger striker who is being force fed in an immigration detention center says three times a day he is being dragged out of his cell, and strapped to a table so that he can be force-fed through a nasal tube. The striker is among a group of nine men who have been force-fed after refusing food and drink in protest of conditions inside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in El Paso, Texas. SENT: 790 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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VENEZUELA-HUMANITARIAN AID — The International Committee of the Red Cross has talked to the United States about the risks of delivering humanitarian aid to Venezuela without the approval of security forces loyal to President Nicolas Maduro, an official with the agency says. SENT: 410 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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GOLDMAN-MALAYSIAN FUND SCANDAL — Goldman Sachs Group’s board is taking steps to slash its top executives’ 2018 compensation, depending on the outcome of investigations into the investment bank’s role in the ransacking of a multibillion-dollar Malaysian state investment fund. By Business Writer Alex Veiga. SENT: 340 words, photo.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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SUPER BOWL-CARDI B — Cardi B says she received an offer to perform at the Super Bowl, but struggled with the decision to turn down the lucrative opportunity in support of ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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HALL OF FAME — Tony Gonzalez, the record holder among tight ends in many receiving categories, is a leading candidate in his first year of eligibility on for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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