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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory,10:15,Advisory

February 8, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org

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HIGHLIGHTING

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-WHITAKER (sent, developing)

SUPREME COURT-ABORTION (sent)

HEALTH OVERHAUL-WHITE HOUSE REPORT (sent)

JEFF BEZOS-NATIONAL ENQUIRER (sent)

OBIT-JOHN DINGELL (sent)

VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE (sent)

UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN (upcoming)

TRUMP-GRAND HYATT (sent)

TRUMP-HEALTH (upcoming)

BRITAIN-OBIT-FINNEY (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BRITAIN-GEORGE MICHAEL AUCTION — Art works collected by singer George Michael before his death in 2016 are going up for auction. SENT: 200 words, photo.

AIR BAGS-RECALL — Subaru, Tesla, Volkwagen and others recall a combined 1.7 million cars with deadly Takata airbags. SENT: 150 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ONLY ON AP

HEALTH OVERHAUL-WHITE HOUSE REPORT — A new report from the White House tries to shift the Trump administration’s combative rhetoric on health care, suggesting changes to the Affordable Care Act under President Donald Trump do not fundamentally undermine the health law. The report from the Council of Economic Advisers says Obama-era subsidies that help low- and middle-income customers pay their premium will help keep HealthCare.gov afloat even if some healthy people drop out or seek other coverage because of Trump’s changes. Nearly 90 percent or customers get taxpayer-provided assistance. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 680 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-WHITAKER — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker faces Congress for the first time, with Democrats eager to press him on his interactions with President Donald Trump and his oversight of the special counsel’s Russia investigation. By Eric Tucker and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 530 words. Developing from 9:30 a.m. hearing

SUPREME COURT-ABORTION — Chief Justice John Roberts’ decisive vote to keep Louisiana abortion restrictions on hold is a break from his prior record in abortion cases, but in keeping with his desire to avoid having the court be seen as hopelessly divided between conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats. By Mark Sherman. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 p.m.

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY — Congressional bargainers seem close to clinching a border security agreement that would avert a new government shutdown. By Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor. SENT: 790 words.

TRUMP-HEALTH — President Trump reports to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a follow-up to his first annual medical checkup as president. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 840 words. Developing late afternoon.

TRUMP-CAMP DAVID — Can the presidential retreat that delivered the landmark Camp David Mideast peace accord do the same for divided Washington? White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney invites a bipartisan mix of legislators to Camp David as he tries to build relationships across the aisle. By Jill Colvin. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.

UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN — The special U.S. envoy to Afghanistan speaks in public for the first time since the U.S. and Taliban reported progress toward ending the war in Afghanistan. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m. Developing from 2 p.m. speech

FACT CHECK-IMMIGRATION — President Trump is playing on myths about immigrants and jobs, crime and the safety net. By Economics Writer Josh Boak. SENT: 1,780 words.

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NATIONAL

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VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE-FALLOUT — The political crisis in Virginia threatens to turn a state that has trended Democratic back into a battleground, and that could complicate the party’s effort to defeat President Donald Trump next year. Democrats don’t think voters will suddenly embrace Trump. SENT: 900 words, photos. WITH: VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE — Virginia House Dems seek more time on resignation demands. SENT: 450 words, photos, video.

JEFF BEZOS-NATIONAL ENQUIRER — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he was the target of “extortion and blackmail” by the publisher of the National Enquirer, which he said threatened to publish revealing personal photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the tabloid obtained his private exchanges with his mistress. By Michael Balsamo and Zeke Miller. SENT 1,150 words, photo.

OBIT-JOHN DINGELL — Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history and a master of legislative deal-making who was fiercely protective of Detroit’s auto industry, has died. The Michigan Democrat was 92. By Mike Householder and David Eggert. SENT: 1,420 words, photo. With OBIT-JOHN DINGELL-A LIFE — John Dingell represented Michigan from Ike to Obama; JOHN DINGELL TWITTER — In or out of the House, John Dingell was at home on Twitter; OBIT-JOHN DINGELL-REACTIONS — Dignitaries praise former Congressman John Dingell (all sent).

LAST SLAVE SHIP — Descendants of the last Africans brought to the United States as slaves are gathering in Alabama. The get-together will be held in Africatown USA, a once-thriving community settled by the free blacks after the Civil War. The area is now part of Mobile, Alabama, and residents are hoping the event will renew interest in a fading community. The Africans were illegally smuggled into Alabama decades after the slave trade was outlawed. Some of their descendants still live on the Gulf Coast. SENT: 950 words, video, photos.

DEATH PENALTY-ALABAMA — A Muslim inmate who filed a legal challenge because Alabama wouldn’t let his Islamic spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber was put to death after the nation’s highest court cleared the way. Dominique Ray, 42, was pronounced dead at 10:12 p.m. of a lethal injection at the state prison in Atmore. SENT: 670 words, photos.

TRUMP-GRAND HYATT — The building that helped Trump make a name for himself in his first big deal in Manhattan is being sold to developers who plan to tear it down. Developer TF Cornerstone said that it and a group managing billionaire Michael Dell’s money have agreed to buy the Grand Hyatt New York next to Grand Central Terminal and replace it with a mixed-used tower that will include office and retail space and a smaller hotel. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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VENEZUELA-OIL WORKERS EXODUS — Thousands of Venezuelan oil workers are fleeing poverty wages and dangerous working conditions, taking lucrative jobs in far-flung parts of the world. With each new departure, fewer remain behind with the know-how to pump the world’s most abundant oil reserves, once the economic backbone of a thriving country. By Scott Smith. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

IRAN REVOLUTION ANNIVERSAY-ECONOMY — Iran faces several economic struggles as it marks the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Inflation continues to rise as its currency depreciates. University graduates are unable to find jobs. Some of the challenges stem from the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions after the Trump administration pulled America out of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers. Other problems date back to the time of the revolution. SENT: 880 word, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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BRITAIN-OBIT-FINNEY — British actor Albert Finney, the Academy Award-nominated star of films from “Tom Jones” to “Skyfall,” has died at the age of 82. Finney’s family said Friday that he “passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side.” SENT: 600 words, photos.

MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-BEST NEW ARTIST — R&B singer H.E.R. gave a next-level performance, sister duo Chloe x Halle matched the greatness of their recent Super Bowl performance and pop singer Bebe Rexha went off on the crowd when they didn’t sing along to her monster hit song. The female acts, nominated for best new artist at the Grammys, performed Thursday night at Spotify’s pre-Grammy event honoring rising newcomers. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 520 words, photos.

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