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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

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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ONLY ON AP

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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, graphic. TOP VIDEO: — US Trump Border (CR) — Democrats to Trump: “End this shutdown now.” With GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-DEMOCRATS — Top Democrats say Trump “has chosen fear” in border battle; GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-FACT CHECK — Trump oversells wall as a solution to drugs. For comprehensive coverage: https://apnews.com/GovernmentShutdown

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 Kaweewit Kaewjinda and Trevor Marshallsea. SENT: 610 words, photos. With SAUDI-RUNAWAY WOMAN-THE LATEST.

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. With CHINA-NKOREA-THE LATEST.

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.

CHINA-RELEASING KAZAKHS — China is allowing more than 2,000 ethnic Kazakhs to abandon their Chinese citizenship and leave the country, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry says, in a sign that Beijing may be starting to feel a mounting backlash against its sweeping crackdown on Muslims in the far west region of Xinjiang. By Dake Kang. SENT: 730 words, photos.

MIDEAST ABANDONED KURDS — Over the past century Kurds have gotten close to setting up their own state or autonomous regions on several occasions only to have their dreams shattered by being abandoned by world powers. By Bassem Mroue. UPCOMING: 970 words by 5 a.m., photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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R KELLY DOCUMENTARY — Georgia man tells police R. Kelly’s manager threatened him. SENT: 540 words, photos, video.

CAR CRASH-TEENS KILLED — Parents of teen killed in Florida Tesla crash sue company. SENT: 480 words, photo.

TRANSGENDER WOMAN-ASSAULT — Police: Two assault transgender woman in North Carolina bathroom. SENT: 150 words.

RICKETTS-CHICAGO TEAM — Plans for a soccer stadium scrapped by Chicago developers. SENT: 150 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ISRAEL-FIGHTING-POLYGAMY — Israel tries to crack down on polygamy among its Bedouins, drawing complaints from the impoverished community. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

COLOMBIA-PEACE-COURT — One by one the victims of Latin America’s longest-running conflict are providing a brutal testimony of the war that gripped Colombia to a now up-and-running Special Peace Jurisdiction. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES — Several foreign diplomatic missions were evacuated in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Canberra after they received packages containing suspicious substances. SENT: 280 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-HUMAN RIGHTS — Law enforcement forces in Venezuela have detained and tortured military personnel accused of plotting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, according to two prominent human rights organizations. SENT: 540 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-SYRIA-FOREIGN FIGHTERS — What to do with hundreds of foreign Islamic State fighters captured in Syria becomes a critical and growing problem for the Trump administration as it prepares to pull troops out of the country. SENT: 970 words, photos.

ATTORNEY GENERAL-EXECUTIVE POWERS — Trump’s nominee for attorney general has frequently maintained that presidents have robust powers, once arguing that a president didn’t need Congress’ permission to attack Iraq. SENT: 980 words, photo.

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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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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. With FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian shares rally on hopes for China-U.S. trade breakthrough.

JAPAN-NISSAN — Nissan is showing the beefed up version of its hit Leaf electric car as the Japanese automaker seeks to distance itself from the arrest of its star executive Carlos Ghosn. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-MEDIA — Television pundits moved swiftly to correct or challenge Trump following his Oval Office speech on the proposed border wall, after their networks were the target of an unusual debate over whether they should show him at all. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 790 words, photo.

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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