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January 1, 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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DEVELOPING

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ROSE BOWL — Game starts 5 p.m.

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VATICAN-US-SEX ABUSE — When Cardinal Daniel DiNardo told a stunned meeting of U.S. bishops that the Vatican wouldn’t let them adopt new measures to address clergy sex abuse, he said the Holy See wanted them to wait until after a February abuse prevention summit called by Pope Francis. That was only part of the story. A letter from the Vatican’s Cardinal Marc Oullet, obtained this week by The Associated Press, said the main reason the Vatican objected to the vote was because U.S. bishops had withheld the problematic texts from the Vatican until the last minute, and didn’t consult Rome in drafting them. By Nicole Winfield. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 7 a.m., photo.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — House Democrats release their plan to re-open the government without approving money for President Donald Trump’s border wall. At the same time, Trump is struggling to find leverage to break the stalemate days before the GOP’s monopoly on Washington power comes to an end. By Zeke Miller and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 860 words, photos.

NEW YEAR-2019 — Fireworks, concerts, spiritual services and political addresses abound to mark the transition to 2019 as revelers around the globe bid farewell to a year filled with challenges to many of the world’s most basic institutions, including politics, trade, alliances and religion. SENT: 1,770 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing.

CONGRESS-TRUMP CRITICS — President Trump’s most prominent GOP critics on Capitol Hill are days away from completing their Senate careers, raising the question of who — if anyone — will take their place as willing to publicly criticize a president who remains popular with nearly 9 in 10 Republican voters. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 910 words, photos.

NKOREA-NEW YEAR’S SPEECH-TAKEAWAYS — Looking almost banker-like in a business suit and sitting in an upholstered leather armchair, Kim Jong Un gives his annual televised New Year’s address. Here are four key takeaways. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 980 words, photos.

SCI-BEYOND PLUTO — The NASA spacecraft that yielded the first close-up views of Pluto opens the new year at an even more distant world, a billion miles beyond. Flight controllers say everything looked good for New Horizons’ flyby of the tiny, icy object shortly after midnight Tuesday. Confirmation was not expected for hours, though, given the vast distance. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 730 words, video, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-PENTAGON — Jim Mattis ends one of history’s more turbulent tenures as defense secretary by re-emphasizing a key difference with President Trump and encouraging Pentagon employees, civilian and military, to “hold fast” in safeguarding the nation. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 980 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRAZIL-BOLSONARO — Once an outsider mocked by fellow lawmakers for his far-right positions, constant use of expletives and even casual dressing, former army captain Jair Bolsonaro is taking office as Brazil’s president Tuesday. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CHILD SHOT-HOUSTON — Investigators in Houston say they have an image from surveillance video of a pickup whose driver fired several shots into a car carrying a family, killing a 7-year-old girl and wounding the child’s mother. SENT: 370 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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ROSE BOWL — Urban Meyer sees the Rose Bowl as the ideal place to close his coaching career. The Ohio State boss is leaving after the Buckeyes (12-1) face Pac-12 champion Washington (10-3). By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 920 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from game at 5 p.m.

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