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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:30

January 17, 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




TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE (sent, expanding)

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN (sent, developing)








GHANA-JOURNALIST KILLED _ Journalist in Ghana who exposed soccer corruption shot dead. SENT: 500 words, photos.

FACEBOOK-RUSSIA-FAKE ACCOUNTS _ Facebook says it has removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations, in its latest effort to fight fake news. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 480 words, photo.

EUROPE-WEATHER _ Snowed-in Austrian nuns insist they’re staying put. SENT: 220 words, photos.

THAILAND-RUSSIA-SEX TRIAL _ Police: Belarus model in Thai sex case being deported. SENT: 530 words, photos.

TV-BOB COSTAS-NBC _ Bob Costas, who stepped down as NBC’s prime-time Olympics host two years ago, leaves the network’s sports division altogether. SENT: 300 words, photo.

GYMBOREE-BANKRUPTCY _ Gymboree is filing for bankruptcy protection for a second time in as many years, but this time the children’s clothing retailer will begin winding down operations for good. SENT: 300 words, photo.

OFF THE CHARTS THIRSTY FOR GROWTH _ The makers of Budweiser, Coors and other large-scale brewers are placing their bets on cannabis as a way to fight saturated markets and shifting consumer trends. By Damian Troise. UPCOMING: 370 words by 10 a.m.

PRO RODEO DEATH _ Bull rider dies after being stomped in Denver competition. SENT: 130 words, photo.

BACHELOR PARTY ERROR _ Email prompts Arizona man to attend stranger’s bachelor party in Vermont. SENT: 490 words.

GIANT-ICE-DISK _ Giant rotating ice disk in Maine stops moving. SENT: 130 words, photo, video.

PROJECT RUNWAY-HUMAN TRAFFICKING SURVIVORS _”Project Runway” works with human trafficking survivors. SENT: 140 words.




GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN _ The standoff over President Donald Trump’s border wall that produced a partial government shutdown morphs into a standoff over the State of the Union address. By Catherine Lucey and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 980 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-UNEMPLOYMENT _ Hundreds of federal workers and contractors have been applying for unemployment benefits amid the record-long government shutdown, putting a strain on state unemployment agencies. There is confusion about whether the workers qualify for the benefits, and unemployment officers trying to get answers from the U.S. Labor Department can’t find anyone to take their calls because of the shutdown. By Michelle Smith. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video. With _ UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS _ The number of furloughed federal employees seeking unemployment benefits jumped in the first two weeks of the shutdown, topping 10,000 during the week of Jan. 5. By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 320 words, photo; GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-AVIATION _ TSA officials say the rate of airport screeners missing work during the partial government shutdown has stabilized just days before a three-day holiday weekend that is likely to bring bigger airport crowds. SENT: 400 words, photos, video.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-WHO BLINKS FIRST _ The question of whether to negotiate before or after the government reopens is also about which side has leverage now and later. SENT: 810 words. photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-WILDFIRES _ Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year’s fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. SENT: 830 words, photos.




TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he’s “never said there was no collusion” between Russia and members of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Giuliani’s comments directly contradict the position of his own client, who’s repeatedly insisted there was no collusion during his successful White House run. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 10 a.m.

MISSILE DEFENSE _ The Trump administration is banking on a more aggressive space-based missile defense system to protect against threats from North Korea and Iran and counter advanced weapon systems being developed by Russia and China. President Donald Trump outlines the new strategy during an appearance at the Pentagon. By Deb Riechmann and Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 710 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words from 11 a.m. announcement.

MIGRANT CHILDREN-WATCHDOG REPORT _ The internal watchdog for the Health and Human Services Department is expected to issue a report on the treatment of migrant children under the agency’s care months after the Trump administration separated thousands of children from their parents at the border. By Colleen Long and Ricardo Alonzo-Zaldivar. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-TRUMP _ Democrats in the 2020 White House race must decide how and whether to respond to President Donald Trump’s personal attacks on his political opponents. Punch back too hard and stand accused of playing his game. Ignore him and risk appearing unprepared. By Elana Schor and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.




DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN STATE _ Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees says interim president John Engler’s resignation is effective immediately. The board acted a day after Engler said he’d step down next week. Engler’s resignation comes amid fallout from remarks he made about some victims of former sports doctor and convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar. SENT: 970 words, photos. With DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-FALLOUT _ How the Larry Nassar scandal has affected others (sent).

LEFTOVER EMBRYOS _ Tens of thousands of embryos left over from pregnancy attempts are stuck in limbo in fertility clinics across the United States. They’ve been abandoned or their owners can’t decide what to do with them. Tank failures at two clinics last year exposed hidden issues with long-stored embryos, including some from the 1980s when many places started offering IVF. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 1,340 words, photos, video.

LOS ANGELES TEACHERS-STRIKE _ Teachers and officials in the nation’s second-largest school district return to the bargaining table, hoping to end a strike that has been costly and divisive. SENT: 540 words, photos, video.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD _ A judge is set to announce a verdict for three Chicago police officers accused of lying in their reports to protect the white officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald. SENT: 870 words, photos. UPCOMING: Hearing at 2 p.m.

CALIFORNIA STORMS _ California remains under threat of mudslides and blizzards from the last in a weeklong series of storms that caused deadly accidents, churning seas and widespread flooding concerns. SENT: 430 words, photos.




BREXIT _ British Prime Minister Theresa May is consulting opposition parties and other lawmakers in a battle to put Brexit back on track after surviving a no-confidence vote, though there was little immediate sign of a breakthrough. By Jill Lawless and Gregory Katz. SENT: 690 words, photos. With BREXIT-THE LATEST.

IRAN-US-JOURNALIST DETAINED _ Iran keeps up its criticism of the FBI’s apparent arrest of an American anchorwoman from Iran’s state-run English-language TV channel, with its foreign minister saying “she’s done nothing but journalism.” By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 400 words, photos, video. With IRAN-US-DETAINED JOURNALIST-PROFILE _ From New Orleans to Tehran: Life of detained American-born Iran anchorwoman apparently arrested by the FBI (sent).

KENYA-ATTACK _ Kenyan bomb disposal experts search for explosives left over from the extremist attack on a Nairobi luxury hotel complex in which 21 people, plus five attackers, were killed. SENT: 370 words, photos. With KENYA-ATTACK-THE LATEST.

WHO MISCONDUCT INVESTIGATION _ The head of the World Health Organization orders an internal investigation into allegations the U.N. health agency is rife with racism, sexism and corruption, after a series of anonymous emails with the explosive charges were sent to top managers last year. The emails allege numerous instances of wrongdoing, including that money intended to fight Ebola in Congo was misspent. By Medical Writer Maria Cheng. SENT: 910 words, photo. ONLY ON AP.

SAUDI-REBELLING WOMEN _ Another Saudi woman turns to social media for protection from her father just days after Canada granted refuge to an 18-year-old who fled the kingdom to escape her family, the latest in attempted escapes challenging a system that grants men guardianship of women who must obey fathers, husbands and brothers. By Aya Batrawy. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

US-NKOREA _ A senior North Korean official arrives in Beijing, reportedly en route to the United States for talks ahead of a possible second summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. SENT: 270 words, photos.

ZIMBABWE-PROTESTS _ The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe says it is “alarmed” by credible reports that security forces are targeting and beating activists and labor leaders after a local doctors’ rights group says it had treated 68 gunshot cases and scores of other cases of assault. SENT: 550 words, photos.

HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT _ The world is seeing growing resistance against the abuses of autocrats as states, civic groups and popular movements all push back against populists who are seeking to curtail freedoms, Human Rights Watch says. SENT: 520 words, photos.

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-THE SHAH _ The shah of Iran modernized his nation but vacillated in crisis. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

TAIWAN-CHINA _ Taiwan holds live-fire exercises along its east coast amid renewed threats from China to bring the island under its control by force if deemed necessary. SENT: 350 words, photos.

PARAGUAY-NAKED FIREFIGHTERS CALENDAR _ Members of a volunteer firefighter unit in Paraguay strip naked in a calendar to raise money and demand resources from the government for their station. SENT: 470 words, photo.




US-CHINA-TRADE _ The top U.S. and Chinese trade envoys will hold talks in Washington this month in a possible sign of progress toward ending a costly tariff battle over Beijing’s technology ambitions. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 750 words, photos.




FILM-OSCAR NOMINATIONS _ Awards season tends to winnow a field of films and performances until many of the same names are read week after week, award show after award show. Here are just a few that will almost certainly not be among the names read among Tuesday’s Oscar nominations, but who warrant it as much as anyone. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.

MUSIC-GRAMMYWATCH-Q&A-PJMORTON _ PJ Morton is heading into the busiest month of his entire career: The Maroon 5 band member will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 2 and a week later, he will attend the Grammys, where he’s nominated for four honors, including three for his work as a solo R&B singer. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m., photos.

DISNEY WORLD-BEHIND THE SCENES _ With a Star Wars land opening up later this year, it’s easy to forget a slew of new shows are opening at Walt Disney World in the biggest year for the theme park resort in two decades. If the famous Disney Imagineers provide the “wow” factor with their fantastical engineering of rides and attractions, it’s the entertainment division that provides the heart. Their dancers get you swaying your hips during parades, the costumed characters get you nostalgic for childhood and the performers may make you secretly brush a tear away during mawkishly sentimental shows like “Finding Nemo-The Musical.” Walt Disney World recently invited The Associated Press for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how they put their shows together. SENT: 770 words, photos, video.




TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN — Australian Open top seed Simona Halep gets all she can handle from 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin in the second round before taking the last four games to win a three-setter. She faces Venus Williams in the third round. Other winners included U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka, Alexander Zverev and Milos Raonic. Novak Djokovic was playing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third set. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 990 words, photos. Will be updated

SOC--ASIAN CUP-YEMEN ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — A civil war raging at home. Parts of a team not being played or paid for years. A coach who never enters the country. It was not a surprise Yemen exited its first-ever Asian Cup with three losses in three games. By John Duerden. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo. With ASIAN CUP-QATAR-GULF CRISIS _ The Persian Gulf diplomatic crisis has infected the Asian Cup soccer competition. It will come to a head Thursday, when Qatar plays Saudi Arabia. The Saudis engineered the regional boycott of Qatar along with the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt (sent).




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