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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

January 2, 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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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN (sent, developing)

NEW CONGRESS (sent, developing)

INDIA PRIESTS-PREYING ON NUNS (sent)

DENMARK-TRAIN ACCIDENT (sent, developing)

SPORTS BETTING-STATES (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SAUDI-NETFLIX — Netflix criticized for yanking Patriot Act episode in Saudi. SENT: 140 words.

FATAL SHOOTING-MARINE — Police in Washington, D.C., say a U.S. Marine has been shot and killed inside of the Marine Barracks in Washington. SENT: 140 words.

BRITAIN-MANCHESTER STABBING — Manchester stabbings suspect detained due to mental health. SENT: 280 words, photos.

CHURCH SERVICE-STRAY BULLET-TEXAS — New Year’s Eve gunfire nearly hits pastor during sermon. SENT: 110 words.

SOC-CHELSEA-PULISIC — Pulisic to join Chelsea as most expensive American player. SENT: 380 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — Democratic and Republican congressional leaders are expected to attend a briefing on border security at the White House as the government remains partially shut down and President Donald Trump asks in a tweet, “Let’s make a deal?” SENT: 730 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from afternoon meeting, 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

NEW CONGRESS — House Democrats are sweeping into power this week on a campaign promise of improving government for ordinary Americans. But first, they’ll have to get government reopened from the partial shutdown. SENT: 970 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates possible, 900 words by 5 p.m., photo

UNITED STATES-RUSSIA SPYING — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. hopes to gain access soon to a former Marine who was arrested in Russia on espionage charges and that “if the detention is not appropriate we will demand his immediate return.” SENT: 690 words, photo.

TRUMP-ROMNEY — Faced with biting public criticism from Republican Sen.-elect Mitt Romney, President Donald Trump pushes back, reminding him that “I won big, and he didn’t.” SENT: 660 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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CLERGY ABUSE-PRAYER RETREAT-NEWS GUIDE — U.S. Catholic bishops gather for a weeklong prayer retreat at a seminary near Chicago to reflect on the clergy sexual abuse scandal. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 930 words, photo.

RIVERBOAT RENAISSANCE — Few experiences capture old New Orleans and the Mississippi River quite like a paddlewheel riverboat coming round the muddy bend with its tooting whistle horn, towering smoke stacks and water-churning propeller. This month the first new riverboat in more than a decade is set to launch in this Louisiana port city. SENT: 580 words, photos.

FRANKLIN GRAHAM-FACEBOOK —Facebook has apologized for temporarily banning North Carolina evangelist Franklin Graham from its platform over a 2016 post about the state’s “bathroom bill.” SENT: 150 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDIA PRIESTS-PREYING ON NUNS — An AP investigation has uncovered a decades-long history of nuns in India enduring sexual abuse from within the Catholic church. Nuns describe in detail the sexual pressure they endured from priests, and nearly two dozen other people, including nuns, former nuns and priests, and others, say they had direct knowledge of such incidents. By Tim Sullivan. SENT: 2,820 words, photos, with abridged version of 1,010 words.

DENMARK-TRAIN ACCIDENT —A Danish passenger train apparently hit falling cargo from a passing freight train, an accident that killed six people and injured 16 others as it crossed a bridge linking the country’s islands, authorities said. The accident was the worst in Denmark in more than 30 years. SENT: 550 words, photos.

ISRAEL-SETTLEMENT SURGE — Data obtained by The Associated Press shows that the Israeli government — with little resistance from a friendly White House — has gone on a settlement push in the West Bank since President Trump took office. By Joseph Federman. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

SYRIA — Two days of fighting in rebel-held parts of northern Syria killed dozens of people as al-Qaida-linked militants press their offensive against Turkey-backed rebels, a war monitor and activists say. SENT: 320 words.

RUSSIA-BUILDING COLLAPSE — Search crews have pulled more bodies from a huge pile of rubble at a collapsed Russian apartment building, bringing the known death toll to 21. SENT: 260 words, photos.

INDIA-WOMEN’S WALL — Two women entered one of India’s largest Hindu pilgrimage sites that had been forbidden to females between the ages of 10 and 50, sparking protests across a southern state, with police firing tear gas at several places to disperse stone-throwing protesters, police said. SENT: 430 words, photos.

GAZA-FISH PEDICURE — A Gaza cafe owner says business is booming after launching a fish pedicure service in the beleaguered Gaza Strip. SENT: 540 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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US-CHINA TRADE-ECONOMIC PRESSURES — The Trump administration and China face increasing pressure to blink in their six-month stare-down over trade from jittery financial markets and portents of economic weakness. The import taxes the two sides have imposed on hundreds of billions of each other’s goods — and the threat of more to come — have heightened anxiety on each side of the Pacific. The longer their trade war persists, the longer companies and consumers will feel the pain. Those pressures, analysts say, give the two sides a stronger incentive to make peace. By Paul Wiseman and Joe McDonald. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 10 a.m.

FINANCIAL MARKETS —Global stocks are falling to start 2019 after more shaky economic news from China. By Marley Jay. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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PODCASTING INMATE — In California, inmates typically are granted parole by doing good deeds or showing they have been rehabilitated by becoming pastors, drug counselors or youth advocates. For Walter “Earlonne” Woods, the path to freedom was podcasting. By Olga R. Rodriguez. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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SPORTS BETTING-STATES — The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? Don’t bet on it. Just look to the states that capitalized immediately after the court’s ruling last spring and Nevada, which previously had a monopoly on sports betting. The returns to date have been modest, just a tiny fraction of overall state budgets. By Wayne Parry and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

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