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BC-Business News Digest

January 24, 2019

Here are AP Business News’ 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 newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

TAX SEASON-Q&A _ Tax season is almost here and this one could be tricky. It’s the first year that taxpayers will be filing under the massive tax law overhaul and a partial shutdown of the federal government threatens to complicate things further. The IRS officially begins processing returns for individuals on Monday, here’s what you should know before then. By Sarah Skidmore Sell. UPCOMING: 1,350 words by 12:01 a.m., photo.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-ECONOMIC IMPACT _ With federal workers and thousands of contractors due to miss a second paycheck Friday, many are pulling back on spending and likely contributing to an eventual economic slowdown. The question is how much the damage might prove for an economy that depends on consumer spending. By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

MARKETS & ECONOMY:

FINANCIAL MARKETS — A report on global markets, starting in Asia and updated through the close of trading on Wall Street.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS _ The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. By Christopher Rugaber. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 8:30 a.m., 300 words by 9:15 a.m.

MORTGAGE RATES _ Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 10 a.m., 300 words by 10:45 a.m.

EARNINGS

EARNS-SOUTHWEST AIRLINES _ The airline reports quarterly results. UPCOMING: 250 words, photo after release of the report at about 6:30 a.m.

EARNS-AMERICAN AIRLINES _ The airline reports quarterly results. UPCOMING: 250 words, photo after release of the report at about 7 a.m.

EARNS-UNION PACIFIC _ The railroad reports quarterly results. UPCOMING: 250 words, photo after release of the report at about 8 a.m.

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