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January 7, 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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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — President Donald Trump says he will deliver a prime-time address Tuesday night about what says is a “crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border and his demands for a wall as the government shutdown drags into a third week. By Matt Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 650 words, photos, and video. UPCOMING: New approach of 800 words by 4 p.m.

SAUDI-RUNAWAY WOMAN — An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family over alleged abuse and barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room in a desperate bid for asylum will be allowed to stay in Thailand while her case is evaluated by the U.N. refugee agency, immigration authorities said Monday. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun grabbed global attention when she sent out pleas for help via social media, saying she feared for her life if she were put on a plane back to Kuwait, where she had slipped away from her family, or her homeland. By Kaweewit Kaewjinda and Aya Batrawy. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, video.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-KEVIN SPACEY — Lawyers for Kevin Spacey entered a not guilty plea on his behalf in Massachusetts court on charges he groped an 18-year-old busboy in 2016. Spacey was arraigned on a charge of felony indecent assault and battery during a hearing at Nantucket District Court. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-GINSBURG — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed Supreme Court arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 430 words, photo.

GADGET SHOW-SMART HOME-NO ESCAPE — Want a camera that just takes pictures, a TV that just plays what you want to watch or a microwave that just cooks food? They’re in increasingly short supply as internet-connected “smarts” creep into gadgets everywhere. New features such as voice control and artificial-intelligence-aided autofocus may not seem ominous now, but these gadgets are also likely tracking you and using details of your daily life to help advertisers target you. By Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

PUERTO RICO-OPIOID CRISIS — An opioid problem is growing in Puerto Rico even as the U.S. territory struggles to cope with an economic crisis and the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Authorities and activists alike say fentanyl-related overdoses have been rising, but the territory’s government has passed on one offer of federal funds to help. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

FBC--CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP — No. 1 Alabama faces No. 2 Clemson for the fourth straight season in the College Football Playoff and third time for the national championship. The winner becomes the first 15-0 FBS champion, and Tide coach Nick Saban is looking for his record seventh national title. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

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NATIONAL

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KALAMAZOO SHOOTINGS — A Michigan man charged with killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber pleaded guilty to murder, just before attorneys were set to interview jurors for his trial. Jason Dalton’s surprise move came more than three years after shootings, which occurred over the course a few hours in and around Kalamazoo. SENT: 330 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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INTERNATIONAL

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GABON-COUP — Gabon’s government thwarts an attempted military coup, retaining control of the oil-rich West African nation after two plotters are killed and other army officers are arrested. Critics have accused President Ali Bongo of profiting from the country’s oil wealth while not investing enough in basic services for a nation where a third of the population lives below the poverty line. By Yves Laurent Goma. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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FINANCIAL MARKETS-VOLATILITY TRIGGERS — Welcome to the brave new world of investing, where every day in the stock market can feel like bedlam. Investors have been careening from fear to relief and back again as they react to morsels of news about the health of the economy and corporate profits, the global trade war and when the Federal Reserve will next raise interest rates. By Stan Choe. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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CONGO-ELECTION-RYAN GOSLING — As the results for Congo’s elections are awaited, U.S. actor Ryan Gosling and activists with whom he has published a book about the Central African country, urged credible results that may bring stable governance to the country. SENT: 840 words, photos.

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