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BC-AP News Digest 2:40 am

January 3, 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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ONLY ON AP

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CLERGY ABUSE-PENNSYLVANIA AFTERMATH — A review by the AP finds an unprecedented public reckoning is underway in the nation’s Roman Catholic Church since the release of a shocking grand jury report in Pennsylvania four months ago. Nearly 50 dioceses and religious orders across the U.S. have publicly named more than 1,000 predator priests, and 55 more dioceses plan to release names in the next few months. By Claudia Lauer. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 530 a.m., photos.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — No one budged at President Donald Trump’s closed-door meeting with congressional leaders, so the partial government shutdown persisted over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. By Lisa Mascaro and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,140 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-HOME ALONE NO MORE — Trump had a lot to share when he convened a rambling Cabinet meeting. SENT: 720 words, photos. With TRUMP-FACT CHECK — Trump’s demand for money from the U.S. Treasury for a border wall doesn’t square with his insistence it won’t really cost America anything. SENT: 1,430 words, photos.

NEW CONGRESS-PELOSI — Nancy Pelosi knew this moment would come, even if others had their doubts — or actively worked to stop her. The California Democrat is poised to return as House speaker as the new Congress convenes Thursday. By Congressional Correspondent Lis Mascaro. SENT: 530 words, photos. With NEW CONGRESS-VIEWERS GUIDE — What to watch as the sun rises on an era of divided government. SENT: 930 words, photos.

CHINA-SPACE — A Chinese spacecraft made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon in the latest achievement for the country’s growing space program. A photo taken by the lunar explorer shows a small crater and a barren surface that appears to be illuminated by a light from the probe. By Ken Moritsugu. SENT: 390 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-SANDERS — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his chief lieutenants are offering contrition and defiance as they face allegations of sexual harassment that plagued his last presidential campaign and now threaten to derail a second White House bid before it begins. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

APPLE-IPHONE SALES — In a warning sure to roil financial markets, Apple says it foresees further weakness in iPhone sales and expects a significant drop in revenue from the crucial holiday shopping season. The announcement embodies some of the worst fears of investors. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 660 words, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BEYOND PLUTO — A NASA spacecraft traveling 4 billion miles from Earth sends back its first close-up pictures of the most distant celestial object ever explored, and it resembles a reddish snowman. SENT: 730 words, photos.

MEXICO-ARCHAEOLOGY — Mexican experts say they have found the first temple of the Flayed Lord, a pre-Hispanic fertility god depicted as a skinned human corpse. Sent 340 words, photos.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS BURGLARIES — A man who allegedly burglarized millions of dollars’ worth of property from Hollywood Hills homes of celebrities and others has been arrested, Los Angeles police say. SENT: 280 words.

MUSIC-COACHELLA — Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino among Coachella headliners. Sent 130 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-YACHT FOUND — Californian solo sailor says her “heart skipped a beat” with news that the yacht she abandoned during an ill-fated round-the-world attempt in 2010 has been found off the Australian coast. Sent 230 words, photo pursuing.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-REPUBLICANS — Donald Trump declared himself “the most popular president in the history of the Republican Party,” but his allies fear a primary challenge from a high-profile Republican could doom his re-election. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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GREECE-RAISING SHIPWRECKS — Dozens of abandoned cargo and passenger ships lie semi-submerged or completely sunken around the Gulf of Elefsina, near Greece’s major port of Piraeus. Now authorities are beginning to remove the dilapidated ships, some of which have been there for decades. By Thanassis Stavrakis. Sent 380 words; upcoming 800 words by 6 a.m., photos, video.

SUDAN-EXPLAINER — A look at Sudan under the rule of President Omar al-Bashir’s rule — and why one of the Middle East’s longest-ruling autocrats may be on the way out the door. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 6 a.m., photos.

SOUTH KOREA-JAPAN-FORCED LABOR — Lawyers for South Koreans forced into wartime labor have taken legal steps to seize the South Korean assets of a Japanese company they are trying to pressure into following a court ruling to provide them compensation. SENT: 380 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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US-KALAMAZOO SHOOTINGS — The jury selection process is set to begin in the trial of a man charged with killing six strangers in southwestern Michigan nearly three years ago. SENT: 140 words, photos. Will be updated after 9 a.m.

POLICE OFFICER KILLED-CALIFORNIA — A Mexican national accused of living in the U.S. illegally is charged with murder in the shooting death of a California police officer who pulled him over to check if he was driving drunk. SENT: 360 words, photos.

CHILD SHOT-HOUSTON — Authorities in Texas continue to investigate what prompted a weekend shooting that killed a 7-year-old black girl. Activists say they believe the shooting was racially motivated. SENT: 470 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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GROWING UP DIGITAL-SMARTPHONE PSYCHIATRY — Smartphones have been blamed for contributing to anxiety, depression and suicidal behavior in susceptible teens. But what if they could be used instead to identify kids at risk? By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 800 words, video.

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BUSINESS

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FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian shares are mixed after tumbling more than 1 percent on the first trading day of 2019. A downgrade of sales projections by Apple exacerbated fears over slowing Chinese growth. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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ESPORTS-GETTING WOMEN IN THE GAME — Most professional esports are devoid of female players at their highest levels, even though 45 percent of U.S. gamers are women or girls. By Sports Writer Jake Seiner. SENT: 1,200 words, video, photos.

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