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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

January 6, 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 — White House officials and congressional aides are returning to talks Sunday to find a way to reopen the government after emerging from the first round of weekend talks without a breakthrough. President Donald Trump planned to travel to Camp David for a separate meeting with senior staff to talk about the shutdown and other issues. SENT: 600 words, photos.

RUSSIA-US-SPYING — Russia’s deputy foreign minister brushed back suggestions Saturday that an American being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be exchanged for a Russian citizen. The brother of Paul Whelan, however, tells The Associated Press that he can’t help but question whether the events are indeed connected. By Jim Heintz. SENT: 650 words, photo.

SYRIA-LOOKING EAST — The planned U.S. troop withdrawal opens up a void in the north and east of Syria, and the conflicts and rivalries among all the powers in the Middle East are converging to fill it. The sudden American decision to pull out its 2,000 troops has forced a reassessment of old alliances and partnerships. The Syrian government, the Kurds, Russia, Iran, Israel and Turkey have all had a hand in the country’s nearly eight-year war — each in a way, fighting its own war for its own reasons within Syria. Now all of those conflicts play out in the territory being abandoned by the Americans, creating new tensions, potential chaos and bloodshed. By Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 1,025 words, photos. WITH: — SYRIA — Kurdish news agency, Syrian war monitor: Missile attack by IS in eastern Syria kills Kurdish fighter, wounds British soldiers. SENT: 150 words.

CHILD SHOT-HOUSTON — Authorities in Texas have charged a 20-year-old man in the shooting death of a 7-year-old black girl who was killed while riding in a vehicle with her family. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office announced early Sunday that Eric Black Jr. was charged with capital murder in the death of Jazmine Barnes. Investigators identified Black as a suspect after receiving a tip, the office said in a statement. SENT: 300 words, photo.

GOLDEN GLOBES — Lady Gaga poised to win not one, but two awards when the 76th annual Golden Globes get underway Sunday night. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 600 words, photo.

FBN--SEAHAWKS-COWBOYS — Dak Prescott saw an opening up the middle, then three defenders between him and the first down. The Dallas quarterback found a way to get there, and get his first playoff victory two years after a sensational rookie season ended in disappointment. SENT: 985 words, photos. WITH: — FBN--SEAHAWKS-ONE AND DONE — A rare one-and-done for Russell Wilson the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL playoffs. SENT: 460 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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KID ROCK-BAR SIGN — Singer Kid Rock has hit another sour note with some in Nashville, this time over a sign planned for his recently opened bar. SENT: 150 words, photo.

EGYPT-BOMB — Egyptian government says a policeman was killed trying to defuse homemade bomb near a church. SENT: 300 words.

AFRICA-ELEPHANTS — Several African countries with some of the largest elephant populations call for looser controls on legal ivory trade while other countries on the continent want tighter controls. SENT: 130 words.

AFRICA-FOOD BLOGGING — Food bloggers bring Africa’s rich cuisines to the world; ‘Oh, this reminds me of home.’ SENT: 850 words.

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NATIONAL

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NEVADA EXECUTION-INMATE DEAD — A twice-convicted murderer who had repeatedly said he wanted to die by lethal injection was found dead in his death-row prison cell from an apparent hanging, officials said. Scott Raymond Dozier, 48, was found unresponsive in his solo death-row cell at the state’s maximum-security prison in Ely, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Santina told The Associated Press. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM CRITICS AWARDS — The National Society of Film Critics chose Chloe Zhao’s low-budget debut feature, “The Rider,” as best picture of 2018. Director Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white “Roma” period piece set in modern Mexico won the most awards — as best picture runner-up, best foreign-language film and for best cinematography. Cuaron also got the award for best director. SENT: 485 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FBN--COLTS-TEXANS — A year ago at this time Andrew Luck was at home struggling with an injured shoulder that cost him the entire season. On Saturday he wrote a happy ending to the latest chapter of his comeback season, throwing for 222 yards and two touchdowns and the Indianapolis Colts raced out to a big lead and cruised to a 21-7 win over the Houston Texans in the wild-card game. SENT: 890 words, photos.

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