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January 29, 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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SUPER BOWL-MR FALCON-CTE _ Linebacker Tommy Nobis, a hard-hitting linebacker for Atlanta who earned the nickname “Mr. Falcon,” had the most severe form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. And now, as Atlanta prepares to host the Super Bowl, the descent of the NFL upon their hometown is a reminder for his family of the impact _ both good and bad _ that football has had on them. By Sports Writer Jimmy Golen. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

YOUNGER AND CHEAPER-SUPER BOWL CUTS _ The NFL’s inexorable trend of going younger and cheaper does not bypass the best in the league. An AP analysis of Super Bowl champions over the past seven years revealed that title teams shed an average of 20.4 players off their 53-man rosters from the Super Bowl to Week 1 of the next season. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 940 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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US-CHINA-HUAWEI _ China’s government calls on Washington to “stop the unreasonable crackdown” on Huawei following the tech giant’s indictment in the U.S. on charges of stealing technology and violating sanctions on Iran. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 700 words, photos. With CHINA-US-HUAWEI-Q&A _ What is Huawei and why does Washington worry about it? AUSTRALIA-TPG _ Australia’s TPG abandons mobile network plan over Huawei ban; US-CHINA-HUAWEI-THE LATEST; FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asian stocks mixed on Huawei charges as trade talks loom.

US-CHINA TRADE TALKS-HUAWEI _ The Trump administration’s unveiling of criminal charges against the Chinese tech giant Huawei complicates high-level talks set to begin this week in Washington that are intended to defuse the trade war between the administration and Beijing. The Justice Department charged Monday that Huawei had violated U.S. sanctions against sales to Iran and stolen trade secrets from T-Mobile, a U.S. partner. Those charges cut to the heart of some of the administration’s key complaints about China’s trade practices. By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 790 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-STONE _ After a publicity-filled weekend spent asserting his innocence and slamming investigators, Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone will appear before a federal judge who may look to muzzle him as the case moves forward. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 470 words, photo. UPCOMING: 800 words after 11 a.m. hearing. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ Special counsel probe “close to being completed”; TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION _ Cohen agrees to talk to the House panel; TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-THINGS TO KNOW.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-ANALYSIS _ Trump learns a valuable Washington lesson that old-timers like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell learned long ago: Shutdowns never work. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 950 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ US State of Our Union (CR) _ Americans say the state of their union is stressed. With TRUMP-STATE OF THE UNION _ Trump accepts Pelosi’s invitation to deliver State of the Union. For comprehensive coverage: https://apnews.com/GovernmentShutdown

FRANCE YELLOW VEST EXTREMISTS _ Intolerance and conspiracy theories have haunted the margins of France’s “yellow vest” movement since the first protests over fuel taxes roused the discontented middle of society. Over 11 weeks of protests, views from the fringes have bubbled through the diffuse and leaderless movement and have gotten amplified: anti-Semitic rants, a Holocaust survivor harassed on the subway, assaults of journalists and claims that the government concocted plots to divert attention from the demonstrations. By Lori Hinnant. UPCOMING: 1,120 words by 5 a.m., photos.

WINTER WEATHER _ Extremely cold, record-breaking temperatures are settling across parts of the Midwest after a powerful snowstorm pounded the region, and forecasters are describing the subzero weather on the way as potentially life-threatening. By Ivan Moreno. SENT: 720 words, photos, videos. With SUPER BOWL-SNOW JAM _ Atlanta preps for possible snow, ice ahead of Super Bowl.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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2020 ELECTION-KAMALA HARRIS _ Kamala Harris: Unpopular positions part of being attorney general. SENT: 280 words, photos.

PALIN SON-CUSTODY _ Sarah Palin’s son released from Alaska halfway house. SENT: 310 words, photo.

MISSING NEWLYWED _ Florida man facing prison in newlywed wife’s disappearance at sea. SENT: 140 words.

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NATIONAL

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HOUSTON OFFICERS SHOT _ It started as an attempt to serve a search warrant at a suspected drug house and quickly turned into a gun battle that killed two suspects and injured five officers, including four who were shot, Houston’s police chief says. SENT: 380 words, photos. UPCOMING: News conference at 11 a.m. With HOUSTON OFFICERS SHOT-THE LATEST.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-UTILITY BANKRUPTCY _ California regulators are poised for a bankruptcy declaration by the nation’s largest utility as it faces billions of dollars in potential damages from wildfires in the state. SENT: 680 words, photos, video.

GRAY WOLVES-CALIFORNIA _ A California judge upholds protection for gray wolves under the state’s Endangered Species Act, rejecting a legal challenge from ranchers and farmers who fear the predators will threaten their livestock. SENT: 360 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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PAKISTAN-BLASPHEMY _ Pakistan’s top court is to decide whether to uphold its acquittal of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy _ a move that would finally set her free and allow her to join her daughters, who have fled to Canada where they have been given asylum. SENT: 550 words, photos.

MEXICO-US MIGRANTS _ The head of Mexico’s immigration agency says that his country won’t accept migrants younger than 18 while they await the resolution of their U.S. asylum claims. SENT: 320 words.

WORLD CORRUPTION _ Countries like Hungary and Turkey are growing more corrupt as they become more autocratic, and threats to the American system of checks and balances have knocked the United States out of the top 20 “cleanest” countries, according to a closely watched annual survey. SENT: 560 words.

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BUSINESS

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WORKSPACES FOR WOMEN _ There is one of a growing number of women-only and women-focused workspaces around the country. SENT: 1,010 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CONGRESS-STAR POWER _ It’s known as “the theater committee” for its high-profile, high-drama role investigating Trump’s White House. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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PAUL NEWBERRY-MEDIA NIGHT _ The Rams have been through a lot on their way to the Super Bowl, but are the upstarts from Los Angeles ready to take down the wily ole Patriots? By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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