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January 2, 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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INDIA PRIESTS-PREYING ON NUNS — An AP investigation has uncovered a decades-long history of nuns in India enduring sexual abuse from within the Catholic church. Nuns describe in detail the sexual pressure they endured from priests, and nearly two dozen other people, including nuns, former nuns and priests, and others, say they had direct knowledge of such incidents. By Tim Sullivan. SENT: 2,820 words, photos, with abridged version of 1,010 words.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — President Donald Trump says Homeland Security officials will “make a plea” for the border wall with Mexico during a briefing for congressional leaders at the White House as a partial government shutdown over his demand for wall funding entered its 12th day. By Zeke Miller and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 3 p.m. meeting, 920 words by 5 p.m., photos

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP REPUBLICANS — There’s growing anxiety among Republicans that President Donald Trump may face a primary challenger. Some in the party are taking moves to prevent that from happening. By Steve Peoples and Zeke Miller. UPCOMING: 980 words by 5 p.m., photos.

UNITED STATES-RUSSIA SPYING-PROFILE — As a staff sergeant stationed with the Marines in Iraq, Paul Whelan enjoyed fine cigars and showed an affinity for Russia — spending two weeks of military leave experiencing Moscow and St. Petersburg instead of at home in the U.S. with family and friends. The security chief for a global auto parts supplier based in his home state of Michigan is being held by Russia on espionage allegations. SENT: 690 words, photo.

ISRAEL-SETTLEMENT SURGE — Data obtained by The Associated Press shows that the Israeli government — with little resistance from a friendly White House — has gone on a settlement push in the West Bank since President Trump took office. By Joseph Federman. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

SPORTS BETTING-STATES — The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? Don’t bet on it. By Wayne Parry and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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IMMIGRANT CHILDREN — Some immigrant youth looking to start over in the United States after fleeing abusive homes are seeing their applications for green cards rejected because the Trump administration says they’re too old. A program in place since 1990 has let young immigrants file paperwork before age 21. But the U.S. government says some of these immigrants are too old once they turn 18. By Amy Taxin and Deepti Hajela. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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DENMARK-TRAIN ACCIDENT — A Danish passenger train apparently hit falling cargo from a passing freight train, an accident that killed six people and injured 16 others as it crossed a bridge linking the country’s islands, authorities said. The accident was the worst in Denmark in more than 30 years. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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US-CHINA TRADE-ECONOMIC PRESSURES — The Trump administration and China face increasing pressure to blink in their six-month stare-down over trade from jittery financial markets and portents of economic weakness. The import taxes the two sides have imposed on hundreds of billions of each other’s goods — and the threat of more to come — have heightened anxiety on each side of the Pacific. The longer their trade war persists, the longer companies and consumers will feel the pain. Those pressures, analysts say, give the two sides a stronger incentive to make peace. By Paul Wiseman and Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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SAUDI-NETFLIX — Netflix faced criticism on Wednesday for pulling an episode in Saudi Arabia of comedian Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” that criticized the kingdom’s powerful crown prince. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 610 words, photos.

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