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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

January 4, 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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AP POLL-AMERICAN PRIORITIES — Nearly half of Americans identify immigration as a top issue for the government to work on this year. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll finds that both Republicans and Democrats are far more likely to include immigration in their list of top issues facing the country this year compared with a year ago. By Nicholas Riccardi and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 1,100 words, photo, graphic.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — Amid signs of Republican unease over the prolonged partial government shutdown, Trump tells congressional leaders he’d keep the government closed “for a very long period of time, months or even years” after House Democrats muscled through legislation to fund the government but not his border wall. The impasse over paying for Trump’s proposed wall at the U.S.-Mexico border extended the shutdown into a 14th day, but some GOP senators up for re-election in 2020 voiced discomfort. By Catherine Lucey and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: 890 words by 4 p.m., photos.

ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT — U.S. employers dramatically stepped up their hiring in December, adding 312,000 jobs in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war, slowing global growth and a partial shutdown of the federal government. By Josh Boak. SENT: 940 words, photos.

TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had only been in office for a few hours when a handful of Democrats defied her persistent calls not to begin the new Congress by talking about impeaching President Donald Trump. Tension over the issue is likely to be a persistent thorn for Pelosi. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 650 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

CHINA-TARIFFS — American envoys are due in Beijing for talks Monday in a tariff battle over Chinese technology ambitions that threatens to hobble global economic growth. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 780 words, photos.

FBN--ALL-PRO TEAM — Patrick Mahomes and three other Kansas City Chiefs players make The Associated Press 2018 NFL All-Pro Team. They are joined by the first rookie teammates since 1965 — Colts left guard Quenton Nelson and linebacker Darius Leonard. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT; 700 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m. With lists.

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NATIONAL

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FATAL CRASH-INTERSTATE FIRE-FLORIDA — Five children heading to Disney World in a church van from Louisiana died along with two truck drivers in fiery crash on Interstate 75 in north Florida. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SOUTHEAST ASIA-TROPICAL STORM — Rain, wind and surging seawater from a tropical storm buffeted coastal villages and world-famous tourist resorts on southern Thailand’s east coast, knocking down trees and utility poles and flooding roads. By Sumeth Panpetch. SENT: 550 words, photos.

CHINA-SPACE — A Chinese lunar rover began exploring the terrain in the world’s first mission on the surface of the far side of the moon. Jade Rabbit 2 drove off a ramp and onto the soft, snow-like surface after a Chinese spacecraft made the first-ever soft landing Thursday on the moon’s far side. A photo posted online by China’s space agency showed tracks left by the rover as it headed away from the spacecraft. SENT: 475 words, photos, video. WITH: CHINA-SPACE TIMELINE — Key milestones in China’s space odyssey, and a look at the missions ahead. SENT: 480 words.

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BUSINESS

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FINANCIAL MARKETS — Global stocks are jumping as investors welcomed news of trade talks between the U.S. and China next week and the U.S. government reported a big increase in hiring in December. The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared nearly 800 points. By Marley Jay. SENT: 720 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated through 5 p.m.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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GOLDEN GLOBES-PREVIEW — Dramatic period pieces will vie for the top comedy-musical awards and song-stuffed movies are poised to dominate the dramatic categories. Welcome to the 76th annual Golden Globes. Category confusion often reigns at the Globes. But this Sunday’s ceremony might feel especially upside down. Even one of the show’s co-hosts, Sandra Oh, is expected to win an award. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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