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February 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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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNOR-KLAN-BLACKFACE — Gov. Ralph Northam clung to office amid nearly unanimous calls from his own party to resign over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, going silent after a bizarre 24 hours in which he first admitted he was in the picture, then denied it. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 940 words, photos, video. WITH: GOVERNOR-KLAN-BLACKFACE-NORTHAM — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s great virtue, as the voters saw it, was that he wasn’t a career politician, but a friendly doctor who came to politics late in life. Now his lack of political seasoning seems to be on full display. SENT: 995 words, photos; GOVERNOR-BLACKFACE-RACIAL RECKONING — When Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam refused to resign last week, he did so in the shadow of a Capitol built by a founding father and a slave owner, in the former capital of the Confederacy still wrestling with what to do about statues that honor those who fought to preserve slavery. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

SUPER BOWL — In a Super Bowl only New England could love, the Patriots won their sixth title by lumbering their way to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Coming off one of the most exciting seasons in the NFL’s history, this was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 980 words, photos. WITH: SUPER BOWL-MVP — Julian Edelman was selected as the Super Bowl MVP after catching 10 passes for 141 yards in New England’s victory. The wide receiver was forced to sit out last year’s big game with a knee injury. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 850 words, photos; SUPER BOWL-PAUL NEWBERRY — Column: After a Super Bowl stinker for the ages, the Patriots claim their sixth championship in a game that is best forgotten as soon as possible. SENT: 985 words, photos; SUPER BOWL-ADS —This year some of the Super Bowl ads that grabbed the greatest buzz were surprises, like Bud Light’s “Game of Thrones” teaser. Other crowd-pleasers focused on humor, like Amazon’s take on celebrity product testers. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 616 words, photos; SUPER BOWL-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-STATE OF UNION-SCORECARD — President Donald Trump whiffed on some lofty goals and scored on others that he laid out in last year’s State of the Union address. A scorecard for issues from his speech last year. By Kevin Freking: SENT: 1,140 words, photos. WITH: STATE OF THE UNION-SECURITY — Protecting everyone attending the State of the Union address requires months of planning and coordination involving multiple law enforcement agencies and thousands of officers working in ways seen and unseen. By Colleen Long. SENT: 740 words, photos.

EMIRATES-POPE — Pope Francis is opening his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates by meeting Monday with the federation’s leader and a group of Muslim elders before addressing faith leaders in a show of religious tolerance in a Muslim region known for its restrictions on religious freedom. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 400 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Official welcome ceremony begins at 3 a.m.

AFGHANISTAN-TALIBAN TALKS — The Taliban said Monday they will participate in what they call “intra-Afghan” talks in Moscow designed to bring together prominent Afghan figures, including former President Hamid Karzai, opposition figures and tribal elders — but no Kabul government officials. By Kathy Gannon and Rahim Faiez. SENT: 475 words, photos. WITH: AFGHANISTAN-PEACE TALKS-Q&A — Trump’s envoy to Afghanistan is eager to strike a peace deal with the Taliban that would end America’s longest war, but he faces several obstacles. SENT: 1,035 words, photos.

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-VOICES — It’s been 40 years since Iran’s Islamic Revolution and its now-graying participants are taking stock of what the uprising meant. In interviews on the streets of Tehran, they say they have mixed feelings about the events of 1979. Some are proud of overthrowing the shah and creating an Islamic Republic. Others say they are disappointed by current economic problems and widespread corruption. By Mohammad Nasiri. SENT: 745 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-REPUBLICAN PARTY — Worried about a potential Republican primary challenge, President Donald Trump’s campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign. By Zeke Miller and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-TAXES — The last Democrat to win a presidential election, Barack Obama, ran in 2012 on a platform of raising taxes for top earners to nearly 40 percent. Now a new crop of Democratic presidential hopefuls is signaling that they want to go even further. By Nicholas Riccardi and Elana Schor. SENT: 1,015 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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PLANE CRASH-NEIGHBORHOOD — Five people died and two others were injured after a small plane apparently came apart, raining debris across a Southern California neighborhood and igniting a house fire before landing in a backyard. SENT: 515 words, photos.

BODIES DISCOVERED-OKLAHOMA— An MMA fighter suspected of killing two people, including an ex-girlfriend, was captured Sunday after escaping from a prisoner transport van in Texas. SENT: 650 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRAZIL-DAM COLLAPSE-MISSING SON — Photographer Leo Correa recounts one mother’s painful search for a missing son in the wake of the devastating collapse of a mining dam in Brazil. By Leo Correa. SENT: 805 words, photos.

FRANCE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-CONDUCTOR — A renowned Swiss conductor returned to a major world stage for the first time since 10 women accused him of sexual misconduct. Charles Dutoit earned repeated ovations from the awed Paris audience. Dutoit denies wrongdoing, and has faced no charge. Some singers and musicians opposed his return. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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SUPER BOWL-HALFTIME SHOW — There are a number of words you could use to describe Maroon 5′s halftime show performance: Empty. Boring. Basic. Sleepy. Skippable. Unfulfilling. Unnecessary. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 555 words, photos.