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February 1, 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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UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-ARMS TREATY — The U.S. decides to pull out from a Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty after accusing Russia of repeated violations, but China also seems to have played a factor even though it’s not a party to the pact. Trump administration officials worry Beijing is gaining a significant military advantage in Asia by deploying large numbers of missiles with ranges beyond the treaty’s limit. By Deb Riechmann, Robert Burns and Matthew Lee. SENT: 870 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-CORY BOOKER — Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey becomes the second black presidential candidate in an already historically diverse primary field. He says he believes in Americans’ “collective will” to ensure that “no one is forgotten, no one is left behind.’” By Elana Schor. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: 780 words by 4 p.m.

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS — Momentum grows for Venezuela’s opposition movement led by Juan Guaido, who has called supporters back into the streets Saturday for nationwide protests, escalating pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to step down. Guaido has turned down offers to negotiate with Maduro, who has called on his own loyalists to turn out in force to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian revolution. By Scott Smith. SENT: 700 words. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

WINTER WEATHER — The retreat of the polar vortex leaves behind a human toll: At least 18 deaths in eight states and a spike in cold-weather injuries and related problems. Emergency rooms report increases in cases of frostbite, hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning and heart problems. By Tammy Webber. UPCOMING: 750 words with photos by 5 p.m.

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-KHOMEINI — Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was the face of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, but now his family is largely absent from politics. Part of the reason lies with Khomeini’s own commandments after becoming Iran’s first supreme leader. The rest likely comes from suspicion in the very system Khomeini established, even though his name still carries weight. SENT: 92O words, photos. By Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell.

ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT — U.S. employers shrug off last month’s partial government shutdown and engage in a burst of hiring, adding 304,000 jobs, the most in nearly a year. By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 740 words, photo.

MEASLES OUTBREAK-EXEMPTIONS — A measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, revives a bitter debate over so-called “philosophical” exemptions to childhood vaccinations as public health officials across the Pacific Northwest scramble to limit the fallout. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-WORLD — For all of President Donald Trump’s talk about “America First,” the next two years of his presidency could put a considerable spotlight on American foreign policy and whether his decisions will have passing or long-lasting effects on the world. His State of the Union address Tuesday will be dissected for clues to how he’ll deal with challenges from abroad. By Deb Riechmann. UPCOMING: 750 words, photo, graphic by 4 p.m.

TRUMP-PRESCRIPTION DRUGS — The nation’s top health official asks Congress to pass the administration’s new prescription drug discount plan and provide it to everyone, not just those covered by government programs such as Medicare. The plan would take now-hidden rebates among drug companies, insurers and others and channel them directly to consumers when they go to pay for their medications. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. UPCOMING: 730 words, photos by 2:30 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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NIGERIA-BOKO HARAM — Amnesty International says Boko Haram kills at least 60 people in a “devastating” attack on the northeastern Nigeria border town of Rann. SENT: 400 words. Developing.

CUBA-EVANGELICALS — A Cuban government push to legalize gay marriage has set off an unprecedented reaction from the island’s rapidly growing evangelical churches, whose members are expected to widely reject a state-proposed constitutional reform in a nationwide referendum this month. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA UTILITY BANKRUPTCY — When California’s Pacific Gas & Electric comes out of bankruptcy, it will face the same danger that put the company in financial peril in the first place: wildfires. SENT: 750 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-NATIONAL PARKS — National parks across the U.S. scramble to clean up and repair damage that visitors and storms caused during the recent government shutdown. At Joshua Tree National Park, the mess included human waste, piles of trash and graffiti, unauthorized trails and damage to the park’s namesake trees. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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STARBUCKS-SCHULTZ — For Starbucks, former CEO Howard Schultz is a hero — and a headache. Schultz spent more than 30 years at Starbucks, growing a handful of coffee shops into a global brand. But as the billionaire mulls running for president as an independent, the company will have to tread carefully. SENT: 890 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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SCIENCE SAYS-BRAIN TINGLES — A new Super Bowl beer commercial aims to calm frenzied football fans with oddly relaxing images of actress Zoe Kravitz whispering into a pair of microphones and softly tapping on a bottle. BY AP Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 1,060 words, photos, video.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-LIFETIME-KELLY — The documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” is a surprise hit for Lifetime, and the cable network is discussing whether it offers lessons for future programming. Executives stress that it’s hardly the first time Lifetime has tried to tackle important social issues affecting women. UPCOMING: 920 words, photos by 3 p.m.

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SPORTS

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FBN--SUPER BOWL-HEAVEN CAN WAIT — Warren Beatty has a message for Jared Goff: You won’t be the first quarterback to lead the Los Angeles Rams to a Super Bowl victory. Beatty talked to The Associated Press about the time he led the Rams to the championship, in the 1978 movie “Heaven Can Wait.” Beatty says he’s a huge Goff fan and will be rooting for him. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 970 words, photos.

FBN--SUPER BOWL-ST LOUIS BLUES — Just as they did 17 years ago, St. Louis football fans will watch the Rams and New England Patriots play in the Super Bowl. This time, the rooting interest has flipped. Many fans in St. Louis will be pulling for the Patriots and not their former team. The franchise’s success is salt in the wound for fans still bitter three years after owner Stan Kroenke moved the team back to Los Angeles. SENT: 710 words, photos.

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