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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

January 9, 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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NEW & DEVELOPING

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FORMER GUANTANAMO COMMANDER — Former Guantanamo Base Navy commander charged with obstructing of justice in death of civilian at US base in Cuba.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN — President Donald Trump asserts he and the Democrats are “getting closer” to a deal to end the border wall funding impasse that has led to a partial government shutdown, now in its 19th day. Trump claims he “didn’t want this fight,” amid signs some Republicans are jittery over the shutdown’s growing toll, including disruptions in payments to farmers, trouble for home buyers seeking government-backed mortgage loans, and missed paychecks for federal workers. By Lisa Mascaro, Catherine Lucey and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 990 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 3 p.m. Trump meeting with congressional leaders, 1,100 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

BORDER WALL-EMINENT DOMAIN — To get a glimpse of how a $5 billion wall will affect people on the border, the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has several places where the government has crews out doing land surveying and drilling on residents’ property for wall construction that has already been funded. One vulnerable location is a historic 19th century Catholic church that could be in jeopardy because it’s located where a wall will be built. By Nomaan Merchant. UPCOMING: 800 words, with photos, video.

SHARING FAKERY — The first major study to look at the sharing of fake information on Facebook finds that the elderly and conservatives shared about seven times more than the young and moderates and liberals in the 2016 election. But only 1 in 12 people shared fakery. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 650 words, photos.

ROSENSTEIN — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s wrath for appointing special counsel Robert Mueller and defending his Russia probe, is expected to leave his position soon after Trump’s nominee for attorney general is confirmed. The White House insists he was not forced out. By Eric Tucker and Mike Balsamo. SENT: 650 words, photo.

CHINA-TRADE — Markets are up after talks aimed at ending the U.S.-China trade war wrapped up. No details have been announced, but President Trump tweeted that they were “going very well.” The talks were the first face-to-face meetings since Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to suspend further tariff increases while they negotiate. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,150 words, photos. With FINANCIAL MARKETS — Stocks around the world built on their early 2019 rally. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated through 5 p.m.

CYC--JOHN LEICESTER-DOPING AT 90 — Carl Grove, a 90-year-old record-setting American cyclist who failed a doping test, tells The Associated Press that anti-doping agencies are wasting time and taxpayer dollars on cases like his. The former U.S. Navy Band saxophonist who played for U.S. presidents says the failed test was caused by eating contaminated meat. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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MORE ON GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN/BORDER WALL

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-WILDLIFE REFUGES — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is directing dozens of wildlife refuges to return to work to make sure hunters and others have access despite the government shutdown, according to an email obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 600 words, photo. See more coverage below.

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INTERNATIONAL

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NORWAY-ABDUCTION — Police say the missing wife of one of Norway’s richest men has been abducted, and that her suspected kidnappers have demanded a ransom. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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HAITIANS-TEMPORARY RESIDENCY — A trial in New York over the Trump administration’s move to cut off permission for thousands of Haitians to live in the U.S. is spotlighting emails between officials downplaying health and safety crises in the Caribbean nation as they tried to justify the change. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m.

VEGETATIVE STATE-BIRTH — Police in Phoenix have served a search warrant to get DNA from all male employees at a long-term care facility where a patient in a vegetative state for years gave birth. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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SCIENCE

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MEDIEVAL ARTIST MYSTERY — Brilliant blue flecks discovered on the teeth of a woman who died during the Middle Ages have led scientists to conclude that she was artist engaged in making illuminated manuscripts — a task usually associated with monks. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 3 p.m.

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BUSINESS

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GADGET SHOW-VIRTUAL REALITY-FAILURE TO LAUNCH — Once again, virtual reality (and augmented reality) have been touted as the next big thing and once again, they have failed to take off despite high-profile hardware debuts and splashy ad campaigns. Clunky headsets and a lack of compelling VR software has held the industry back. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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