Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, center, R-Ky., walks to his office early Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at the Capitol in Washington. The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

BC-AP News Digest 7 am

January 20, 2018 - 7:01 am

Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST.

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NEW/DEVELOPING

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Adds KOREAS TENSIONS; THAILAND-WILDLIFE SMUGGLING; AFRICA-GUINEA WORM; PENCE-MIDDLE EAST; SAG AWARDS-PREVIEW; SYRIA; CHINA-US-SOUTH CHINA SEA; MYANMAR-ARMY PROSECUTION; BRITAIN-BREXIT; POPE-PLANE WEDDING; TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-RUSSIAN INFLUENCE-RELEASE THE MEMO.

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TOP STORIES

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BUDGET BATTLE —The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. By Zeke Miller, Andrew Taylor and Alan Fram. SENT: 1,360 words, photos, video. With AP EXPLAINS-GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-IMPACT-GLANCE, GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-HISTORY (all sent).

BUDGET BATTLE-TICK-TOCK — A series of episodes eroded trust and derailed negotiations between the White House and lawmakers from both parties in the final run-up to the government shutdown. By Steve Peoples, Andrew Taylor and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

ISRAEL-TRUMP EFFECT-ANALYSIS — From recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital to punishing the Palestinians financially for their reaction, Donald Trump has given Benjamin Netanyahu the unprecedented gift of seemingly total U.S. alignment with a nationalist Israeli government. Israel has in turn become perhaps his strongest supporter on the global stage. But the odd alliance could backfire by damaging Israel's traditional bipartisan support in Washington and propelling it onto a risky path toward a binational state with the Palestinians. An AP Analysis by Josef Federman. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

PENCE-MIDDLE EAST — Vice President Mike Pence is making his fourth visit to Israel, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart. An evangelical Christian with strong ties to the Holy Land, Pence this time comes packing two key policy decisions in his bags that have long been top priorities for him: designating Jerusalem as Israel's capital and curtailing aid for Palestinians. SENT: 1,270 words, photos.

WOMEN'S MARCHES — Activists are returning to the streets a year after a million people rallied worldwide at marches for female empowerment, hoping to create an enduring political movement that will elect more women to government office. By Michelle L. Price and Anita Snow. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

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WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

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SYRIA — Turkey's military says it has retaliated against fire into Turkey from across the border in a Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwest Syria. SENT: 400 words.

CHINA-US-SOUTH CHINA SEA — The Chinese government accused the U.S. of trespassing in its territorial waters when a U.S. guided missile destroyer sailed near a disputed shoal in the South China Sea. SENT: 260 words, photo.

MYANMAR-ARMY PROSECUTION — Myanmar military sentences six soldiers to 10 years in prison with hard labor for killing three civilians in war-torn Kachin state. SENT: 370 words.

AFRICA-GUINEA WORM — World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease; 30 cases last year in Ethiopia, Chad. SENT: 280 words photos.

BRITAIN-BREXIT — French President Emmanuel Macron has warned Britain that it cannot maintain full access to the European Union's market. SENT: 120 words, photo.

ROLLVOTE-BUDGET BATTLE — Senate Roll Vote: Legislation to fund the federal government through Feb. 16. SENT: 270 words.

TRUMP-PORN STAR — Former employees say a tabloid magazine held back from publishing an adult film star's 2011 account of an alleged affair with Donald Trump after the future president's personal lawyer threatened to sue. SENT: 490 words, photo.

BOAT EXPLOSION — An explosion on a docked tugboat in Kentucky has left three people dead and several others injured. SENT: 370 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-RUSSIAN INFLUENCE-RELEASE THE MEMO — Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations are pushing a conservative meme related to the investigation of Russian election interference, researchers say. SENT: 850 words, photos.

DEMOCRATS DIG IN-ANALYSIS — Congressional Democrats are taking a page from the playbook of President Donald Trump and hard-line conservatives: Fight for your base and don't blink. In forcing a showdown over immigration — and triggering a government shutdown — Democrats have embraced a confrontational, rule-breaking strategy they once blasted as irresponsible when practiced by the other party. AP News Analysis. By Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace. SENT: 940 words, photos, video. With GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-IMPACT; GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-IMPACT-GLANCE; GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-HISTORY (all sent).

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NATIONAL

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BALTIMORE POLICE COMMISSIONER — Deputy Police Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, who has steadily risen through the ranks during a 30-year career with Baltimore's police department, will take the helm of the force in a city struggling with a feverish pace of killings. SENT: 770 words, photos, video.

RAND PAUL ASSAULTED — The man accused of tackling U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in the Republican lawmaker's yard in Kentucky has been charged with assaulting a member of Congress as part of a federal plea agreement. SENT: 500 words, photos.

MANSON FOLLOWER PAROLE — The governor of California once again denied parole for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who blamed herself at her parole hearing for letting him control her life. SENT: 640 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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KOREAS TENSIONS — South Korea requested North Korea to explain why it abruptly canceled plans to send a delegation over the weekend to prepare for a visit by an art troupe during next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. SENT: 430 words, photos.

POPE — When Pope Francis travels to northern Peru he will find a region still reeling from devastating floods nearly a year ago that toppled hundreds of thousands of homes, left streets covered in thick layers of mud and even ripped apart tombs from an above-ground cemetery. SENT: 470 words, photos.

THAILAND-WILDLIFE SMUGGLING — Thai police have arrested a suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking who allegedly fueled much of Asia's illegal trade for over a decade, officials say. SENT: 640 words, photos.

POPE-PLANE WEDDING — The honeymoon, as it were, is apparently over. A day after Pope Francis grabbed headlines by pronouncing two flight attendants man and wife while flying 36,000 feet over Chile, the conservative Catholic commentariat on Friday questioned the legitimacy of the impromptu sacrament and warned it could cheapen the church's marriage preparation down the line. SENT: 620 words, photo.

SERBIA-STAGING MILOSEVIC — Former Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, considered the main architect of a decade of bloody wars in the Balkans, is not the first person who comes to mind when thinking about subjects for a possible musical. SENT: 590 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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LOS ANGELES TIMES UNION — Los Angeles Times Publisher and Chief Executive Ross Levinsohn was placed on an unpaid leave of absence amid allegations of past improper behavior, it was announced. SENT: 620 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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FLU SEASON — The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 340 words, photo.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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SAG AWARDS-PREVIEW — The Screen Actors Guild Awards' tendency to predict eventual Oscar winners won't be the only thing commanding attention when the 24th annual ceremony airs Sunday. The show is also focusing its spotlight on women, with nearly all female presenters, all women opening the show and a first-ever host in actress Kristen Bell. SENT: 480 words, photos.

OBIT-DOROTHY MALONE — Actress Dorothy Malone, who won hearts of 1960s television viewers as the long-suffering mother in the nighttime soap "Peyton Place," dies in her hometown of Dallas at age 93. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT — Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman confronts her former doctor who has pleaded guilty to multiple sexual assaults, warning him that the testimony of the "powerful army" of 140 survivors at his sentencing will haunt him in prison. More than 80 of the women and girls whom Larry Nassar abused under the guise of medical treatment have stood before the court during a marathon sentencing hearing that began Tuesday, describing with eloquence and sometimes tears the harm Nassar did and the impact he has had on their lives. SENT: 890 words, photos.

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