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

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IRAQ-US TROOPS— As the Iraqi army pushed into Mosul, U.S.-led coalition forces have moved their bases closer to the front and adjusted their rules of engagement. During the push on Mosul airport, American and European advisers were embedded with forward Iraqi rapid-response and special forces units. By Susannah George and Balint Szlanko. SENT: 900 words, photos.

WRITER-WIFE’S DEATH — Michael Peterson is out of theories about how his wife died at the bottom of a staircase in the couple’s mansion more than 15 years ago. But even as he prepares to take a plea deal that will spare him further prison time, he insists he had nothing to do with her death. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.

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TOP STORIES

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MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA — Sometime in the hours after poisoning a long-estranged member of North Korea’s ruling family, police say one of his two attackers began to vomit. It was, they now say, an early indication of the immensely powerful toxin they had used, the chemical warfare agent VX. By Eileen Ng and Tim Sullivan. SENT: 900 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach of 1,000 words by 7 a.m. WITH: MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA-THE LATEST; MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA-VX — The banned chemical weapon VX is considered by some experts as the nastiest of the nasty nerve agents known to exist. By Medical Writer Margie Mason. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 a.m., photos; NORTH KOREA’S CHEMICALS — As they do with North Korea’s secretive nuclear program, outsiders struggle to nail down exact details about its chemical and biological weapons. Here’s what’s known. By Hyung-jin Kim and Kim Tong-hyung. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4:30 a.m., photos.

TRUMP RUSSIA — A White House official says chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump’s campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election. By White House Correspondent. SENT: 700 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-MEXICO — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visit Mexico with promises of cooperation and closer economic ties — but no public mentions of that massive border wall or President Donald Trump’s plan to deport non-Mexicans to Mexico. By Josh Lederman and Mark Stevenson. SENT: 800 words, photos. With UNITED STATES-MEXICO-GLANCE — A look at the types of aid U.S. provides Mexico (sent).

TRUMP-CONSERVATIVES — President Donald Trump will find a much more receptive crowd at the nation’s largest gathering of conservative activists than when he first addressed the group six years ago. By Julie Bykowicz. SENT: 810 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words after 10 a.m. speech.

SUPREME COURT-TRANSGENDER BATHOOMS — Both the transgender teen who sued to use a boy’s bathroom and the Virginia school board that won’t let him still want the Supreme Court to issue a definitive ruling in their ongoing dispute, even after the Trump administration retreated from an Obama-era policy on bathroom use. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 600 words, photo. WITH: TRUMP-LGBT ISSUES — LBGT issues are becoming a test of loyalties for President Donald Trump — between the gay and lesbian community he says he supports and social conservatives who helped drive his victory. By Laurie Kellman and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 930 words, photo.

OIL PIPELINE — Dozens of people have been arrested as authorities cleared a protest camp where opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline had gathered for the better part of a year. By James Macpherson and Blake Nicholson. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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BAR SHOOTING-OLATHE —Witnesses say there may be racial overtones to a shooting at a Kansas bar that left one man from India dead. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

TRANSGENDER BATHROOMS-JENNER — Caitlyn Jenner calls Trump transgender decision ‘a disaster’. SENT: 130 words, photo, video.

IMMIGRATION ARRESTS-DISPUTE — Feds deny duping California police into immigration raid. SENT: 500 words, photos.

HIPSTER COP — The New York City police detective who was dubbed “The Hipster Cop” for his fashion sense during the Occupy Wall Street protests is retiring after 25 years. SENT: 350 words, photos.

TOM BRADY-THE MOVIE — New England is abuzz over word that a book and film are in the works about Tom Brady and the “Deflategate” scandal. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 a.m., photos.

T25-GONZAGA-SAN DIEGO — College basketball No. 1 Gonzaga stays perfect at 29-0, clinches the West Coast Conference title. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-MARIJUANA — The White House says the Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana, offering the Trump administration’s strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug even though a solid majority of Americans say it should be legal. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CONGRESS-TOWN HALLS-MISSING DEMOCRATS — Vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding town hall meetings as their Republican counterparts get pummeled by voters frustrated with President Donald Trump’s agenda. SENT: 800 words.

TRUMP-TRAVEL BAN-Q&A — Trump’s travel ban is frozen by the courts, but the White House promises a new executive order that officials say will address concerns raised by judges that have put the policy on hold. A look at how it will work. SENT: 980 words, photos. WITH: TRAVEL BAN-NEW YORK — US government says 746 people subjected to travel ban on Jan. 28-29. SENT: 400 words, photos.

MEDICAID-POLL — A new poll finds that 8 in 10 U.S. adults say lawmakers should preserve federal funding that has allowed states to add Medicaid coverage for some 11 million low-income people. SENT: 670 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA STORMS-LEVEES — Billions of dollars of work since the last severe floods 20 years ago so far are protecting city-dwellers from the Northern California nightmare of a major levee break. In the countryside, though, farmers are fighting levee to levee to save fields from inundation in one of the wettest winters on record. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OLDER REFUGEE STUDENTS-LAWSUITS — Older refugee students seek seats at mainstream high schools. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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TUNISIA-RETURNING JIHADIS — Tunisia has the unhappy distinction of being one of the world’s biggest exporters of jihadi fighters. Now, as the extremists suffer one battlefield defeat after another, Tunisia is being torn by a furious debate over what to do with those who return. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 3 a.m., photos, video.

TRUMP IN ASIA-AUSTRALIA — Some Australians doubt Trump’s commitment to its traditional ally. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

CUBA NEW PRESIDENT — A year before Raul Castro leaves power, we profile Miguel Diaz-Canel, the uncharismatic 56-year-old bureaucrat charged with keeping Cuba’s shrinking economy and faltering single-party system afloat as the first non-Castro to rule the country in more than a half-century. By Andrea Rodriguez.

PHILIPPINES-TROUBLED SENATOR — A Philippine opposition senator and leading critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly anti-drug crackdown is arrested on drug charges but professes her innocence and vows she would not be intimidated by a leader she called a “serial killer.” SENT: 600 words, photos.

JAPAN-FIRST LADY-SCHOOL SCANDAL — The Japanese first lady has resigned as “honorary principal” of a private elementary school run by a man with ultra-nationalistic views following an escalating controversy over the low price the school paid for government land. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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EGYPT-ECONOMY —Egyptians are cutting spending and trying to make it through the country’s worst inflation in a decade under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s economic reforms. With inflation now nearing 30 percent — and little public space for discontent — they’re finding they can do little else but hope the promised benefits of reform eventually come. By Brian Rohan. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

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SCIENCE/HEALTH/TECHNOLOGY

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ORBITING JUPITER — NASA’s Jupiter-circling spacecraft is stuck making long laps around the gas giant because of sticky valves. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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CAR-NASCAR-DAYTONA-500 — Hamlin spoils Earnhardt return with last-lap pass for win. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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