BC-AP Top Stories Digest
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 .
TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY — President Donald Trump says he’s not expecting the government to shut down again, a signal that he’s leaning toward accepting a budget deal that denies him most of the money he’s sought for a southern border wall. By Jill Colvin, Andrew Taylor, Alan Fram and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.
EL CHAPO-PRISON — Experts say Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will likely be sentenced to the ADX Supermax in Florence, Colorado, the most secure prison ever constructed in the United States. The facility houses some of the most notorious criminals to ever set foot in an American courtroom, including “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski and Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 790 words, photos.
SCHOOL-SHOOTING-FLORIDA-MARCH-FOR-OUR-LIVES — The three Deitsch siblings have devoted long hours to the March for Our Lives movement since the Parkland school shooting last year. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 920 words, photos, video.
NIGERIA-ELECTIONS-FAKE NEWS — In Nigeria fake news can be so outlandish that the president recently felt compelled to declare that he had not died and been replaced by a Sudanese body double. Nigeria’s fake news also can be lethal. Africa’s most populous country is so awash in falsehoods posted on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube that a group of news outlets banded together before this weekend’s national election to separate fact from fiction. By Rodney Muhumuza and Sam Olukoya. UPCOMING: 870 words by 5 a.m., photos.
NKOREA-PLEASING THE PEOPLE — Dancers in hot pants. Factories pumping out Air Jordan lookalikes. TV dramas that are actually fun to watch. North Korean pop culture, long dismissed by critics as a kitschy throwback to the dark days of Stalinism, is getting a major upgrade under leader Kim Jong Un. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.
QUEENS-POLICE SHOOTING — A New York City police detective was shot and killed by friendly fire as officers confronted a robbery suspect who turned out to be armed with a replica handgun, Commissioner James O’Neill says. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.
VIRGINIA POLITICS-ACCUSER — College professor Vanessa Tyson avoids talking directly about her accusation that Virginia’s lieutenant governor sexually assaulted her, but she wasn’t shy about publicly discussing her research and thoughts on the growing number of women reporting abuse. SENT: 650 words, photo, video.
CHINA-US-TRADE TALKS — U.S. and Chinese negotiators meet this week for their final trade talks before Trump decides whether to go ahead with a March 2 tariff hike on $200 billion of imports from China. By Business Writers Joe McDonald and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 900 words, photos.
DOG SHOW — A wire fox from Brazil who’s won big in Europe becomes America’s top dog, beating out a crowd-pleasing longhaired dachshund and popular Sussex spaniel. By Sports Writer Ben Walker. SENT: 710 words, photos.
GUCCI-BLACKFACE — Gucci’s creative director breaks his silence over an $890 sweater that resembled blackface, saying racism was never his intention. SENT: 310 words, photos.