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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

March 25, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. 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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CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE — Responding to Democrats’ call for release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, President Trump says that “wouldn’t bother me at all.” Trump says he’s glad Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling, which found no collusion between his campaign and Russia, is over and adds: “We can never let this happen to another president again.” A key Trump ally, Sen. Lindsey Graham, warns Trump not to pardon any associates convicted during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, videos.

ISRAEL-GAZA —Israeli forces strike targets across the Gaza Strip in response to a surprise rocket attack from the Palestinian territory, and one powerful blast levels a multistory building in Gaza City — headquarters, Israel said, to Hamas’ military intelligence. by Josef Lederman and Fares Akram. SENT: 1,230 words, photos, video.

MICHAEL AVENATTI ARREST —U.S. prosecutors on two coasts have charged President Trump critic and attorney Michael Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said Avenatti was arrested in New York. By Brian Melley and Larry Neumeister. SENT: 420 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-SUICIDES — The community of Parkland, Florida, is focusing on its suicide prevention programs after two survivors of the Florida high school massacre killed themselves in a week. So is Newtown, Connecticut, where the father of one of the 20 children slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School was found dead, an apparent suicide. By Terry Spencer and Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 520 words, photos.

MARIJUANA-SENIORS — The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an upscale retirement community in the picturesque hills that frame this Southern California suburb a few miles from Disneyland. There they board a bus for a quick trip to a building that, save for the green Red Cross-style sign in the window, resembles a trendy coffee bar. The people, mostly in their 70s and 80s, pass the next several hours enjoying a light lunch, playing a few games of bingo and selecting their next month’s supply of cannabis-infused products. By John Rogers. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MOZAMBIQUE-CYCLONE-ENDANGERED CHILDREN — These are perilous times for the estimated 900,000 children who have been orphaned or separated from their families, made homeless or otherwise affected by Mozambique’s Cyclone Idai, half of the 1.8 million people affected overall. By Cara Anna. SENT: 880 words, photos.

BREXIT — British Prime Minister Theresa May conceded that her twice-rejected Brexit divorce deal would be defeated by Parliament again if she put it to a new vote, though she said she still hopes to change lawmakers’ minds and get the agreement approved. May also acknowledged that she may be about to lose control of the Brexit process to lawmakers who want to force the government to change direction. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

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APPLE-STREAMING TV —Apple laid out the details of its news subscription service, Apple News Plus, and a new credit card at an event Monday. It’s also expected to launch a video service that could compete with Netflix, Amazon and cable TV itself. By Michael Liedtke and Tali Arbel. SENT: 460 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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SCI-GREENLAND GLACIER — A new NASA study finds that a key Greenland glacier, one of the world’s fastest shrinking glaciers, is growing again. Scientist say the ‘good news’ finding is likely temporary and due to natural cyclical cooling of the North Atlantic. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 550 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BKC--NCAA-REGIONAL RESET — Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Gonzaga won’t have easy roads to the Final Four in a Sweet 16 filled with high seeds. In all, 14 of the top 16 seeds reached the second weekend, including all of the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 900 words, photos.