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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

April 1, 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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TOP STORIES

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MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA — A Vietnamese woman who is the only suspect in custody for the killing of the North Korean leader’s half brother pleads guilty to a lesser charge in a Malaysian court, with her lawyer saying she could be freed as early as next month. Doan Thi Huong had faced a murder charge, which carried the death penalty if she was convicted, in the slaying of Kim Jong Nam, who died after being accosted by two women in a Kuala Lumpur airport terminal. By Eileen Ng. SENT: 820 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN — Former Vice President Joe Biden defends his interactions with women, saying he doesn’t believe he’s ever acted inappropriately. But a Nevada politician’s assertion that Biden’s kiss on the back of her head made her feel uncomfortable prompted some Democrats to question whether he is too out of step with his own party to run a successful 2020 presidential campaign. By Julie Pace and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 1,280 words, photos.

GAZA-HAMAS’ FUTURE — Over the weekend, Gaza’s Hamas rulers marked a year of bloody, weekly protests that have failed to break the Israeli blockade. Rocket attacks brought a wave of Israeli airstrikes and unprecedented protests broke out against the Islamic militants’ increasingly unpopular rule. And yet Hamas’ control over Gaza is tighter than ever. By Karin Laub and Fares Akram. SENT: 1,080 words, photos. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

CONGRESS DISASTER AID — A fight between President Donald Trump and Democrats over hurricane relief for Puerto Rico is imperiling a widely backed disaster aid bill that is a top priority for some of Trump’s Southern GOP allies. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: Timing of afternoon vote uncertain.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-NIPSEY HUSSLE — Nipsey Hussle, the skilled and respected rapper who earned a Grammy nomination this year for his major-label debut and was heavily respected in South Los Angeles where he grew up, has died, authorities say. He was 33. By Entertainment Writers Mesfin Fekadu and Andrew Dalton. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-HEALTH CARE LAWSUITS — Trump’s battle with “Obamacare” moves to the courts with big risks and unpredictable results. SENT: 960 words, photos.

TSA-SOCIAL MEDIA — Weird stuff that travelers place in their carry-on luggage — a perfume bottle shaped like a grenade and a guitar shaped like a semi-automatic rifle, to name just two — are showcased on the Transportation and Security Administration’s social media accounts. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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MICHAEL AVENATTI-CHARGES — A week after Michael Avenatti’s shocking arrest in New York, the attorney famous for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in legal battles against Trump will be back in federal court to face fraud charges in California. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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NCAA-TOURNAMENT MONEY — The Southeastern Conference made a concerted effort three years ago to improve the quality of basketball in a league known for football — and it has paid off in the NCAA Tournament. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 650 words, photos.