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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

February 17, 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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TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY — A top adviser to President Donald Trump indicates that Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove of his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 390 words, photos.

WAREHOUSE SHOOTING-AURORA — An initial background check failed to flag a felony conviction that should have barred the man behind the mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois, from getting a gun permit and buying the weapon he used to shoot 11 people, five of them fatally. Although Gary Martin’s permit was revoked when a more thorough check two months later revealed his 1995 aggravated assault conviction in Mississippi, the attack raises questions about how far the state goes toward ensuring those who lose their permits also get rid of their guns. By Julie Watson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

BREXIT-BRITAIN IN LIMBO — It is said that history often repeats itself — the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. Many Britons feel they are living through both at the same time as their country navigates its way out of the European Union. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 1,230 words, photos. This is the Monday Spotlight.

TRANSGENDER BATHROOM-LAWSUIT — For nearly four years, Gavin Grimm has been suing his former school district after it banned him from using the boys bathrooms in high school. The school board in Virginia may finally be giving in, but now Grimm’s expanding his case. A federal judge has ruled that he can sue over the district’s refusal to change the gender on his high school transcript, which still lists him as female. SENT: 850 words, photo.

FASHION-RACIAL INSENSITIVITY —Retailers and top fashion brands like Gucci and Prada keep apologizing for products that smack of racial insensitivity. The big question is: Why does it keep happening? Experts say many of these fashion companies live in a sort of bubble and lack the diversity in their staff that could vet their fashions. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 860 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-POSTAL SERVICE — Mitch Hungerpiller thought he had a first-class solution to stamp out the problem of undeliverable mail for businesses. But he’s spent more than a decade fighting with the U.S. Postal Service over a system his company patented, and now he’s looking to the Supreme Court for “a fair shake.” Arguments in the case are Tuesday. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRITAIN-ISLAMIC STATE — The family of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group and now wants to return to the U.K. said she has given birth to a baby boy. SENT: 510 words, photos.

SYRIA — Islamic State militants are preventing more than 1,000 civilians from leaving a tiny area still held by the extremist group in a village in eastern Syria, a spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian militia fighting the group said. SENT: 490 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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ANTHONY WEINER-RELEASED — Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison in Massachusetts and is now in the custody of the Residential Re-entry Management office in Brooklyn, New York. SENT: 140 words.

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SPORTS

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NASCAR-DAYTONA 500 — William Byron and Alex Bowman are the youngest front row in Daytona 500 history but start Sunday’s race with six Ford drivers lurking right behind the Hendrick newcomers. The race features eight drivers making their Daytona 500 debut and has a throwback feel to NASCAR’s early days. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 170 words, photos. UPCOMING: Race starts at 2:30 p.m.

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ENTERTAINMENT/LIFESTYLES

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ITALY-FEDORA HAT MAKER — The traditional Italian hat maker Borsalino, whose fedora has defined the rough-and-tumble images of Robert Redford, Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart, has a plan to appeal more to women and millennials by pushing into high-end fashion, streetwear and even sportswear. SENT: 690 words, photos.