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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

March 18, 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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ONLY ON AP

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#GIRLSTOO _ The arrest of R&B singer R. Kelly on charges of sexually abusing girls as young as 13 focuses the lens of the #MeToo movement on underage victims and girls of color. The charges follow a string of sexual misconduct accusations against Hollywood power brokers, media titans, even Donald Trump during his run for president. But in those instances, as with the Harvey Weinstein scandal that launched the #MeToo era, the accusers have been older, mostly white women. By Maryclaire Dale and Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 2,190 words, photos. An abridged version of 980 words has also been sent.

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TOP STORIES

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NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING _ A Christchurch gun shop acknowledges selling guns online to the 28-year-old white supremacist accused of killing 50 people in mosque shootings that have upturned New Zealand’s reputation as among the world’s most tolerant and safe nations. By Juliet Williams, Stephen Wright and Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ New Zealand Graves CR _ Graves prepared as New Zealand mourns mosque victims. With NEW-ZEALAND-MOSQUE-SHOOTING-THE-LATEST.

NEW-ZEALAND-MOSQUE-SHOOTING-VICTIMS-VIGNETTES _ Stories of victims of the attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, where 50 people were killed. SENT: 2,580 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN _ Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Party’s liberal superstar for much of the last decade, is being forced to assume the role of underdog in the crowded race for the party’s nomination. By Steve Peoples, Elana Schor and Hunter Woodall. SENT: 1,210 words, photos, video. With ELECTION 2020-JANE SANDERS _ Is Jane Sanders the most powerful woman not running in 2020? ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-BORN TO RUN _ Other 2020 Democrats begin sharpening criticism of O’Rourke.

ISRAEL-ELECTION UNDERDOG _ The Cinderella story of Israel’s current election campaign is a fringe party led by an ultranationalist libertarian with a criminal record who vows to legalize marijuana, and seems to diverge dramatically from the long list of quirky candidates of the past who have drawn attention to their improbable runs for parliament. By Aron Heller. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

LAST BLOCKBUSTER _ There are challenges that come with running the last Blockbuster Video on the planet. The computer system must be rebooted using floppy disks that only the general manager _ a solid member of Gen X _ knows how to use. The dot-matrix printer broke, so employees write out membership cards by hand. And the store’s business transactions are backed up on a reel-to-reel tape that can’t be replaced because Radio Shack went out of business. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 990 words, photos, video. This is the Tuesday Spotlight. With LAST BLOCKBUSTER-PHOTO GALLERY.

NCAA TOURNAMENT _ It’s going to take more than a busted sneaker to stop Zion Williamson. The way he’s going, he might not be done until he’s cutting down nets at the Final Four. Impressed by how Duke looks with college basketball’s best player in the lineup, the NCAA selection committee made the Blue Devils the overall top seed for March Madness, marching in step with the oddsmakers, who had already established Duke as the 9-4 favorite to take it all. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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IDITAROD DOG DIES _ Dog that completed Iditarod sled race dies of pneumonia. SENT: 310 words.

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NATIONAL

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VOTING RIGHTS-KANSAS _ A federal appeals court will hear arguments over the constitutionality of a struck-down Kansas statute that had required people to provide documents proving their U.S. citizenship before they could register to vote. SENT: 630 words, photo. UPCOMING: Hearing scheduled for 11 a.m.

PEDIATRICIAN-ASSAULT CHARGES _ A former Pennsylvania pediatrician is scheduled for sentencing in the sexual assault of 31 children, most of them patients, in a case that state medical regulators failed to act on nearly two decades ago. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: Hearing at 9:30 a.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDONESIA-NATURAL DISASTERS _ Flash floods and mudslides triggered by downpours tear through mountainside villages in Indonesia’s easternmost province, killing at least 58 people, disaster officials say. SENT: 620 words, photos.

INDONESIA-SUBWAY _ Commuting in Indonesia’s gridlocked capital will for some involve less frustration, sweat and fumes when its first subway line opens later this month. SENT: 710 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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DRUG PRICES-LOBBYING _ Outside groups are raising their voices as they seek to influence deliberations in Washington aimed at lowering prescription drug costs, but not all these organizations are clear about who they actually represent and where their money comes from. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

FACT CHECK-WEEK _ Trump appears to be oblivious to the threat of white nationalism, saying after the shooting at mosques in New Zealand that white supremacy isn’t a rising danger even though hate group activity has been on an upswing. SENT: 3,150 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-DICK DALE _ Dick Dale, whose pounding, blaringly loud power-chord instrumentals on songs like “Miserlou” and “Let’s Go Trippin’” earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar, has died at age 81. SENT: 950 words, photo.

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