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April 11, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.

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NEW/DEVELOPING

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Adds FOOD STAMPS-DRUG TESTING, POMPEO, MIDTERMS-LIBERAL SURGE, CONGRESS-TRUMP-EPA, TRUMP-BORDER, MISSOURI GOVERNOR-INDICTED, GUN RESTRICTIONS-VERMONT, BRITAIN-SPY, FEDERAL RESERVE-MINUTES.

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FOOD STAMPS-DRUG TESTING — The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require certain food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing, handing a win to conservatives who’ve long sought ways to curb the safety net program. By Juliet Linderman and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,060 words, photo.

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TOP STORIES

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RYAN — House Speaker Paul Ryan announces he will retire rather than seek another term in Congress as the steady if reluctant wingman for President Donald Trump, sending ripples through a Washington already on edge and spreading new uncertainty through a party bracing for a rough election year. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, video. With RYAN’S RECORD — Ryan leaves behind a new tax code and a busted budget; 2018 MIDTERMS-REPLACING RYAN — Who could run for Ryan’s southeast Wisconsin congressional seat?; GOP CONGRESSMAN-RETIREMENT — Florida congressman adds name to list of GOP retirements (all sent).

UNITED STATES-SYRIA — President Trump warns Russia to “get ready” for a missile attack on its ally Syria, suggesting imminent retaliation for last weekend’s suspected chemical weapons attack. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis takes a more measured tone, saying the U.S. and its military coalition partners are still studying intelligence on the attack. By Robert Burns and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 850 words, photos. With SYRIA — Syria braces for possible US attack; RUSSIA-US-SYRIA — US, Russia trade rhetoric, edge toward showdown; SYRIA-NEWS GUIDE — Possible escalation scenarios are clear (all sent).

FACEBOOK-PRIVACY SCANDAL-CONGRESS — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledges that regulation of social media is “inevitable” and discloses that his own personal information has been compromised by malicious outsiders. But after two days of congressional testimony, what seems clear is how little Congress seems to know about Facebook, much less what to do about it. By Mary Clare Jalonick and Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 1,130 words, photos, video. With FACEBOOK-PRIVACY SCANDAL-ZUCKERBERG-‘GRANDPA’ QUESTIONS (sent); FACEBOOK-PRIVACY SCANDAL-REGULATION — Is Facebook regulation “inevitable”? (sent); AP FACT CHECK-FACEBOOK AND DATA — Examining Zuckerberg’s claims. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6:30 p.m., photo.

VATICAN-CHILE-SEX ABUSE — Pope Francis admits he made “grave errors” in judgment in Chile’s sex abuse scandal and invites the abuse victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness. In an extraordinary letter, Francis also summons all of Chile’s bishops to the Vatican for an emergency summit to discuss the scandal. By Nicole Winfield and Eva Vergara. SENT: 660 words, photos.

ALGERIA-PLANE CRASH — A hulking military transport plane crashes just after take-off in the worst aviation disaster in Algeria’s history, killing 257 people and plunging a nation where soldiers are especially esteemed into mourning. An investigation was immediately ordered to determine the cause of the crash. By Aomar Ouali. SENT: 750 words, video, photos.

BOSTON-MARATHON-BOMBING-LIVES-AND-LIMBS — In the five years since the Boston Marathon bombing, medical science has made promising advances in amputations and artificial limbs, in part because of lessons learned from the victims and research dollars made available as a result of the attack. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 910 words, photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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BILL COSBY — The first accuser to testify at Bill Cosby’s retrial described the comedian as “a serial rapist” stunning the courtroom as she parries with his lawyers. SENT: 850 words, photos, audio, video.

BOEHNER-MARIJUANA — Former US House speaker to promote legalizing marijuana. SENT: 130 words.

WHITE HOUSE-VISITOR LOGS — Climate change skeptics, a regulatory foe, a lobbyist for motor manufacturers and the conservative Heritage Foundation have had the ear of the Trump administration, White House visitor logs reveal. SENT: 470 words, photo.

SWITZERLAND-MISSING BILLIONAIRE — Rescue teams in Switzerland and Italy search for a German billionaire who has been missing in the Alps for days. SENT: 620 words, photos.

OBIT-MITZI SHORE — Mitzi Shore, owner of the Los Angeles club the Comedy Store and one of the most influential figures in stand-up for four decades, has died. SENT: 540 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP — President Trump insists that all is “very calm and calculated” at the White House, even as he vents about the Russia probe and complains about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. SENT: 1,070 words, photos. With TRUMP-MUELLER — Senators introduce bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job. SENT: 710 words, photo.

POMPEO — Outgoing CIA Director Mike Pompeo will tell senators weighing his confirmation as secretary of state that years of soft U.S. policy toward Russia are “now over.” That’s according to excerpts of his opening statement obtained by the AP ahead of his Senate hearing Thursday. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.

INTERIOR REASSIGNMENTS-INVESTIGATION — A watchdog at the Interior Department says senior employees reassigned to new duties under the Trump administration viewed their moves as political retribution. SENT: 440 words, photos.

MIDTERMS-LIBERAL SURGE — Hundreds of liberal candidates are streaming into Washington as the Democratic Party’s far left flank intensifies its push to seize control of Congress, statehouses and local governments across the country. UPCOMING: 770 words, photo.

CONGRESS-TRUMP-EPA — Senate Republicans move to confirm a former coal industry lobbyist as the second-highest ranking official at the EPA. SENT: 670 words.

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NATIONAL

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TRUMP-BORDER — California Gov. Jerry Brown agrees to deploy 400 National Guard troops at President Trump’s request, but not all will head to the U.S.-Mexico border and none will enforce federal immigration laws. SENT: 310 words, photos. With SESSIONS-BORDER — AG takes fight on border enforcement to New Mexico. SENT: 500 words, photos.

MISSOURI GOVERNOR-INDICTED — A woman has testified that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens initiated a physically aggressive unwanted sexual encounter with her and threatened to distribute a partially nude photo of her if she spoke about it. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

GUN RESTRICTIONS-VERMONT — Vermont raises the age to buy firearms, bans high-capacity magazines and makes it easier to take guns from people who pose a threat. SENT: 800 words, photos.

ARIZONA TEACHER PROTESTS — Arizona teachers in red shirts protest outside schools to show solidarity in their demand for higher salaries. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRITAIN-SPY — The daughter of poisoned spy Sergei Skripal says she has declined help from the Russian Embassy as she comes to terms with her recovery from the nerve agent attack that has left her ill and her father hospitalized. SENT: 380 words, photos.

SAUDI ARABIA-YEMEN — Saudi Arabia says it intercepted ballistic missile Yemen’s rebels fired at Riyadh; Houthi drone attack reported in south. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-MADIKIZELA-MANDELA MEMORIAL — Emotional tributes to anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela pour in during an hours-long memorial service attended by thousands in Soweto. SENT: 740 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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FEDERAL RESERVE-MINUTES — Federal Reserve officials signal that a strong economy is likely to lift inflation, which may accelerate the Fed’s pace of interest rate hikes. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 640 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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WEAKER OCEAN — Global warming is likely slowing the main Atlantic Ocean circulation, which has plunged to its weakest level on record, according to a study. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 800 words, photos.

ZIKA-SEX — Although signs of Zika infection can be seen in men’s semen for nearly a year, the risk of sexual transmission appears to fade in just one month, a study suggests. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 490 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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THE FINAL DAY — The final day of the NBA season has arrived, with Minnesota and Denver set to play for the last playoff spot. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 990 words, photos.

FLYERS-PENGUINS — The Pittsburgh Penguins begin their quest for a three-peat when they host rival Philadelphia in Game 1 of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-ACMs-LAS VEGAS — Six months after a shooting at a country music festival, the genre’s biggest stars are returning to Las Vegas with a purpose beyond just a night to celebrate. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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