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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

April 9, 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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN _ Nissan ex-chair Ghosn says a “conspiracy” led to his arrest. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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MOZAMBIQUE-CYCLONE-SEARCHING FOR THE DEAD _ Standing in a field of ruined maize where a tiny spine had been found, Stephen Fonseca wanted to find the rest of the child’s body. It was the kind of challenge that Fonseca, the only body recovery specialist to search the rural Mozambique region struck by Cyclone Idai, faced every day. If a final toll ever emerges for the storm _ now above 600 in Mozambique alone _ it will be strongly informed by Fonseca’s work, and the quest to name the missing and the dead. By Cara Anna. UPCOMING: 1,170 words by 5 a.m., photos.

HOUSING DECLINE _ Living conditions are deteriorating in taxpayer-funded apartments for the poor, but few landlords face serious consequences. An Associated Press analysis shows a long decline in health and safety inspection scores at apartments assigned to low-income tenants. A U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development spokesman acknowledges older properties don’t always get needed repairs, but says recent scores also are down because inspectors are getting tougher. By Jeff Donn and Holbrook Mohr. SENT: 1,920 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-WHITE HOUSE _ President Donald Trump took a victory lap after special counsel Robert Mueller concluded his Russia investigation. It may have been premature. The scramble to frame the investigation’s findings in the best political light is sure to be renewed in coming days, when Mueller’s report is expected to be released in redacted form. By Jonathan Lemire, Zeke Miller and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 890 words, photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-BARR _ Barr faces Congress as he readies Mueller report for release. UPCOMING: 800 words after 9:30 a.m. hearing.

TRUMP-NIELSEN-12 DAYS _ Trump’s anger over the situation on the U.S.-Mexico led to a turbulent 12-day stretch that would lead to the eventual resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the dismissal of much of her agency’s top leadership, and the beginning of a new era in which immigration hardliners at the White House wield considerably more influence. By Colleen Long and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,390 words, photos. Also see TRUMP-IMMIGRATION below.

ISRAEL-ELECTION _ Israeli voters head to the polls for crucial parliamentary elections that will determine whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains in power. Clouded by a series of looming corruption indictments, Netanyahu is seeking a fifth term in office. It would make him Israel’s longest-ever serving leader, surpassing founding father David Ben-Gurion. By Aron Heller. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: Polls close at 3 p.m. With ISRAEL-ELECTION-PARTIES _ A look at the field: Major players in Israel’s elections; ISRAEL-ELECTION-THE LATEST.

BRITAIN-BREXIT ECONOMY _ Whatever Brexit delay is handed to Britain at a summit of EU leaders this week, the British economy will remain a prisoner of crippling uncertainty. By Pan Pylas. UPCOMING: 930 words by 5 a.m., photos. With BREXIT _ German official demands Brexit progress in Britain.

RWANDA-GENOCIDE ANNIVERSARY-KAGAME’S LEADERSHIP _ A quarter-century after Rwanda’s brutal genocide, President Paul Kagame remains a constant figure atop the country’s politics, feted by those who say it needs his visionary leadership and loathed by others who see a firm authoritarian with a malicious streak. For years there has been virtually no opposition in Rwanda after Kagame’s opponents were jailed, fled the country, disappeared, or died under mysterious circumstances. By Rodney Muhumuz. UPCOMING: 1,050 words by 5 a.m., photos.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP _ Led by De’Andre Hunter and his NBA-ready game, Virginia turns itself into national champions, holding off tenacious, ferocious Texas Tech for an 85-77 overtime win. It’s a scintillating victory that came 388 days after becoming the first 1 seed to lose to a 16. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PANDAS EXIT _ San Diego Zoo says farewell to last two giant pandas. SENT: 120 words, video.

ATHLETICS-ORIOLES _ Orioles’ Chris Davis sets record at 0 for 49, including warning track shot. SENT: 840 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-MOSQUE SHOOTING-SENATOR _ Police won’t charge Australian teen or senator over egg spat. SENT: 290 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CONGRESS-WHITE NATIONALISM-SOCIAL MEDIA _ Executives from Google and Facebook are facing Congress to answer questions about their role in the hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 330 words, photos.

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION _ White House aides pushing for a harder line on immigration keep up their campaign to clean house at the Department of Homeland Security. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-IMMIGRATION-McALEENAN _ Acting DHS head had key role in controversial Trump policies; TRUMP-VACANCIES _ Acting appointments help Trump avoid saying “You’re hired.”

TRUMP-TAXES _ IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig is facing off with lawmakers on Capitol Hill for the first time since House Democrats last week asked him for Trump’s tax returns. SENT: 210 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words after 10 a.m. hearing with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

ELECTION 2020-LIBERALS _ Leaders of a prominent liberal group are urging Democratic presidential contenders who are pitching massive policy changes to focus on more fundamental “structural reforms” to American democracy. By Elana Schor. SENT: 710 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND _ Kirsten Gillibrand has campaigned across eight states and pushed her rivals to release their tax returns but has still struggled to break out of the pack of more than a dozen 2020 presidential candidates. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BRAZIL-BOLSONARO-100 DAYS _ President Jair Bolsonaro’s first 100 days in office have been marked by infighting in his administration, insults to adversaries and allies, praise for Brazil’s 1964-1985 dictatorship and a scarcity of bills passed by Congress _ pretty much the same as his record as a congressman and as a candidate. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

HONG KONG-UMBRELLA MOVEMENT TRIAL _ A Hong Kong court finds nine leaders of 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations guilty on public nuisance and other charges, in a verdict that activists say likely presages more restrictions on free expression in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. SENT: 680 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS _ With a jury in place, opening statements are scheduled in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape in the alley behind her home. SENT: 540 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE-POLICE SHOOTINGS _ California lawmakers begin battling over how to cut down on police shootings as they consider two radically different proposals that have stirred an emotional debate over the safety of both officers and those they’re tasked with protecting in the nation’s most populous state. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: Hearing set for 11:30 a.m.

WWII AIRMAN-REMAINS IDENTIFIED _ A New York airman whose remains were recently identified more than 75 years after he died in World War II will likely be reburied in a family plot in a rural upstate cemetery, a relative of the fallen serviceman says. SENT: 370 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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TOYS R US-LINGERING IMPACT _ A year after Toys R Us imploded, toy makers are still readjusting to the big loss of shelf space. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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HEAT-WADE’S FAREWELL _ After 16 years, Miami legend Dwyane Wade may be in the final moments of his storied NBA career. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 910 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated throughout the day.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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GAME OF THRONES-ECONOMICS-WHO WINS? _ Where most “Game of Thrones” fans were horrified by the beheading of the beloved Ned Stark and blamed it on a ruthless king, Columbia University business professor Bruce Craven saw a lesson in failed leadership. By Economics Writers Christopher Rugaber, Josh Boak and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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