AP NEWS
Related topics

BC-AP Top Stories Digest

March 9, 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 .

----------------

TOP STORIES

----------------

TRUMP BUDGET — President Donald Trump will be making a significant request for border wall funds and seeking money to stand up Space Force as a new branch of the military in the White House budget being released next week. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 500 words, photo.

MELANIA TRUMP — As President Trump shows his eagerness for the coming 2020 re-election battle, less clear is the first lady’s fervor for participating in the effort. By Darlene Superville and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN — Former Vice President Joe Biden is weighing at least one daunting challenge that could complicate his path to the Democratic presidential nomination: money. By Steve Peoples and Julie Pace. SENT: 990 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP — Austin, Texas, hosts a slate of Democratic presidential contenders at the trendy and techie South by Southwest Festival. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 400 words after events begin at noon; updates throughout the day.

EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK-CHARGES — A grand jury in Chicago indicted “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs. By Don Babwin. SENT: 590 words, photos.

ISRAEL-ELECTIONS-ARABS — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is slumping in the polls and looking to galvanize his nationalistic base ahead of April elections. He has zoned in on Arab lawmaker Ahmad Tibi, portraying him as a threat to national security in a charged campaign that critics say questions the loyalty of the country’s Arab citizens. Using his own nickname, Netanyahu has taken to repeating a campaign mantra he says encapsulates the race: “Bibi or Tibi.” By Aron Heller. SENT: 990 words, photos.

FACEBOOK-SECURE MESSAGES — Mark Zuckerberg’s new “privacy manifesto” is seen by many Facebook watchers as a clever PR justification for the planned merging of the instant-messaging services of WhatsApp, Instagram with its core Messenger app, which will give the social media behemoth more ways to profit off user behavior as it seeks to become “the operating system of our lives.” By Technology Writer Frank Bajak. SENT: 800 words, photos.

------------------------------

WASHINGTON/POLITICS

------------------------------

TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-WHO TO BELIEVE — It’s a “he said, he said” where the “he” — no matter who he is — has a credibility problem. The latest White House legal drama — whether or not President Trump’s former legal fixer asked him for a pardon — has pulled back the curtain on a whole cast of characters whose comments can’t always be taken at face value. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 990 words, photos.

-------------

NATIONAL

-------------

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — A federal judge who ordered that more than 2,700 children be reunited with their parents expanded his authority to potentially thousands more children who were separated at the border earlier during the Trump administration. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 740 words, photos. With IMMIGRATION-LIBERIA — Trump administration is sued over Liberian immigrant program (sent).

--------------------

INTERNATIONAL

--------------------

UNITED NATIONS-ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — An “overwhelming” number of U.N. Security Council members oppose Israel’s decision to deduct money that Palestinians transfer to the families of people killed, injured or imprisoned for attacks on Israel from their monthly tax revenue, Kuwait’s U.N. ambassador says. SENT: 430 words.

--------------------------

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

--------------------------

FEDERAL RESERVE-POWELL — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says the healthy U.S. economy and low inflation are allowing the central bank to take a “patient, wait-and-see approach” on interest rates. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 500 words.

--------------------

HEALTH/SCIENCE

--------------------

GENETICALLY MODIFIED SALMON — U.S. regulators gave the green light to salmon genetically modified to grow about twice as fast as normal, but the company behind it may face legal challenges before the fish can be sold domestically. By Food & Health Writer Candice Choi. SENT: 600 words, photos.

-----------

SPORTS

-----------

NCAA ATHLETES COMPENSATION — A judge ruled against the NCAA in a federal antitrust lawsuit, saying football and basketball players should be permitted to receive more compensation from schools but only if the benefits are tied to education. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 580 words, photo.

----------------------------

ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

----------------------------

OBIT-JAN MICHAEL VINCENT — Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, the “Airwolf” television star whose sleek good looks belied a troubled personal life, has died. He was 73. SENT: 450 words, photos.