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April 4, 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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TOP STORIES

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CONGRESS-YEMEN — Rejecting a plank of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy, Congress formally invokes never-before-used powers to demand that the administration withdraw support from the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. Trump is expected to veto the bill. By Susannah George. SENT: 340 words. UPCOMING: 890 words by 5 p.m., photos.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN — Joe Biden hasn’t even gotten in the presidential race yet. But the former vice president is surrounded by controversy that could shadow a campaign launch. By Julie Pace and Tom Beaumont. UPCOMING: 800 words by 6 p.m., photos, video.

MORMONS-LGBTQ —The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday repealed rules unveiled in 2015 that banned baptisms for children of gay parents and made gay marriage a sin worthy of expulsion. The surprise announcement by the faith widely known as the Mormon church reverses rules that triggered widespread condemnations from LGBTQ members and their allies and marked a jarring shift from the religion’s push to carve out a more compassionate stance on LGBTQ issues. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 500 words, photos.

COLLEGES-ACCEPTING FAILURE — A growing number of U.S. colleges are sending a message to students saying it’s OK to fail. Campus mental health officials from Massachusetts to California are trying to normalize failure for students as one way to combat rising rates of anxiety and depression among college students. By Education Writer Collin Binkley. SENT: 950 words, photos.

CBD CONFUSION — CBD-infused food, drinks and dietary supplements are popping up everywhere even though the federal government says it’s illegal. It has the nation’s two largest states, California and Texas, in rare agreement on an issue and joining others considering legalizing the cannabis compound that many see as beneficial to their health. UPCOMING: 1,025 words.

CALLING CATS — This may not surprise many cat owners, but a new study says cats can respond to the sound of their own names. The researchers said it’s the first experimental evidence that cats can distinguish between words people say. To test for that, the Japanese researchers had animals listen to a list that included words or names of other cats and ended with the cat’s own name. The crucial question was whether the cats reacted more to their own name than the words they’d heard previously. And on average, they did. SENT: 350 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-IMMIGRATION — President Donald Trump threatens to slap tariffs on cars produced in Mexico unless the country does more to stop migrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 830 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

TRUMP-FUNDRAISING — As Democrats scramble to raise money to earn themselves a spot on the primary debate stage, President Donald Trump is well on his way to raising the $1 billion his campaign believes it will take to win. Trump’s bring-it-on approach to fundraising is a far cry from his stance when he launched his first bid for president in 2015, and an indicator of the professionalization of his political apparatus for 2020. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos.

UNITED STATES-CHINA TRADE — President Donald Trump says trade talks with China are “moving along nicely’ as the two countries work to end a standoff that has shaken financial markets and darkened the outlook for the world economy. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

UNITED STATES-NATO — NATO foreign ministers celebrate the alliance’s 70th anniversary amid rifts between members over security and trade issues. By Matthew Lee. SENT: 750 words. UPCOMING: Updates expected from afternoon news conference, 825 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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MISSING CHILD INVESTIGATION — Authorities conducted DNA testing to try to determine Thursday whether a teenager found wandering in Kentucky is who he claims to be — an Illinois boy who disappeared eight years ago around the time his mother took her own life. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.

IMMIGRATION-ZERO TOLERANCE — The Trump administration has scaled back its doctrine of “zero tolerance” to prosecute immigrants. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

ORPHANAGE-COLLEGE REDEVELOPMENT — An imposing Italianate-style building that looms over part of Vermont’s largest city had such a troubled past that plans to redevelop it called for some mysticism. Dee Bright Star, an Abenaki woman who initially opposed the project, was brought in to conduct a spiritual cleansing. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FLINTSTONE HOUSE-FIGHT — Towering dinosaurs stand among fanciful mushrooms in the sloping backyard. A life-sized Fred Flintstone welcomes visitors near the front door. And by the driveway on the lawn is a giant “Yabba Dabba Do” sign in orange, purple and red. The latest battle in the war between government rules and property rights is playing out in a posh San Francisco suburb, where a retired publishing mogul has installed an elaborate homage to “The Flintstones” family. SENT: 725 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BOEING-ETHIOPIA-PLANE CRASH — The pilots of a doomed Ethiopian Airlines jet followed all of Boeing’s recommended procedures when the plane started to nose dive but still couldn’t save it, according to findings from a preliminary report released Thursday by the Ethiopian government. The plane crashed just six minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board. By Elias Meseret. SENT: 1,175 words, photos.

ISRAEL-ELECTION SECURITY — As Israel prepares to hold a national election next week, experts say it is vulnerable to the kind of foreign hacks and cyber campaigns that have disrupted the political process in other countries. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says there is “no country better prepared” to combat election interference. SENT: 1,076 words, photos.

BREXIT — The British government and senior opposition figures met to seek a new plan on how the country leaves the European Union, as Prime Minister Theresa May tried to limit divisions within her Conservative Party inflamed by her shift toward compromise. May faced fury from anti-EU Conservatives after she agreed to talks with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who favors a softer form of Brexit than the plan advocated by the government. Two junior ministers have resigned, and more could follow. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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YEMEN-CHOLERA SURGE — Cholera is surging once more in Yemen, with tens of thousands of new cases the past weeks, and doctors fear it is spreading faster even than a 2017 outbreak that turned into the world’s worst. UPCOMING: 1,150 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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VIDEO GAMES-NEW WAYS TO PLAY — There was a time you paid $60 or more upfront to own and play “Grand Theft Auto” or “Madden” to your heart’s content. Now, game companies are enticing players with continual updates to get them to pay regularly over time. The success of “Fortnite” shows that this model works beyond casual games such as “Candy Crush.” SENT: 800 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-BILLBOARD AWARDS — Cardi B is the leading contender at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards with 21 nominations. NBC and dick clark productions announced Thursday the 26-year-old rapper is up for honors including top artist, top female artist and top Billboard 200 album for her Grammy-winning release, “Invasion of Privacy.” With her No. 1 hits — “I Like It” featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny and “Girls Like You” with Maroon 5 — Cardi B is nominated twice in categories like top Hot 100 song, top-selling song and top collaboration. SENT: 425 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BKC--FINAL FOUR-SCANDALS — Nobody would argue that coaches Bruce Pearl of Auburn and Tom Izzo of Michigan State’s shouldn’t be at the Final Four. But some of the problems they’ve encountered over the year paint a picture of the unseemly side of college sports. By National Writer Eddie Pells. 750 words, photos.