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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

February 7, 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 .

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NEW/DEVELOPING

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TURKEY-BUILDING COLLAPSE _ Rescuers pull out 12 injured in Turkey building collapse that killed three. SENT: 120 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNOR-BLACKFACE-TURBULENT HISTORY _ Virginia has become more diverse and socially liberal in recent years. But the state continues to struggle with mindsets shaped by its turbulent racial history. When a blackface photo was discovered last week on Gov. Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page, it was but the latest reminder of the state’s hateful past. Statues of Confederate leaders line Richmond’s Monument Avenue and the state legislature still honors Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 900 words, photos. With VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE _ Political crisis engulfs Virginia’s top three elected officials. Also see VIRGINIA POLITICS-DEMOCRATS below.

BORDER WALL-VIEW FROM MEXICO _ Building a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico frontier is a delicate dance. Some Mexican homes encroach on U.S. soil, posing a dilemma for authorities. The path of a new San Diego barrier threatened structures in two Tijuana neighborhoods, including a shrine built by an 84-year-old Mexican man to honor his family and celebrate his recovery from a heart attack. By Elilot Spagat. SENT: 1,360 words, photos, video. With BORDER FENCE-ARIZONA _ Arizona city officials want border wall’s razor wire removed.

VENEZUELA-HUMANITARIAN AID _ As Venezuela sinks deeper into economic crisis, emergency supplies of food and medicine can’t come soon enough. But many aid experts fear the Trump administration and Venezuela’s opposition are repeating President Nicolas Maduro’s mistake of playing politics with humanitarian aid, creating false expectations as supplies arrive at the Colombian border to pressure the Venezuelan military to abandon its support for the embattled socialist leader. By Joshua Goodman and Christine Armario. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

IRAN-REVOLUTION BABIES _ The “revolution babies” born after Iran’s uprising 40 years ago that overthrew Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and created the Islamic Republic represent a major force in the country. More than half of Iran’s 80 million people are under 35 and they must deal with the country’s economic struggles under re-imposed U.S. sanctions. By Mehdi Fattahi. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

ISRAEL-BETTING ON TRUMP _ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is apparently channeling his inner Donald Trump in an angry campaign against perceived domestic enemies as he seeks re-election under a cloud of criminal investigations. Drawing clear inspiration from Trump, Netanyahu’s Likud party has plastered huge billboards of the two leaders together and launched a Trump-like weekly webcast to counter what it calls the “fake news” industry. By Aron Heller. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

TRUMP-ABORTION-STATES _ President Donald Trump’s call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress, but Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with anti-abortion bills they hope can pass muster with the Supreme Court. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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TEXTING SUICIDE _ Conviction upheld for Massachusetts woman who urged boyfriend’s suicide. SENT: 720 words, photo.

MISSING PLANE-SALA _ Body recovered from wreckage of Sala plane. SENT: 190 words, photos.

FUNERAL HOME INVESTIGATIONS-DETROIT _ Detroit police find cremated remains in abandoned funeral home. SENT: 150 words.

FIREFIGHTER ATTACK _ Man choked by LA firefighter to get $7.4 million. SENT: 480 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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VIRGINIA POLITICS-DEMOCRATS _ Prominent Democrats came down hard on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam after he apologized for a racist photo. But they were quieter as two more scandals _ one involving race, another a sexual assault allegation _ rocked Virginia’s statehouse. SENT: 810 words, photos.

SENATE-ATTORNEY GENERAL _ The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to approve William Barr’s nomination to be attorney general, a vote that is likely to be mostly along party lines, as Democrats have questioned how transparent Barr will be once special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation concludes. SENT: 380 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words after 10 a.m. meeting.

HOUSE DEMOCRATS-OVERSIGHT _ Trump warned Congress that investigations and legislation don’t mix, but House Democrats are charging ahead with plans to probe Trump’s tax returns, business and ties to Russia. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

IVANKA TRUMP-WOMEN _ A new White House effort led by Ivanka Trump aims at helping 50 million women in developing countries to get ahead economically. SENT: 600 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words after 1:45 p.m. event.

ARMY-GETTING FIT _ The Army is developing a new, more grueling and complex fitness exam that adds dead lifts, power throws and other exercises designed to make soldiers more fit and ready for combat. SENT: 1,260 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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COSTA RICA-ARIAS-SEXUAL ASSAULT _ Two more women accuse former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, a Nobel peace laureate, of sexual misconduct after a criminal complaint alleging sexual assault against another woman was filed against him this week in the Central American nation. SENT: 1,560 words, photos.

IRAN _ Iran appears to have attempted a second satellite launch despite U.S. criticism that its space program helps the country develop ballistic missiles, satellite images suggest. SENT: 430 words, photos.

JAPAN-RUSSIA _ Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vows to take a “step-by-step” approach in resolving a territorial dispute with Russia left over from World War II. SENT: 360 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-SLAIN BRITISH TOURIST _ The man accused of murdering British tourist Grace Millane in New Zealand will continue to keep his name secret while a judge decides whether he can be publicly identified. SENT: 300 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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SAN FRANCISCO GAS EXPLOSION _ A gas explosion in San Francisco shoots a tower of flames into the sky and burns five buildings including one of the city’s popular restaurants before firefighters brought the blaze under control. SENT: 620 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ US CA Gas Explosion Neighbors (CR) _ No injuries in San Francisco gas leak, fire.

OFFICER SHOT-MILWAUKEE _ A 17-year police veteran is shot and killed as he served a warrant on Milwaukee’s south side, becoming the city’s third officer to be killed in the line of duty in eight months, authorities say. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.

DENVER TEACHERS-STRIKE _ Denver teachers are vowing to walk off the job Monday unless they can reach a last minute pay agreement with school leaders. SENT: 440 words, photos.

RUSSIA PROBE-ERICKSON _ The boyfriend of a Russian woman who admitted she was a secret agent for the Kremlin has been charged with fraud in South Dakota, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announces. SENT: 510 words.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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CHINA-HIV SCARE _ Chinese investigators say tests on a batch of a plasma product feared to have been contaminated with HIV turn up negative for the virus that causes AIDS. SENT: 250 words.

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BUSINESS

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ELECTRIC CARS-COLD WEATHER _ Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used, a new study found. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 490 words.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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BOOKS-JILL ABRAMSON _ Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson is facing allegations that she lifted material from other sources for her new book, “Merchants of Truth.” By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 450 words, photo.

NY FASHION WEEK-TOM FORD _ Tom Ford says these tumultuous times pointed him in the opposite direction at New York Fashion Week with a collection of gentle, non-aggressive elegance done in simple silhouettes, with some Los Angeles-inspired pops of color. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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TIM DAHLBERG-HOMELESS RAIDERS _ The NFL’s Raiders are in search of a home, any home, for the 2019 season. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 800 words, photos.

ARGENTINA-WOMEN’S SOCCER _ Macarena Sanchez takes a stand to turn female soccer professional in Argentina. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

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