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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

April 16, 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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HOLLINGS-FUNERAL _ Mourners gather for funeral of former Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. ceremonies.

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COLUMBINE-20 YEARS LATER _ Twenty years after teenage gunmen attacked Columbine High School, alumni of the Littleton, Colorado, school have become parents themselves. The emotional toll of the shooting that killed 12 classmates and a teacher has been joined by fears about their own kids’ safety, spiking each time yet another shooter yet enters another school. Some find comfort in school security changes, while others worry about the effect of active-shooter drills on their kids’ generation. By Katie Foody, Peter Banda and Allen Breed. SENT: 1,640 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 970 words has also been sent. With COLUMBINE-20 YEARS LATER-SCHOOL SAFETY POLL _ AP-NORC Poll: Low confidence in schools to respond to gunman; COLUMBINE-20 YEARS LATER-PHOTO GALLERY.

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TOP STORIES

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FRANCE-NOTRE DAME FIRE _ Experts are assessing the blackened shell of Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral to establish next steps to save what remains after a devastating fire destroyed much of the almost 900-year-old building. By Thomas Adamson. SENT: 130 words, photos, videos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be expanded. With FRANCE-NOTRE DAME FIRE-THE CATHEDRAL _ Facts and figures about the cathedral; FRANCE-NOTRE DAME FIRE-THE LATEST. See MORE ON NOTRE DAME FIRE below.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ As Washington counts down the final hours until publication of the redacted special counsel report _ now expected Thursday _ President Donald Trump steps up his attacks in an effort to undermine potential disclosures on Russia, his 2016 campaign and the aftermath. By Michael Balsamo and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,090 words, photos, video.

REDACTED NATION _ In the weeks since Robert Mueller turned in his report on alleged ties between Russian officials and Trump’s presidential campaign, “redacted” has become a national buzzword. The U.S. government has a long history of withholding everything from the most sensitive information to the most harmless trivia. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

LIBYA-MILITIAS _ Libya is on the verge of an all-out war involving a rogues’ gallery of militias, many of which are little more than criminal gangs armed with heavy weapons. By Rami Musa and Samy Magdy. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

INDONESIA-ELECTION _ About 193 million Indonesians are eligible to decide Wednesday who leads a nation that’s an outpost of democracy in a neighborhood of authoritarian governments and is forecast to be among the world’s biggest economies by 2030. By Stephen Wright. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. With INDONESIA-ELECTION-CANDIDATES _ Metal fan, cleric, soldier, tycoon; INDONESIA-ELECTION-GLANCE.

VENEZUELA-NEW NORMAL? _ Normalcy elsewhere in the world doesn’t fit Venezuela, where two men say they are president and the worst nationwide blackouts played havoc with the lives of millions. Talk in the South American country of what is normal, or should be normal, is touching nerves as the opposition tries to topple President Nicolas Maduro. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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MORE ON NOTRE DAME FIRE

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FRANCE-WATCHING NOTRE DAME BURN _ Those who watched the nearly 900-year-old Notre Dame cathedral burn brush the ash of French history from their hair and wonder how deep the cut. By Lori Hinnant. SENT: 590 words, photos.

FRANCE-PRAYING AT THE FIRE _ The world is expressing shock and grief at the massive fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. SENT: 620 words, photos, videos.

NOTRE DAME FIRE-WORLD REACTS _ The world reacts with shock and prayers to the massive fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, united in grief and in solidarity with the people of France. SENT: 710 words, photos.

NOTRE DAME-ART WORLD _ The world is expressing shock and grief at the massive fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 830 words, photos.

FRANCE-NOTRE DAME FIRE-FIREFIGHTING TACTICS _ Some of the things that made Notre Dame cathedral such an eye-catching Paris landmark also put it more at risk of fire; its wooden beams were fuel for the flames and its size and scale made firefighting difficult. SENT: 720 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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WALMART-KIDBOX _ Walmart partners with Kidbox styling service for kids. SENT: 140 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-IMMIGRATION _ Top administration officials have been discussing ways to increase pressure on countries with high numbers of citizens who overstay their short-term visas, as part of Trump’s growing focus on immigration heading into his re-election campaign. SENT: 920 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS FUNDRAISING _ The crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates is showing early signs of money trouble as donors sit on the sidelines to see how the contest unfolds, signaling a drawn-out primary battle ahead. SENT: 850 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS _ Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of long-awaited tax returns; -LECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE _ 2020 hopeful Beto O’Rourke releases 10 years of tax returns.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR-WILDFIRES _ A desire to live near nature is embedded in California’s ethos, Gov. Gavin Newsom says as he explains why he doesn’t want to block home building near forested areas at high risk for wildfires. An AP Interview. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 560 words, photos. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-UTILITIES _ California regulators question PG&E’s vow to improve safety.

PULITZERS-YEMEN’S DIRTY WAR _ A team of AP journalists wins a Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for their work documenting torture, graft and starvation in Yemen’s brutal civil war. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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NEW ZEALAND-RED CROSS NURSE _ New Zealand’s government did not approve an aid agency’s decision to release the name of a New Zealand nurse held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria, the country’s foreign minister says. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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CHINA-AUTO SHOW _ Automakers are showcasing electric SUVs and sedans with more driving range and luxury features at the Shanghai auto show, trying to appeal to Chinese buyers in their biggest market as Beijing slashes subsidies that have propelled demand. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 960 words, photos.

TAIWAN-FOXCONN _ The head of Foxconn Technology Group says he is planning to step away from day-to-day operations at the world’s largest electronics provider but will continue to guide the company’s “major direction.” SENT: 320 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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CLIPPERS-WARRIORS _ Lou Williams led the Los Angeles Clippers to the largest postseason comeback in NBA history, stunning the defending champion Golden State Warriors 135-131. By Sports Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-GEORGIA ENGEL _ Georgia Engel, who played the charmingly innocent, small-voiced Georgette on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and amassed a string of other TV and stage credits, has died. She was 70. By TV Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

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