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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

February 26, 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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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s armored limousine, surrounded by his phalanx of burly bodyguards, rolls into Vietnam’s capital ahead of a summit with President Donald Trump that’s meant to deal with perhaps the world’s biggest security challenge: Kim’s pursuit of a nuclear program that stands on the verge of viably threatening targets around the planet. By Foster Klug. SENT: 880 words, photos, video.

AUSTRALIA-CARDINAL CHARGED — The most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass, dealing a new blow to the Catholic hierarchy’s credibility after a year of global revelations of abuse and cover-up. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ top financial adviser and the Vatican’s economy minister, bowed his head but then regained his composure as the 12-member jury delivered unanimous verdicts in the Victoria state County Court on Dec. 11 after more than two days of deliberation. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 2,040 words, photos.

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY — Democrats are moving quickly to try to roll back Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to siphon billions of dollars from the military to fund construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 980 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the morning; timing of vote uncertain.

TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION-CONGRESS — Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen will start a three-day gauntlet of congressional appearances by giving a closed-door interview to the Senate intelligence committee, where he is expected to detail what he knows about Trump’s contacts with Russians and other sensitive matters. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 780 words, photo. UPCOMING: 900 words after interview, timing uncertain.

ANTIBIOTIC ALTERNATIVES — Bacteria lodged deep in Ella Balasa’s lungs were impervious to most antibiotics. At 26, gasping for breath, she sought out a dramatic experiment — deliberately inhaling a virus culled from sewage to attack her superbug. “I’m really running out of options,” says Balasa, who traveled from her Richmond, Virginia, home to Yale University for the last-resort treatment. “I know it might not have an effect. But I am very hopeful.” By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 1,420 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES — House Democrats are laying the groundwork to subpoena Trump administration officials over family separations at the southern border. SENT: 400 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words after vote, expected around 9:30 a.m.

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NATIONAL

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SOUNDS OF SIRENS — If two New York City lawmakers get their way, the long, droning siren from police cars, firetrucks and ambulances that has been part of the city’s soundtrack for generations would be replaced by a high-low wail similar to what’s heard on the streets of London and Paris. SENT: 630 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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CHINA-AMERICAN COMPANIES — American companies in China increasingly worry U.S.-Chinese relations will deteriorate and are “hedging their bets” by delaying investments or moving operations, a business group reports. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 420 words, photos.