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April 9, 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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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump took a victory lap after special counsel Robert Mueller concluded his Russia investigation. It may have been premature. The scramble to frame the investigation’s findings in the best political light is sure to be renewed in coming days, when Mueller’s report is expected to be released in redacted form. By Jonathan Lemire, Zeke Miller and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 890 words, photos.

TRUMP-NIELSEN-12 DAYS — Trump’s anger over the situation on the U.S.-Mexico led to a turbulent 12-day stretch that would lead to the eventual resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the dismissal of much of her agency’s top leadership, and the beginning of a new era in which immigration hardliners at the White House wield considerably more influence. By Colleen Long and Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,390 words, photos.

ISRAEL-ELECTION — Israeli voters head to the polls for crucial parliamentary elections that will determine whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains in power. Clouded by a series of looming corruption indictments, Netanyahu is seeking a fifth term in office. It would make him Israel’s longest-ever serving leader, surpassing founding father David Ben-Gurion. By Aron Heller. SENT: 340 words, photos.

BRITAIN-BREXIT ECONOMY — Whatever Brexit delay is handed to Britain at a summit of EU leaders this week, the British economy will remain a prisoner of crippling uncertainty. By Pan Pylas. UPCOMING: 930 words by 5 a.m., photos.

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SPORTS

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NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP — Led by De’Andre Hunter and his NBA-ready game, Virginia turns itself into national champions, holding off tenacious, ferocious Texas Tech for an 85-77 overtime win. It’s a scintillating victory that came 388 days after becoming the first 1 seed to lose to a 16. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-LIBERALS — Leaders of a prominent liberal group are urging Democratic presidential contenders who are pitching massive policy changes to focus on more fundamental “structural reforms” to American democracy. By Elana Schor. SENT: 710 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND — Kirsten Gillibrand has campaigned across eight states and pushed her rivals to release their tax returns but has still struggled to break out of the pack of more than a dozen 2020 presidential candidates. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS — With a jury in place, opening statements are scheduled in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape in the alley behind her home. SENT: 540 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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TOYS R US-LINGERING IMPACT — A year after Toys R Us imploded, toy makers are still readjusting to the big loss of shelf space. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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GAME OF THRONES-ECONOMICS-WHO WINS? — Where most “Game of Thrones” fans were horrified by the beheading of the beloved Ned Stark and blamed it on a ruthless king, Columbia University business professor Bruce Craven saw a lesson in failed leadership. By Economics Writers Christopher Rugaber, Josh Boak and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 930 words, photos.