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BC-AP News Digest 2:15 pm

April 13, 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 .




ELECTION 2020-TRUMP’S MAP _ President Donald Trump loves to recount how his 2016 campaign defied expectations to pierce the vaunted Democratic “blue wall.” For 2020, he’s looking to do one better. As Trump’s re-election campaign kicks into high gear, it is exploring opportunities to contest states he lost four years before, aiming to keep divided Democrats on the defensive. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 750 words, photos.

TRUMP-TAXES _ A top House Democrat ratchets up his demand for access to President Donald Trump’s tax returns, telling the IRS that the law clearly gives Congress a right to them. The government’s failure to respond by an April 23 deadline could send the dispute into federal court. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 550 words, photos.

WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE ARRESTED _ British lawmakers are heaping pressure on the government to make sure that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape investigation against him. There is mounting concern that Assange should not be allowed to sidestep the investigation stemming from his 2010 visit to Sweden. The complaints from two women eventually led him to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London rather than return to Sweden for questioning. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 730 words, photos. WITH: WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE ARREST-ECUADOR _ An ace Swedish programmer has been arrested in Ecuador in an alleged plot to blackmail the country’s president over his abandonment of Assange. SENT: 875 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-SCANDALOUS TRADEMARKS _ Eric Brunetti’s clothing brand is a four-letter word. The government calls it “scandalous” and “immoral” and has refused to register it as a trademark. He has a different word _ “thought-provoking” _ for his company, whose name starts with an “F” and rhymes with “duct.” On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear Brunetti’s case. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 670 words, photos.

BERING SEA TRANSFORMATION _ Scientists who study the northern Bering Sea say they’re seeing changed ocean conditions that were projected by climate models, but not until 2050. University of Alaska Fairbanks physical oceanographer Seth Danielson says the rapid changes are leading researchers to wonder if ecosystems near the Bering Strait are undergoing a transformation. Danielson says physical changes such as diminished sea ice are triggering biological effects. By Dan Joling. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Eds: The story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight.

CENSUS-ARAB AMERICANS _ Yousuf Abdelfatah already knows the answer he’ll give about his race on the 2020 census questionnaire will be wrong. He’s an Arab American, but the only race options on the census are white, black, Asian and categories for American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander. Reluctantly, Abdelfatah will mark white. SENT: 875 words, photos.




STRATOLAUNCH _ A giant six-engine aircraft with the world’s longest wingspan takes off from California on its first flight. SENT: 420 words, photos.

ENDANGERED WHALE CALVES _ Researchers say the North Atlantic right whale, one of the rarest species, is experiencing a mini baby boom in New England waters. SENT: 200 words, photos.

BRITAIN-AMBASSADOR’S CAR RAMMED _ The Ukraine Embassy in London says its ambassador’s official car was rammed twice while parked in front of the embassy building. SENT: 150 words, photos.

BIG HAMMER FOUND _ California authorities say part of a giant hammer stolen last year has been returned. SENT: 150 words.

FRUIT RECALL-SALMONELLA OUTBREAK _ An Indianapolis-based food company issues a recall for fruit products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak. SENT: 150 words.




TRUMP-PIPELINES _ Eager to jump-start the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline and other energy projects, President Donald Trump has acted to assert executive power through orders reversing more than 50 years of precedent that delegated decision-making on energy projects to individual agencies. His actions, if upheld by the courts, could consolidate power, increasing the influence of the president’s political advisers and potentially cutting out experts and career officials throughout the government. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 870 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-CORY BOOKER _ After entering the 2020 White House race more than two months ago, Cory Booker is trying to break out of the crowded field of more than a dozen viable Democratic candidates. He hopes an upcoming two-week tour around the country will help. SENT: 610 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m. WITH: ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP _ Workers’ rights is a focus this weekend for the Democratic presidential candidates. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m. WITH: TRUMP-OMAR _ Democrats rush to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar after President Donald Trump retweets video edited to suggest Omar was being dismissive of the significance of the Sept. 11 attacks. SENT: 690 words, photo.

FACT CHECK-WEEK _ With his government seeking to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, President Donald Trump is drawing a blank on a hacking organization he praised to the rafters during the 2016 campaign. It was among a number of factual faux pas and flips in his rhetoric over the past week. By Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen. SENT: 1,890 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd




TRUMP-SANCTUARY CITIES _ An idea floated by President Donald Trump to send immigrants from the border to “sanctuary cities” to exact revenge on Democratic foes could end up doing the migrants a favor by placing them in locations that make it easier to put down roots and stay in the country. By Astrid Galvan. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m., photos.

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE-TRANSGENDER _ The country’s only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year. The move marks a major shift for Morehouse College at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 700 words, photo.

POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS-RACE _ When an unarmed white woman who called 911 to report a crime was fatally shot by a black, Somali American police officer in Minneapolis, the racial dynamic seen in many police shooting cases in the U.S. was flipped on its head, and a different narrative emerged. SENT: 930 words, photos.




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DESTINED TO BURN-HOUSING STOCK _ A McClatchy analysis shows whether or not a home burns in a wildfire could be determined by the year it was built. A landmark 2008 California building code requiring fire-resistant roofs, siding and other safeguards appears to have protected some homes from the deadly Camp Fire that leveled Paradise. By Sacramento Bee reporters Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese. SENT: 3,520 words, photos. With DESTINED TO BURN-CALIFORNIA EXPERIENCE _ Column: Ignoring fire risks is part of the California dream; DESTINED TO BURN-WHO’S NEXT _ California races to predict which town could be next to burn; DESTINED TO BURN-TREATING THE LANDSCAPE _ California fire risk shows urgent need for prevention work; DESTINED TO BURN-WHY WE DID IT _ California wildfires: A wicked problem with no easy answers. Note: Destined to Burn is a collaborative story package by journalists from USA TODAY Network-California, McClatchy, Media News and the AP. Data analysis available for use by AP customers enrolled in the data.world platform.




CANADA-RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS _ A proposal to ban many public employees from wearing religious symbols and clothing is creating a fiery debate in the Canadian province of Quebec, where people are fighting to freely practice their religion _ or to be free of it. The measure introduced late last month would prohibit civil servants, teachers, nurses, bus drivers, lawyers and other people who interact with the public from wearing religious symbols while at work. By Tracey Lindeman. SENT: 950 words, photos.

SOUTH SUDAN-MIDWIVES _ In South Sudan, midwives sharply bring down maternal deaths despite immense odds. SENT: 770 words, photos.

NORTH KOREA-KIM JONG UN SPEECH _ North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he is open to a third summit with President Donald Trump, but set the year’s end as a deadline for Washington to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the high-stakes nuclear diplomacy, the North’s state-run media said. SENT: 1,025 words, photos.

BREXIT-BROKEN BRITAIN _ As a symbol of Brexit-era British democracy, it was a little on the obvious side. Last week lawmakers had to be sent home in mid-debate when water from a burst pipe began gushing into the House of Commons chamber. Then image perfectly illustrated Parliament’s problem. On the outside it’s resplendent, a world-famous symbol of democracy. Inside, it’s decrepit and increasingly unfit for use. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

SUDAN _ Sudanese political parties and movements behind nearly four months of anti-government protests met with the country’s military on Saturday, activists and the military said, holding the first talks since the army forced President Omar al-Bashir from power two days ago. SENT: 800 words, photos.

EUROPE-MIGRANTS _ Ending another European standoff over immigration, Malta on Saturday announced a deal to distribute 64 migrants rescued at sea off Libya 10 days ago among four European Union nations. SENT: 380 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-CONGO-EBOLA _ Why the 2nd-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history is a growing concern. SENT: 630 words, photos.




GLOBAL FINANCE _ Global finance officials are pledging closer cooperation in efforts to lift the world economy out its current slowdown. SENT: 560 words, photos.

NISSAN-AUTOMATIC BRAKING _ A U.S. auto safety group wants the government to investigate automatic emergency braking on some Nissan Rogue SUVs, alleging that the safety feature makes the vehicles brake even when there’s no emergency. The nonprofit Center for Auto Safety filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeking the probe. The group says about 675,000 Rogues from the 2017 and 2018 model years should be recalled. SENT: 400 words, photo.




GLF--MASTERS _ Major champions Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen are in front entering the third round of the Masters. Tiger Woods is among those a stroke back. This is the tournament’s first five-way tie for the lead after 36 holes. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m.

GLF--MASTERS-WASHINGTON ROAD _ With its pristine fairways, colorful azaleas and stern rules for so-called patrons, the Masters gives off airs of a gentlemanly competition in genteel countryside. But right outside the front gate is Washington Road, a strip-mall hodgepodge in all its glory. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

BKN--CLIPPERS-WARRIORS _ The top-seeded Warriors begin their bid for a three-peat against the Clippers in the first round. DeMarcus Cousins of Golden State makes his playoff debut after a nine-year wait. Los Angeles is bolstered by the return of defensive specialist Patrick Beverley. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

FIFA-RACISM _ FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for a crackdown on racism at soccer games after several high-profile incidents, and encouraged referees to abandon matches in the worst cases. SENT: 330 words, photo.




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