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March 30, 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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CONGRESS-HEALTH CARE — President Donald Trump’s decision to revive the fight over Affordable Care Act stirs a political and policy debate among Republicans on how best to approach the divisive issue heading into the 2020 election. By Lisa Mascaro and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,060 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-RURAL VOTERS — Several Democratic presidential candidates will make their case to Iowa farmers Saturday — part of a broader effort to win over rural voters who have drifted to Republicans in recent years. SENT: 810 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-AOC — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a big part of the 2020 race; ELECTION 2020-O’ROURKE-ORIGIN STORY — Beto O’Rourke makes El Paso the centerpiece of his campaign identity (both sent).

BREXIT — British lawmakers rejected the government’s Brexit deal for a third time, leaving the U.K. facing the stark prospect of a chaotic departure from the European Union in just two weeks, with political leaders in turmoil and the country ill-prepared for the shock. By Danika Kirka and Jill Lawless. SENT: 970 words, photos, video. With BREXIT-STUNNED EUROPE — Europe watches Brexit events with frustrated disbelief. SENT: 670 words, photos; BREXIT-WHAT NEXT? (sent).

BOREN-UNIVERSITY INVESTIGATION — A former University of Oklahoma student alleges he was touched and kissed inappropriately by former university President David Boren on several occasions almost a decade ago when the man worked as a teaching aide for the onetime governor and senator. By Sean Murphy. SENT: 1,160 words, video, photos.

EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK — A brewing battle over Chicago’s demand that Jussie Smollett recoup the city more than $130,000 for an investigation into his report of a racist, anti-gay attack and the “Empire” actor’s apparent determination not to pay it could ultimately land in a civil court, where a jury could have to answer the question that was supposed to be answered in criminal court: Was the attack staged or not? By Legal Affairs Writer Michael Tarm. SENT: 720 words, video, photos. With EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK-PLAYERS — The celebrity, the president, the mayor, the police superintendent: A look at the cast of characters in the Jussie Smollett saga; JUSSIE SMOLLETT-PROSECUTOR — Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx says she’s open to an outside investigation into her office’s decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett (both sent).

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-IMMIGRATION — President Trump declares he is likely to shut down America’s southern border next week unless Mexican authorities immediately halt all illegal immigration. Such a severe move could hit the economies of both countries, but the president insists, “I am not kidding around.” By Catherine Lucey, Nomaan Merchant and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 990 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-MIGRANT CHILD DEATH-FACT CHECK — Trump misrepresents the circumstances of a 7-year-old girl’s death as he seeks to steer any potential blame away from his administration; MEXICO-IMMIGRATION — Mexico says it won’t react to Trump threats over border (both sent).

CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE — A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation will be sent to Congress by mid-April and will not be shared with the White House beforehand, Attorney General William Barr says. SENT: 680 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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ABORTION-GEORGIA — Watchful eyes now turn to Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, wondering when he might sign a “heartbeat” abortion ban that he supported and helped push through. The Georgia House gave final approval Friday to legislation outlawing abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, sending the bill to Kemp. If enacted, it’d be among the strictest abortion bans in the U.S. SENT: 760 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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UNITED NATIONS-ANGELINA JOLIE — Actress and activist Angelina Jolie warned that the world “will remain stuck in a cycle of violence and conflicts” as long as nations continue to put almost every other issue ahead of women’s equality, rights and participation. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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FEDERAL-RESERVE-KUDLOW — A top Trump administration official calls on the Federal Reserve to cut its key interest rate by a half-percentage point. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 560 words, photo.

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SCIENCE

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DINOSAUR DOOMSDAY — New research captures a fossilized snapshot of the day nearly 66 million years ago when an asteroid smacked Earth, fire rained from the sky and the ground shook far worse than any modern earthquake. It was the day that nearly all life on Earth went extinct, including the dinosaurs. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 660 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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NCAA-VIRGINIA TECH-DUKE — Zion Williamson scored 23 points, RJ Barrett had 18 and a career-high 11 assists, and Tre Jones added 22 points and eight assists, helping No. 1 overall seed Duke avoid an NCAA Tournament upset and edge No. 4-seeded Virginia Tech 75-73. By Sports Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 720 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-ROCK HALL — Stevie Nicks, who became the first woman inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Janet Jackson both accepted their honors by calling for other women to join them. They joined a quintet of British bands in the hall. By Entertainment Writer David Bauder. SENT: 1,030 words, photos. With MUSIC-ROCK HALL-THE LATEST.