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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

April 3, 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-CLIMB-DOWN — His border closure went from imminent to uncertain. A major health care push was declared only to be delayed. Funding cuts put in the budget were just as quickly taken out. President Donald Trump has been exploring the art of the climb-down. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 640 words, photos.

CHICAGO MAYOR — Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot’s resounding victory is a clear call for change at City Hall and a historic repudiation of the old-style, insider politics that have long defined the nation’s third-largest city. Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor who’d never been elected to public office, defeated Cook County Board President and longtime City Council member Toni Preckwinkle with backing from voters across the city. By Sara Burnett and Herbert G. McCann. SENT: 740 words, photos, videos.

NIPSEY HUSSLE — After a 48-hour manhunt, police arrested the suspect they say gunned down Nipsey Hussle in front of the popular rapper’s South Los Angeles clothing store. LA County sheriff’s deputies detained 29-year-old Eric Holder, and LAPD detectives quickly verified that they had their man. The focus now shifts from the streets to the courtroom. Holder is likely to be charged with killing Hussle and to appear in court in the next two days. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 600 words, photos.

ISRAEL-ELECTION-WHAT’S AT STAKE — Israel’s charged election campaign has been heavy on insults and short on substance. But the conflict with the Palestinians has been notably absent from the discourse. The lack of interest reflects widespread disillusionment after years of failed peace efforts. But it also is a testament to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s success in sidelining the issue. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-FUNDRAISING TAKEAWAYS — Bernie Sanders is leading Democratic presidential candidates in the early money chase, while Mayor Pete Buttigieg of Indiana has perhaps the most surprising fundraising results. Some takeaways from the campaigns’ early contribution reports. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 860 words, photos.

FRESH PET FOOD — U.S. pet owners are increasingly feeding fresh food to their dogs and cats. Some order pre-proportioned meals of meat and vegetables or frozen raw meat online. Others find them in refrigerators at big retailers like Walmart. By Business Writer Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 930 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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VENEZUELA — Maduro loyalists strip Venezuela’s Juan Guaidó of immunity, paving the way for the opposition leader’s prosecution and potential arrest for supposedly violating the constitution when he declared himself interim president. SENT: 740 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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US-CHINA-TRADE-TALKS — The Trump administration will resume negotiations with China toward ending a trade war that has deepened uncertainty for businesses and investors and dimmed the outlook for the global economy. By Economics Writer Paul Wiseman. SENT: 660 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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CINEMACON-WARNER BROS — Warner Bros. doles out a Godzilla-sized serving of new footage in a marathon presentation to promote its upcoming slate of films including “The Joker,” ″It: Chapter Two” and “The Goldfinch” to an audience of movie theater owners at CinemaCon. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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TEAM VS TALENT — An Associated Press analysis of rosters of perennial NCAA Tournament teams concludes it takes NBA-ready talent — players who leave school early — to go far consistently. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, graphics.