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April 1, 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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ONLY ON AP

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ELECTION 2020-KAMALA HARRIS _ Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has pledged a wholesale overhaul of the criminal justice system, but as an official in California’s justice system she often opted for a careful approach or defended the status quo. By Juliet Linderman and Tami Abdollah. SENT: 1,920 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA _ A Vietnamese woman who is the only suspect in custody for the killing of the North Korean leader’s half brother pleads guilty to a lesser charge in a Malaysian court, with her lawyer saying she could be freed as early as next month. Doan Thi Huong had faced a murder charge, which carried the death penalty if she was convicted, in the slaying of Kim Jong Nam, who died after being accosted by two women in a Kuala Lumpur airport terminal. By Eileen Ng. SENT: 820 words, photos. With MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA-THE LATEST; With MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA-CHRONOLOGY.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN _ Former Vice President Joe Biden defends his interactions with women, saying he doesn’t believe he’s ever acted inappropriately. But a Nevada politician’s assertion that Biden’s kiss on the back of her head made her feel uncomfortable prompted some Democrats to question whether he is too out of step with his own party to run a successful 2020 presidential campaign. By Julie Pace and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 1,280 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-MONEY _ 2020 Democrats in mad dash for donors to make debate stage.

GAZA-HAMAS’ FUTURE _ Over the weekend, Gaza’s Hamas rulers marked a year of bloody, weekly protests that have failed to break the Israeli blockade. Rocket attacks brought a wave of Israeli airstrikes and unprecedented protests broke out against the Islamic militants’ increasingly unpopular rule. And yet Hamas’ control over Gaza is tighter than ever. By Karin Laub and Fares Akram. SENT: 1,080 words, photos. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

CONGRESS DISASTER AID _ A fight between President Donald Trump and Democrats over hurricane relief for Puerto Rico is imperiling a widely backed disaster aid bill that is a top priority for some of Trump’s Southern GOP allies. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: Timing of afternoon vote uncertain.

TURKEY-LOCAL-ELECTIONS _ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declares victory in municipal elections but the opposition’s success in key cities deals a significant blow to his party’s dominance. By Zeynep Bilginsoy. SENT: 600 words, photos.

OBIT-NIPSEY HUSSLE _ Nipsey Hussle, the skilled and respected rapper who earned a Grammy nomination this year for his major-label debut and was heavily respected in South Los Angeles where he grew up, has died, authorities say. He was 33. By Entertainment Writers Mesfin Fekadu and Andrew Dalton. SENT: 1,090 words, photos. With OBIT-NIPSEY HUSSLE-REACTION _ Rihanna, Snoop, Ice Cube react to death of Hussle.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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JAPAN-TOYOTA-BASKETBALL ROBOT _ Toyota robot can’t slam dunk but shoots a mean 3-pointer. SENT: 580 words, photos.

SANTA ANITA-FATALITIES _ 23rd horse dies at Santa Anita after racing accident. SENT: 440 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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UKRAINE-ELECTION _ Early results in Ukraine’s presidential election show a comedian with no political experience maintaining his strong lead against the incumbent president in the first round, setting the stage for a runoff in three weeks. SENT: 640 words, photos.

VENEZUELA _ Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announces a 30-day plan to ration electricity following nationwide power cuts that have inflicted misery on millions of people and ignited protests, including one near the presidential palace in Caracas. SENT: 560 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-GUN LAWS _ New Zealand’s government introduces a bill it plans to rush into law that would ban the types of weapons a gunman used to kill 50 people at two mosques. SENT: 450 words, photos.

JAPAN-ERA NAME _ The name of the era of Japan’s soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito will be “Reiwa,” or ordering harmony, the government announces. SENT: 810 words, photos.

NEPAL-STORM _ Rescuers are struggling to reach villages in southern Nepal cut off by a wind- and rainstorm that killed at least 28 people and injured hundreds more. SENT: 360 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-HEALTH CARE LAWSUITS _ Trump’s battle with “Obamacare” moves to the courts with big risks and unpredictable results. SENT: 960 words, photos.

TSA-SOCIAL MEDIA _ Weird stuff that travelers place in their carry-on luggage _ a perfume bottle shaped like a grenade and a guitar shaped like a semi-automatic rifle, to name just two _ are showcased on the Transportation and Security Administration’s social media accounts. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FACT CHECK-WEEK _ Trump is taking his interpretation of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation well beyond the facts. SENT: 3,330 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at https://apnews.com/APFactCheck

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NATIONAL

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TRIBES-ROADKILL REPOSITORY _ Arizona Native American tribes on the hunt for animal hides, antlers, teeth and other parts for cultural and religious use have a unique new resource: the state’s wildlife agency. SENT: 750 words, photos.

MICHAEL AVENATTI-CHARGES _ A week after Michael Avenatti’s shocking arrest in New York, the attorney famous for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in legal battles against Trump will be back in federal court to face fraud charges in California. SENT: 350 words, photos.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WYNN RESORTS _ Women’s rights advocates and business experts say Wynn Resorts has taken laudable steps to transform a workplace culture that allowed sexual misconduct complaints against its founder to remain hidden for decades. UPCOMING: 1,060 words by 6 a.m., photos.

STATE BUDGET-NY _ New York’s Democratic-controlled Legislature works into the night to wrap up work on a new state budget that includes new tolls on motorists driving into the busiest parts of Manhattan and a statewide ban on plastic bags. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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CHINA-FENTANYL _ China says it will begin regulating all fentanyl-related drugs as a class of controlled substances, a change U.S. officials had long advocated as a way to stem the flow of lethal opioids from China. SENT: 490 words, photo.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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BARBARA BUSH BIOGRAPHY _ A new biography of former first lady Barbara Bush finds that her disdain for Trump, who transformed the party her own family had embodied for generations into his likeness, dates as least as far back as a 1990s diary entry. SENT: 680 words, photos.

GAME OF FOUNTAINS _ Winter comes to Las Vegas in the form of a special show of the world-famous fountains at the Bellagio casino-resort based on the TV phenomenon “Game of Thrones.” SENT: 700 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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NCAA-TOURNAMENT MONEY _ The Southeastern Conference made a concerted effort three years ago to improve the quality of basketball in a league known for football _ and it has paid off in the NCAA Tournament. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 650 words, photos. With FINAL FOUR LOOKAHEAD _ Michigan State coach Izzo joins Final Four first timers.

NCAA-WOMEN’S TIPPING OFF _ With UConn and Oregon advancing, half of the Final Four is set and the other two teams will be decided Monday night. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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