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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

March 6, 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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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION-CONGRESS — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, is returning to Capitol Hill for a fourth day of testimony as Democrats pursue a flurry of investigations into Trump’s White House, businesses and presidential campaign. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 530 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words after 9:30 a.m. hearing.

JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN — The former chairman of Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, appears to have left the Tokyo Detention Center after posting $8.9 million bail. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 550 words, photos.

DEEP SOUTH-SEVERE WEATHER-DEVASTATED FAMILIES — Two cousins have a hard time counting all the relatives they lost to a tornado that wiped out a rural community in Alabama. Cordarrly Jones and Demetria Jones say their grandparents, an uncle and seven cousins are all gone. Just about everyone in the area near tiny Beauregard was related. The deadliest U.S. tornado in nearly six years killed at least 23 people. The youngest victim was 6, the oldest 89. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 690 words, photos.

SYRIA-IS FINAL DAYS — As final defeat looms, militants of the Islamic State group have remained organized and ruthless to their last breath. Keeping institutions functioning in their last shred of territory, they are continuing benefits like food and money to supporters while their religious police and fighters still impose their rule of fear and brutality. By Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 1,400 words, photos. With IRAQ-IS CHILD SUSPECTS — Group: Hundreds of Iraqi IS child suspects arrested.

CLUB DRUG-DEPRESSION MEDICINE — A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K wins U.S. approval for patients with hard-to-treat depression, the first in a series of long-overlooked substances being reconsidered for severe forms of mental illness. By Health Writer Matthew Perrone. SENT: 1,070 words, photo.

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BUSINESS

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US-CHINA TRADE TALKS-OBSTACLES — As the U.S. trade gap with China grows, Trump faces tough obstacles to a deal with Beijing. By Economic Writers Josh Boak and Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1,060 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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DEMOCRATS-OMAR — Provocative comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota thrust the Democrats into an uncomfortable debate over Israel policy a few weeks before a high-profile conference where senior Democrats typically make a show of support for the Jewish state. SENT: 1,240 words, photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA STORMS — A storm soaking California could trigger mudslides in wildfire burn areas where thousands of residents are under evacuation orders, authorities warn. SENT: 380 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FIFA FINANCES — FIFA’s cash reserves soar to a record $2.74 billion and revenue climbs to $6.4 billion in the four-year period covering the 2018 World Cup, The Associated Press has learned. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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R KELLY INVESTIGATIONS-INTERVIEW — In his first interview since being charged with sexually abusing four people, including three underage girls, R. Kelly says he “didn’t do this stuff” and he’s fighting for his life. SENT: 480 words, photos.