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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

April 14, 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-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. The plan would put thousands of immigrants in cities that are not only welcoming to them, but also more likely to rebuff federal officials carrying out deportation orders. By Astrid Galvan and Morgan Lee. SENT: 950 words, photo.

IVANKA TRUMP _ Leaving behind the White House battles over border walls and tax returns, Ivanka Trump is visiting Ethiopia and Ivory Coast in pursuit of a very different goal _ advancing a global women’s program she hopes will outlast an administration better known for “America First” isolationism. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 980 words, photos.

SEYCHELLES-OCEAN MISSION _ In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean’s surface, the Seychelles president made a global plea for stronger protection of the “beating blue heart of our planet.” President Danny Faure’s call for action, the first-ever live speech from an underwater submersible, came from one of the many island nations threatened by global warming. By David Keyton. SENT: 760 words, photos.

INDONESIA-BROKEN CITY _ Six months after Palu was ripped apart by an earthquake, tsunami and liquefying soil that sucked neighborhoods into the earth, thousands of people are living in sweltering tent cities and almost a third of temporary housing is unoccupied after aid groups and authorities failed to connect it to water or electricity. A second crisis is looming as the Indonesian city runs low on funds and the central government withholds payments to people whose homes were destroyed or whose family members died. By Stephen Wright and Niniek Karmini. SENT: 1,260 words, photos. The story has been sent as the Monday Spotlight.

MADAGASCAR-MEASLES EPIDEMIC _ Babies wail as a nurse in Madagascar tries to reassure mothers who have come to vaccinate their children. They fear a measles epidemic that has killed more than 1,200 people in this island nation where many are desperately poor. As Madagascar faces its largest measles outbreak in history and cases soar well beyond 115,000, resistance to vaccinating children is not the driving force. By Laetitia Bezain. SENT: 900 words, photos. 

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SUDAN _ Saudi Araba and the United Arab Emirates have issued statements in support of Sudan’s transitional military council after mass protests forced longtime President Omar al-Bashir from power. SENT: 130 words, photo. With SUDAN-THE LATEST.

NEPAL-PLANE CRASH _ At least 3 people have been killed and 4 injured after a small plane crashed into a parked helicopter during takeoff at the only airport in Nepal’s Everest region. SENT: 220 words.

LIBYA _ The U.N. health agency says ongoing clashes between rival militias for control of Libya’s capital have killed at least 121 people. SENT: 130 words.

HONG KONG-TRUMP OPERA _ President Donald Trump is the inspiration for “Trump on Show,” a four-day Cantonese opera that reimagines the president’s personal life and his fictional twin brother who lives in China. SENT: 470 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-SLAIN THAI _ Australian police have charged a man extradited from the United States with murder in the death of a Thai national, whose body was found bound and gagged on the side of a Sydney road. SENT: 290 words, photo.

IRAN _ The lawyer for an Iranian woman who removed her obligatory Islamic headscarf in a public protest says she has been sentenced to one year in prison but pardoned by the supreme leader. SENT: 240 words.

VATICAN-PALM SUNDAY _ Pope Francis is marking Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square, full of tens of thousands of faithful. SENT: 130 words, photos.

ACCUWEATHER-HARASSMENT _ A federal investigation claims a ‘severe and pervasive’ culture of entrenched sexual harassment inside a company run by one of President Donald Trump’s nominees to head a prominent federal agency. SENT: 320 words.

BIBBY-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT _ Phoenix police are not recommending any charges against former NBA player Mike Bibby following an investigation into accusations of sexual abuse and harassment of a teacher at a suburban high school. SENT: 120 words, photos.

CHINA-RARE TURTLE _ A zoo in southern China says the only known female member of one of the world’s rarest turtle species has died. SENT: 120 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-TRUMP’S MAP _ As President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign kicks into high gear, it’s exploring opportunities to contest states he lost in 2016, aiming to keep divided Democrats on the defensive. SENT: 750 words, photos.

TRUMP-OMAR _ Top Democrats rushed to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar after President Donald Trump retweeted video that was edited to suggest she was being dismissive of the significance of the worst terrorist assault on U.S. soil. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SEVERE WEATHER _ Powerful, deadly storms continued to move across the South after spawning suspected tornadoes that killed at least two people, injured several others and in their wake left multiple homes and businesses damaged or without power. SENT: 510 words, photos. With SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST.

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE-TRANSGENDER _ The country’s only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year, marking a major shift for the school at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 920 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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FINLAND-ELECTION _ Voters in Finland are casting ballots in a parliamentary election after fierce debates over how best to tackle climate change dominated the campaign, even overshadowing topics like reforming the nation’s generous welfare model. SENT: 620 words, photos.

BRITAIN-ROYAL BABY-BETTING _ Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, may be keeping plans about their impending baby under wraps, but that hasn’t stopped everyone in Britain from trying to guess the gender and the name of their first child. If Britain’s bookmakers are to be believed, it’s definitely a girl _ and Diana may well be one of her many names. SENT: 810 words, photos.

BRAZIL-OIL EXPLORATION _ The administration of President Jair Bolsonaro plans to auction seven offshore oil fields in the northeast despite contrary advice from analysts of Brazil’s main environmental body, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press. SENT: 820 words, photos.

BRAZIL-COLLAPSED BUILDINGS _ Rescuers still hope to find survivors in the rubble of a pair of collapsed buildings in Rio de Janeiro, officials say, as the death toll from the disaster rose to eight with 16 people listed as missing. SENT: 220 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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CHINA-AUTO SHOW _ This year’s Shanghai auto show highlights the global industry’s race to make electric cars Chinese drivers want to buy as Beijing winds down subsidies that promoted sales. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 860 words, photos.

GLOBAL FINANCE _ Global finance officials are pledging closer cooperation in efforts to lift the world economy out its current slowdown, but tensions persist between the United States and other nations over trade and other issues. By Economics Writers Martin Crutsinger and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 820 words. With AP photos.

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SCIENCE

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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. By Dan Joling. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. The story has been sent as the Sunday Spotlight.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MEDIA-FOX-OCASIO-CORTEZ _ Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s name is on the lips of nearly everyone at Fox News. A study found that the New York City Democrat was mentioned 3,181 times on Fox News Channel and its sister Fox Business Network during the six-week period of Feb. 25 to April 7, or just under 76 times a day. Not a day went by when she wasn’t spoken about on Fox. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT 430 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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GLF--MASTERS _ Francesco Molinari blocks out the buzz from Tiger Woods charging up the leaderboard at the Masters and produces more solid golf that only looks spectacular on his scorecard. Molinari played bogey-free for the second straight round at Augusta National and took advantage of the rain-softened course for a 6-under 66. The British Open champion has a two-shot lead over Woods and Tony Finau. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 990 words, photos.

BKN--CLIPPERS-WARRIORS _ Stephen Curry scored 38 points and made eight 3-pointers to give him the most in postseason history, and the top-seeded Golden State Warriors began their quest for a three-peat by running away from the frustrated Los Angeles Clippers for a 121-104 victory in their playoff opener Saturday on a night tempers flared. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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