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BC-AP News Digest 7 am

April 13, 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 .




TRUMP-IMMIGRATION _ President Donald Trump says he is strongly considering releasing “Illegal Immigrants” into Democratic strongholds to punish congressional foes for inaction on the border_ just hours after White House and Homeland Security officials insisted the idea had been rejected as fast as it had been proposed. By Jill Colvin and Colleen Long. SENT: 1200 words, photos, video, audio

UNITED STATES-ASSANGE _ The decision to seek the extradition of Julian Assange marked a dramatic new approach to the founder of WikiLeaks by the U.S. government, a shift that was signaled in the early days of the Trump administration. By Eric Tucker and Ben Fox. SENT: 880 words, video, photo. With WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE ARRESTED _ UK lawmakers say Julian Assange should face justice in Sweden. SENT: 430 words, photos; WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE ARREST-ECUADOR _ Swedish coder held by Ecuador staunchly defended Assange (sent).

ELECTION 2020-CORY BOOKER _ Democratic presidential hopeful Cory Booker will launch a national campaign tour with a major rally in the New Jersey city where he served as mayor, as he looks to break out of a crowded 2020 field of more than a dozen viable candidates. By Elana Schor SENT: 620 words, photos.

BREXIT-BROKEN BRITAIN _ British lawmakers had to be sent home in mid-debate this month when water from a burst pipe began gushing into the House of Commons chamber. That image perfectly illustrates Parliament’s problem as it tries to solve the puzzle of Brexit, Britain’s impending departure from the European Union. On the outside, the U.K. Parliament is resplendent, a world-famous symbol of democracy. Inside, it’s decrepit and increasingly unfit for use. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 950 words, photos.

INDIA-REMOTE VOTING _ The figures involved in India’s general election are staggering: 900 million voters, 83 million first-time voters, 11 million poll workers, nearly 4 million electronic voting machines, 1 million polling booths and 570 special trains for migrant laborers and security personnel. Such numbers convey the scale of the world’s biggest democratic exercise. But its smaller numbers that show India’s commitment to reach every voter, no matter how remote. By Amrit Dhillon. SENT: 940 words, photos.




SUDAN _ Sudanese activists say 16 people, including a soldier, have been killed since the military forced President Omar al-Bashir from power on Thursday following months of protests. SENT: 130 words, photo.

HAITIANS-TEMPORARY RESIDENCY _ A second federal judge has blocked the Department of Homeland Security from forcing tens of thousands of Haitians to return to their native country. SENT: 380 words.

MONTANA-BODIES IN BASEMENT _ A Montana man and woman have been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing two people to death and trying to dissolve their bodies in chemical-filled tubs. SENT: 330 words, photos.

EUROPE MIGRANTS _ Malta has announced a deal to distribute among four EU nations the 64 migrants rescued at sea off Libya 10 days ago, but without allowing the German-flagged ship to make port in the southern Mediterranean nation. SENT: 260 words, photos.

MIGRANT CARAVAN _ Mexican authorities say that a group of about 350 migrants broke the locks on a border gate and forced their way into southern Mexico. SENT: 350 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN _ An Afghan official says the Taliban ambush a police convoy, setting off an hours-long battle that killed seven security forces, an Afghan official says. including a provincial police official. SENT: 170 words.

LAW OFFICERS HACK _ A hacker group has posted online the personal information of hundreds of federal agents and police officers apparently stolen from websites affiliated with alumni of the FBI’s National Academy. SENT: 130 words.

INDIA-BRITAIN _ The British envoy to India says his country regrets a massacre of hundreds of Indians by British colonial forces 100 years ago and “will continue to do so.” SENT: 190 words, photos.

BOLIVIA-PALM SUNDAY FAIR _ Thousands of indigenous people are marking Palm Sunday with an annual agricultural fair in the suburbs of one of Bolivia’s largest cities. SENT: 270 words, photos.




TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-STONE _ President Donald Trump’s longtime confidant, Roger Stone, asked a federal judge to compel the Justice Department to turn over a full copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation as part of discovery in his criminal case. SENT: 650 words.

TRUMP-OMAR _ President Trump weighs in on the most recent controversy involving Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, retweeting video edited to suggest that the Minnesota congresswoman was dismissive of the significance of the Sept. 11 attacks. SENT: 550 words, photos.




NORTH KOREA-KIM JONG UN SPEECH _ North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he is open to a third summit with President Donald Trump, but set the year’s end as a deadline for Washington to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the high-stakes nuclear diplomacy, the state-run media says. SENT: 840 words, photos.

MIDEAST-AUTOCRATS _ It’s Arab Spring, season II, and he’s the last man standing among a crop of Arab dictators after the fall of the Sudanese and Algerian leaders. He’s survived an eight-year war to topple him and an Islamic caliphate over part of his broken country. But Bashar Assad’s path is strewn with difficulties and the war for Syria is far from over. By Zeina Karam and Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

SOUTH SUDAN-MIDWIVES _ South Sudan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Recently, however, despite a civil war that killed almost 400,000 people, the country’s maternal health has shown improvement. A concerted effort by the government and partners that began before a civil war erupted in 2013 has dramatically increased the number of trained midwives from less than 10 to more than 700 today. But immense challenges remain. SENT: 740 words.

LIBYA _ The United Nations urgently appealed for the release and evacuation of more than 1,500 detained refugees and migrants caught in the crossfire of escalating fighting sparked by a self-styled Libyan army commander’s military campaign to take the capital. SENT: 630 words.

SYRIA-ISRAEL _ An Israeli airstrike on a military position in central Syria wounded six soldiers and destroyed several buildings, Syria’s state news agency SANA reports. SENT: 290 words.

JAPAN-US-MILITARY _ A U.S. serviceman has fatally stabbed a Japanese woman and then killed himself in Okinawa, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry., amid growing resentment about the presence of American troops in Japan’s southwestern region. SENT: 240 words, photo.

YEMEN _ Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has attended a rare session of parliament in an eastern city. The House of Representatives convened in Sayoun for the first time since war broke out in March 2015 between the Houthi rebels, who control the capital, Sanaa, and a Saudi-led coalition backing the government. SENT: 130 words.




PHOENIX SHOOTINGS _ A Phoenix man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his wife, two of his young daughters and a man who the suspect thought was romantically involved with his wife, police say. SENT: 400 words, photos.

MURDER SUSPECT-ESCAPE _ Dozens of federal and local law enforcement personnel were searching for a 15-year-old boy who was in the middle of a murder trial in his mother’s stabbing death when he escaped a Southern California jail. SENT: 380 words, photo.

YOUTH PRISON INVESTIGATION-WISCONSIN _ A federal investigation into alleged civil rights violations at Wisconsin’s troubled youth prison has ended without charges, prosecutors announced. SENT: 690 words, photo.




GLOBAL FINANCE _ The global economy is likely to pull out of a brief growth slump later this year -- with a little help from the world’s central banks and from U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators. By Economics Writers Paul Wiseman and Martin Crutsinger. SENT 440 words, photos




MASTERS _ The top of the Masters leaderboard is a crowded place after two rounds, with Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen in a five-way tie for the lead. Then there’s the man lurking one shot behind: four-time tournament winner Tiger Woods. By Sports Writer David Brandt. SENT: 400 words, photos.

MASTERS-THEME SONG _ Dave Loggins had a prolific songwriting career in the 1970s and ’80s but his most enduring song might be “Augusta,” which has been featured in the CBS Masters promos and broadcast for nearly 40 years. Loggins wrote the song in 1981 after being inspired by while attending the Masters. He pitched it to the CBS, and it quickly became a fixture in the broadcast starting in 1982. By Sports Writer David Brandt. SENT: 750 words, photos.




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