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March 28, 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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CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation report is more than 300 pages long, news that sparks fresh criticism from Democrats arguing that the attorney general’s summary is gravely inadequate and the full report must be released quickly. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

BREXIT — British Prime Minister Theresa May made a final push to save her European Union withdrawal agreement after her promise to step down gained the deal some support but failed to win over lawmakers from Northern Ireland. The government announced there would be a previously unscheduled Brexit debate in Parliament on Friday — but did not confirm whether it would include a new vote on May’s twice-rejected EU divorce agreement. By Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BUMP STOCK BAN — In the days and weeks leading up to the ban on bump stocks, tens of thousands of the devices were destroyed by owners or handed over to authorities. By Lisa Marie Pane. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 5 p.m.

HIV TRANSPLANT — Surgeons in Baltimore have performed what’s thought to be the world’s first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV, a milestone for patients with the AIDS virus who need a new organ — and one that could free up space on the transplant waiting list for everyone. Nina Martinez of Atlanta traveled to Johns Hopkins University to donate a kidney to an HIV-positive stranger. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 690 words, photos.

OPENING DAY — Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Robinson Cano and Paul Goldschmidt take their first swings with new teams while aces Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, Blake Snell and Justin Verlander are on the mound for baseball’s full opening day. Cano makes the most of his first at-bat — a homer off Scherzer. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP — President Donald Trump holds his first campaign rally since the end of the Mueller investigation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. UPCOMING: 700 words by 9 p.m. Rally starts at 7.

ELECTION 2020-O’ROURKE-IOWA — A former Iowa Democratic Party official is facing criticism for jumping from the party to work for Beto O’Rourke — and bringing with him inside information his opponents say could give the former Texas congressman an advantage. UPCOMING: 775 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY — A former women’s soccer coach at Yale University is expected to plead guilty Thursday to taking bribes in exchange for pretending applicants were recruits to boost their chances of getting into the school. SENT: 475 words.

OPIOID LAWSUIT-NEW YORK — New York sued the billionaire family behind OxyContin, joining a growing list of state and local governments alleging the drugmaker sparked the nation’s opioid crisis by putting hunger for profits over patient safety. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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EUROPE-HIJACKED SHIP — A Maltese special operations team boarded a tanker and took back control of it Thursday after the ship was hijacked by migrants it had rescued at sea. Italy’s hard-line interior minister slammed the migrants as pirates but aid groups said they acted in self-defense, blaming instead the European Union’s policy of sending migrants back to lawless Libya. SENT: 1,035 words photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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FRANCE-DEAD DOLPHINS — The dolphins’ bodies were horribly mutilated, the fins cut off. But what shocked French marine researchers wasn’t just the brutality of the deaths of these highly intelligent mammals, but also the numbers involved — a record 1,100 have washed up on France’s Atlantic coast since January. SENT: 600 words, photos.

WOLVES-GENETIC STUDY — A panel of top scientists concluded that the endangered red wolf of the southeastern U.S. is a species unto itself, giving the beleaguered canine a scientific and political boost as its numbers plummet in the wild. The government-funded study by the National Academy of Sciences also found that the Mexican gray wolf of New Mexico and Arizona is a subspecies. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BEACHED TURTLES — The number of sea turtles washing up on New England beaches has spiked significantly, many stunned and unable to escape the region’s cooling winter waters. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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WHEN THE US WAS A TRADE THIEF — The upstart nation was a den of intellectual piracy. One of its top officials urged his countrymen to steal and copy foreign machinery. Across the ocean, a leading industrial power tried in vain to guard its trade secrets from the brash young rival. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the rogue nation was the United States. The official endorsing thievery was Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. And the main victim was Britain. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

FACEBOOK-HOUSING DISCRIMINATION — Facebook is charged with high-tech housing discrimination by the federal government for allegedly misusing its vaunted ability to deliver ads with surgical precision to some groups and not others. SENT: 500 words, photo.

ICELAND-WOW AIR — Icelandic budget airline WOW Air collapsed under its financial problems on Thursday, leading it to ground planes and leave passengers stranded across two continents. The airline, a small carrier that specialized in ultra-cheap travel between the United States and Europe, told passengers there would be no further flights and advised them to check with other airlines for ways to reach their destinations. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-CARDI B — Cardi B is dealing with the aftermath after a video showing the rapper saying when she was a stripper, she drugged men and robbed them afterward. The footage, which Cardi B says is three years old, could affect the hitmaker’s white-hot career, which includes deals with Pepsi, Fashion Nova and more. UPCOMING by 3 p.m. 850 words, photos.

R KELLY — One of the four women whom R. Kelly is charged with sexually abusing — and the only one who wasn’t underage when the alleged abuse occurred — publicly leveled her accusations against the R&B singer in a televised interview that aired. SENT: 400 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BKC--NCAA-FLORIDA STATE-GONZAGA — Top-seeded Gonzaga faces No. 4 seed Florida State in a West Region semifinal. It is a rematch of last year that was won by the Seminoles. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:09 p.m.