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BC-AP News Digest 7:15 am

April 5, 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 is threatening to slap tariffs on cars coming to the U.S. from Mexico unless the Mexicans do more to stop the flow of migrants trying to enter the U.S. He will visit the border Friday during a trip to California. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 1,060 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words after afternoon events in California.

ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN _ Former Vice President Joe Biden is set to make his first public appearance since a handful of women came forward to say his affectionate behavior had made them uneasy in the past. Biden is scheduled to make remarks on Friday to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington as he considers a 2020 Democratic presidential bid. By Julie Pace and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 790 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words after 11:15 a.m. event.

BREXIT _ British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to delay Brexit until June 30 to avoid a crash-out in one week’s time, but a key European Union leader suggested an even longer pause in the difficult divorce proceedings. By Gregory Katz and Raf Casert. SENT: 790 words, photos.

MISSING CHILD INVESTIGATION-FAMILY _ The family of an Illinois boy missing for eight years was initially elated by a report that suggested he might have been found. A young man had been found wandering the streets of a Kentucky town and told police he was 14-year-old Timmothy Pitzen. The boy vanished at age 6 in 2011, around the time his mother killed herself. His relatives were soon devastated to learn that DNA tests showed the man was someone else. Authorities say the person was actually a 23-year-old ex-convict. By Carrie Antlfinger and Don Babwin. SENT: 960 words, photos. With MISSING CHILD INVESTIGATION _ Man’s claim gives false hope in yearslong missing boy case. SENT: 440 words, photos.

ETHIOPIA-PLANE CRASH-PILOTS _ Pilots of an Ethiopian Airlines flight encountered problems with their new Boeing jetliner from nearly the moment they roared down the runway and took off. For six minutes, they were bombarded by warnings from the plane as they fought for control. A preliminary report by Ethiopian investigators on the March 10 crash that killed 157 people reveals a minute-by-minute narrative of the gripping and confusing scene in the cockpit. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 990 words, photos.

ISRAEL-ELECTION-TRUMP _ In a tight race for re-election, Israel’s prime minister has gotten a welcome lift from his friend in the White House. Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign speeches, billboards and social media videos have all heavily featured President Donald Trump’s image, statements and pro-Israel actions as endorsements of the long-seated prime minister. By Ilan Ben Zion. SENT: 890 words, photos.




ECUADOR-WIKILEAKS _ British police stationed armed officers outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Friday after tweets from WikiLeaks quoted what it said were high-level sources saying that Julian Assange could be kicked out of the building within “hours to days.” SENT: 520 words, photo.

DRIVEWAY SHOOTING-PHOENIX _ Phoenix police say a 10-year-old girl died after being wounded along with her father in a shooting that may have started with a traffic dispute. SENT: 330 words, video, photo.

BAD GIRLS CLUB _ A former reality TV cast member-turned-prostitute has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing the debit card information of a client who died from a drug overdose. SENT: 360 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-TRUMP _ Former Vice President Joe Biden has responded to President Donald Trump’s mocking tweet with one of his own. SENT: 170 words, photo.

VATICAN-GUAM _ The archbishop of Guam, Michael Byrnes, says the Vatican’s decision to uphold its conviction of the U.S. territory’s ousted Archbishop Anthony Apuron for sexually abusing minors, marks a sorrowful chapter in church history. SENT: 260 words, photo.

BRITAIN-NETFLIX-OUR PLANET _ A new eight-part Netflix series chronicling life on Earth and the threat posed by climate change has received a royal sendoff at its world premiere at London’s Natural History Museum. SENT: 290 words, photos.

SNAPCHAT-GAMES _ Snapchat is joining the online games bandwagon with a new service that lets people play together on its mobile platform. SENT: 200 words, photo.

MOSQUE ATTACKS-MONTANA ARREST _ A man who federal agents say talked about joining ISIS and attacking random people to avenge a shooting at a New Zealand mosque has been arrested at a gun range in Montana. SENT: 140 words.

MEXICO-CHAPO FASHION _ Wife of convicted drug lord Chapo Guzman opens drive to build fashion brand. SENT: 180 words, photos.




TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MUELLER _ Attorney General William Barr is defending his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation. Barr says the confidential document contains sensitive grand jury material that prevents it from being immediately released to the public. SENT: 450 words, photo.

TRUMP-FUNDRAISING _ President Trump is well on his way to raising the $1 billion his campaign believes it will take for him to win another term in the White House, building a fundraising machine that will prove difficult for Democrats to match. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-NIGER _ Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has appointed a four-star officer to take another look at the military’s investigation into the 2017 attack in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers, and review whether additional punishments should be meted out. SENT: 650 words.




VENEZUELA-VULNERABLE CHILDREN _ Across Colombia’s capital, Venezuelan children, including infants, spend hours at busy intersections while their migrant parents sell candy or ask motorists for a few coins to get through another day after fleeing their homeland in search of a better life. The impact of Venezuela’s devastating problems has rippled across Latin America and the Caribbean in recent years as migrants flee their country. UNICEF warns that Venezuelan children are particularly vulnerable. SENT: 670 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE ATTACKS _ A New Zealand judge ordered that the man accused of killing 50 people at two Christchurch mosques undergo two mental health assessments to determine if he’s fit to stand trial. SENT: 510 words, photos.

BALKANS-EU _ The pro-Western president of Montenegro, who has defied Russia to steer his small country into NATO, has warned that the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union is crucial for the bloc to protect itself from growing Russian and Chinese political and economic influence in the region. SENT: 570 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS OVERHAULING GLOBAL FINANCE _ A U.N. task force comprising more than 60 international organizations called for an overhaul of national and international financial systems, warning that current arrangements can’t tackle climate change, poverty, inequality and other urgent development issues. SENT: 610 words, photo.




ABORTION-KENTUCKY _ A Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients prior to abortions is constitutional, a divided federal appeals court declared Thursday. SENT: 730 words, photo.

FLORIDA TRAIN SERVICE-BRANSON _ Billionaire businessman Richard Branson got a rock star’s welcome at Wednesday’s public rollout of his Virgin Group’s partnership with Florida’s privately owned, higher-speed passenger rail service that backers hope will soon stretch from Miami to Orlando. SENT: 720 words, photos.

FELON VOTING _ A Republican-led Iowa Senate committee failed to advance a constitutional amendment to restore voting rights for felons, killing one of GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds’ top proposals ahead of a legislative deadline. SENT: 510 words.

SPRING FLOODING-WATER WOES _ Several communities along the Missouri River continue to struggle to restore drinking water service weeks after massive flooding swept through the area. people who live in the affected Nebraska and Iowa towns have had to adjust to boiling water before drinking it or relying on bottled water while officials work to repair the damage. SENT: 680 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-ZERO TOLERANCE _ A surge in family arrivals has led Border Patrol agents to shift attention away from preparing criminal cases to caring for families, a blow to the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on illegal entry. SENT: 900 words, photos.

OPIOID KICKBACK SCHEME _ In a scheme to get doctors to write prescriptions in exchange for cash, a wealthy drug company founder put patients at risk to guarantee his business’ success, a federal prosecutor tells jurors in his closing arguments in the closely-watched trial. SENT: 460 words.

PONZI SCHEME-PRISON BREAK _ A man who masterminded a $100 million Ponzi scheme and escaped from a federal prison in California may have fled to South America, and federal officials have named his boyfriend as a person of interest in the case, according to court records reviewed by The Associated Press. SENT: 440 words.




CBD CONFUSION _ CBD-infused food, drinks and dietary supplements are popping up everywhere even though the federal government says they’re illegal. It has the nation’s two largest states, California and Texas, in rare agreement on an issue and joining others considering legalizing the cannabis compound that many see as beneficial to their health. By Paul Elias. SENT: 950 words, photos.

ALCOHOL-STROKE _ A new study challenges the idea that moderate drinking could actually be good for you. People who have one or two drinks a day have long been noted to have a lower risk of stroke and heart problems, but scientists were unsure if this was because light drinking protected them. In a large genetic study released, scientists found moderate drinking raises the risk of high blood pressure and stroke _ but they didn’t have enough data to say whether the same is true for heart attacks. By AP Medical Writer Maria Cheng. SENT: 540 words, photo.

JAPAN-ASTEROID PROBE _ Japan’s space agency said its Hayabusa2 spacecraft released an explosive onto an asteroid to make a crater on its surface and collect underground samples to find possible clues to the origin of the solar system. SENT: 330 words, photos.




CINEMACON-LIONSGATE _ Lionsgate’s motion picture group chairman Joe Drake says the sky is not falling in Hollywood and the feature film business is not dead. It’s certainly a message that the audience of movie theater owners and exhibitors wanted to hear at the final Hollywood studio presentation at CinemaCon. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 120 words, photos.




BKN--BUCKS-76ERS _ Giannis Antetokounmpo helped Milwaukee lock up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the top overall seed for the NBA playoffs with another MVP-worthy performance. Antetokounmpo outdueled fellow MVP candidate Joel Embiid, finishing with 45 points and 13 rebounds and leading Milwaukee to a 128-122 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. SENT: 610 words, photos.

BKC--FINAL FOUR-SCANDALS _ Nobody would argue that coaches Bruce Pearl of Auburn and Tom Izzo of Michigan State’s shouldn’t be at the Final Four. But some of the problems they’ve encountered over the year paint a picture of the unseemly side of college sports. By National Writer Eddie Pells. 750 words, photos. WITH: BKC--AP COACH OF THE YEAR _ Texas Tech’s Beard named AP men’s college coach of the year. SENT: 900 words, photos.




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