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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory, 10:15 Advisory

March 22, 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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HIGHLIGHTING

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE (sent, developing)

ELECTIONS 2020-SOUTH (upcoming)

MOZAMBIQUE-CYCLONE (sent)

OCTOGENARIAN POLE VAULTER (sent)

BKC--NCAA-TIPPING OFF (sent)

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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FLORIDA MAN CHALLENGE _ A new social media challenge is allowing people to look up what version of “Florida Man” they are based on their birthdays. SENT: 200 words.

SPACE STATION _ NASA astronauts take spacewalk to swap out aging batteries on International Space Station. SENT: 200 words, photo.

CHICKEN STRIPS-RECALL _ Arkansas-based Tyson Foods is recalling more than 69,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips because they may be contaminated with pieces of metal. SENT: 150 words, photo.

STEPMOTHER SLAIN-FLORIDA _ Florida authorities say a 21-year-old man strangled his pregnant stepmother and called 911 from a cemetery to confess to killing her. SENT: 150 words.

VETERAN-HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA _ A 94-year-old World War II veteran has received his high school diploma _ 74 years after he would have gotten had he not enlisted. SENT: 150 words.

WINTER WEATHER-PLANE MISHAP _ The NTSB says a United Express regional jet didn’t slide off the runway in Maine _ it missed the runway altogether. SENT: 200 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ In interview, President Donald Trump intensifies his efforts to discredit a highly anticipated report on the special counsel’s Russia investigation. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developments possible.

TRUMP-CARIBBEAN LEADERS _ The political and economic crisis in Venezuela tops the agenda of President Donald Trump’s meeting Friday with leaders from the Caribbean, a region that has been far from united in joining the U.S. call for the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. event, 750 words by 5 p.m., photos.

ELECTIONS 2020-SOUTH _ Kamala Harris is coming to Georgia. Elizabeth Warren just finished a three-state swing through Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. It’s a testament to the growing influence of the South in Democratic presidential politics, from a heavy stamp on Super Tuesday to a handful of general election battlegrounds. And party officials in the region say they are making sure that candidates take notice. By Bill Barrow. UPCOMING: 1000 words by 5 p.m., photos

JIMMY CARTER-OLDEST PRESIDENT _ Nearly four decades after voters unceremoniously rejected then-President Jimmy Carter’s bid for a second term, the 39th president has reached a milestone that electoral math cannot dispute: He is now the longest-living chief executive in American history. SENT: 750 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS-CALIFORNIA _ Bernie Sanders is hoping California will be better for him in 2020 than it was in 2016, when he finished behind Hillary Clinton. The senator from Vermont returns to the state ranked among the top-tier Democratic candidates in a crowded 2020 field. SENT: 890 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN-LIBERALS _ Joe Biden says he has “the most progressive record” of any Democrat running, or mulling a run, in 2020. But many progressive activists disagree. SENT: 1080 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-CORY BOOKER _ Democrat Cory Booker has netted the first endorsement from a sitting lawmaker in the crucial early-voting state of South Carolina. SENT: 340 words, photo.

SPRING FLOODING-NATIONAL SECURITY _ The ate-winter floods that have swept over Plains states starting last week are the second major inundation in less than a decade to hit the air base outside Omaha, Nebraska, that serves as the headquarters of the U.S. military’s Strategic Command. The command plays a central role in detecting and striking at global threats. The flooding has provided a dramatic example of how climate change poses a national security threat. SENT: 1240 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MOZAMBIQUE-CYCLONE _ As flood waters began to recede in parts of Mozambique, fears rose that the death toll could soar as bodies are revealed. The number of deaths could be beyond the 1,000 predicted by the country’s president earlier this week, said Elhadj As Sy, the secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies SENT: 1,075 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-US TROOPS _ Two American service members were killed during an operation in Afghanistan, the U.S. and NATO forces said, providing no other details on the combat deaths. The fatalities, which bring to four the number of U.S. soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscore the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-wrecked country even as Washington has stepped up efforts to find a way to end the 17-year war, America’s longest. SENT: 600 words.

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VENEZUELA-JAILED AMERICANS _ When the Trump administration paved the way for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to name a new board to run the U.S. affiliate of Venezuela’s state oil company, it was a rare glimmer of hope for the American families of six oil executives jailed for over a year without a trial in the politically turbulent South American nation. A month later, the families complain they are still being left to fend for themselves as much as ever by the men’s employer, Houston-based Citgo. By Joshua Goodman. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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RUSSIAN BIRTH TOURISM _ Every year, hundreds of pregnant Russian women travel to the United States to give birth so that their child can acquire all the privileges of American citizenship. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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GENERAL MOTORS-JOBS _ Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from President Donald Trump over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a Michigan factory. SENT: 200 words, developing.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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R KELLY-LEGAL STRATEGY _ R. Kelly yelled through tears in a recent TV interview before an audience numbering in the millions, saying he’s in a fight for his life to disprove sexual abuse charges. That fight will ultimately be waged in court, with an audience numbering just 12 jurors. While the day lawyers deliver opening statements to jurors inside a Cook County courtroom is still many months or even years away, court filings and comments by his lead attorney after the R&B star was charged in February provide clues about an emerging legal strategy. SENT: 975 words, photos. WITH: R KELLY _ A Chicago judge is expected to rule on whether to let R. Kelly travel overseas to perform several concerts to help the cash-strapped singer pay legal and other bills as he faces sex-abuse charges. SENT: 300 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BKC--NCAA-TIPPING OFF _ The spotlight of the NCAA Tournament shifts to Zion Williamson and No. 1 overall seed Duke. Along with the other 31 teams playing in first-round games Friday. SENT: 870 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA-BIG TEN-STRONG START _ Michigan State survived against a resilient Bradley team, and now the No. 2 seed Spartans must play Minnesota. Yes, really. These two familiar foes are meeting in the second round of the East Region, the earliest matchup ever among Big Ten teams in the NCAA Tournament. SENT: 500 words, photos.

OCTOGENARIAN POLE VAULTER _ An 84-year-old pole vaulter isn’t putting her pole down anytime soon. Flo Filion Meiler left for the World Masters Athletics Championship Indoor in Poland, where she’ll compete in events including the long jump, 60-meter hurdles, 800-meter run, pentathlon and pole vault, for which she’s the shoo-in. The petite, energetic woman from Shelburne, Vermont, said she feels more like 70 than nearly 85. SENT: 725 words, photo.

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