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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

March 26, 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-BORDER SECURITY — President Donald Trump is nearing a victory over Democrats as the House tries overriding his first veto. Tuesday’s vote seems certain to fail, which means his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border would stand. By Alan Fram. SENT: 540 words, photo. UPCOMING: 750 words after vote, expected midafternoon.

CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE — Democrats grapple with special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings as Republicans gleefully call for them to “move on.” Trump says the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report “wouldn’t bother me at all.” By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, videos.

ISRAEL-GAZA —Israeli aircraft bombed targets across the Gaza Strip and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel early Tuesday, the second day of cross-border fighting that erupted in the last stretch of a closely contested race for Israeli prime minister between the long-serving incumbent and an ex-army chief. By Josef Federman and Fares Akram. SENT: 1,180 words, photos, video. With ISRAEL-GAZA-THE LATEST.

MICHAEL AVENATTI-ARREST — Attorney Michael Avenatti’s arrest on federal charges is a sharp reversal of fortune for a man who was considering a run for president last year. The arrest comes just over a year after Avenatti rose to prominence representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in her legal battles against Trump. Avenatti says he’s confident he’ll be exonerated on charges of extortion and bank and wire fraud. By Brian Melley and Larry Neumeister. SENT: 1,210 words, photos, video.

MARIJUANA-LEGALIZATION LANDSCAPE — To anyone who figured the path of legalizing recreational marijuana use ran along blue state-red state lines, a sudden setback for pot advocates in New Jersey may show the issue isn’t so black-and-white. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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APPLE-NEW SERVICES-THE RUNDOWN — Apple unveils a new streaming TV service, its own branded credit card and a news subscription product, but it hasn’t yet filled in all the blanks. The announcements lack some key details, such as pricing of the TV service and terms of the new Apple Card. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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NCAA TOURNAMENT MONEY — An NCAA Tournament upset or at-large bid is like winning the lottery for the smaller conferences in college basketball. They often use it to fund conference-wide initiatives to improve the quality of basketball, giving their teams a better chance to be the next Cinderella team of March Madness. But an exclusive AP analysis of more than $3 billion paid out over more than 20 years shows those windfalls are becoming harder to come by as power conferences hoard tournament revenue. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 1,520 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-REDISTRICTING — The Supreme Court is returning to arguments over whether the political task of redistricting can be overly partisan. SENT: 520 words, photo. UPCOMING: 750 words after late morning arguments.

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INTERNATIONAL

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THAILAND-ELECTION — An international election observation group issues a critical report on Thailand’s first election since a 2014 military coup, saying the “tabulation and consolidation of ballots were deeply flawed.” SENT: 750 words, photos.