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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

March 3, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. 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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SACRAMENTO POLICE SHOOTING _ Two Sacramento police officers won’t face criminal charges for the fatal shooting of a black man following a chase that ended in his grandparents’ yard and started a series of angry protests that roiled California’s capital city, the county’s top prosecutor announced following a nearly yearlong investigation. By Donald Thompson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With SACRAMENTO POLICE SHOOTING -THE LATEST.

TRUMP _ In a slashing speech packed with braggadocio and grievance, President Donald Trump denounced Democrats as the party of “the socialist nightmare,” relitigated his crowd sizes back to the inauguration and took on “sick,” `’lunatic” and “dirty” foes at every turn, earning him the unvarnished adoration of cheering conservatives. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS _ A second-time White House candidate but no longer the outlier, Bernie Sanders kicks off his campaign with an unsparing indictment of Donald Trump as ``the most dangerous president in modern American history.″ The Vermont senator says his working-class background makes him able to understand the plight of struggling Americans in a way that the wealthy Trump cannot. By Juana Summers. SENT: 950 words, audio, photos. WITH: ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS-THE LATEST.

KOREAS-US-MILITARY DRILLS _ South Korea and the U.S. are eliminating their massive springtime military drills and replacing them with smaller exercises in what they call an effort to support diplomacy aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis. By Hyung-Jin Kim and Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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OBIT-ROCHE _ The acclaimed Irish-born architect Kevin Roche has died, leaving his mark on world-class buildings from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the city’s Museum of Jewish Heritage to airports in New York and Washington. SENT: 130 words, photo.

BRITAIN-MCKELLEN _ Actor Ian McKellen has apologized for remarks in which he appeared to suggest allegations of sexual abuse that have been leveled against Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer resulted from the entertainers’ unease with their own sexuality. SENT: 120 words, photo.

AFGHANISTAN-FLOODS _ A U.N. humanitarian agency says at least 20 people died as heavy rains and flooding over the past few days swept away their homes and cars in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province. SENT: 120 words.

GUNMAN-CROWDED STREET _ A teenager faces charges of opening fire on a crowded New York City street, sending several people running for cover. SENT: 110 words, photos.

ECUADOR-VENEZUELA _ Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says he plans to return home after his visit to Ecuador where he met the president. SENT: 250 words, photo.

IDITAROD _ Big crowds converge on Alaska’s largest city as hundreds of dogs and their humans kicked off the 47th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race with a short ceremonial sprint along snow-heaped streets. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-FREE SPEECH _ President Donald Trump announces he will soon sign an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal resources. SENT: 280 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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MALAYSIA-MISSING PLANE ANNIVERSARY _ Malaysia’s transport minister says the government is open to new proposals from U.S. technology firm Ocean Infinity or any other companies to resume the hunt for Flight 370, as families of passengers marked the fifth anniversary of the jet’s mysterious disappearance. SENT: 660 words, photos.

ESTONIA-ELECTION _ Estonians have started voting in a parliamentary election in the small Baltic nation in a ballot where Prime Minister Juri Ratas and his Center Party are pitted against the center-right opposition Reform Party and where populists are seen making inroads. SENT: 400 words, photos. With ESTONIA-ELECTION-GLANCE _ What to know about Estonia’s general election. SENT: 550 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-INDIA _ Residents near the disputed boundary in divided Kashmir region says it was quiet overnight, their first lull since a dangerous escalation between Pakistan and India erupted last week bringing the two nuclear-armed rivals close to full-out war. SENT: 330 words, photos.

SYRIA _ Commanders of a U.S.-backed Syrian force fighting the Islamic State group in Syria say intense fighting is taking place as fighters advance toward the last piece of territory held by the extremists. Airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition shook the ground and smoke was still billowing from a suspected weapons depot belonging to the militants that was struck a day earlier. SENT: 130 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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GRIDIRON DINNER _ Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana join Ivanka Trump in poking fun at Washington elite during the 134th annual Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner. SENT: 580 words, photo.

CAR HITS CROWD-NEW ORLEANS _ Two people have been killed and six injured after being struck by a vehicle on a busy New Orleans thoroughfare, authorities say. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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SPACEX-CREW CAPSULE _ America’s newest capsule for astronauts rocketed toward the International Space Station on a high-stakes test flight by SpaceX. The only passenger was a life-size test dummy, named Ripley after the lead character in the “Alien” movies. SpaceX needs to nail the debut of its crew Dragon capsule before putting people on board later this year. This latest, flashiest Dragon is on a fast track to reach the space station Sunday morning, just 27 hours after liftoff. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS

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GENEVA AUTO SHOW _ Carmakers are hoping to give consumers a glimpse of the future at this year’s Geneva auto show as they roll out new electric cars and try to re-energize an industry facing serious challenges on several fronts. By Business Writer David McHugh. SENT: 810 words, photos.

CHINA-CONGRESS-ECONOMY _ In an unusual step, China’s ceremonial legislature is due to endorse a law meant to help end a bruising tariff war with Washington by discouraging officials from pressuring foreign companies to hand over technology. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 590 words, photos.----------------------

ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-JORDYN WOODS _ Khloe Kardashian is having a change of heartache: She blames Tristan Thompson, not Jordyn Woods, for breaking up her family. In a series of tweets, Kardashian went from calling out Woods as a homewrecker to absolving her of that. But she didn’t forgive Woods everything. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 400 words, photos.

THEATER-TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD _ The producer of Broadway’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is offering a compromise to the dozens of community and nonprofit theaters that were forced to abandon productions of the play under legal threat. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 540 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BKC--ENGAGING FANS _ College basketball programs are getting creative in their attempts to keep fans coming to games in an era when they can just as easily stay home and watch the action on their phones instead. That includes getting fans to use those phones to light up the arena during increasingly elaborate pregame festivities. By Sports Writer Steve Megargee. SENT: 970 words, photos.

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