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April 6, 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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TRUMP-IMMIGRATION _ A fuming President Donald Trump is grasping for ways to address an immigration system overwhelmed by an influx of migrants at the border. Trump has thrown virtually every option his aides have been able to think up at the problem, to no avail. By Jill Colvin and Colleen Long. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS SUPPORTERS _ A number of Bernie Sanders supporters say they won’t let go of the slights from the 2016 Democratic presidential primary fight against Hillary Clinton. The frustration is notable now that Sanders is a 2020 front-runner. By Alexandra Jaffe, Hunter Woodall and Meg Kinnard. SENT: 790 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN _ Former Vice President Joe Biden makes light of his recent controversy about crossing physical boundaries with women, and he signals in a resolute speech to union activists that’s he’s ready to run for president as a moderate Democrat in party that has been drifting left. By Thomas Beaumont and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, video.

ISRAELI ELECTION-AMERICAN JEWS _ Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot for Israel’s election, but he’s a dominant factor for many American Jews as they assess the high stakes of the balloting. At its core, the election is a judgment on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has won the post four times previously but now faces corruption charges. Netanyahu has aligned closely with Trump _ a troubling tactic for the majority of American Jewish voters who lean Democratic. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 950 words, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PENCE-TEXAS VISIT _ Vice President Mike Pence said during a visit to Texas that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro “must go” because of the “suffering he has brought” to the people of that country. SENT: 410 words, photos.

SLASHER CYCLIST _ A man who rode around on a bicycle with a knife and slashed the faces and necks of nine people in Los Angeles has been charged with multiple felonies. SENT: 130 words, photos.

CONGRESSWOMAN THREATENING CALL _ A western New York man has been charged with threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. SENT: 210 words, photo.

KURT COBAIN _ On the 25th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, dozens of people are leaving flowers, candles and written messages at a Seattle park near the house where the music icon killed himself. SENT: 240 words, photos.

DALLAS PRO TEM-CORRUPTION _ Former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway has been sentenced to 56 months in prison after pleading guilty to two federal charges in a corruption probe that’s shaken local government in the North Texas city. SENT: 340 words, photo.

ASYLUM-BOND HEARING DELAYS A federal judge says the U.S. government must give bond hearings more quickly to immigrants caught on the border who pass initial asylum screenings. SENT: 190 words.

TRUMP-TRADE The White House says ‘significant work remains’ in trade talks with China and officials from both nations will be in continuous contact to resolve outstanding issues. SENT: 130 words.

PEOPLE-LAUREN SANCHEZ _ TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, who is in a relationship with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, files for divorce the day after Bezos’ divorce was finalized. SENT: 130 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA CANNABIS DELIVERY _ Beverly Hills and 24 other local governments in California sue to overturn a rule allowing home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that banned commercial pot sales. SENT: 430 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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CONGRESS-TRUMP-TAXES _ An attorney representing President Donald Trump argued that a request for the president’s tax returns “would set a dangerous precedent” if granted and that the IRS cannot legally divulge the information. SENT: 420.

FARM BUREAU-HEALTH COVERAGE _ Republican lawmakers in Kansas pressed ahead Friday with allowing the state Farm Bureau to offer health coverage to members that doesn’t satisfy the Affordable Care Act, a state-level effort to circumvent an Obama-era law that President Donald Trump wants to replace. By Political Writer John Hanna. SENT: 710 words, photos.

ABORTION REVERSALS-KANSAS _ Kansas legislators passed a measure that would require abortion providers to tell patients who are taking medication to terminate their pregnancies that the process can be reversed after they take the first of two pills. By Political Writer John Hanna. SENT: 490 words.

KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE _ Opponents of the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline ask a federal court in a lawsuit to declare President Trump acted illegally when he issued a new permit for the project in a bid to get around an earlier court ruling. SENT: 570 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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HARRY REID-INJURY LAWSUIT _ A jury in Las Vegas flatly rejected former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s lawsuit against an exercise band maker he blamed for injuries _ including blindness in one eye _ he suffered when the stretchy device slipped from his grasp and he fell face-first a little more than four years ago. SENT: 600 words, video photos.

KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE _ Opponents of the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline asked a federal court in a lawsuit to declare President Donald Trump acted illegally when he issued a new permit for the project in a bid to get around an earlier court ruling. SENT: 630 words, photos.

SAVING BROOKLYN’S PROMENADE _ New York faces a challenge: How does it fix a disintegrating highway that serves as a critical traffic artery while preserving the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, a park beloved for its cinematic views of the Manhattan skyline? SENT: 640 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA CANNABIS DELIVERY _ A coalition of 25 local governments in California has sued to challenge a state rule that allows home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial sales. The lawsuit filed Friday says the rule conflicts with the authority of cities and counties to prohibit marijuana deliveries within their boundaries. California regulators say the rule merely clarified what had always been the case, that a licensed pot delivery can be made anywhere in the state. SENT: 570 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA-GUN RIGHTS LAWSUIT _ A federal judge halts sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines in California, giving state officials a chance to appeal his order last week that allowed their sale for the first time in nearly 20 years. SENT: 460 words, photo.

HOT PRISON VAN-VERDICT _ A former New Mexico inmate has won a $2 million verdict in a lawsuit accusing corrections officers of leaving him and other prisoners in a van on a summer day as some passed out and others screamed and rocked the vehicle in hopes of rescue. SENT: 370 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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NICARAGUA _ Nicaragua released another 50 people jailed for protesting against President Daniel Ortega’s government, bringing the number freed since late February to about 200 in a unilateral action separate from a broader deal covering hundreds considered political prisoners. SENT: 870 words, photos.

MALDIVES-ELECTION _Voting began in the Maldives in a crucial parliamentary election many hope would help President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih to overcome a coalition split that has hampered his efforts to restore political freedoms and tackle corruption. SENT: 480 words, photos.

UGANDA-AMERICAN KIDNAPPED _ A relative of a California woman kidnapped while on a safari in Uganda said he wants to see the U.S. send in Navy SEALS to locate and rescue her if that’s what it takes. SENT: 470 words.

THAILAND-POLITICS _ The leader of a popular new Thai political party that ran a strong third in last month’s elections met with police to hear criminal charges of sedition against him filed by the ruling military junta. SENT: 390 words, photos.

KHASHOGGI TRIAL-INFORMATION _ Seven human rights and press freedom groups are urging the United States, Britain and France to speak out publicly about the trial in Saudi Arabia of 11 people charged in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi which their diplomats are attending. SENT: 380 words.

BRAZIL-CUBAN DOCTORS _ More than 1,000 Brazilian doctors who signed up to replace Cuban physicians working in Brazil’s rural areas have quit within three months, the health ministry confirms

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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ECONOMY-STEADY NOT SPECTACULAR _ Steady and durable if hardly spectacular. Friday’s jobs report for March suggested that the U.S. economy has slowed since last year to the modest pace that has prevailed for most of the nearly decade-long expansion. Yet last month’s solid job gain of 196,000 may help undercut any lingering fears that a recession might be looming over the next year or so. By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1,140 words, photo.

FEDERAL RESERVE-TRUMP _ A top economic adviser to President Donald Trump say the administration is not trying to damage the independence of the Federal Reserve by appointing two of Trump’s close political allies to the Fed board. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 400 words, photo.

CRYPTOCURRENCY UNIVERSITY DONATION _ A tech entrepreneur and his wife have made a very Silicon Valley donation to his San Francisco alma mater _ $25 million, mostly in cryptocurrency. SENT: 290 words.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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VARIETY-POWER OF WOMEN _ Taraji P. Henson teared up as she discussed suicide rates among young black people. Gigi Hadid did the same as she spoke about the fate of the Rohingya people in refugee camps in Bangladesh. The two were among five celebrities honored Friday for their philanthropic work at Variety’s annual Power of Women event in New York. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BKC--FINAL FOUR-AUBURN-VIRGINIA PREVIEW _ Virginia and Auburn meet at the Final Four in the latest installment of a long-running competition in basketball: Slow and steady vs. fast and furious. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 810 words, photos.

BKC--FINAL FOUR-TEXAS TECH-MICHIGAN ST PREVIEW _ Hunker down for this one. The second semifinal features Texas Tech, the team with the best defense in a generation, against Michigan State, the nose-in-the-dirt team whose coach used to put helmets and shoulder pads on his players for practice. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 740 words, photos.

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