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April 7, 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-TAXES —The White House chief of staff says Democrats will “never” see President Donald Trump’s tax returns as a new front opens in the confrontation between the administration and Congress. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 570 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS WHITE MEN — Some Democrats thought they didn’t need white male voters in 2016. But the party knows it needs them in 2020 as a historically diverse field of women and minorities vies to topple Donald Trump. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,270 words, photos.

INDIA-ELECTION-MODI — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is using a $115 million promenade and other projects to rally his Hindu nationalist party’s base ahead of a general election that starts Thursday. The project is part of a larger Hindu nationalist effort to erase evidence of India’s diverse past, and some Muslims fear it could embolden Hindu hard-liners. By Emily Schmall. SENT: 1,290 words, photos. Eds: This story has moved as the Monday Spotlight.

SAFEGUARDING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE — The biggest tech companies want you to know that they’re taking care to avoid the dark side of artificial intelligence. From setting up corporate review boards, funding research, lobbying for new laws and even sitting down with the pope, it’s hard to find a brand-name tech firm that isn’t publicizing its efforts to promote AI ethics and responsibility, but some experts are concerned that some of the efforts are more charade than substance. By Matt O’Brien and Rachel Lerman. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.

RIDE HAILING-FAKE DRIVERS — Law enforcement agencies and ride-hailing companies are intensifying efforts to educate passengers about safety following the slaying of a University of South Carolina student who mistakenly got into a vehicle she thought was her Uber. Experts say would-be robbers and assailants sometimes pose as ride-hailing drivers — often at bars where people might be drunk and not paying attention. By Tammy Webber. SENT: 800 words, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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R KELLY — R. Kelly gave a 28-second performance and spent about a half-hour more hobnobbing with fans who paid $50 to $100 to see him at a club in the Illinois capital of Springfield. SENT: 130 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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MCCONNELL-SENATE— Mitch McConnell says the Senate will be in the “personnel business” this year, but the majority leader’s focus on confirming President Donald Trump’s nominees is coming at the expense of any big legislative priorities. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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LIBYA — The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to “security conditions on the ground,” a top military official said as a Libyan commander’s forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias. SENT: 480 words.

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NATIONAL

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MARIJUANA AND SMOKING — As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country’s biggest public health successes: curbing cigarette smoking. Though there are notable differences in health research findings on tobacco and marijuana, the juxtaposition strikes some as jarring after generations of Americans have gotten the message that smoking endangers their health. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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NETFLIX-BEYONCE SPECIAL — It took just one word for Netflix to send Beyonce fans into a full-on freak out by teasing the singer’s apparent upcoming special for the streaming giant. SENT: 130 words.