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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

March 17, 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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NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING — A steady stream of mourners paid tribute Sunday at a makeshift memorial to the 50 people slain by a gunman at two mosques in Christchurch, while dozens of Muslims stood by to bury the dead when authorities finally release the victims’ bodies. By Nick Perry and Juliet Williams. SENT: 960 words, photos, video.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-GUN CONTROL— The New Zealand leader’s promise of tightened gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings has been widely welcomed by a stunned population. By Stephen Wright and Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ETHIOPIA-PLANE CRASH — Preliminary data retrieved from the flight data recorder of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed shows “a clear similarity” with an earlier crash in Indonesia, Ethiopia’s transport minister says. By Elias Meseret. SENT: 390 words, photos. Developing.

MIDEAST-HAMZA BIN LADEN— Years after the death of his father at the hands of a U.S. Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan, it is now Hamza bin Laden who finds himself squarely in the crosshairs of world powers. Recent moves suggest that international officials believe the now 30-year-old militant is an increasingly serious threat. He is not the head of al-Qaida but he has risen in prominence within the terror network his father founded, and the group may be grooming him to stand as a leader for a young generation of militants. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 2,480 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,020 words has also moved.

NATIVE AMERICANS-REDFACE — Native Americans say convincing the masses that portraying them as savages, illiterate and humorless is insulting has been a slow movement. Politicians in Virginia have faced significant backlash for blackface issues in their past, and a television host was lambasted on social media for painting her face brown. But Native Americans say they don’t see the same pressure applied to those who perpetuate Native American stereotypes. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 980 words, photos. This is the Monday Spotlight.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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EAGLEMANIA — It’s a tale with everything you’d need for a soap opera: star-crossed lovers, a stable relationship threatened by younger suitors, pregnancy and loss, and a hungry raccoon. SENT: 1,070 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-JANE SANDERS— Bernie Sanders’ political revolution has become Jane Sanders’ career, and his wife’s political activities have at times been his headache. As the Vermont senator ramps up his second presidential campaign and scrambles his inner circle, Jane Sanders remains his closest adviser and is perhaps the most influential woman in the 2020 campaign who isn’t a candidate. By Stephen Braun, Wilson Ring and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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HUNGARY-EU-CORRUPTION — As the Hungarian prime minister’s conflicts with the European Union appear headed to a breaking point, calls are increasing for greater scrutiny of his government’s spending of EU funds. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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FERGUSON ACTIVISTS-DEATHS — Six young men with connections to Ferguson protests have died, drawing attention on social media and speculation in the activist community that something sinister is at play. Police say there is no evidence the deaths have anything to do with the protests and note that only two were homicides. By Jim Salter. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

WINTER WEATHER-FLOODING — Residents in parts of southwestern Iowa were forced out of their homes as a torrent of Missouri River water flowed over and through levees. Heavy rainfall and snowmelt forced river levels across several Midwestern states to dangerous levels. At least two deaths were blamed on flooding, and two other men have been missing for days. SENT: 520 words, photos. With WINTER WEATHER-FLOODING-THE LATEST