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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

April 15, 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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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BOSTON MARATHON _ Race begins at 10:02 a.m.

FIRE-BLACK CHURCHES _ Bond hearing for white suspect in black church fires. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 10 a.m.

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TOP STORIES

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ELECTION 2020-UNIONS _ The Democratic presidential field looks like a union activist’s dream. But some labor leaders worry the candidates haven’t been talking enough about issues that matter to working people. By Michelle L. Price and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

TRUMP OMAR _ Rep. Ilhan Omar says she’s faced increased death threats since President Donald Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. “This is endangering lives,” she says, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. “It has to stop.” By Darlene Superville. SENT: 900 words, photos.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR _ The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant begins removing fuel from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone in the decades-long process to decommission the plant. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 620 words, photos.

IRAQ REGIONAL COMEBACK _ Iraq is seeking to reclaim a leadership role in the Arab world after decades of conflict. It is focusing on a centrist policy and its top leaders are determined to maintain good relations with both Iran and the United States. A flurry of recent diplomatic activity and high-profile visits to the Iraqi capital, including this month’s re-opening of a Saudi Consulate in Baghdad for the first time in nearly 30 years, points to a new era of openness. By Zeina Karam and Qassim Abdul-Zahra. SENT: 900 words, photos.

CBD GOES MAINSTREAM _ Mainstream retailers are leaping into the world of products like skin creams and oils that tout such benefits as reducing anxiety and helping you sleep. The key ingredient is CBD, or cannabidiol, a compound derived from hemp and marijuana that doesn’t cause a high. Retailers are taking advantage of the booming industry even as its legal status and health benefits remain murky. And the flood of products is only testing how federal regulators can police it. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 970 words, photos.

ON GOLF-TIGER’S NEXT STEP _ No comeback by Tiger Woods was ever going to be complete without a major. Now the question becomes how many more he can win. So much appeal of that red shirt beneath a green jacket involved looking back at all Woods had to overcome to reach that moment_ a Masters champion once again _ that so many thought would never happen. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 910 words, photos. Also see MASTERS-CBS below.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTINGS-VIDEO _ Six appear in court on charges they sent mosque attack images. SENT: 210 words.

LONG ISLAND-SMALL PLANE CRASH _ Police: Nobody injured in small plane crash on Long Island. SENT: 290 words.

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NATIONAL

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SEVERE WEATHER _ Powerful storms sweep across the South after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. SENT: 940 words, photos, video. With SEVERE-WEATHER-THE-LATEST.

TRUMP-MAR-A-LAGO ARREST _ A Chinese woman charged with lying to illegally enter Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club while carrying computer malware could be granted bail, though she likely would not be released as her visa has been revoked. SENT: 580 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 1 p.m. hearing.

HOLLINGS FUNERAL _ Mourners are paying their respects to Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, the former South Carolina governor and longtime U.S. senator who died earlier this month at 97. SENT: 430 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 10:30 a.m. ceremonies at Statehouse.

CHACO CANYON-DRILLING _ Lawmakers venture thousands of miles from Washington to collect testimony as advocates urge members of Congress to establish greater restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling near ancient Native American cultural sites in the Southwest. SENT: 560 words.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-MINNESOTA _ Trump will use Tax Day to visit Minnesota, an erstwhile Democratic stronghold he hopes to flip in 2020 after nearly winning it in 2016. SENT: 820 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP FUNDRAISING _ Trump’s reelection campaign hauled in over $30 million in the year’s first quarter, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined, according to figures it provided to The Associated Press. SENT: 660 words, photos. With TRUMP IMMIGRATION _ White House: Migrants to sanctuary cities not a top choice.

BIDEN-EULOGIST _ On the cusp of an expected White House run, Joe Biden is returning to a familiar role this week as the one of the nation’s top eulogists. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FACT CHECK-WEEK _ With release of the special counsel’s fuller report looming, Trump and his campaign are twisting the words of his attorney general and the facts of the Russia investigation. SENT: 2,250 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at https://apnews.com/APFactCheck

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INTERNATIONAL

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SOUTH SUDAN-MIA FARROW-HUNGER _ Mia Farrow pursues anti-hunger work in South Sudan as it recovers from civil war. UPCOMING: 690 words 5 a.m., photos.

INDONESIA-ELECTION-CANDIDATES _ Indonesia’s presidential election Wednesday is a re-run of the 2014 contest when Joko Widodo, a furniture business owner, vied with former Gen. Prabowo Subianto to lead the world’s third-largest democracy and most populous Muslim-majority nation. SENT: 580 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-CHINA-RAIL LINK _ Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says a Chinese company building a rail link across peninsula Malaysia will jointly help to manage, operate and maintain the network that will help reduce the country’s financial burden. SENT: 590 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN _ Japan’s Supreme Court turns down an appeal by the lawyers for Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn to end his detention following his arrest for the fourth time on financial misconduct allegations. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 230 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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MASTERS-CBS _ CBS was a huge beneficiary of Woods’ win at The Masters. By Sports Writer Joe Reedy. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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HEALTH

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INSIDER Q&A-AMERICAN ADDICTION CENTERS _ The tools for treating drug addiction are there _ they just aren’t reaching most of the people who need them, the National Academies says in a report. By Health Writer Matthew Perrone. SENT: 640 words, photo. With INSIDER Q&A-PASS IT ON _ Pass It On: Addiction network CEO emphasizes education.

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