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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

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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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.

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SPORTS

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ON GOLF-TIGER’S NEXT STEP — No comeback by Tiger Woods was ever going to be complete without a major. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 910 words, photos.

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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.

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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.

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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.