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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

March 13, 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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ETHIOPIA-PLANE CRASH — Much of the world, including the entire European Union, ground the Boeing jetliner involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash or banned it from their airspace, leaving the United States as one of the few remaining operators of the plane involved in two deadly accidents in just five months. The European Aviation Safety Agency took steps to keep the Boeing 737 Max 8 out of the air, joining Asian and Middle Eastern governments and carriers that also gave in to safety concerns in the aftermath of the crash, which killed all 157 people on board. By Elias Meseret and Yidnek Kirubel. SENT: 960 words, photos, videos.

AUSTRALIA-CARDINAL CHARGED — The most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse is sentenced to six years in prison for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral in a crime that an Australian judge says showed “staggering arrogance.” The judge orders Cardinal George Pell to serve a minimum of 3 years and 8 months before he is eligible for parole. The five convictions against Pell carried a maximum possible sentence of 10 years each. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 1,470 words, photos.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY — Authorities who accused dozens of super-wealthy parents of paying bribes to get their kids into elite U.S. colleges say the investigation isn’t over. Big names such as actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin headline the list of some 50 people charged in documents that describe a scheme to cheat the admissions process at eight sought-after schools. By Alanna Durkin Richer and Collin Binkley. SENT: 580 words, photos, videos.

CALIFORNIA-DEATH PENALTY MORATORIUM — The 737 inmates on California’s largest-in-the-nation death row are getting a reprieve from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who plans to sign an executive order placing a moratorium on executions. Newsom also is withdrawing the lethal injection regulations that death penalty opponents already have tied up in courts and shuttering the new execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison that has never been used. By Don Thompson. SENT: 980 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is due back in court for his second sentencing hearing in as many weeks. Manafort faces up to 10 additional years in prison when he’s sentenced in Washington in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 540 words, photo. UPCOMING: 800 words after 9:30 a.m. hearing. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FLYNN — Former Trump adviser Flynn asks for further sentencing delay.

SUNSHINE WEEK-POLICE VIDEOS — An investigation by The Associated Press finds that police departments routinely withhold video taken by body-worn and dashboard-mounted cameras that show officer-involved shootings and other uses of force. They often do so by citing a broad exemption to state open-records laws — claiming that releasing the video would harm an ongoing investigation. That’s not true for all departments. Some routinely release officer video within days or weeks. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,720 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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ETHIOPIA-PLANE CRASH-BOEING-Q&A — In the days since an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash killed 157 people, there have been many questions but not a lot of answers. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 820 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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CALIFORNIA-IMMIGRATION LAWSUIT — The Trump administration will try to persuade a U.S. appeals court to block California laws aimed at protecting immigrants, seeking a win in one of numerous lawsuits between the White House and the Democratic-dominated state. SENT: 370 words, photo. UPCOMING: Hearing at noon.

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SPORTS

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BROWNS-BECKHAM TRADE — The Cleveland Browns will acquire star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants, sources tell AP. By Sports Writer Tom Withers. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.