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March 21, 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 — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces an immediate ban on sales of “military-style” semi-automatic and automatic weapons like the ones used in the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that killed 50 worshippers. The man charged in the attack had purchased his weapons legally using a standard firearms license and enhanced their capacity by using 30-round magazines “done easily through a simple online purchase,” she says. By Juliet Williams and Nick Perry. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

LEBANON-HEZBOLLAH’S GAINS — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes to use his first visit to Lebanon this week to step up pressure on Iran and its local ally, Hezbollah. But he could face resistance even from America’s local allies, who fear that pushing too hard could spark a backlash and endanger the tiny country’s fragile peace. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 780 words, photos.

PELOSI-IMPEACHMENT HISTORY — Nancy Pelosi voted against the impeachment of Bill Clinton, tamped down efforts to impeach George W. Bush and now is leading the House through another moment when a vocal part of the electorate wants to end a presidency. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 900 words, photo.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-PRISON —Experts disagree over whether many of the affluent parents charged in a college admissions scam will actually spend time behind bars if convicted. The parents arrested last week include Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, as well as prominent figures in law, finance, fashion, the food and beverage industry, and other fields. Some experts say a number of parents may get short stints in prison. Others say it’s likely that most, if not all, will end up with probation and a fine. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 920 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SOUTHERN-FLOOD-THREAT — Scientists are warning that historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks. SENT: 280 words, photos.

NEW MEXICO COMPOUND — Five extended family members who lived at a ramshackle New Mexico compound where a 3-year-old boy was found dead last year are due in federal court to face new charges that they plotted attacks on U.S. law enforcement and members of the military. SENT: 380 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 11:30 a.m. hearing.

US-MEXICO-ASYLUM — Scheduling glitches lead an immigration judge to deny the Trump administration’s request to order four Central American migrants deported because they failed to show for initial hearings in the U.S. while being forced to wait in Mexico. SENT: 790 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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LEVI STRAUSS-IPO — Levi Strauss & Co., which gave America its first pair of blue jeans, is going public for the second time. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 660 words, photos, graphic. UPCOMING: Will be updated throughout the day.

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SPORTS

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NCAA-TIPPING OFF — Reigning national champion Villanova will be in action along with Michigan, the runner-up from a year ago, while Belmont and Murray State open the NCAA Tournament as trendy upset picks as things get going with a full slate of games. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 950 words, photos. UPCOMING: First game tips at 12:15 p.m.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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BOOKS-WHITING AWARDS — Poet Tyree Daye will finally have some time to really write, and not think too much about money. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 410 words.