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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

April 11, 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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SUDAN _ Sudanese army to deliver “important statement” amid protests. SENT: 540 words, photos.

SKOREA-ABORTIONS _ South Korean court sets up likely easing of abortion ban. SENT: 120 words.

MICHIGAN ST-RAPE LAWSUIT _ Woman who alleged rape by ex-Michigan State players speaks publicly. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: News conference scheduled for 1 p.m.

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ONLY ON AP

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AP INTERVIEW-PELOSI-TRUMP _ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she dialed up President Donald Trump recently and requested a meeting to talk about working together on an infrastructure package. Pelosi tells The Associated Press she believes “the president truly wants to have an infrastructure bill,” calling it an initiative they both “can share.” By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 720 words, photos, video.

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TOP STORIES

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BREXIT _ As if Brexit hadn’t spooked Britain and the European Union enough over the past three years, the two sides agreed to extend the deadline to Halloween. The new, Oct. 31 cutoff date averts a precipitous and potentially calamitous Brexit that had been scheduled for Friday. By Raf Casert and Jill Lawless. SENT: 950 words, photos. With BREXIT-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-BARR _ Attorney General William Barr tells Congress he believes “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign, suggesting the origins of the Russia investigation may have been mishandled and aligning himself with the president at a time when his independence is under scrutiny. By Eric Tucker and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 880 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-TAXES _ Mnuchin postpones decision on handing over Trump tax returns.

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION-POWER PLAYERS _ As Trump rails against the surge of migrants at the border, two White House power players are at odds over the future of immigration policy. Fresh off orchestrating a shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security, ascendant Stephen Miller’s renewed push to bring about tougher policies at the border is setting up a face-off with Jared Kushner, who has been quietly working on his own comprehensive immigration plan. By Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

INDIA-ELECTIONS _ Polls open in the first phase of India’s general elections, seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party. A festive spirit prevails as men and women in colorful clothes make their way to heavily guarded voting stations in large numbers. By Emily Schmall. SENT: 560 words, photos.

RURAL BROADBAND-MAPS _ There is wide agreement that expanding broadband internet in rural America is needed, but the maps the government has been using to hand out rural broadband grants are flawed. When FCC officials assessed who was eligible for $4.5 billion in grants, places such as Weston, West Virginia, were deemed too well-connected to qualify _ even though residents there struggle with connectivity. Now the grant program is on hold and a group of senators is pushing for better maps. By Anthony Izaguirre. UPCOMING: 850 words by 10 a.m., photos.

DESTINED TO BURN-HOUSING STOCK _ A McClatchy analysis shows whether or not a home burns in a wildfire could be determined by the year it was built. A landmark 2008 California building code requiring fire-resistant roofs, siding and other safeguards appears to have protected some homes from the deadly Camp Fire that leveled Paradise. By Sacramento Bee reporters Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese. UPCOMING: 3,520 words by 6 a.m., photos. With DESTINED TO BURN-CALIFORNIA EXPERIENCE _ Column: Ignoring fire risks is part of the California dream; DESTINED TO BURN-WHO’S NEXT _ California races to predict which town could be next to burn; DESTINED TO BURN-TREATING THE LANDSCAPE _ California fire risk shows urgent need for prevention work; DESTINED TO BURN-WHY WE DID IT _ California wildfires: A wicked problem with no easy answers. Note: Destined to Burn is a collaborative story package by journalists from USA TODAY Network-California, McClatchy, Media News and the AP. Data analysis available for use by AP customers enrolled in the data.world platform.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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AUSTRALIA-PEOPLE-GEOFFREY RUSH _ Geoffrey Rush wins defamation case against Sydney newspaper publisher. SENT: 280 words, photo.

HIKERS FOUND _ Hikers missing in Southern California mountains found safe. SENT: 310 words, photo.

INDIA-DALAI-LAMA _ The Dalai Lama recovering fast from chest infection. SENT: 130 words, photos.

FILM-GUAVA ISLAND _ Donald Glover, Rihanna film “Guava” to hit Amazon. SENT: 130 words, photo.

PEOPLE-OPRAH WINFREY _ Oprah Winfrey keynotes annual Women in the World summit. SENT: 140 words, photo.

TRUMP-GRANDFATHER _ Trump’s son Eric, wife Lara expecting second baby. SENT: 120 words, photo.

BAYLOR-WHITE-HOUSE _ Baylor coach would welcome White House invite. SENT: 240 words, photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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LEBANON-DISPUTED TERRITORY _ Trump’s move to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights has caused concern in Lebanon over its claim to the disputed Chebaa Farms and adjacent Kfar Chouba hills, which Israel occupied alongside the Golan in 1967. SENT: 930 words, photos.

EASTERN-EUROPE-CHINA _ Construction of infrastructure such as power plants, mobile networks and bridges is booming throughout central and eastern Europe thanks to Chinese funding, which has the European Union scrambling to counter Beijing’s influence. SENT: 930 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING _ New Zealand’s governor general formally signs into effect sweeping gun laws outlawing military style weapons, less than a month after a man used such guns to kill 50 people and wound dozens at two mosques in Christchurch. SENT: 440 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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SPRING FLOODING _ A storm system known as a “bomb cyclone” slowly churns through the U.S. interior for the second time in a month, unleashing a blizzard that struck the Upper Midwest and creating hazardous fire conditions farther south. SENT: 840 words, photos, video.

NIPSEY HUSSLE-MEMORIAL PROCESSION _ With a 25-mile procession of Nipsey Hussle’s casket through the streets of Los Angeles, the slain rapper will receive the type of epic street gathering often seen for sports victories, car chases, and the deaths of politicians such as Ronald Reagan. SENT: 610 words, photos. UPCOMING: Procession begins at 1 p.m.

DEATH PENALTY-ALABAMA _ A man convicted of the sword-and-dagger stabbing death of a pastor is set to become the second person executed in Alabama this year, barring a last-minute stay. SENT: 520 words, photo. UPCOMING: Execution scheduled for 7 p.m.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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UNITED STATES-VENEZUELA _ U.S. officials have predicted for months that embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro would soon give up power in the face of economic sanctions and a coalition of more than 50 nations calling for him to step down, but it hasn’t worked out that way. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 760 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-JAY INSLEE _ Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee wants his party to scrap any thoughts of impeaching Trump and instead focus on voting him out of office. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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HEALTH

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BOSTON MARATHON-THE FIXX FACTOR _ In the run-up to next Monday’s Boston Marathon, doctors are recommending that athletes everywhere keep close tabs on their heart health. SENT: 990 words, photos, video.

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BUSINESS

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JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN _ The wife of Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn is being questioned by prosecutors in a Tokyo court, after her husband was taken into custody on financial misconduct allegations. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 220 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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MASTERS-WATCH EVERY SHOT _ The Masters works to capture all of the tournament’s 20,000-plus shots on camera for online viewers. By Sports Writer David Brandt. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: Play begins at 8:30 a.m.

MASTERS _The 83rd Masters gets underway with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hitting an honorary tee shot ahead of the field that includes Tiger Woods resuming his quest for another green jacket. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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