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April 2, 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-CAMPAIGN HUSTLE _ How many ways can you measure the first quarter of the year? For Democratic presidential candidates, it’s 300-plus events, 24 states and hundreds of voter questions. The Iowa caucus is still 10 months away, but the Democratic primary campaign is already an all-out sprint _ passing eye-popping markers for campaign activity and voter engagement. By Elana Schor. SENT: 1,060 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-FUNDRAISING _ Buttigieg celebrates raising $7 million this year.

NIPSEY HUSSLE _ Los Angeles police are seeking a 29-year-old man who they believe shot and killed rapper Nipsey Hussle outside the musician’s clothing store where he was trying to remake his community. Police say they are searching for Eric Holder, who they suspect shot Hussle and wounded two others. No additional details, other than that Holder is suspected of fleeing in a 2016 Chevy Cruze, have been released. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 550 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ US CA Nipsey Hussle Vigil (CR) _ Hussle suspect named as vigil turns violent. With NIPSEY HUSSLE-THE LATEST.

CHICAGO MAYOR _ A former federal prosecutor who has never held elected office is vying for Chicago mayor against a powerful official whose political career spans decades, providing voters a clear contrast in a historic runoff already assured of elevating a black woman to lead the nation’s third-largest city. By Herbert G. McCann. SENT: 740 words, photos. UPCOMING: Polls close at 8 p.m.

MALAYSIA-NKOREA-THE UNSOLVED ASSASSINATION _ The murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother at an airport in Malaysia was brazen, intricately orchestrated and, thanks to scores of security cameras, witnessed by millions around the world. The real masterminds behind the killing, however, may never be brought to justice. By Eileen Ng and Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

COSTA RICA-NICARAGUA-STRUGGLING EXILES _ An estimated 50,000 Nicaraguans have fled to exile in Costa Rica over the last year, and many are struggling even as their fate is a key point in peace talks back home. Opponents of President Daniel Ortega are demanding guarantees for their safe return, but so far there has been little sign of agreement. While they wait, some formerly working-class Nicaraguans are now reduced to living in near-indigence in Costa Rica. One rights worker describes them as “the forgotten among the forgotten.” By Mario Negrini and Maria Verza. SENT: 1,330 words, photos.

NETHERLANDS-RED LIGHT DISTRICT _ The city of Amsterdam’s latest attempt to rein in the nuisance of over-tourism _ banning guided tours of the red light district _ runs into opposition from some of the people it is intended to protect _ sex workers. By Mike Corder. UPCOMING: 670 words by 4 a.m., photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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DEAD CANDIDATE-OKLAHOMA _ Dead mayor on ballot for Oklahoma municipal election. SENT: 260 words, photos.

WINTRY WEATHER-DEEP SOUTH _ April flowers and snow showers possible in Deep South. SENT: 140 words.

FAA-BOEING _ Boeing, FAA say more time needed for fix of troubled 737 Max. SENT: 570 words, photo.

ABORTION BAN _ Alabama lawmakers seek to outlaw almost all abortions. SENT: 140 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BREXIT _ EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier says that Britain’s exit from the European Union without a deal “becomes day after day more likely” after the U.K. parliament again rejected alternatives to the government’s unpopular divorce deal. SENT: 130 words, photo.

THAILAND-POLITICS-WHAT’S NEXT-ANALYSIS _ Thailand’s junta leader looks set to return as prime minister after a general election stacked heavily in his favor, but the process reveals that more than a decade’s polarization in Thai politics is as strong as ever. By Grant Peck. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-GUN LAWS _ New Zealand lawmakers vote overwhelmingly in favor of new gun control measures during the first stage of a bill they hope to rush into law by the end of next week. SENT: 390 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-INDIA-KASHMIR _ Pakistan and India trade fire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, leaving seven people dead _ three Pakistani soldiers, a Pakistani villager, an Indian woman and a girl and a member of the Indian paramilitary troops, officials say. SENT: 390 words.

NEPAL-STORM _ Government workers and private volunteers provide food, tents and clothing to the thousands of people in southern Nepal who lost their homes and belongings in a weekend storm. SENT: 280 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SLAIN-RUNNER _ A man is convicted of killing a woman out running near her New York City home in a case that stirred urban fears, helped change the state’s DNA-investigation rules and raised questions about race and police procedures. SENT: 540 words, photos.

MICHAEL BROWN’S MOTHER-POLITICS _ Michael Brown’s mother could soon have oversight over the police department connected to her son’s death, if voters in Ferguson, Missouri, elect her to the City Council. SENT: 700 words, photo.

WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT _ Wisconsin voters face a partisan choice in an election for the state Supreme Court. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-BIDEN _ Joe Biden forcefully rejects comparisons of his embrace of colleagues, friends and their families during swearing-in ceremonies as vice president and the 2014 allegation he says he can’t recall involving a Democratic candidate in Nevada. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-FLORES _ Long before accusing Biden, Flores called out harassment. SENT: xxx words, photos.

WHITE HOUSE-SECURITY CLEARANCES _ A career official in the White House security office says dozens of people in President Donald Trump’s administration were granted security clearances despite “disqualifying issues” in their backgrounds, such as concerns about foreign influence, drug use and criminal conduct. SENT: 700 words, photos. SENT: xxx words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-LORETTA-LYNN _ Loretta Lynn is honored like country music royalty by country and rock stars alike with gifts of flowers and songs during a concert celebrating her upcoming 87th birthday. SENT: 370 words, photos.

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