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March 5, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. 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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Adds UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR-JEWELRY PROPOSAL, TRUMP-INVESTIGATIONS, ELECTION 2020-MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, FDA CHIEF-RESIGNATION, PAKISTAN-ITALY-BRITAIN-MISSING CLIMBERS, FAMILY PLANNING LAWSUIT.

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UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR-JEWELRY PROPOSAL _ An email from Maryland’s university system chancellor promoting a jewelry company’s charm bracelets triggers a chain of events culminating in a grievance and a settlement. By Brian Witte. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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BORDER PROTECTION _ The number of migrant families crossing the southwest border is again breaking records, and the crush is overwhelming border agents and straining facilities. More than 76,000 migrants crossed the U.S.-Mexico border last month, more than double the number from the same period last year. By Colleen Long. SENT: 870 words, photos.

TRUMP-INVESTIGATIONS _ The White House has beefed up its legal team. Its political team is ready to distract and disparage. And President Donald Trump is irate. Trump’s response plan to the ever-expanding congressional probes into his campaign, White House and personal affairs is coming into focus. By Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

DEMOCRATS-OMAR _ Back in January, the Democrats welcomed their brash young newcomers to Congress with smiles and hugs _ but they weren’t counting on the new colleagues pulling back the curtain on mostly hidden party divisions. Provocative comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota have thrust Democrats into an uncomfortable debate over Israel policy. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. With ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-CLINTON _ The 2020 Democratic primary may be in full swing, but the bruising 2016 contest between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton never ended for some. UPCOMING: 990 words by 7 p.m., photos.

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS _ Appearing a day after his rival returned home to a tumultuous welcome, President Nicolas Maduro denounces his opponents in a speech at a military ceremony but does not refer by name to opposition leader Juan Guaido. The man who says he is the rightful president, meanwhile, escalates his campaign to topple Maduro with an appeal for support from state unions. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 760 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE _ A secret U.S. surveillance program that was revealed to the public by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has been at least temporarily halted, according to a senior congressional aide. The U.S. began bulk data collection of phone calls as part of a surveillance program started after the Sept. 11 attacks. By Susannah George. SENT: 560 words.

TORNADO FORECASTING _ The killer tornado in Alabama showed both the strengths and limits of forecasting twisters. Forecasters warned three days in advance that conditions would be ripe for such storms. But they couldn’t offer a more specific warning until just minutes ahead of time. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 770 words, photos. With DEEP SOUTH-SEVERE WEATHER _ Aftermath: Alabama’s tornado dead range in age from 6 to 89. SENT: 790 words, photos, video, audio; DEEP SOUTH-SEVERE WEATHER-VICTIMS (sent); DEEP SOUTH-SEVERE WEATHER-PHOTO GALLERY (sent).

MICHAEL JACKSON-LEGACY _ Can the memory of Michael Jackson survive “Leaving Neverland,” the documentary that aired disturbing allegations of child molestation? After all, the superstar’s image has bounced back before. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. With CANADA-MICHAEL JACKSON _ Three major Montreal radio stations stop playing Michael Jackson songs. SENT: 120 words, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PEOPLE-KYLIE JENNER _ Move over Mark Zuckerberg: Kylie Jenner named Forbes’ youngest-ever self-made billionaire. SENT: 130 words, photo.

JOHN HINCKLEY _ The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan told doctors last year that he’s never been happier. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

COSMETICS-SAFETY _ The FDA warns people not to use three make-up products from Claire’s that tested positive for asbestos. SENT: 240 words.

OBIT-CALCULATOR INVENTOR _ “Brilliant” man who was an inventor of the handheld electronic calculator dies at 86. SENT: 600 words.

FILM-HELLO KITTY _ Hello Kitty to make her big screen debut. SENT: 120 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-MICHAEL BLOOMBERG _ Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces he is not running for president. SENT: 510 words, photo. With ELECTION 2020-MERKLEY _ U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon has decided not to enter the increasingly crowded race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. SENT: 470 words, photo; ELECTION 2020-INSLEE _ Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he welcomes support from a super PAC, even as many fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have rejected them. SENT: 440 words, photo.

FDA CHIEF-RESIGNATION _ Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is stepping down after nearly two years leading the agency’s response to a host of public health challenges, including the opioid epidemic, rising drug prices and underage vaping. By Health Writer Matthew Perrone. SENT: 660 words, photos.

TRUMP-VETERAN SUICIDE _ President Trump signs an executive order aimed at stemming a persistently high number of veteran suicides, urging expanded outreach by awarding grants to community programs. SENT: 400 words, photos, video.

MELANIA TRUMP _ First lady Melania Trump is asking the public to look beyond the raw numbers and to see the opioid crisis as a “human story.” SENT: 400 words, photos, video.

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INTERNATIONAL

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SYRIA _ A prominent French militant who joined the Islamic State group died over the weekend from wounds suffered in an earlier airstrike that killed his jihadi brother, his wife says as she emerges from the group’s last pocket of land in Syria. SENT: 1,025 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-INDIA _ Pakistani authorities arrest dozens of suspects in last month’s suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops. SENT: 560 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-ITALY-BRITAIN-MISSING CLIMBERS _ Armed with drones, Spanish and Pakistani mountaineers search despite diminishing hopes for two European climbers who went missing over a week ago on the world’s ninth-highest mountain in bad weather. SENT: 480 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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SACRAMENTO POLICE SHOOTING _ California’s attorney general says that he won’t charge two Sacramento police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year, a killing that set off intense protests. SENT: 400 words, video, photos.

MARDI GRAS _ The streets of New Orleans are filled for the final day of the Mardi Gras season. SENT: 780 words, video, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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SENATE-TEEN VACCINE _ An Ohio teen defied his mother’s anti-vaccine beliefs and sought his shots when he turned 18, and told Congress it’s crucial to counter fraudulent claims on social media that scare parents. Medical Writer By Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FAMILY PLANNING LAWSUIT _ The American Medical Association and Planned Parenthood files a federal lawsuit challenging a new Trump administration rule changing criteria for family-planning grant money in ways sought by anti-abortion activists. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 870 words, photo.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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RETAIL-MIXED BAG _ The holiday season turned out to be a mixed bag for retailers, with Walmart, Target and Best Buy enjoying strong sales while mall-based clothing stores and department stores continue to muddle along. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 720 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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COLLEGE CORRUPTION _ Three men are sentenced to prison for less than a year in the college basketball recruiting scandal that has tainted two dozen schools. SENT: 520 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-ARETHA FRANKLIN _ Smokey Robinson recalls some of his favorite memories of the late Aretha Franklin at a taped tribute concert honoring the Queen of Soul, to air Monday. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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