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March 19, 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 — New Zealand’s prime minister declares she would do everything in her power to deny the accused mosque gunman a platform for elevating his white supremacist views, after the man dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at his trial in the killings of 50 people. “I agree that it is absolutely something that we need to acknowledge, and do what we can to prevent the notoriety that this individual seeks,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters. By Kristen Gelineau and Juliet Williams. SENT: 1,180 words, photos, video.

MOZAMBIQUE-CYCLONE — More than 1,000 people are feared dead in Mozambique four days after a cyclone slammed into the country, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the floodwaters, the nation’s president says. By Andrew Meldrum. SENT: 740 words, photos, video.

ETHIOPIA PLANE CRASH — U.S. prosecutors are looking into the development of Boeing’s 737 Max jets, a person briefed on the matter reveals, the same day French aviation investigators concluded there were “clear similarities” in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 last week and a Lion Air jet in October. The Justice Department probe will examine the way Boeing was regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration. By Hope Yen and Tom Krisher. SENT: 860 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-EXCLUDING BLACK JURORS — Supreme Court justices are again considering how to keep prosecutors from removing African-Americans from criminal juries for racially biased reasons, this time in a case involving a Mississippi death row inmate who has been tried six times for murder. Lawyers for inmate Curtis Flowers will argue that a Mississippi prosecutor has a record of removing black jurors at a much higher rate than white jurors. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 920 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-BRAZIL PRESIDENT — Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, is taking pains to show his government is friendlier to the U.S. than those of his immediate predecessors. President Donald Trump is welcoming Bolsonaro to the White House. By Ben Fox. SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: White House visit begins at noon; joint news conference at 1:45 p.m.

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NATIONAL

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WINTER WEATHER-FLOODING — Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities say while warning that the flooding was expected to linger. SENT: 970 words, photos, videos.

HAWAII-PLASTIC BANS — Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics used at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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WHITE HOUSE-ECONOMIC REPORT — Contrary to the views of most economists, the Trump administration expects the U.S. economy to keep booming over the next decade on the strength of further tax cuts, reduced regulation and improvements to the nation’s infrastructure. By Economics Writer Josh Boak. SENT: 340 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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NEW RULES — The blatant non-call late in the NFC championship game caused passionate consternation among Saints fans and led to calls for change in the NFL’s replay system, but there’s not a lot of support because of the time it would add to games. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 980 words, photos.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT

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GENDER-BENDING FASHION — A colorful new exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts explores how blurring gender lines are redefining the fashion industry. SENT: 450 words, photos.