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BC-News Coverage Advisory, 10:25

March 18, 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 .





NETHERLANDS-SHOOTING (sent, developing)

#GIRLSTOO (sent)

WINTER WEATHER-FLOODING (sent, developing)

LYFT-IPO (sent, developing)






LONG OVERDUE LIBRARY BOOK _ Man returns library book 53 years late. SENT: 150 words.

JAPAN-ASTEROID PROBE _ Japan to make crater on asteroid to get underground samples. SENT: 480 words, photo.

INDONESIA-ORANGUTAN _ Orangutan blinded after being shot 74 times with air gun. SENT: 400 words.

LOU REED-LIBRARY ARCHIVE _ Library opens archive dedicated to rocker Lou Reed. SENT: 140 words.




NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING _ They came together as one, more than 1,000 students from rival Christchurch schools and different religions, joining voices to honor the 50 lives lost in a massacre that has deeply wounded the cozy New Zealand city. By Kristen Gelineau, Juliet Williams and Stephen Wright. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video. With NEW-ZEALAND-MOSQUE-SHOOTING-THE-LATEST.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-A BROTHER’S GOODBYE _ Aya Al-Umari never got the chance to say goodbye to her brother Hussein before he was killed in a mass shooting at Al Noor mosque. But she wonders if he had a premonition. The night before the attack, he was fixated on her new shirt. It said: “See You Bye.” She wonders now if his teasing comments about her top were his way of saying farewell. By Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 630 words, photo. With NEW-ZEALAND-MOSQUE-SHOOTING-VICTIMS-VIGNETTES.

NETHERLANDS-SHOOTING _ Dutch police were hunting down a suspect after a shooting Monday on a tram in the central city of Utrecht that left one person dead and multiple people injured. SENT: 440 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

ISRAEL-ELECTION UNDERDOG _ The Cinderella story of Israel’s current election campaign is a fringe party led by an ultranationalist libertarian with a criminal record who vows to legalize marijuana, and seems to diverge dramatically from the long list of quirky candidates of the past who have drawn attention to their improbable runs for parliament. By Aron Heller. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

INDONESIA-NATURAL DISASTERS _ The number of people killed after torrential downpours triggered flash floods and mudslides that tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia’s easternmost province climbs to 79, with dozens of others missing, officials say. SENT: 660 words, photos.

BREXIT _ British Prime Minister Theresa May is making a last-minute push to win support for her European Union divorce deal, warning opponents that failure to approve it would mean a long _ and possibly indefinite _ delay to Brexit. SENT: 780 words, photos. With BREXIT-THE LATEST.

FRANCE-PROTESTS _ French President Emmanuel Macron summoned top security officials after police failed to contain resurgent rioting during yellow vest protests that transformed a luxurious Paris avenue into a battle scene. SENT: 520 words, photos.

CHINA-XINJIANG _ China has arrested nearly 13,000 people it describes as terrorists and has broken up hundreds of “terrorist gangs” in Xinjiang since 2014, the government said in a report issued to counter criticism of internment camps and other oppressive security in the traditionally Islamic region. SENT: 970 words, photos.

RUSSIA-CRIMEA _ Russian President Vladimir Putin marked the fifth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine by visiting the Black Sea peninsula. SENT: 820 words, photo.

MOZAMBIQUE-CYCLONE _ As much as 90 percent of Mozambique’s central port city of Beira has been damaged or destroyed by tropical Cyclone Idai, according to the Red Cross. SENT: 460 words.

INDONESIA-SUBWAY _ Commuting in Indonesia’s gridlocked capital will for some involve less frustration, sweat and fumes when its first subway line opens later this month. SENT: 710 words, photos.




#GIRLSTOO _ The arrest of R&B singer R. Kelly on charges of sexually abusing girls as young as 13 focuses the lens of the #MeToo movement on underage victims and girls of color. The charges follow a string of sexual misconduct accusations against Hollywood power brokers, media titans, even Donald Trump during his run for president. But in those instances, as with the Harvey Weinstein scandal that launched the #MeToo era, the accusers have been older, mostly white women. By Maryclaire Dale and Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 2,190 words, photos. An abridged version of 980 words has also been sent.

WINTER WEATHER-FLOODING _ Hundreds of homes have flooded in northwest Missouri after the Missouri River overtopped and breached several levees following heavy rain and snowmelt upstream. SENT: 370 words, photos, video.

PETROCHEMICAL FIRE-TEXAS _ Emergency crews worked to control a large fire burning at a Houston-area petrochemicals terminal that has spread to eight storage tanks. SENT: 240 words, photos, video.

COLD CASE ARREST _ A DNA match found through a genealogy website has led to an arrest in the killings of two teen girls nearly 20 years ago, Alabama authorities say. SENT: 240 words, photos.

VOTING RIGHTS-KANSAS _ A federal appeals court will hear arguments over the constitutionality of a struck-down Kansas statute that had required people to provide documents proving their U.S. citizenship before they could register to vote. SENT: 630 words, photo. UPCOMING: Hearing scheduled for 11 a.m.

PEDIATRICIAN-ASSAULT CHARGES _ A former Pennsylvania pediatrician is scheduled for sentencing in the sexual assault of 31 children, most of them patients, in a case that state medical regulators failed to act on nearly two decades ago. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: Hearing at 9:30 a.m.




ELECTION 2020-EARLY FUNDRAISING _ With the first quarter fundraising deadline looming, some Democratic presidential contenders have resorted to gimmickry to claim viability and give the impression of a spontaneous groundswell of grassroots support. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, by 1 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE-FUNDRAISING _ Beto O’Rourke’s Democratic presidential campaign says he raised more than $6 million online during the first 24 hours after he announced his White House bid last week. SENT: 340 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-LINDSEY GRAHAM-PENCE _ Vice President Mike Pence is making a trip to South Carolina to help kickoff U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s bid for a fourth term. SENT: 140 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN _ Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Party’s liberal superstar for much of the last decade, is being forced to assume the role of underdog in the crowded race for the party’s nomination. By Steve Peoples, Elana Schor and Hunter Woodall. SENT: 1,210 words, photos, video.

SUPREME COURT-SNIPER SHOOTINGS-MALVO _ The Supreme Court has agreed to consider Virginia’s plea to reinstate the life-without-parole sentence of a man who participated in sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002. SENT: 370 words, photo.

DRUG PRICES-LOBBYING _As Congress and President Donald Trump’s administration aim to lower prescription drug costs, outside groups like the Alliance for Patient Access are seeking to sway the outcome. But not all of these organizations are clear about who they actually represent. Their names can obscure the source of the message, and they’re cagey about where they get their funding. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

FACT CHECK-WEEK _President Donald Trump dismisses the notion that white nationalism is a growing threat, but data indicate otherwise. SENT: 3,150 words, photos.




LYFT-IPO _ Lyft officially kicked off the road show for its initial public offering, putting 30 million shares up for sale with an anticipated price of between $62 and $68 per share. SENT: 340 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

FIS-WORLDPAY _ Fidelity National Information Services is buying Worldpay for about $35 billion with financial transactions increasingly move online. SENT: 340 words.

GERMANY-BANK MERGER _ Shares in Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank rose after the two said they were in merger talks, but that didn’t stop people from questioning what a merger would accomplish. SENT: 530 words, photos.

LAST BLOCKBUSTER _ There are challenges that come with running the last Blockbuster Video on the planet. The computer system must be rebooted using floppy disks that only the general manager _ a solid member of Gen X _ knows how to use. The dot-matrix printer broke, so employees write out membership cards by hand. And the store’s business transactions are backed up on a reel-to-reel tape that can’t be replaced because Radio Shack went out of business. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 990 words, photos, video. This is the Tuesday Spotlight. With LAST BLOCKBUSTER-PHOTO GALLERY.




FACEBOOK-LOCAL NEWS _Facebook’s effort to establish a service that provides its users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company’s technicians can find original reporting. SENT: 420 words, photo.




NCAA TOURNAMENT _ It’s going to take more than a busted sneaker to stop Zion Williamson. The way he’s going, he might not be done until he’s cutting down nets at the Final Four. Impressed by how Duke looks with college basketball’s best player in the lineup, the NCAA selection committee made the Blue Devils the overall top seed for March Madness, marching in step with the oddsmakers, who had already established Duke as the 9-4 favorite to take it all. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 760 words, photos.




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