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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

March 7, 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 .




BREXIT-ROTTING FRUIT? _ A corner of southern Spain with a sunny desert climate sent about 314,000 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables last year to the United Kingdom, where shoppers are willing to pay more to have out-of-season produce. It is a business worth millions of euros every year to Spanish farmers, and Britain’s impending departure from the European Union could yank a lot of it away. By throwing up borders with the EU, Brexit could bring long waits at customs posts for trucks with wilting loads. By Emilio Morenatti and Serge Cartwright. SENT: 850 words, photos.




US-MEXICO-ASYLUM _ Border agents have been told to explicitly target Spanish speakers and migrants from Latin America in carrying out a Trump administration program requiring asylum seekers wait in Mexico, according to memos obtained by The Associated Press that reveal some inner workings of a top government priority to address the burgeoning number of Central Americans arriving in the country. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 880 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT _ Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is scheduled to learn his sentence for tax and bank fraud related to money he earned advising Ukrainian politicians. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 570 words, photo. UPCOMING: 800 words after 3:30 p.m. hearing.

DEEP SOUTH-SEVERE WEATHER-DEALING WITH THE DEAD _ With nearly two dozen people killed in a tornado outbreak that shattered a rural community in east Alabama, notifying the families of the dead was a huge, gut-wrenching task done in the privacy of a country church. Pastor Rusty Sowell, with the county coroner behind him, would put his hand on the door to a Sunday school classroom at Providence Baptist Church, where dozens of family members were told to gather. Inside, people awaited word on whether loved ones were dead or alive. By Jay Reeves and Kim Chandler. SENT: 690 words, photos.

CHINA-US-HUAWEI _ Chinese tech giant Huawei is challenging a U.S. law that labels the company a security risk and would limit its access to the American market for telecom equipment. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

FACEBOOK-PRIVACY PLAY _ After building a social network that turned into a surveillance system, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he’s shifting his company’s focus to messaging services designed to serve as fortresses of privacy. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 960 words, photos.

R KELLY _ R. Kelly’s day began with a nationally televised broadcast in which he whispered, cried and ranted while pleading with viewers to believe him: He’d never had sex with anyone under 17 and never held anyone against her will. By Tammy Webber and Don Babwin. SENT: 1,250 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ US IL R Kelly (CR) _ R. Kelly heads back to jail over child support.




TV-ALEX TREBEK-CANCER _ “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he has pancreatic cancer. SENT: 680 words, photos.

INDIA-LOOKING FOR HOPE-PHOTO GALLERY _ Indian family on the fringes sees hope in 7-year-old boy. SENT: 560 words, video.

BOOKS-STORY PRIZE _ Lauren Groff’s “Florida” wins $20,000 Story Prize. SENT: 140 words.




KOREAS-DIPLOMACY _ South Korea’s military says it’s carefully monitoring North Korean nuclear and missile facilities after the country’s spy agency tells lawmakers that new activity was detected at a research center where the North presumably builds its long-range missiles targeting the U.S. mainland. SENT: 800 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-NORTH KOREA-HUMANITARIAN _ An estimated 11 million people in North Korea _ over 43 percent of the population _ are undernourished and “chronic food insecurity and malnutrition is widespread,” according to a U.N. report. SENT: 590 words.

ISRAEL-JERUSALEM-CABLE-CAR _ A tiny religious sect is emerging as a major impediment for a controversial plan to connect modern Jerusalem and its historic Old City with a cable car network. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-CARDINAL-CHARGED _ A man who alleges he was sexually molested by George Pell as a boy in the 1970s sues the disgraced cardinal in an Australian court. SENT: 420 words, photos.




PELOSI-LEADERSHIP STUMBLES _ Young Democrats’ willingness to question the protocols of Congress exposes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership team to some high-profile stumbles, including one this week over a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to remarks made by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 750 words, photos.

TRUMP INVESTIGATION-WEISSELBERG _ Allen Weisselberg’s knowledge of nearly every penny taken in and spent by the Trump Organization for decades has thrust him into the middle of the sprawling federal probes and congressional investigations of Trump’s family business. By Business Writer Bernard Condon. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS-NEW HAMPSHIRE _ Days after Bernie Sanders announced his second run for president, prominent New Hampshire supporters of the democratic socialist’s first campaign say they have not decided if they will support him again. SENT: 800 words, photo.

MCSALLY-MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT _ The U.S. Air Force has apologized to Sen. Martha McSally after the Arizona Republican revealed that a superior officer raped her when she was in the service. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.




JOB MARKET-WORKERS COME OFF THE SIDELINES _ A surprisingly strong burst of job growth over the past year has led many economists to wonder: Where are all the workers coming from? By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1,590 words, photos, graphic.

JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN _ Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn walking out of a Tokyo detention center nearly four months after his arrest is riveting Japan, where the relatively low crime rate means his high-profile financial misconduct case is giving the public an unusual peek into how the criminal justice system works. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 790 words, photos.




BORDER AGENCY-JOURNALIST SURVEILLANCE _ The U.S. government ran an operation to screen journalists, activists and others while investigating last year’s migrant caravan from Mexico, a San Diego TV station reports, citing leaked documents. SENT: 570 words, photos.

PARENTS KILLED-SON CHARGED _ A Southern California man charged with the murders of his parents and their housekeeper in an affluent beach community told police during a 911 call that he killed his parents, feared being sent to psychiatric hospital. SENT: 790 words, photos.




TIM DAHLBERG-PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS _ Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, himself a billionaire and reality show star like Donald Trump before him, is talking once again about running for president and this time no one is laughing _ at least publicly _ at the thought. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 820 words, photos.

JAMES PASSES JORDAN _ LeBron James moves past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list when the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar scored his 32,293rd point against the Denver Nuggets. By Sports Writer Greg Beacham. SENT: 830 words, photos.

UCONN’S QUIRKY ALL-AMERICANS _ UConn All-Americans Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier consider themselves kindred, if somewhat quirky spirits. By Sports Writer Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 670 words, photos.




SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-KEVIN TSUJIHARA _ WarnerMedia is investigating claims that Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara promised acting roles in exchange for sex as detailed in The Hollywood Reporter. By Film Writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle. SENT: 590 words, photo.




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