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April 8, 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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ONLY ON AP

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YEMEN-CHOLERA — An AP investigation finds that Yemen’s massive cholera epidemic was aggravated by official intransigence and potential corruption. Both the Houthi rebels who control northern Yemen and the U.S.- and Saudi-backed government in the south impeded efforts by relief groups to stem the epidemic. The outbreak ultimately produced more than 1 million suspected cholera cases — the worst cholera epidemic recorded in modern times — and killed nearly 3,000 Yemenis. By Maggie Michael. SENT: 2,850 words, photos. An abridged version of 930 words has also been sent.

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TOP STORIES

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IRAN SANCTIONS —The United States designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a “foreign terrorist organization” in a move to increase pressure on the country that could have significant military, diplomatic and economic implications throughout the Middle East and beyond. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the move is part of an effort to put “maximum pressure” on Iran to end its support for terrorist plots and militant activity that destabilizes the Middle East. By Matthew Lee. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach of 890 words by 5 p.m.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS BRIBERY — Stanford University has expelled a student who lied about her sailing credentials in her application, which was linked to the college-admission bribery scandal. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

SCI-MELTING GLACIERS — Earth’s glaciers are melting much faster than scientists thought. A new study shows they are losing 369 billion tons of snow and ice each year, more than half of that in North America. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 650 words, photos.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP — Texas Tech and Virginia play for the NCAA final in a rare matchup of teams yet to win the NCAA title. This is no showcase for one-and-done stars, iconic coaches and 3-balling offenses, but a gritty display of defenses that were among the nation’s best. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: Game starts at 9:10 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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BREXIT —Prime Minister Theresa May is wooing domestic political opponents and European leaders as she seeks to break Britain’s Brexit impasse and secure a delay to the country’s departure from the European Union. SENT: 930 words, photos.

INDIA-HINDU NATIONALISM — Hindu nationalism takes a central place in India’s politics as Prime Minister Modi and his party seek to retain power by promoting a Hindu way of life instead of secular pluralism in the multicultural country. SENT: 750 words, photos.

UGANDA-AMERICAN KIDNAPPED — President Donald Trump urges Uganda to find the kidnappers of an American tourist who has been freed, amid conflicting reports over whether a ransom was paid for her release. SENT: 620 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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IMMIGRANTS-DRIVER’S LICENSES — Immigrants living in the U.S. illegally have already gotten access to driver’s licenses in a dozen states. They and their advocates are now targeting roughly a half-dozen states where they see a friendlier political landscape this year. The issue especially resonates with rural workers who say driving is a necessity where they live. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video.

FLOODING-UNPROTECTED TOWNS — Barbara Chappuis’s shop window offers a view out of a Mark Twain novel: The sprawling Mississippi River at one of its widest points splashing against a small-town Missouri riverfront, barges slowly rumbling by, the occasional eagle darting above the muddy water. Still, she’s moving her shop to higher ground for good, unable to withstand the constant threat of flooding. Most communities sitting along America’s rivers have some sort of flood protection. A few places like Clarksville don’t. They simply can’t afford it. By Jim Salter and Blake Nicholson. SENT: 990 words, photos.