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TRUMP-IMMIGRATION _ President Donald Trump says he is strongly considering releasing “Illegal Immigrants” into Democratic strongholds to punish congressional foes for inaction on the border_ just hours after White House and Homeland Security officials insisted the idea had been rejected as fast as it had been proposed. By Jill Colvin and Colleen Long. SENT: 1200 words, photos, video, audio
UNITED STATES-ASSANGE _ The decision to seek the extradition of Julian Assange marked a dramatic new approach to the founder of WikiLeaks by the U.S. government, a shift that was signaled in the early days of the Trump administration. By Eric Tucker and Ben Fox. SENT: 880 words, video, photo. With WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE ARREST-ECUADOR _ Swedish coder held by Ecuador staunchly defended Assange (sent).
ELECTION 2020-CORY BOOKER _ Cory Booker is hoping a big rally in Newark, New Jersey, will mean a boost to a presidential campaign that’s struggled to break through in a crowded field. By Elana Schor SENT: 620 words, photos.
BREXIT-BROKEN BRITAIN _ British lawmakers had to be sent home in mid-debate this month when water from a burst pipe began gushing into the House of Commons chamber. That image perfectly illustrates Parliament’s problem as it tries to solve the puzzle of Brexit, Britain’s impending departure from the European Union. On the outside, the U.K. Parliament is resplendent, a world-famous symbol of democracy. Inside, it’s decrepit and increasingly unfit for use. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 130 words, photos.
MIDEAST-AUTOCRATS _ It’s Arab Spring, season II, and he’s the last man standing among a crop of Arab dictators after the fall of the Sudanese and Algerian leaders. He’s survived an eight-year war to topple him and an Islamic caliphate over part of his broken country. But Bashar Assad’s path is strewn with difficulties and the war for Syria is far from over. By Zeina Karam and Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
CONGRESS-TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS _ The chairman of the House oversight committee says he intends to subpoena President Donald Trump’s accountant for his financial records. SENT: 440 words.
HAITIANS-TEMPORARY RESIDENCY _ A second federal judge has blocked the Department of Homeland Security from forcing tens of thousands of Haitians to return to their native country. SENT: 380 words.
MONTANA-BODIES IN BASEMENT _ A Montana man and woman have been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing two people to death and trying to dissolve their bodies in chemical-filled tubs. SENT: 330 words, photos.
AFGHANISTAN _ An Afghan official says the Taliban ambush a police convoy, setting off an hours-long battle that killed seven security forces, an Afghan official says. including a provincial police official. SENT: 110 words.
LAW OFFICERS HACK _ A hacker group has posted online the personal information of hundreds of federal agents and police officers apparently stolen from websites affiliated with alumni of the FBI’s National Academy. SENT: 130 words.
BOLIVIA-PALM SUNDAY FAIR _ Thousands of indigenous people are marking Palm Sunday with an annual agricultural fair in the suburbs of one of Bolivia’s largest cities. SENT: 270 words, photos.
FISHER-PRICE SLEEPER-RECALL _ Fisher-Price is recalling nearly 5 million infant sleepers after more than 30 babies rolled over in them and died since the product was introduced in 2009. SENT: 190 words, photo.
PEOPLE-WAKA FLOCKA FLAME _ Rapper Waka Flocka Flame escaped injury when gunshots were fired at an Atlanta recording studio earlier this month. SENT: 90 words.
FOOD POISONING _ Health officials say ground beef is the likely source of a food poisoning outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people in six states. SENT: 120 words, photo.
ECUADOR-CORREA’S FACEBOOK _ Facebook has blocked the page of former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa in what the firebrand leader is lambasting as part of a “brutal persecution.” SENT: 130 words, photo.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-STONE _ President Donald Trump’s longtime confidant, Roger Stone, asked a federal judge to compel the Justice Department to turn over a full copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation as part of discovery in his criminal case. SENT: 650 words.
TRUMP-5G _ The U.S. government will hold a massive auction later this year to bolster 5G service, the next generation of mobile networks. President Trump showcases the announcement, declaring that the race to implement these faster, more powerful networks is a competition “America must win.” By Darlene Superville and Tali Arbel. SENT: 570 words, video, photos, audio.
TRUMP-OMAR _ President Trump weighs in on the most recent controversy involving Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, retweeting video edited to suggest that the Minnesota congresswoman was dismissive of the significance of the Sept. 11 attacks. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m., photos.
TRUMP-MAR-A-LAGO ARREST _ A Chinese woman recently arrested at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club has been charged with unlawful entry of restricted buildings and making false statements. SENT: 130 words, photos.
NORTH KOREA-KIM JONG UN SPEECH _ North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he is open to a third summit with President Donald Trump, but set the year’s end as a deadline for Washington to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the high-stakes nuclear diplomacy, the state-run media says. SENT: 840 words, photos.
SYRIA-ISRAEL _ An Israeli airstrike on a military position in central Syria wounded six soldiers and destroyed several buildings, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported. SENT: 250 words.
LIBYA _ The United Nations urgently appealed for the release and evacuation of more than 1,500 detained refugees and migrants caught in the crossfire of escalating fighting sparked by a self-styled Libyan army commander’s military campaign to take the capital. SENT: 630 words.
LATIN AMERICA-POMPEO _ U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China’s financing of President Nicolás Maduro’s government is prolonging the crisis in Venezuela. SENT: 260 words, photos.
YOUTH PRISON INVESTIGATION-WISCONSIN _ A federal investigation into alleged civil rights violations at Wisconsin’s troubled youth prison has ended without charges, prosecutors announced. SENT: 690 words, photo.
CONGRESS-LOEBSACK RETIRING _ Iowa Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack announced he won’t seek re-election when his current term ends, a move that likely will lead to a wide-open race in a district both parties see as winnable. SENT: 590 words, photo.
SPORTS BETTING _ A blizzard of bets from college basketball fans in March helped New Jersey to its second-highest monthly sports betting total, as March Madness translated into March Gladness for sports books. More than $372 million in sports bets were made in the state last month. That brings New Jersey’s total since sports betting began last June to over $2.3 billion. SENT: 650 words, photos.
MURDER SUSPECT-ESCAPE _ Dozens of federal and local law enforcement personnel were searching for a 15-year-old boy who was in the middle of a murder trial in his mother’s stabbing death when he escaped a Southern California jail. SENT: 380 words, photo.
PHOENIX SHOOTINGS _ A Phoenix man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his wife, two of his young daughters and a man who the suspect thought was romantically involved with his wife, police say. SENT: 400 words, photos.
GLOBAL FINANCE _ The global economy is likely to pull out of a brief growth slump later this year -- with a little help from the world’s central banks and from U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators. By Economics Writers Paul Wiseman and Martin Crutsinger. SENT 440 words, photos
The top of the Masters leaderboard is a crowded place after two rounds, with Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen in a five-way tie for the lead. Then there’s the man lurking one shot behind: four-time tournament winner Tiger Woods. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 a.m.
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