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BC-AP News Digest 3:10 am

February 4, 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 .

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TOP STORIES

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GOVERNOR-KLAN-BLACKFACE _ Gov. Ralph Northam clung to office amid nearly unanimous calls from his own party to resign over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, going silent after a bizarre 24 hours in which he first admitted he was in the picture, then denied it. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 940 words, photos, video. WITH: GOVERNOR-KLAN-BLACKFACE-NORTHAM _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s great virtue, as the voters saw it, was that he wasn’t a career politician, but a friendly doctor who came to politics late in life. Now his lack of political seasoning seems to be on full display. SENT: 995 words, photos; GOVERNOR-BLACKFACE-RACIAL RECKONING _ When Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam refused to resign last week, he did so in the shadow of a Capitol built by a founding father and a slave owner, in the former capital of the Confederacy still wrestling with what to do about statues that honor those who fought to preserve slavery. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

SUPER BOWL _ In a Super Bowl only New England could love, the Patriots won their sixth title by lumbering their way to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Coming off one of the most exciting seasons in the NFL’s history, this was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 980 words, photos. WITH: SUPER BOWL-MVP _ Julian Edelman was selected as the Super Bowl MVP after catching 10 passes for 141 yards in New England’s victory. The wide receiver was forced to sit out last year’s big game with a knee injury. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 850 words, photos; SUPER BOWL-PAUL NEWBERRY _ Column: After a Super Bowl stinker for the ages, the Patriots claim their sixth championship in a game that is best forgotten as soon as possible. SENT: 985 words, photos; SUPER BOWL-ADS _This year some of the Super Bowl ads that grabbed the greatest buzz were surprises, like Bud Light’s “Game of Thrones” teaser. Other crowd-pleasers focused on humor, like Amazon’s take on celebrity product testers. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 616 words, photos; SUPER BOWL-THE LATEST.

TRUMP-STATE OF UNION-SCORECARD _ President Donald Trump whiffed on some lofty goals and scored on others that he laid out in last year’s State of the Union address. A scorecard for issues from his speech last year. By Kevin Freking: SENT: 1,140 words, photos. WITH: STATE OF THE UNION-SECURITY _ Protecting everyone attending the State of the Union address requires months of planning and coordination involving multiple law enforcement agencies and thousands of officers working in ways seen and unseen. By Colleen Long. SENT: 740 words, photos.

EMIRATES-POPE _ Pope Francis is opening his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates by meeting Monday with the federation’s leader and a group of Muslim elders before addressing faith leaders in a show of religious tolerance in a Muslim region known for its restrictions on religious freedom. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 400 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Official welcome ceremony begins at 3 a.m.

AFGHANISTAN-TALIBAN TALKS _ The Taliban said Monday they will participate in what they call “intra-Afghan” talks in Moscow designed to bring together prominent Afghan figures, including former President Hamid Karzai, opposition figures and tribal elders — but no Kabul government officials. By Kathy Gannon and Rahim Faiez. SENT: 475 words, photos. WITH: AFGHANISTAN-PEACE TALKS-Q&A _ Trump’s envoy to Afghanistan is eager to strike a peace deal with the Taliban that would end America’s longest war, but he faces several obstacles. SENT: 1,035 words, photos.

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-VOICES _ It’s been 40 years since Iran’s Islamic Revolution and its now-graying participants are taking stock of what the uprising meant. In interviews on the streets of Tehran, they say they have mixed feelings about the events of 1979. Some are proud of overthrowing the shah and creating an Islamic Republic. Others say they are disappointed by current economic problems and widespread corruption. By Mohammad Nasiri. SENT: 745 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SUPER BOWL-SPORTS BETTING _ Football fans bet legally on the Super Bowl from states other than Nevada for the first time Sunday, with the excitement spreading from Las Vegas to as far as Rhode Island. SENT: 665 words, photos.

TRUMP-NFL _ President Trump claims “a lot of people” from the NFL have been calling and thanking him for signing legislation addressing concerns with the criminal justice system. SENT: 690 words, photos.

21 SAVAGE-ARREST _ Authorities in Atlanta say Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage is in federal immigration custody. SENT: 290 words, photo.

GERMANY-AIRPORT STRIKE _ A strike by the ground staff at Germany’s Hamburg Airport has caused the cancellation of more than 50 flights. SENT: 130 words.

MISSING PLANE-SALA _ The wreckage of the plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala was located on Sunday, two weeks after it disappeared from radar over the English Channel. SENT: 510 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-REPUBLICAN PARTY _ Worried about a potential Republican primary challenge, President Donald Trump’s campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign. By Zeke Miller and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-TAXES _ The last Democrat to win a presidential election, Barack Obama, ran in 2012 on a platform of raising taxes for top earners to nearly 40 percent. Now a new crop of Democratic presidential hopefuls is signaling that they want to go even further. By Nicholas Riccardi and Elana Schor. SENT: 1,015 words, photos.

FACT CHECK _ President Donald Trump is glossing over the facts when it comes to the Russia investigation and his economic performance. By Hope Yen, Calvin Woodward and Eric Tucker. SENT: 2,480 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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PLANE CRASH-NEIGHBORHOOD _ Five people died and two others were injured after a small plane apparently came apart, raining debris across a Southern California neighborhood and igniting a house fire before landing in a backyard. SENT: 515 words, photos.

EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION _ The trial of alleged drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman highlights how pervasive corruption in Mexico complicates U.S. law enforcement’s fight against the cartels. Jurors begin deliberating Monday after months of testimony during which former Guzman associates spoke of multimillion-dollar bribes paid to top Mexican officials. The testimony underscores the challenges U.S. authorities face when working with Mexican partners_ and the measures they took to ensure this case wasn’t compromised. By Jim Mustian and Tom Hays. SENT: 990 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS-FLORIDA _ As Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro clings to power, many of the loudest American voices urging on the Trump administration in its campaign to drive him from power are concentrated in one place: Florida. Florida has a large number of anti-Maduro Venezuelans and Cubans and is also likely to be the most crucial battleground state in President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election bid. By Gary Fineout. SENT: 920 words, photos. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

BODIES DISCOVERED-OKLAHOMA_ An MMA fighter suspected of killing two people, including an ex-girlfriend, was captured Sunday after escaping from a prisoner transport van in Texas. SENT: 650 words, photo.

DEPUTIES SHOT-OHIO_ A sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed during a 12-hour standoff at an apartment complex in Ohio that left another deputy wounded and a suspect in custody. SENT: 380 words, photos.

JAIL CONDITIONS-NYC _ The U.S. Department of Justice said Sunday it will work with the Bureau of Prisons to examine what happened at a federal detention center in Brooklyn that had lost heat and electricity last week and to ensure that it has a backup system in place. By Julie Walker. SENT: 595 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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EL SALVADOR-ELECTION _ A youthful former mayor of the capital easily won El Salvador’s presidency, getting more votes than his three rivals combined to usher out the two parties that dominated politics for a quarter century in the crime-plagued Central America nation. By Marcos Aleman. SENT: 495 words, photos.

BRAZIL-DAM COLLAPSE-MISSING SON _ Photographer Leo Correa recounts one mother’s painful search for a missing son in the wake of the devastating collapse of a mining dam in Brazil. By Leo Correa. SENT: 805 words, photos.

THAILAND-BAHRAIN REFUGEE _ A soccer player who has refugee status in Australia told a Thai court that he refuses to be voluntarily extradited to Bahrain, which has asked for his return to serve a prison sentence for a crime he denies committing. By Kaweewit Kaewjinda. SENT: 540 words, photos. WITH: THAILAND-BAHRAIN REFUGEE-THE LATEST (sent).

FRANCE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-CONDUCTOR _ A renowned Swiss conductor returned to a major world stage for the first time since 10 women accused him of sexual misconduct. Charles Dutoit earned repeated ovations from the awed Paris audience. Dutoit denies wrongdoing, and has faced no charge. Some singers and musicians opposed his return. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 660 words, photos.

HONG KONG-WILD BOAR DILEMMA _ The astrological year of the pig is good timing for Hong Kong to discuss its contested relationship with its wild boar population. Some argue for an ongoing cull, and others urge preservation, a position the financial center’s leadership is embracing. Boars are frequently seen in housing developments and shopping centers or making a dangerous dash across roads in front of cars. BY Alice Fung. SENT: 665 words, photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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SUPER BOWL-HALFTIME SHOW _ There are a number of words you could use to describe Maroon 5′s halftime show performance: Empty. Boring. Basic. Sleepy. Skippable. Unfulfilling. Unnecessary. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 555 words, photos.

FILM-BOX OFFICE _M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” is keeping a fragile hold on the No. 1 spot for the third time while “The Upside” stays in a close second on this sleepy weekend at the North American box office. Overall it’s the worst Super Bowl box office in almost two decades. The weekend’s only big newcomer, “Miss Bala,” landed in third place with $6.7 million. By Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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