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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

February 25, 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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UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA _ President Donald Trump will head into his second meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un having reframed what would make a successful summit, lowering expectations for Pyongyang’s denuclearization while eager to declare a flashy victory to offset the political turmoil he faces at home. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,350 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ US Trump Kim Summit (CR HFR) _ Stakes higher heading into second U.S.-North Korea summit. UPCOMING: Trump to depart around 12:30 p.m. With NKOREA-REALITY AND MYTH _ Fire, fury, love? The mythology behind the Trump-Kim summit. For complete coverage: https://apnews.com/Trump-KimSummit . See MORE ON TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT below.

UNITED STATES-VENEZUELA _ The United States is planning new ways to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to give up power and other means to provide assistance to the people of the economically devastated South American nation after a weekend effort failed to deliver aid. By Ben Fox. SENT: 510 words, photos. UPCOMING: Pence scheduled to speak in Bogota around 10:30 a.m. With VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS _ Maduro opponents boost military rhetoric in Venezuela crisis.

OSCARS-MOMENTS _ Spike Lee bounding into the arms of Samuel L. Jackson. A weeping Lady Gaga, and a delightfully daft Olivia Colman. Historic breakthroughs for black nominees and for women. The hostless Oscars at first threatened to be a rather dull affair, but soon came alive with genuine feel-good moments and heartwarming surprises. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 5 a.m., photos. With OSCARS _ In an upset, “Green Book” wins best picture at Oscars; OSCARS-BEST-ACTOR _ Rami Malek wins best actor Oscar for “Bohemian Rhapsody”; OSCARS-BEST ACTRESS _ Close but it’s Olivia Colman for best actress at Oscars; OSCARS-FASHION HIGHLIGHTS _ Pinks and warrior metallics among fashion highlights; OSCARS-LIST. Complete AP awards season coverage: http://apne.ws/QfcU7DR . See MORE ON OSCARS below.

IMMIGRATION-SKILLED WORKERS _ Businesses, advocates and attorneys say they’re seeing a widening attack by the Trump administration on skilled foreign workers. H-1B visa applicants are experiencing a big increase in what are known as requests for evidence, which can bring long delays for work authorization or ultimately result in a denial. The administration says it’s simply trying to crack down on fraud and expand opportunities for Americans. Opponents of the changes say they’re chasing the best and brightest away. By National Writer Matt Sendesky. UPCOMING: 1,460 words by 10 a.m., photos. An abridged version of 850 words will also be sent. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

OVERDOSES-CRIMINAL CHARGES _ The opioid crisis is spurring many states to take a tougher stance against drug dealers, including creating laws that treat fatal overdoses as murders and manslaughters. Lawmakers in Connecticut, Hawaii, Mississippi and Virginia have proposed bills this year that would allow murder and manslaughter charges for fatal overdoses. Other states have passed similar laws in recent years. But opponents say such laws discourage people from calling 911 for help for overdose victims. By Dave Collins. UPCOMING: 820 words by 7 a.m., photos.

R KELLY-INVESTIGATIONS _ R. Kelly, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, remains jailed over the weekend as confidants make arrangements to pay the $100,000 bail needed to free him as he awaits trial for aggravated sexual abuse, his lawyer says. The 52-year-old R&B star had hoped to walk out of the 7,000-inmate Chicago jail, but his defense attorney tells The Associated Press that coordination of the payment is complicated. He added that Kelly could be released as early as Monday or Tuesday. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

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MORE ON TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT

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TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT _ With North Korea’s leader on an armored train barreling through China toward Vietnam’s capital, and Trump about to board a jet for Hanoi, Vietnamese officials scramble to finish preparation for a rushed summit that will capture global attention. SENT: 810 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-AP EXPLAINS-NUCLEAR VERIFICATION _ The success of this week’s second summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un hinges largely on whether Kim proves he’s truly committed to denuclearization. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-HANOI POSTCARD _ Children at a kindergarten in Hanoi, some in Korean traditional “Hanbok” dress, have been practicing singing and dancing, hoping to show off their talents to Kim Jong Un when he comes to town this week for his second summit with Trump. SENT: 560 words, photos. With TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT-PHOTO GALLERY _ “Peace & Love” summit shirts for sale in Hanoi.

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MORE ON OSCARS

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OSCARS-BACKSTAGE _ Backstage at the Oscars it seems like a whole other show is going on, from fun interactions, like Captain America meeting Aquaman, to the stunned daze of winners walking backstage and looking for a drink _ champagne for Lady Gaga and white wine for Olivia Colman, please. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 750 words by 4 a.m., photos.

OSCARS-PARTIES _ The last awards have been handed out, and it’s time to party. By Entertainment Writers Andrew Dalton and Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 550 words by 5 a.m., photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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SERENA WILLIAMS-CONTROVERSIAL CARTOON _ Media watchdog says Serena Williams cartoon didn’t breach standards. SENT: 250 words, photo.

TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY _ Former U.S. security officials to oppose emergency declaration. SENT: 240 words, photo.

NEWS CREW-ROBBERY _ California news crew robbed, guard shot; suspect arrested. SENT: 340 words.

WINTER WEATHER-UPPER MIDWEST _ Drivers rescued in Minnesota snow; Wisconsin pileup kills one. SENT: 330 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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JAPAN-OKINAWA REFERENDUM _ The residents of Japan’s southwestern island region of Okinawa reject a relocation plan for a U.S. military base that was put to a referendum, increasing pressure on the national government to change its stance that the facility will be built no matter what. SENT: 630 words, photo.

ISRAEL-SYNTHETIC STEAKS _ Several Israeli startups have joined a handful of companies around the globe trying to develop lab-grown meat, something they see as a solution to the world’s ever-growing population and burgeoning demand for food. SENT: 910 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-PEACE TALKS _ Senior Taliban leaders, including one of the group’s founders, arrive in Qatar for another round of talks with Washington’s special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated solution to Afghanistan’s protracted war. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.

BANGLADESH-ATTEMPTED HIJACKING _ A passenger flight made an emergency landing in Bangladesh after an armed man attempted to hijack the plane, and he was later killed in an exchange of gunfire with military commandos, officials say. SENT: 310 words, photo.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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SUPREME COURT-CROSS CASE _ The Supreme Court hears arguments this week over whether a 40-foot-tall concrete cross at a highway median violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause or is merely a memorial that’s honored World War I dead for the last century. SENT: 920 words, photos. UPCOMING: Video.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ A top House Democrat threatens to call special counsel Robert Mueller to Capitol Hill, subpoena documents and sue the Trump administration if the full report on Mueller’s Russia investigation is not made public. SENT: 700 words, photos. With MUELLER REPORT-IN PLAIN SIGHT _ Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view.

FACT CHECK-WEEK _ Trump is spreading tall tales about election fraud, pointing to a nonexistent case of a “million fraudulent votes” cast in California. By Hope Yen, Calvin Woodward and Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 2,820 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

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NATIONAL

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CARGO PLANE CRASH _ A southeast Texas sheriff says that two bodies have been recovered at the site where a Boeing 767 cargo plane crashed into a coastal bay. SENT: 430 words, photos.

ROUNDUP WEED KILLER-CANCER _ A jury in federal court in San Francisco will decide whether Roundup weed killer caused a California man’s cancer in a trial that plaintiffs’ attorneys say could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits. SENT: 450 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA GAS LEAK _ A stink is being raised over a $120 million court settlement from the nation’s largest-known natural gas leak and it’s not about money, but cow manure. SENT: 700 words, photos.

CHINA-MISSING UIGHURS _ Nearly two years after the Chinese government began to detain members of Muslim minority groups in western China, a growing number of family members abroad are refusing to remain silent. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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CHINA TRADE _ Trump’s decision to extend a deadline to escalate tariffs on Chinese imports raises cautious optimism in China and boosts share prices across Asia. SENT: 700 words, photo. With CHINA-TRADE-THE LATEST; FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Asian stocks mostly higher after Trump tariff extension.

NABE SURVEY OF ECONOMISTS _ Roughly half the nation’s business economists say they think the U.S. economy will slip into recession by the end of next year, and three-fourths envision such a downturn beginning by the end of 2021. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 460 words.

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SPORTS

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REDSHIRT WHIFFS _ Redshirt mistakes still happen in big-time college basketball. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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