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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

April 4, 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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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JUSSIE SMOLLETT _ Deadline looms for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to pay city investigative costs. SENT: 150 words, photo.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-KEVIN SPACEY _ Kevin Spacey’s lawyers returning to court in bar groping case. SENT: 140 words, photo.

BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS _ Nominees to be announced on NBC’s “Today” show in 8 a.m. hour.

TERROR WATCHLIST _ Judge to hear arguments on watchlist’s constitutionality. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Hearing at 10 a.m.

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TOP STORIES

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NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE ATTACKS _ The man accused of carrying out the Christchurch mosque attacks will face 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges when he makes his second court appearance, New Zealand police say. Police had earlier filed a single, representative murder charge against 28-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant. He is due to appear via video link during a brief hearing on Friday, and won’t be required to enter a plea. By Nick Perry. SENT: 510 words, photos. With NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE ATTACKS-THE LATEST.

JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN _Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn is arrested for a fourth time by Tokyo prosecutors investigating him for alleged financial misconduct. Tokyo prosecutors say Ghosn’s arrest was on suspicion he diverted $5 million from funds that were being relayed from a Nissan subsidiary to an overseas dealership. Their statement says the money is suspected of going to a company controlled by Ghosn. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 740 words, photos. With JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN-THE LATEST.

ISRAEL-ELECTION SECURITY _ As Israel prepares to hold a national election next week, experts say it is vulnerable to the kind of foreign hacks and cyber campaigns that have disrupted the political process in other countries. By Isabel Debre. SENT: 1,010 words, photos. With AP EXPLAINS-ISRAEL ELECTIONS.

ELECTION 2020-CRIMINAL JUSTICE _ The Democrats running for the White House have issued proposals on overhauling education, agriculture, technology and immigration. But none of them has made specific pitches on transforming the nation’s criminal justice system. By National Writer Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 890 words, photos.

CHINA’S NEW SILK ROAD-LATIN AMERICA _ China’s expansion in Latin America of its Belt and Road initiative to build ports and other trade-related facilities is stirring anxiety in Washington. As American officials express alarm at Beijing’s ambitions in a U.S.-dominated region, China has launched a charm offensive, wooing Panamanian politicians, professionals and journalists. By Juan Zamorano, Kathia Martinez and Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

FLINTSTONE HOUSE-FIGHT _ Towering dinosaurs stand among fanciful mushrooms in the sloping backyard. A life-sized Fred Flintstone welcomes visitors near the front door. And by the driveway on the lawn is a giant “Yabba Dabba Do” sign in orange, purple and red. The latest battle in the war between government rules and property rights is playing out in a posh San Francisco suburb, where a retired publishing mogul has installed an elaborate homage to “The Flintstones” family. The bold, bulbous house is surrounded by Stone Age sculptures inspired by the 1960s cartoon, along with aliens and other oddities. By Janie Har. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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PEOPLE-TAYLOR SWIFT’S HOUSE-CRASH _ Car in police chase crashes into gate at Taylor Swift’s home. SENT: 340 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-MICHAEL BENNET _ Potential 2020 candidate Bennet says he has prostate cancer. SENT: 200 words, photo.

BODIES DISCOVERED-OKLAHOMA _ MMA fighter, girlfriend indicted in Texas for capital murder. SENT: 190 words, photos.

SOUTH-KOREA-5G-NETWORKS _ South Korean carriers switch on 5G networks ahead of schedule. SENT: 200 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-CARACAS IN DECAY-PHOTO GALLERY _ As the sun sets, Venezuela’s capital empties. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-O’ROURKE _ Bernie Sanders and Beto O’Rourke may represent different poles among the dozen-plus Democrats vying for the White House, but they strike chords with the same part of the electorate: young voters. SENT: 950 words, photos.

TRUMP-MAR-A-LAGO _ The arrest of a woman last weekend at Mar-a-Lago shines a spotlight on the unique troubles of fortifying Trump’s oceanside Florida estate. SENT: 1,110 words, photos, video.

CONGRESS-TRUMP TAXES _ A House committee chairman formally asks the IRS to provide six years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns. By Business Writer Marcy Gordon. SENT: 730 words, photos.

GAY POLITICIANS _ The ascendance of Lori Lightfoot, newly elected as Chicago’s mayor, and Pete Buttigieg, a surprising presidential contender, highlights the remarkable recent progress made by gay and lesbian politicians. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 900 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEFENDING BIDEN _ Prominent women defend former Vice President Joe Biden, but can he survive under today’s #MeToo lens? By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ US Biden Statement (CR) _ Biden more “mindful” after touching complaints.

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INTERNATIONAL

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FRANCE-US-G7 _ Foreign and interior ministers from the Group of Seven are gathering in France to try to find ambitious solutions to world security challenges but top U.S. officials are skipping the events. SENT: 810 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-SOCIAL MEDIA _ Australia’s Parliament passes legislation that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream real violence such as the New Zealand mosque shootings. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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LEGAL MARIJUANA-CITIZENSHIP DENIALS _ U.S. immigration authorities block two immigrants’ applications for citizenship because of their work in Colorado’s marijuana industry, their attorneys and Denver officials say, accusing the Trump administration of quietly targeting immigrants seeking jobs in the growing field. SENT: 790 words, photos.

TEXAS PRISON CLERGY POLICY _ Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of a man who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn’t accompany him. SENT: 630 words, photo.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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CALLING CATS _ Scientists say they’ve documented that cats respond to the sound of their own names. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. UPCOMING: 390 words by 9 a.m., photo.

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BUSINESS

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TESLA-CAR PRODUCTION _ Tesla’s assembly lines slow and deliveries fell during a rocky start to the new year that is likely to magnify nagging doubts about the company’s ability to post sustained profits. SENT: 600 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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NCAA-ATHLETES COMPENSATION-EMMERT _ NCAA President Mark Emmert says a judge’s recent ruling in a federal antitrust lawsuit reinforced that college athletes should be treated as students not employees. Emmert spoke to The Associated Press at U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of the men’s basketball Final Four, making his first public comments since last month’s decision in the so-called Alston case. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 a.m., photos.

MINOR MONEY MATTERS _ The inequity of baseball’s pay system is attracting private companies eager to invest in minor league players in exchange for a cut of potential big league paydays. By Sports Writer Jake Seiner. UPCOMING: 970 words by 4 a.m., photos.

MAGGIE’S MISSION _ It has been more than a year since University of Oklahoma star gymnast Maggie Nichols was revealed as Athlete A, the first to report the sexual abuse by Larry Nassar to USA Gymnastics. By Sports Writer Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 1,160 words by 4 a.m., photos.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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CINEMACON-DISNEY _ As the new owners of 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight and Blue Sky Studios, the Walt Disney Co. wasted no time demonstrating at a CinemaCon that all the brands are now under one umbrella. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 530 words, photos.

MUSIC-CELINE DION _ Celine Dion is ending her Las Vegas residency soon, but the superstar singer will keep herself busy by releasing new music and embarking on a new world tour later this year. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 410 words, photos, video.

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