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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

March 13, 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.




TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is sentenced to an additional 3 1/2 years of prison on conspiracy charges related to his foreign lobbying work and witness tampering, as the judge questions his remorse and rebukes him for years of crimes and lies. He’ll serve the time on top of a roughly four-year term in a separate criminal case in Virginia. To head off a potential presidential pardon, authorities in New York promptly charge Manafort in another criminal case. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 800 words. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

BREXIT-THERESA MAY — Her voice is hoarse from talking, her authority waning, and her overriding political goal — taking Britain out of the European Union with a negotiated deal — seems like a mirage. Yet British Prime Minister Theresa May keeps going, declining to resign despite two successive parliamentary defeats of historic proportion. She is still pushing her agreement, ignoring ample evidence that Parliament won’t buy it and the Europeans won’t sweeten it. Britons seem divided between expressing admiration for her fortitude and wondering how badly her head must hurt from continually banging it against the wall. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 700 words, photos. WITH: BREXIT — UK lawmakers seek to stop no-deal Brexit as EU warnings grow. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

ETHIOPIA-PLANE CRASH-PILGRIMAGE OF GRIEF — In Ethiopia, an ancient land of pilgrimages, people are making their way to a grim new marker of grief. Friends and families of the 157 people killed on Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 came forward one by one, giving quiet offerings to the dead. Photographs. Heartfelt notes. Bouquets. By Yidnek Kirubel and Cara Anna. SENT: 525 words, photos.

COLLEGE BRIBERY-PRIVILEGE — The college bribery scandal ensnared a list of families that embody wealth and privilege in America: A California vineyard owner. CEOs. Hollywood stars. And it underscored the deep divisions in America on issues of class, privilege and race that are dominant themes in the political debate and discussions about the Trump administration. To many, the scandal offers further proof that the college admission systems is rigged in favor of rich white people who can buy their way into the most prestigious schools at a time when regular Americans have no chance. By Michelle Smith and Deepti Hajela.

BRAZIL-SCHOOL SHOOTING — Two young men, wearing hoods and carrying firearms and other weapons, opened fire at a school in southern Brazil, killing eight people before taking their own lives, authorities said. The dead included two teachers and six students, and several other people had been hospitalized after sustaining injuries. SENT: 500 words, photos.

NIGERIA-COLLAPSED BUILDING — A three-story building collapsed in Nigeria on Wednesday with scores of school children thought to be inside, setting off frantic rescue efforts in the country’s crowded commercial capital. An emergency management official said more than 40 people had been found but it was not yet clear how many died. Associated Press video showed rescuers carrying several dust-covered, stunned-looking children from the rubble, to cheers from hundreds of people who rushed to the scene. SENT: 450 words, photos, video.




COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY — Fallout from a sweeping college admissions scandal swiftly spread, with actress Lori Loughlin surrendering ahead of a Los Angeles court hearing and a Silicon Valley hedge fund replacing its leader. Loughlin and fellow actress Felicity Huffman headline the list of some 50 people charged in documents unveiled in Boston that describe a scheme to cheat the admissions process at eight sought-after schools. The parents bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into selective schools, authorities said. SENT: 865 words, photos.




TRUMP BORDER SECURITY — Republican senators are staring down a difficult vote on whether to reject President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration for the U.S.-Mexico border. Seeking a way out, they’ve sought Trump’s support for separate legislation curbing a president’s power to unilaterally declare such emergencies in the future. But the White House seems cool to the plan, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declared it a non-starter in her chamber. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 790 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m., photos.

ETHIOPIA-PLANE CRASH-BOEING LOBBYING — Aerospace giant Boeing, maker of the 737 Max 8 plane involved in two recent crashes, is a juggernaut in Washington, employing a team of in-house lobbyists and blue-chip firms as part of a multi-million dollar influence operation built to shape policy on Capitol Hill, the Pentagon and the Federal Aviation Administration. By Richard Lardner. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos.

CONGRESS-YEMEN WAR POWERS — The White House issues a veto threat ahead of a Senate vote on a resolution that would force the Trump administration to end U.S. involvement in Yemen’s civil war. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from late-afternoon vote, 790 words by 5 p.m., photos.

ELECTION 2020-BIPARTISANSHIP — Calls for bipartisanship were once an unremarkable staple of campaign rhetoric. Today they’re divisive. Still stung by President Barack Obama’s fierce battles with Republicans and at odds with nearly every policy of the Trump administration, many Democrats have little interest in talk of cross-party cooperation — and aren’t afraid to say so. By Julie Pace. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-VENEZUELA — Two of the themes President Donald Trump is expected to hammer hard during his campaign for re-election are at odds as his administration considers whether to offer special protected status to Venezuelans in the U.S. By Jill Colvin and Deb Riechmann. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 p.m., photos.




IMMIGRATION-SANCTUARY CITIES — Leaders of a New Mexico county that has barred its employees from cooperating with immigration authorities have learned that staffers at a jail were still sharing private information and tipping officers off when an immigrant was released, highlighting a rarely reported tactic in which the federal government leverages informal relationships with local police to carry out its mission. UPCOMING: 1,100 words.




SELF-FLAGELLATION-VIRUS — Add self-flagellation to the list of ways to get a dangerous viral blood infection. Researchers said that they were initially puzzled how 10 British men had become infected with a little-known virus, because the men hadn’t taken risks usually associated with the disease. But then investigators learned they had participated in blood-shedding religious rituals — cutting or whipping themselves — in Iraq, Pakistan, India and the United Kingdom. SENT: 500 words, photo.

E-CIGARETTES-SALES RESTRICTIONS — U.S. health regulators are moving ahead with a plan designed to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most flavored products in convenience stores and online. The new guidelines, first proposed in November, are the latest government effort to reverse what health officials call an epidemic of underage vaping. SENT: 800 words, photo.




FBN--BROWNS-REVIVAL — The Browns returned as an expansion team in 1999. They became a real one Tuesday night. It only took 20 mostly tortuous years. With a blockbuster trade for star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Browns have flipped the NFL on its helmet and changed their national perception. They’re the talk of the league, and for the first time in ages, it’s for a good reason. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.