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BC-AP News Digest 5:30 am

March 17, 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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TOP STORIES

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NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING _ Anguished relatives anxiously wait for authorities to release the remains of those who were killed in massacres at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, while authorities announce the death toll from the racist attacks rises to 50. By Nick Perry and Juliet Williams. SENT: 970 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-PRIME MINISTER _ Jacinda Ardern known for her optimistic outlook and bright personality, and she became an inspiration to working women around the world last year when she gave birth to a daughter. But the prime minister is now displaying other qualities to an anxious nation after a gunman slaughtered 50 people at two Christchurch mosques. She’s shown a determination to change gun laws and an empathy with the families of the victims. By Steve McMorran and Nick Perry. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 720 words by 6 a.m.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-PEACEFUL CHRISTCHURCH _ Ahmed Tani settled in Christchurch after fleeing civil war in Somalia. The New Zealand city seemed a place of peace. It was more than just physically distant from the strife he had known. With its leafy streets, vibrant gardens and green public parks, the Garden City was even visually a world away from his war-scorched past. But that peace hasn’t always lasted and now the city will need to use its experience rebuilding from a 2011 earthquake to recover from the nation’s worst terrorist attack. By Steve McMorran and Nick Perry. SENT: 760 words, photos. WITH: NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-VICTIMS-VIGNETTES _ SENT: 2,900 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP _ Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke says that being a white man in a 2020 Democratic field that’s so deeply diverse won’t be a hindrance because his gender and race have given him inherent advantages for years. By Hunter Woodall. SENT: 1,640 words, photos.

AMAZON HQ-VIRGINIA _ Following heated public testimony, a northern Virginia county board unanimously approves a $23 million incentives package for Amazon to build a sprawling new headquarters there. SENT: 370 words.

VENEZUELA _ Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido embarks on a new stage of his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro as the rivals hold competing rallies in the capital of Caracas, a pattern which has unfolded repeatedly as both sides attempt to convey strength. By Fernando Llano. SENT: 540 words, photos.

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MORE ON NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTINGS

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NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-HIGH SCHOOL _ Students hope love will help overcome tragedy at New Zealand high school home to 2 student believed killed in Christchurch terrorist attack. SENT: 640 words, photos.

MOSQUE SHOOTING-SANCTUARIES NO MORE _ Houses of worship are seen by many as places of refuge and solace. But the recent spate of attacks on mosques, churches and synagogues has made them targets. By Mike Householder, Rebecca Santana and Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 990 words, photos, video.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-TRAVELS _ The white supremacist suspected in the mosque shootings that left at least 49 people dead in New Zealand had traveled to the Balkans in the past three years, where he toured historic sites and apparently studied battles between Christians and the Ottoman Empire. SENT: 800 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-SENATOR _ Australia’s prime minister has suggested an anti-Muslim senator should be charged after he slapped a teen who cracked a raw egg over the legislator’s head. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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AMAZON HQ-VIRGINIA _ Protesters repeatedly shouted “shame” as a northern Virginia county board unanimously approved a $23 million incentives package for Amazon to build a new headquarters there. SENT: 520 words, photo.

IDITAROD DOG DIES _ Iditarod race officials say a dog on a racer’s team has died of pneumonia, and the musher has been withdrawn from the event. SENT: 170 words.

FLINTSTONE HOUSE _ A San Francisco Bay Area town is suing the owner of the quirky Flintstone House, alleging she made unpermitted improvements and created an ‘eyesore.’ SENT: 200 words, photo.

APRIL THE GIRAFFE _ April the Giraffe once again gives birth in front of a live, enthralled YouTube audience, and it’s a boy. SENT: 220 words, photos, video.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN _ Did Joe Biden accidentally reveal his plans to run for the White House? Or was it just another slip of the tongue by the former vice president with a reputation for veering off script? SENT: 400 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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INDONESIA-FLASH FLOODS _ A disaster official say days of torrential downpours have triggered flash floods and mudslides in mountainside villages in Indonesia’s easternmost province, killing at least 50 people and injuring 59 others. SENT: 360 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN _ Around 100 Afghan soldiers fled their posts and tried to cross into neighboring Turkmenistan during a weeklong battle with the Taliban, officials said Sunday, in the latest setback for the country’s battered security forces. SENT: 380 words.

IRAN-US _ A Washington-based lawyer says a U.S. Navy veteran held in Iran, the first American known to be detained since President Donald Trump took office, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. SENT: 670 words.

SLOVAKIA-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION _ The two leading contenders will compete in a presidential runoff in an election that can give Slovakia the first woman president. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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WINTER WEATHER-FLOODING _ Authorities use boats and large vehicles to rescue and evacuate residents in parts of the Midwest where a recent deluge of rainwater and snowmelt was sent pouring over frozen ground, overwhelming creeks and rivers, and killing at least one person. SENT: 840 words, photos.

MOB SHOOTING _ A 24-year-old man is arrested in the shooting death of the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family, New York City police say. SENT: 340 words, photos.

ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE _ A new, troublesome topic hovered over the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York this year: Britain’s failed Brexit deal with the European Union that could squeeze Ireland’s economy. But nothing could put a damper on the largest American celebration of Irish heritage on Saturday, with tens of thousands of marchers following a painted green line up Fifth Avenue for the six-hour procession. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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HEART SURGERY _ Surgery for a bad aortic heart valve may soon become a thing of the past. Two studies find it’s OK to have a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead. SENT: 550 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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R KELLY-I BELIEVE I CAN FLY _ The dilemma of separating the sides of R. Kelly, who faces 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, now confronts millions who listen to or perform his music. It’s perhaps most acute when it comes to “I Believe I Can Fly.” The Grammy-winning ballad released in 1996 has made its way into movies and been performed in countless reality shows, church services, as well as school concerts and graduation ceremonies. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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T25-BEAST-SETON HALL-VILLANOVA _ Villanova became the first team to win three consecutive Big East Tournaments, holding off Seton Hall 74-72 behind seniors Eric Paschall and Phil Booth and key contributions from freshman Saddiq Bey. By AP College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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