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BC-AP Top Stories Digest

February 28, 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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TRUMP-ART OF THE WALK — President Donald Trump framed the breakdown of the nuclear summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as knowing when “to walk,” but the stunning collapse reveals the risks of his unique brand of personal diplomacy. Trump played up his negotiating prowess while ignoring concerns that his go-it-alone approach was a prime reason for a breakdown that left some alarmed but many relieved. By Jonathan Lemire and Matthew Lee. UPCOMING: 1100 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT — North Korea disputes President Trump’s account of why his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un collapsed, saying the North demanded only partial sanctions relief in exchange for shuttering its main nuclear complex. The North’s abruptly called news conference after Trump’s departure from Hanoi adds a sour coda to the leaders’ summit, which began on an optimistic note but ended prematurely with no deal. By Jonathan Lemire, Foster Klug and Deb Riechmann. SENT: 1400 words, photos, video, audio.

ISRAEL-NETANYAHU — Israel’s attorney general recommends indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust in a series of corruption cases, a momentous move that shook up Israel’s election campaign and could spell the end of the prime minister’s illustrious political career. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced his decision after more than two years of intense investigations and deliberations. By Aron Heller. SENT: 875 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-INDIA — Pakistan’s prime minister pledges his country would release a captured Indian fighter pilot, a move that could help defuse the most serious confrontation in two decades between the nuclear-armed neighbors over the disputed region of Kashmir. Prime Minister Imran Khan made the announcement in an address to both houses of Parliament, saying he tried to reach his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi with a message that he wants to de-escalate tensions. By Munir Ahmed and Kathy Gannon. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

THE BLACK FRIEND — When a congressman asked a black woman to come forward during a congressional hearing to refute the claim that President Trump is a racist, he immediately stirred up an issue that has been around for decades: People defending themselves against racism by pointing out that they have a black friend. By Terry Tang and Deepti Hajela. UPCOMING: 700 words, by 4:30 p.m.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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NORTH KOREA DETAINEE DEATH — President Trump’s declaration that he takes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “at his word” that Kim was unaware of the alleged mistreatment of a U.S. college student who died there calls to mind other moments when he chose to believe autocrats over his own intelligence agencies. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 370 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m., photos, video

TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION-CONGRESS — President Trump’s former lawyer returns to Capitol Hill for hours of closed-door questioning after publicly branding his former boss a racist and a con man who lied about business dealings in Russia and directed him to conceal extramarital relationships. By Mary Clare Jalonick, Eric Tucker and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 1100 words. UPCOMING: Updates expected, 1000 words by 5 p.m., photos, video.

CONGRESS-GUN CONTROL — Capping two days of action on gun control, the House passes legislation to allow a review period of up to 10 days for background checks on firearms purchases. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photo.

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NATIONAL

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ICE CASTLES — Thousands of people are flocking to a winter wonderland constructed from ice in New Hampshire. SENT: 630 words, photos, video.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE

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MED--BABY ICU-WIRELESS — Hospitals cover preemies and sick newborns in wired monitors that block parents from cuddling and tear at their fragile skin. Experimental skin-like wireless monitors may let doctors finally cut those cords. UPCOMING: 700 words.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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AMAZON-FAKE GOODS — Amazon, which has wrestled with counterfeit products on its site for years, has developed a fleet of tools that allow sellers to remove items from Amazon.com themselves and to prevent fake goods from making it to the site at all. SENT: 200 words, photo, developing.

ECONOMY-GDP — The U.S. economy turned in a solid performance in 2018, boosted in part by tax cuts and higher government spending. But growth slowed by year’s end, and most economists envision a weaker outlook for the coming months and probably years. The nation’s gross domestic product, the broadest gauge of economic health, expanded at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October-December period, the government said Thursday. That was down from a 3.4 percent rate in the July-September period and a sizzling 4.2 percent pace from April through June. During those months, the economy benefited from tax cuts and from higher government spending, the gains from which are thought to be fading. SENT: 700 words, photo.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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THEATER-TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD — Dozens of community and nonprofit theaters across the U.S. have been forced to abandon productions of “To Kill a Mockingbird” under legal threat by Broadway and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin. The combative move has prompted calls for a boycott of Rudin’s work. Rudin is arguing that author Harper Lee signed over to him exclusive worldwide rights to the title of the novel and that Rudin’s current adaptation on Broadway — written by Aaron Sorkin — is the only version allowed to be performed. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 575 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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FBN-COMBINE-MURRAY’S SIZE — Kyler Murray might not throw at the NFL scouting combine, but he checks in at just over 5-foot-10 and 207 pounds. The measurements of Oklahoma’s Heisman Trophy winner compare favorably to two other undersized quarterbacks in recent years — Russell Wilson and Baker Mayfield. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 100 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.