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BC-AP News Digest 3 am

February 11, 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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NEW/DEVELOPING

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TEXTING SUICIDE _ Jail sought for Massachusetts woman who encouraged her boyfriend’s suicide. SENT: 140 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. hearing.

PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING _ Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect due in federal court. SENT: 260 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 9 a.m. hearing.

JOHN DINGELL _ Public visitation to be held for longtime Michigan Rep. John Dingell. SENT: 170 words, photo. UPCOMING: Visitation at 11 a.m.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-WALL POLITICS _ President Donald Trump is trying to turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to become a model of unfulfilled promises. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,020 words, photos. UPCOMING: Rally in El Paso, Texas, scheduled for 9 p.m. With TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY _ Negotiations hit snag as shutdown deadline approaches.

VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE _ Virginia lawmakers will reluctantly face the unprecedented prospect of impeaching the state’s second most powerful leader as they struggle to address revelations of past racist behavior and allegations of sexual assault roiling its highest levels of office. At least one lawmaker says he will try to pursue impeachment of Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax after two women accused Fairfax of sexual assault in the 2000s, a move that experts believe would be a first in Virginia. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 1,110 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ US Northam CBS (CR) _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he thought about resigning.

CYBERSECURITY-PRIVATE SPYING OPERATIVES _ When mysterious operatives lured two cybersecurity researchers to meetings at luxury hotels last month, it was an apparent bid to record them making inflammatory statements about an Israeli company that makes smartphone hacking technology used by some governments. The Associated Press has learned of similar efforts targeting at least four other individuals who have raised questions about the use of the Israeli firm’s spyware. By Cybersecurity Writer Raphael Satter. SENT: 2,260 words, photos.

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY _ Iranians are pouring out onto the streets of Tehran and other cities and towns across the country, marking the date 40 years ago that’s considered victory day in the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. On Feb. 11 that year, Iran’s military stood down after days of street battles, allowing the revolutionaries to sweep across the country while the government of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi resigned. With AP WAS THERE-IRAN REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY; IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-TIMELINE.

FOREVER CHEMICALS-EMERGING THREAT _ These chemical compounds are all around you _ on many fabrics, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, dental floss and more. As increasing numbers of states find them seeping into water supplies, the Environmental Protection Agency is considering stricter regulations. By Ellen Knickmeyer, Michael Casey and John Flesher. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-A MOTHER’S GRIEF _ In the year since her 14-year-old daughter was gunned down at a Parkland high school, Lori Alhadeff called out Trump in a gut wrenching speech on live TV, won a seat on the local school board and started a foundation to make schools safer. She keeps a dizzying pace, saying the advocacy helps with her grief. But there’s a sense that if she allowed herself to stop, the grief might be too much to bear. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video. This is the Tuesday Spotlight. With SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-SPORTS REMEMBERS _ A year after Parkland, Wade and Luongo still feel anguish.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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CARTOON-TRUMP INSULT _ Pennsylvania newspaper drops “Non Sequitur” cartoon over Trump insult. SENT: 150 words.

NEW ZEALAND-CHINA-FLIGHT U-TURN _ Registration mistake turned back New Zealand flight to China. SENT: 400 words.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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GRAMMYS _ Women and rap triumph at the Grammys as female acts take home top prizes including album of the year and best new artist, and Childish Gambino makes history when his hit “This Is America” became the first rap-based track to win record and song of the year. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 1,140 words, photos, video. With GRAMMYS-ARIANA GRANDE _ Ariana Grande a no-show despite winning first Grammy; GRAMMYS-CARDI B _ Cardi B beats the boys to win rap album honors; GRAMMYS-JENNIFER LOPEZ _ Jennifer Lopez turns Motown tribute into own zesty show; GRAMMYS-MICHELLE OBAMA _ Michelle Obama gets raucous applause at Grammys; GRAMMYS-LIST.

GRAMMYS-FASHION _ Sparkly, studded and strutting in designer looks, the Grammys parade of often out-there fashion kicks off in a downpour, but that didn’t dampen spirits as the music industry’s best showed off their myriad outfits. SENT: 660 words, photos. With GRAMMYS-TRUMP FASHIONS _ Two singers wear their pro-Trump fashions on Grammy carpet.

MICHAEL JACKSON-ACCUSERS DOCUMENTARY _ The Michael Jackson estate sends a letter to the U.K.’s Channel 4 warning that a documentary on men who accuse the singer of molesting them as boys violates the network’s programming guidelines. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 510 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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DENVER TEACHERS-STRIKE _ Denver teachers are planning to strike for the first time in 25 years after failed negotiations with the school district over base pay. SENT: 420 words, photos.

GUN INITIATIVE-SHERIFFS _ Sheriffs in a dozen Washington counties say they won’t enforce the state’s sweeping new restrictions on semi-automatic rifles until the courts decide whether they are constitutional. SENT: 950 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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US-NKOREA SUMMIT-SCENARIOS _ Trump-Kim summit to focus on destroying North Korean nuclear complex, reciprocal U.S. steps. SENT: 1,090 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN _ The Pentagon’s top official makes an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to meet with U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders amid a push for peace with the Taliban. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 600 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-AMY KLOBUCHAR _ Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar joins the group of Democrats running for president and says she will take her campaign _ and her Midwest sensibilities _ directly to parts of the region Trump won and that her party wants to recapture in 2020. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

FACT CHECK-WEEK _ Trump is declaring exoneration prematurely in the Russia investigation and taking undue credit for the economy while falsely asserting a sudden turnaround under his watch. By Hope Yen, Calvin Woodward and Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 4,350 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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IRAQ-CHRISTIAN-TOWN _ Few Christian residents have returned to northern Iraqi town of Bartella, two years after its liberation from the Islamic State group. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-CURRENCY CRISIS _ The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is encouraging Venezuelans to sell their greenbacks to the official financial system by for the first time giving a better exchange rate than is offered on the black market. SENT: 920 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-NAJIB-CORRUPTION _ From appearing in an R&B music video and trolling social media to vilify the new government, former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been combative before the start of his graft trial, linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund that has battered the country’s standing abroad. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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RED STOCKINGS-150TH _ The 2019 Cincinnati Reds will play games in 15 sets of throwback uniforms _ including navy blue and a “Palm Beach” style _ during a season-long celebration of the 1869 Red Stockings who pioneered professional baseball. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

TIM DAHLBERG-VONN’S LAST RUN _ A perfect day for racing, and a perfect way for Lindsey Vonn to say goodbye. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 890 words, photos.

DOG SHOW-DNA TESTS _ DNA testing for dogs has surged in recent years, with more than 1 million dogs tested in little over a decade. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With DOG SHOW-THINGS TO KNOW.

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